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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting first-person perspective on a legendary rise and fall
Firstly, the BluRay aspect of this film. It was ok, however the early fights that are shown are just as dodgy in quality as I suspect they would be on DVD. Mike Tyson talking to camera is shown in immaculate clarity though. You can see every scar, mark and pore on his fight-worn and worldly-worn face.

All that aside, it was an interesting 90 minutes spent...
Published on 28 April 2009 by Jim Red

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Documentary but doesnt do his boxing career justice.
This is not as good as the other reviews indicate, at least not in my opinion anyway. It is a decent enough documentary but not worth the acolades it has been recieving. The structure of this film is too fragmented and I was hoping for a more indepth look at Tyson's career. Instead; this films starts with a painfully long monologue from Tyson about his upbringing, his...
Published on 23 April 2009 by N. Thompson


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting first-person perspective on a legendary rise and fall, 28 April 2009
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Firstly, the BluRay aspect of this film. It was ok, however the early fights that are shown are just as dodgy in quality as I suspect they would be on DVD. Mike Tyson talking to camera is shown in immaculate clarity though. You can see every scar, mark and pore on his fight-worn and worldly-worn face.

All that aside, it was an interesting 90 minutes spent exclusively in the company of one of the most controversial sportsmen of all time. It's all here, from his rise to fame and fortune via petty and not-so-petty crime in New York, to his extraordinary destruction of anything that moved in the heavyweight ranks and his startling descent into madness and prison.

Looking back on his ferocious and prodigious talent through the many clips, you're reminded that, at his peak, this man was quite probably the greatest ever fighter. Astonishing speed, brutal power and an eye for weakness in an opponent's makeup are there for all to see. Nobody can argue with this man's talent.

His rapid decline, for reasons explained quite eloquently and with great insight by the man himself, is just as fascinating. From the death of his best friend and mentor Cus D'Amato, the unwise marriage to Robyn Givens, to the Holyfield injustices (as Tyson claims) and the conviction for rape and his descent into drug and alcohol abuse, his is a journey that nobody, not even himself, can fully comprehend.

An unique chance to have Tyson sit there and tell you what happened to a unique individual.

Come to your own conclusions as to whether he's a tortured and damanged boxing genius, or a more sinister character who hurt a lot more people than those he coolly despatched with brutal efficiency in the ring.

One thing's for sure, we will never see the like of this man again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tyson - Just a man after all, 30 April 2009
This review is from: Tyson: The Movie [2008] [DVD] (DVD)
Tyson has been labled many things over the years, 'Animal', 'Thug', 'Rapist' being just a few. The problem with lables, is that they tend to be oversimplified, and are often deliberate headline grabbing soundbites. As a previous review pointed out - take what you think you know about the man, and bin it. The thing here - all lables aside, is that it seems he is just a man after all, with all the foibles and imperfections that go along with that (I'm not downplaying the seriousness of some of the things that he did here - merely observing that in the same way that Kevin Spacy did not turn out to be Lucifer himself in Se7en, Mike Tyson deserves to be recognised as a human being, and not just objectified as a poster boy for society's ills). The moment that stood out for me, was after having lost to Lennox, and whilst Lennox is being interviewed by TV reporters, Mike leans in, and gently wipes some blood from the side of Lennox's face - a genuine jaw dropping moment of cinematic beauty. A stunning film, and well worth a look, for boxing and non boxing fans alike.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Documentary but doesnt do his boxing career justice., 23 April 2009
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N. Thompson "Beaker" (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is not as good as the other reviews indicate, at least not in my opinion anyway. It is a decent enough documentary but not worth the acolades it has been recieving. The structure of this film is too fragmented and I was hoping for a more indepth look at Tyson's career. Instead; this films starts with a painfully long monologue from Tyson about his upbringing, his school days and then his introduction into the sport of boxing. Sadly this film is too brief when it comes to Tyson's rise through the ranks and his jounrey to his first world title. Too little time is devoted to his first title reign and his first defeat. The second part of his career after his release from jail is also not sufficiently detailed at all. The film concentrates too much on Tysons defeats and not enough on his many victories and two separate title reigns.

What this film lacks on Mikes boxing career, is over-compensated for with Tyson's characteristics and complex personality. He is certainly up front on many issues although he comes across as someone who is only telling the truth as he likes to see it. The way the film is produced and edited makes Tyson look like a mentally unstable person which obviously is quite close to the truth. At times his frankness harms the way he comes across. Despite denying the rape allegations with anger and passion; his frank views on sexuality and women in general leaves little doubt about the truth. Honestly at times he comes across as a sexual deviant well capable of rape and violence against women. Despite this there are times during this documentary you do feel sorry for Tyson. He is a very complex individual. Is he a victim of circumstance or just a monster? Maybe a little of both.

Full marks for Tyson's frankness and the films production although its hard to see how Tyson comes across in this. Its not exactly a flattering protrayal. Truth be told,; this film doesnt try to judge Tyson and for that reason I have to respect this approach as It leaves you to draw your own conclusions.

Good documentary, but nothing as good or indepth as it should have been.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Insight, 16 May 2009
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Graham Painter "Painterman" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tyson: The Movie [2008] [DVD] (DVD)
Great movie about a boxing legend which shows how external factors can affect the career of someone who was an amazing boxer but got distracted by sex drugs and rock'n'roll
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tyson: Platinum Knockout Edition, 26 Nov 2009
Tyson is a really interesting look into the life and career of the legendary heavyweight world champion boxer, Mike Tyson.
The documentary has a vast collection of both highlights of his fights and in depth interviews with him as well as the moments in his career and life that hit the headlines.
This is a must for boxing fans and fans of sport in general. The interviews with Tyson explore everything from his fights to his brushes with the law and his relationships.
There are loads of great extras too including hours of footage of his classic fights and the interviews. Fascinating stuff.Tyson: The Movie - Ultimate Knockout Edition [DVD] [2008]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, essential viewing, 8 April 2009
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Jane Eyre (Edinburgh, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Tyson: The Movie [2008] [DVD] (DVD)
Whatever you think you know about Mike Tyson, whatever your opinion of him might be, boxing fan or not, this film is simply essential viewing. For anyone who remembers Tyson's initial explosion onto the world stage, or who remembers him in his prime it will also serve as a visceral reminder of what all the fuss was about in the first place. The tale of a modern day tragedy told almost exclusively from Tyson's point of view, what you get is an utterly compelling, brutally candid, fascinating glimpse into the soul of a person whose life experiences are so extreme that few could ever possibly relate. It is lazy and too convenient to label Tyson as some sort of freak or monster (the ear-biting, the rape conviction etc. etc. etc.) What watching this film will make abundantly clear is that there are always reasons behind how and why peoples lives turn out the way they do and whilst Tyson may be responsible for monstrous acts he is also, and equally, a product of your average all-American ghetto and a victim of forces way beyond his control. This extraordinary film addresses such issues simply by letting the man talk and leaving you to draw your own conclusions and whilst as a subject he may lack the articulacy, wit or charisma of an Ali, there is enough self-awareness, insight and honesty here, coupled with the poetic talents of a gifted and original film maker, to make this almost hypnotic, compulsive viewing. There are undoubtedly future films to be made about Tyson, ones that interview all the players involved and that offer a more thorough, objective, investigative analysis of some of the notorious events covered in this film. But as pieces of the puzzle go, no credible appraisal of the rise and fall of one of the late twentieth centuries genuine sporting megastars can now be undertaken without acknowledging a debt to this stunning film. Do not miss.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and compelling!, 21 Nov 2009
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Mr. Dean A. Marks (Buckinghamshire, U.K) - See all my reviews
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"Tyson" is a brutal and compelling documentary film about the life of controversial boxer Mike Tyson. The film consists of a collection of recent interviews with Mike Tyson mixed in with highlights of his fights and stock footage from news broadcasts concerning the more controversial moments of his life and career.
During the film Tyson speaks in depth about his childhood in Brownsville, his criminal activities during his adolescent years, his relationship with his trainer Cus D'Amato, his failed marriges, his children, his debts, his numerous fights and his hopes for the future.
All in all this documentary offers a unique insight into the mind of one of the most revered and controversial athletes of all time. But the real treat is in the extras. Boxing fans, such as myself, who grew up watching Tyson's fights will be thrilled to know that there is approximately four hours of ESPN's re-runs of Tyson's fights and some classic post fight interviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Searingly Honest Account, 13 Oct 2009
This review is from: Tyson: The Movie [2008] [DVD] (DVD)
I wasn't sure what to expect when I sat down to watch Tyson I thought it might be patched together documentary in order to squeeze a few bucks from a fantastic boxer whose career is over. Boy was I surprised! First of all nothing seems to be off limits and Tyson talks about his childhood from his life in the ghetto and means streets to his life changing relationship with trainer and father figure/mentor Cus d'amato. Cus d'amato moulded the young Tyson and he obviously saw in him an incredible talent unfortunately he did not live long enough to save Tyson from some of the hanger-ons and parasites that syphoned off his money.

There is a great selection of clips from the touching scenes at d'amato's funeral to making his junior olympic appearance and gaining the fastest ko in 8 secs. Tyson at his peak was certainly the most intimidating boxer ever with incredible power shots and formidable close up work. The Tyson journey also fascinatingly gazes at the problems he had from his troubled marriage with Robin Givens, his rape trial and imprisonment. Then there is the successful comeback from prison and conversion to Islam.

Tyson was certainly a legend of the ring and he seems at peace with himself.Legend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 28 April 2009
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This is sensational. Great for any boxing fans or those interested in the workings the workings of someone like Mikes mind.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallen star, 19 April 2009
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This review is from: Tyson: The Movie [2008] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a remarkable docu-film about mike tyson.
I watched tyson from the start of his career and it was clear then that he was going to be something special.
The film itself goes from when tyson was a boy involved in crime to when he was plucked from the streets by cus d'mato and put on the road to stardom.
When he becomes the youngest ever heavyweight champion of the world it seems that nothing can stop him from being at the top of his game for a long time.But tyson was at the centre of his own downfall.In the film he admits to this.He admits that he screwed his life up with drink,drugs and women.Hangers on blew his fortune for him rumoured to be $400m.At this point he lost it in the ring as well, losing to no hoper buster douglas.And that was the begining of the end for tyson.Although he regained his world titles,his career and life were on an unstoppable downward spiral.From rape convictions to other run in's with the law to failed marriages to antics in the ring like biting off evander holyfield's ear.
The film covers all of this and in some cases skates over one or two of these subjects (rape conviction springs to mind) Which tyson continues to deny.
In the film tyson is interviewed as he is now.He comes accross as quite humble and remorsfull for his errors.The film made me uncomfortable at times especially the way tyson talks about women.While he continues to deny his conviction it is obvious that tyson sees females as objects provided for his pleasure.
Do i feel sorry for this beat up ex champion? No, he probably still has a few quid stashed away somewhere.
Do i believe tysons versions of contraversial events? Well some not others.
Was tyson the greatest boxer in history? Who knows but my guess is no.
Tyson was though a legend.
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