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Worlds Strongest Man - Thirty Years Of Pain [DVD] [2008]

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  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: brandedmedia
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jun. 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029ZN146
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,266 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This special documentary marks three decades of extraordinary WSM competition. Over the years Worlds Strongest Man has provided amazing action, spectacular settings and a cast of contestants to set the heart racing. Now, for the first time, this iconic competition's past glories can be found in one incredible DVD. From the very first event in Universal Studios, California, right up to the 2008 finals in Charleston, West Virginia, this documentary captures all the great feats of strength and remarkable action that make World's Strongest Man what it is today. Interviews with the shows founder Barry Frank as well as multi title heroes, Bill Kazmaier, Geoff Capes and Magnus ver Magnusson help bring the last thirty years to life. BONUS FEATURE: The Making Of Worlds Strongest Man Filmed around the 2006 WSM finals, this exclusive feature offers a unique insight behind the scenes of the Worlds Strongest Man. "Access-all-areas" and follow the athletes through their medicals, familiarisation with each event and interviews pre and post competition. Featuring Terry Hollands, Mariusz Pudzianowski, Magnus Samuelson, Svend Karlsen and Jouko Ahola

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Trials of strength featuring contestants who resemble grunting, gurning mountains of flesh don t enjoy quite the sort of following of other fringe sports . Even darts with its similarly proportioned participants has more fans. That said, Iceland seems to take the World s Strongest Man competition very seriously. According to one of the interviewees in this brief history, everyone in the country remembers where they were when they heard about the death (from a heart attack at the age of 33) of national hero Jon Pall ( I am the Viking! ) Sigmarsson. Which suggests this was Iceland s JFK/Diana moment. Thirty Years of Pain doesn t dig too deeply into this bizarre world, but it presents an entertaining pageant of these monstrously overdeveloped specimens of humanity running while clutching anvils, tossing cabers, pulling trucks and even hoisting half a dozen rather nervous-looking Playboy bunnies into the air. Telegraph rating: * * * --Telegraph Review

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Riley on 16 Jun. 2009
Ever since I was a little boy I used to watch The World's Strongest Man (WSM) with my Dad as an annual tradition around Christmas/New Year. I started as a Geoff Capes fan and cheered him in his battles against the mighty Bill Kazmaier and Jon Pall Sigmarsson (Viking Power!). In the mid 90s I was a fan of Manfred Hoeberl and his freakishly large arms, though it was Magnus Ver Magnusson who dominated that decade! In the 2000s I relied on my half Polish bloodline to get behind `The Dominator' Mariusz Pudzianowski who has just last year broken the previous record of 4 WSM wins (set by Icelanders Jon Pall Sigmarsson and Magnus Ver Magnusson) to become the only man to ever win 5 WSM competitions, and there may be more to come!

After the latest WSM scoured the internet for DVDs, but found none :( You can imagine my delight when I found this DVD and promptly pre-ordered it. The `30 Years of Pain' documentary is a look back at the history of WSM and the extraordinary competitors involved. I've watched it twice already - back to back! As a longtime fan of WSM I found it utterly fascinating. While I consider myself somewhat of a WSM aficionado, this DVD contains a bunch of stuff I have never seen and some of it is very moving, showing that the world of Strongman is not just about bulging biceps.

The making of WSM is very interesting and shows the amount of work and preparation that goes into putting on an event like World's Strongest man - it's not just a case of getting some big guys together and a few heavy objects for them to lift!

I can't recommend this DVD enough, I'd lend it to my Dad but I know I'll never get it back so it's with Father's day coming up - I finally find a gift he'll like!

There's also a chance to win a trip to the 2009 WSM finals, location of which is yet to be determined, but it's usually somewhere exotic - fingers crossed!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on 19 May 2009
This is a great DVD, thrilling and nostalgic at the same time. The show was a bit of a tradition in my house as the event took over the TV for a week, picking out favourites and watching eyes pop, veins bulge and sweat pour from the burly strongmen.

The main feature takes the approach of looking at the characters involved through the years. This is makes it engrossing as there's a proper story to get engaged in, as year by year you see the participants return determined to take home the title.

The second feature follows the entire 2006 tournament, from preliminaries through the setup of the trials themselves and how the strongmen prepare. This is a totally different way to look at the event and allows you to see the massive scale of the operation both for the competitors and the organisers.

Together both documentaries make a great whole, and complement each other to give a thorough picture of the much-loved annual tournament. It's a great gift for anyone who's watched the show in the past.

I hope there's more in this series to come, I'd like to see one DVD devoted to Pudzianowski alone!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 13 July 2009
As a ten year old watching the Worlds Strongest Man in the mid 80's it was all about big men lifting/pulling ridiculously large objects. The 30 Years of Pain documentary fills in the finer points that were lost on me back then such as the on going battles between Kazmaier, Capes and the numerous Swedes. The lengths to which some people will push their bodies to win are incredible, in some cases paying the ultimate price.

The two elements of the DVD compliment each other perfectly with the history and background of the competition along with a behind the scenes look at the 2006 finals.
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An amazing set of few pieces of DVD with incedible perfomance of the strongest men in the world from the past to the present. I highly reccomend to all who like heavy and strong sports, especially strongman competitions.
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By TONY MCNAMARA on 17 Sept. 2014
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Great DVD covering the WSM contest from it's origins to the present day!
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