Klitschko [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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A documentary portrait of boxing brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko who between them have held all of the World Heavyweight titles. The sons of a Russian Air Force general, the brothers spent their early years on military bases, before moving to Germany in 1996 where they began their rise to boxing superstardom. Friends and family members offer a revealing insight into the brothers' lives, charting their political aspirations, their academic achievements, and the effect the Chernobyl disaster had on their family.
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Ok, impressive opening, lovely DP work, sensitive subtle music, interesting engaging use of mixed media, hold on...this is actually good, actually better than good...
I was totally drawn in by this like an over-confident sparring partner and it weaved, bobbed and jabbed with great timing and balance. No drop outs at any point, mixes the technical with the family story and their rise to dominance superbly.
It's rare that I watch something twice but there will be a rematch on this guaranteed. Enjoy...
The documentary is an eye opener for boxing fans in that it shows some unseen footage of Vitali as a lanky 190lb kickboxer in what appears to be the late 1980s and footage of Vladimir boxing in Germany as an amateur prior to winning an Olympic Gold medal in 1996. The brothers appear to be very fast and powerful athletes at that time, and this gives a more complete picture of what they were capable of in terms of speed prior to putting on 50lb or 60lb in weight to compete as super heavyweights. Thus much of the criticism levelled against them during their professional careers for being cumbersome and not throwing enough combination punches is put into perspective. They are fine athletes, but have seemingly made compromises and slowed down in exchange for the much needed power that the modern era of super-heavyweights must have.
Viewing their parents being interviewed, Vladimir visiting his old house, or the brothers engaging in hobbies gives a feel for what they are like in their personal lives. For anyone who has been a fan of the brothers for a long time this is a much welcome insight that goes some way towards satiating the curiosity of boxing fans who wonder why one brother is so resilient while the other one has at times seemed fragile in the ring. It appears Vladimir has his own views on this.Read more ›
The film really clearly shows where their sense of dedication and loyalty comes from.
I would recommend this to any boxing fan; love them or hate them one has to acknowledge their unique achievement, and the odds on two brothers becoming heavyweight world champions and dominating the division at the same time again are pretty slim................
High production values, and not your typical boxing documentary; it's actually quite inspiring!
I think this film has come about at the right time - when fans of boxing are lamenting the dip in quality heavyweight boxers. This isn't the most in depth account of the two brothers but for me it goes some way to balancing out the dip in quality argument by demonstrating what they (Wladimir especially) had to do to get to the top. As Lamon Brewster said: there are easier ways to make a living and they could have been anything. They are both extremely intelligent men; both hold PHd's but they chose to box, and they have become the best of this era. Vitali's knockout to fight ratio of 41/45 is beaten only by Rocky Marciano.
Whats immediately apparent is the quality of production of this feature length documentary. The direction and sound are brilliant for a doc of this type. The one negative for me is the over dramatic score underlining all of the fight footage. It just cheapens it slightly. It doesn't belong here in such volume.
The film mainly chronicles the brothers' important heavyweight bouts and also takes time covering their losses, with the help of brutal slow motion filming in the ring - the quality is so good here you think you are watching a boxing movie at times.
It spends time showing the comebacks of both fighters: Wladimir's after knockout losses and Vitali's after injury (and what kickstarted his entrance into politics).
Above all it shows what a unified team they are.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent narrative. Gave an outstanding insight into the Klitschko brothers.Published 15 days ago by M.McCarthy
inspiring for any sportsperson out there- certainly given me a motivation boost! got a lot of respect for the klitschko brothers after watching thisPublished 5 months ago by Adam Thompson
My son had already got this so it is on the shelf unopened.Published 7 months ago by Christine Evans
Watching the story of two retarded brothers playing box is just a total waste of time.Published 12 months ago by Sayaka Neko