Ali - Blu-ray/UltraViolet

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Superstar Will Smith gives the performance of his career as boxing legend Muhammad Ali in a visually amazing epic drama from Academy Award(R) nominated director Michael Mann. Muhammad Ali thrilled the world with his ground-breaking boxing victories in the '60s and '70s. But the man behind the legend is grappling with a tumultuous romantic life, his deeply held religious beliefs and the pressures of staying on top. A quick-witted, winning personality and strong friendships with close associates, including renowned newscaster Howard Cosell (Golden Globe(R) nominee Jon Voight), help Ali "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee." But faced with a life-changing conflict outside of the ring, the famously opinionated boxer is forced to rely on the one person he knows the best: himself.

Genre: Dramas
Director: Michael Mann - American Director/Producer
Theatrical Release: 2001
Rated: Not Rated
Length: 151 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Language: English

Superstar Will Smith gives the performance of his career as boxing legend Muhammad Ali in a visually amazing epic drama from Academy Award(R) nominated director Michael Mann. Muhammad Ali thrilled the world with his ground-breaking boxing victories in the '60s and '70s. But the man behind the legend is grappling with a tumultuous romantic life, his deeply held religious beliefs and the pressures of staying on top. A quick-witted, winning personality and strong friendships with close associates, including renowned newscaster Howard Cosell (Golden Globe(R) nominee Jon Voight), help Ali "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee." But faced with a life-changing conflict outside of the ring, the famously opinionated boxer is forced to rely on the one person he knows the best: himself.

Michael Mann's ALI manages to be an informative look at the career of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali and an entertaining and moving portrait of the man. The action begins with the brash young Cassius Clay's surprising victory over Sonny Liston. The film depicts Clay's conversion to Islam, his partnership with "Bundini" Brown (Jamie Foxx in a wonderfully complex turn), his friendship with Howard Cosell (a transformed Jon Voight), his principled refusal to serve in the military during Vietnam, and his subsequent problems with the law and the boxing commission. The film concludes with Ali's battle with George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle." <BR><BR>Will Smith delivers a worthy performance, transforming his body, face, and voice to capture the spirit of the charismatic fighter. The work of the supporting cast is superb, including Smith's real-life wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Marvin Gaye's daughter, Nona Gaye, as the women in Ali's life. Mann brings the viewer in close to the boxing action, effectively depicting Ali's unique grace and quickness, and the violent frenzy of the sport. The film shows the familiar public figure of fights and press conferences, and also gives a glimpse of the quiet, thoughtful private life of Ali.;

Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
Letterboxed   N
Extra Info   Includes Digital Copy; UltraViolet
Michael Mann - American Director/Producer
Michael Mann - American Director/Producer
Michael Mann - American Director/Producer
Ron Silver - American Actor
Mario Van Peebles - American actor/director
Jon Voight - Oscar-winning actor, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, COMING HOME
Giancarlo Esposito - Actor
Will Smith - American actor/rap performer/producer
Mykelti Williamson - Star, ATL (2006)
Lisa Gerrard - World Music Performer
Jamie Foxx - TV/Film actor
Jeffrey Wright - Actor/"Basquiat"
Jon Peters - Producer/Executive
A. Kitman Ho -
Eric Roth -
Emmanuel Lubezki -
Pieter Bourke - Composer
Jada Pinkett Smith - BAMBOOZLED
Gregory Allen Howard - Screenwriter, REMEMBER THE TITANS
Nona Gaye - Actor, ALI (2001)
Stephen J. Rivele - Screenwriter, ALI (2001)
Christopher Wilkinson - Screenwriter, ALI (2001)
Paul Ardaji - Producer, ALI (2001)
New York Times
12/25/2001
"...ALI is a breakthrough for director Michael Mann....His overwhelming love of its subject will turn audiences into exuberant, thrilled fight crowds..."
Entertainment Weekly
01/04/2002
"...Dazzling....As Ali, Will Smith undergoes the kind of astonishing self-transformation that makes you blink, then stare..."
Rolling Stone
01/17/2002
"...Smith gives a towering performance, defiantly funny and impassioned....Mann and Smith deliver this powerhouse with the urgency of a champ's left hook..."
Variety
12/17/2001
"...[The film] possesses an informed, intelligent perspective..."
Box Office
02/01/2002
"...Smith is undeniably excellent in the role, capturing the essence of Ali's character....Other supporting performers are equally convincing..."
Total Film
03/01/2002
"...Smith has nailed the voice, the charm, the body language -- he has, in short, become Ali as much as any actor possibly could..."
Sight and Sound
03/01/2002
"...Will Smith embodies the public Ali with supreme confidence, bringing the familiar routines to his life without falling back on mere impersonation..."

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