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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2005
I'm delighted that this superb compilation of boxing's most exciting era has made it to dvd. The 1980s bore witness to arguably the most talent-rich, competitive middleweight division in living memory. You had the seemingly unstoppable bulldog Marvin Hagler, the olympic gold medal stylist & pin-up boy Sugar Ray Leonard, the lanky but explosive Thomas 'The Hitman' Hearns and the durable streetfighter Roberto 'Hands of stone' Duran.
This dvd features lengthy highlights from the most important & exciting fights between these four legends including Hearns-Leonard 1 & 2, Leonard-Hagler, Hagler-Duran & Hearns-Duran, not to mention all three rounds from Hagler-Hearns. This last fight was an out and out war that people still talk about to this day, it really must be seen to be believed.
If you love boxing then you simply must add this dvd to your collection. You won't regret it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2008
This era of boxing has always been my favourite. After the great heavyweights of the 60's and 70s, such as Ali, Frazier, Norton, Forman etc, were winding down their careers, the focus of boxing came to the lower divisions (middleweight and welterweight). Roberto Duran, Thomas 'the Hitman' Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler were 4 great fighters in and around the same weight division. These great warriors fought each other over 3 different weight classes and set the boxing world alight and kept this sport in the mainstream.

However, the problem with this documentary is that it is cheaply produced. The fights are covered well but this film is a world away from the fantastic 'Champions Forever' DVD. What this documentary needs is a soul. It needs interviews and it needs a more indepth look at the fighters and their careers.

If your interesting in revisiting these classic contests, or if you were too young and you are just curious about this great era; then buy this DVD. Just dont be dissapointed at the cheap feel to the whole film.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2002
This excellent collection of boxing follows the historic duels between 4 of the best of all time, Hagler, Hearns, Leonard & Duran. This was a golden age of middleweight boxing and the DVD does it credit, showcasing all of the best action from the fights. If you love boxing you'll love this, even if you're too young to remember these fights. The highlight is round 1 of Hagler v Hearns, one of the best opening rounds in boxing history and if you like knockouts you'll be hard pressed to find a better finish than Hearns v Duran.
These warriors were made for each other, Hearn's raw power, Hagler's granite chin and strength, Leonard's sublime skill and Duran's sheer toughness. To watch these men do battle with each other is intruiging. You won't be dissapointed!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2001
Watch four unique boxing legends battle one another in the middleweight division. the 60's and 70's were the decades of the heavyweights but the 80's has to go to the middleweight division. Watch some of the greatest fights in history on this brilliant round up of the amazing careers of these great boxers. My favorite fight on the video has to be Hagler Vs Hearns any fan of boxing would be amazed at that fight. Watch Sugar Ray Leonord do battle with Roberto Duran. What you have on this video is four all time great boxers who all have completley different styles competing aganst one another. this is your chance to see middleweight boxing at its best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2010
This only offers highlights of the bouts and little else.Having already owned copies of most of the fights this held little interest for me.I was hoping for more analysis by experts as to the merits of the fighters.
They also spend literally no time on the most interesting fight "no mas".
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2004
I found this DVD extremely disappointing. The fights themselves are classics, but I'm afraid the style of the commentary is very pompous and the editing of the fights is truly dreadful.
Oh yes, and just to add insult to injury, there's no footage whatsoever of the infamous "No mas" fight between Duran and Leonard... despite being one of the great talking points of boxing, this doesn't get covered because... errmm.. perhaps someone's management team decided it was too embarassing to show ? - either way, it's hardly a complete collection without it
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2004
if you want to see the best mid weight boxers at their best watch this it is a pity nigel benn and eubank and co were not about as i dont think they would have lasted 3 rounds with these guys, you just dont see fighters like this any more.
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What a pleasure to be able to get this on dvd.My old video gave up the ghost a while ago.These four really were superstars,different titles at different weights,different styles and personalities.Buy this and watch an era sadly gone,because boxing fans will never be this lucky again.Sugar ray my personal favourite,his hand speed has to be seen to be believed.Sadly the "no mas " fight isnt here when leonard completely humiliated duran who couldnt get near him or lay a punch on him and gave up.Still a wonderful reminder to us all what a fantastic era this was.
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on 6 February 2012
The American formatted documentary style isn't the best but it is forgotten once the boxing footage gets going. We really were spoiled when these four strutted their stuff in the boxing ring, waging professional and personal wars against one another. I doubt we'll ever see their likes again, simultaneously doing battle at the peak of their powers. Simply awesome!
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A wonderful DVD featuring highlights of the many great fights between these four great boxers. It includes the complete Hagler vs Hearns fight (3 rounds), which must be considered one of the greatest boxing matches in history. Its a shame the complete fights aren't available, but this is the next best thing. The DVD has no extras and lasts 84 minutes.
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