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Klitschko tells the captivating story of the boxing world’s most famous brothers: Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. From the socialist drill of their childhood in the Ukraine, and their first successes as amateurs, to their move to Germany and subsequent rise as international stars on the verge of holding the championship titles of all five boxing federations. Along the way they experience defeats and setbacks, low points and triumphant comebacks as well as conflicts with each other.
Exciting conversations with companions and opponents, including the very first with the Klitschkos’ parents, give insight into their personal lives, plus never-before-seen footage of the draining preparations for a fight, and the spectacular boxing matches which draw audiences in more than 100 countries around the globe.
International Emmy Award winning Director Sebastian Dehnhardt composes an intimate and fascinating portrait of two exceptional athletes who are, before all else, brothers.
FEATURING Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko, Fritz Sdunek (Vitali’s coach), Emanuel Steward (Wladimir’s coach), Bernd Bönte (Manager), Wladimir Rodionowitsch Klitschko (Father), Nadeshda Uljanowna Klitschko (Mother), Natalia Klitschko (Vitali’s wife), Lennox Lewis (former world Heavyweight champion), Lamon Brewster (former world Heavyweight champion), Chris Byrd (former world Heavyweight champion)
“They are articulate, thoughtful and funny” LA TIMES
“Enough boxing footage, of course, to satisfy avid fans of the sport, but the brothers' personal history is the real attraction here, with its fascinating revelations” FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL
“Great action footage combined with learned interviews” MONSTERS & CRITICS
“It's a story that commands attention, even for non-boxing fans” JAM! MOVIES
“Non-stop entertainment” BOXING MEMORIES
“Excellent” BOXING INSIDER
“Compelling, Impressive and with amazing fight scenes” NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“Klitschko is wonderful to watch” HUFFINGTON POST
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As a documentary it could have used a lot more pace and ditched the fancy camera shots and brooding music track. I was fascinated by the German connection, they speak German as well as Russian (I trust the sub titles for that information) and the corrupt Ukranian political situation. Even the Chernobyl disaster was well covered.
I sensed that once again a boxing story is so dependent on the skill and honesty of those closest to the boxer. Trainers and Managers. Apart from the aversion to Don King and the comment on a trainer that: 'he knows my body better than my wife!' this side of the story is not delved into.
I was particularly pleased to hear the question about them boxing each other was left to near the end. The relationship between the two brothers is clearly two rail tracks on the same line. A loving mother and the caring, disciplined father. Rock steady feet.
I threw the dvd into my shopping basket at the local supermarket now that it is a fiver, I recommend the story of two men who reached the top of the mountain. Boxing at its best is a way out and a way in. Well played both brothers.
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. He does compare his ups and downs in the ring to the ups and downs of the "greats" like Tyson and Joe Louis. Whether this opinion has any merit depends largely on whether the tall, stand-up, and careful style of a 6ft 7ins fighter who boxes behind the jab will ever be respected by boxing fans in the same way as the 220lb 6ft tall boxers who come forward to fight. I think I know the answer, but then the comparison is not as straight forward as it seems in any case.
The DVD appears to avoid mentioning Vladimir being selected by the authorities in the Soviet Union to begin boxing due to his apparent natural potential as a 14 year old athlete. This is something I heard the late (and great) Manny Steward, and Vladimir talk about in separate interviews, although it appears Vladimir is not fond of the fact that he was chosen to be a boxer by the system. There is footage in the deleted scenes of him visiting some kind of sports school which he attended as a teenager, but he does not mention if this was part of a Soviet sports programme. It is disappointing that details of this were not included in the DVD. For that reason I will give it four stars, but if you are a Klitschko fan I think you will give it five for the unseen fight footage and the perspective on who they are outside of the ring.
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...
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