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on 23 June 2017
very good thanks
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on 12 March 2017
The best tyson dvd I've seen
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on 29 March 2017
What a film, an absolute must watch. If you are interested in boxing or not, you will enjoy this film.
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on 5 February 2009
For those looking for "Rise and Fall of Celebrity" type of movie - quite nice piece of work. For those who wanted to see some documentary fights or training sessions of Iron Mike, this DVD is a complete waste of money. Former trainer, former promotor, box journalist talk, talk and talk for some 80% of the time. If one was to sum up boxing documentary it would end up in some 5 minutes.
Not for the boxing fans, rather for tabloid lovers
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on 23 April 2009
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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on 21 July 2016
Bought it for a friend who is mad on boxing. I don't like boxing but watched this film before giving it and was deeply moved by Mike Tyson's story!! Definitely worth watching! A very insightful and honest film!
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on 30 April 2009
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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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 16 February 2012
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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on 31 May 2017
I bought this for my brother as he is a huge Tyson boxing fan. Product arrived in poor shape the DVD arrived in a broken DVD cover which didn't have the paper box-set shown in the image. He said he wouldn't buy of them again as he could of got the DVD cheaper on its own elsewhere.
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on 29 June 2010
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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