Ali [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
Theatrical Cut of the film presented in anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1)
DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
HBO "Making Of" special
Cast & Crew soundbites
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This film shows that Ali was far from reasonable. He made exacting demands of himself, which on occasion he fails to meet. Will Smith portrays Ali the legend with dignity and sensitivity, giving us an insight to the man, his motives, loves and hates. In an Oscar winning role, Will Smith becomes Ali and exudes the trademark charisma, strength and power that Ali was so famous for.
The film is touching showing our hero flaws and all: the difficult relationship with his father; the rise to early stardom; the fall from grace at the hands of the American Senate; and his remarkable come back to defeat the powerhouse George Foreman in the sensational Rumble in the Jungle.
The film, unlike many Hollywood productions, makes no attempt to romanticise the life of the greatest heavyweight champion the world has ever seen. Will Smith portrays a womanising Ali who appears to struggle with his Muslim beliefs, and yet is mindful of the Nation of Islam's hypocrisy that comes across in the film. There is also a hint of things to come when Ali confronts Don King following another successful defence of his heavyweight title.
Neither a love of boxing, Will Smith, or Ali are prerequisites for owning this film. It is a touching, inspirational and entertaining film that strives to remain historically accurate, whilst condensing some of Ali's brightest moments into the available viewing time. Funny, thrilling and emotionally engaging, the film is a must buy and an essential addition to any DVD collection.
The film plays like a documentary and judged on this; it would be easy to recommend the Oscar winning "When We Were Kings" - after all,if you want Ali, why not get the real one. Smith, who trained for a year to pack on the weight and to look convincing as a fighter is electric in the scenes when he does the former champ off to a tee in both his looks and diction - his interviews with a straight-faced Howard Cosell (Jon Voigt)are vintage stuff, with the spontaniety of a genuine ad-libber. In the quieter moments he struggles a little bit, almost as though he is moving from Ali setpiece to Ali set piece. You'll definitely watch this for performance if not content
I wanted to hear some more of Ali’s famous witticisms which are in there, but there are long distances between them. It is a slightly muted film in tone and is too long; I thought the extended musical displays quite irritating and irrelevant. I also struggled at times, with hearing what the characters were saying as there are no sub titles. This was in part due to the loud back ground music.
My only negative feeling about this film is that some of the dialogue is really really quiet, but this is almost a feature in Michael Mann films.
I love Michael Mann's films, but had always avoided this, partly because I don't like Will Smith and partly because of the mixed reviews it garnered at the time. Movies like this in the past have often fallen flat despite the best efforts of the great people working on them. As black man I also feared the whitewashing of his story. For all these reasons I stayed away from it. The Prince Charles Cinema in London has currently got a Michael Mann Season on and I couldn't pass up the chance to finally watch it on the big screen. I went with my brother who rates the film and who has read one of the main the biographies on Ali.
Having seen it in a dark theatre I have to conclude that this is right up there with Mann's best. No doubt pushed by the famously exacting demands of Mann, Smith is great as Ali...he really becomes him. However his is not the only great performance, John Voigt as Ali's commentator buddy (with whom he exchanges some brilliantly funny banter), Jamie Foxx as his parasite corner man (surely one the best performances of his career), Mario van Peebles turns in a performance as Malcolm X which is just as good as Smith' is of Ali.
Then there is the way the film is made. In the first fight with Liston, you really fear for Ali. The camera angles, shots of Ali/Smith's dancing feet on the canvas various verbal exchanges. This is Mann's characteristically flamboyantly efficient storytelling at it's best. Mann covers a lot of ground and illustrates some profound ideas in relation to Ali's life-story (such as the idea that while he was isolated in America, even among friends and colleagues, the African people were with him the whole time and they gave him the strength to beat Foreman.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant, closed my eyes, and thought 'was it Will Smith playing Ali, or Ali playing Will Smith??'Published 1 month ago by RW
Just what I AHVE BEEN LOOKING FOR FOR SOME TIME AND AT A GOOD PRICE.Published 1 month ago by Philip A Wilkins