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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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting documentary, 16 Feb. 2012
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This film shows Mike Tyson to have an amazing talent for boxing, a kind of genius really, and I don't even like boxing! I was intrigued by the sense of a man who has been misrepresented by the media, no doubt, and this, combined with his recent support of gay people, and the memory of a brilliant photo of him playing with his pet tiger, led me to want to know more about him. This really is a very sensitively filmed portrait that gives him time to show things from his perspective, and his complexity comes across in interviews that reveal his vulnerability and tender side as well. Of course you can't be all tender if you're going to excel in this sport, but the mixture of elements makes for fascinating viewing, while leaving a sense of mystery as any intelligent attempt to grapple with a human being must. He seems to have existed in a world where people have wanted to make money off his back and exploit him in various ways, and I'm sure many of his grievances are real. I for one felt very much on his side. He also shows a real love for his coach, a man who evidently acted very much as a father-figure in his youth. And his exploits in the ring are electrifying, as you might expect.
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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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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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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 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent documentary but skips too much on Tyson career in the ring, 29 Jun. 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another KO for TYSON, 14 Oct. 2010
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A must have for anyone and a definate must have for any boxing fan, A beautifully filmed documentry which takes you inside the mind of Mike Tyson, Showing many fights and highlights of his career. You will find it an emotional rollercoaster with many ups and downs. A must have for your movie collection. I guarantee this film will make you see Tyson in a different light.

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Around 4 hours of footage from every fight of Tysons career... what more can I say BRILLIANT!!!

GENERAL RUN THROUGH OF THE FILM

The film is not a conventional movie it is a documentry showing the rise and fall of former heavy weight Mike Tyson. It starts of by telling you about his childhood and how he use to get bullied and picked on, then one day he fought back and realised he could stand up for himself. It then turns on to how he got into crime as a child and went in and out of borstals and it was there where he began to box. Later on he is introduced to boxing trainer Cus D'Amato by Irish boxer Bobby Stewart, who takes him under his wing and plays the father figure which he so desperately needed. Cus D'Amato taught him discipline and self control which led him to win every amateur title. It then goes on to show how early into Tysons professional career he sadly lost his trainer/manager Cus D'Amato and how it affected Tyson in a very bad way. He then talks about his feelings towards women and his sexual encounters. It then goes on to him winning the World Heavy Weight championship of the world. In time things start to get bad around him, he gets married then shortly divorced to Robin Givens, he became involved with Don King, then he starts getting lazy and stops training as hard (or not at all at times) and partying alot. Things then go from bad to worse when he gets accused of rape (he talks about this in great detail) and found guilty (I don't believe he did it personally). The movie then goes onto his return to boxing after his time inside which some fights included Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno and the legendary two fights against Evander Holyfield which ended with Tyson biting Holyfields ear (for good reasons as you will see watching the movie)
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