By Les Krantz. The iconic Muhammad Ali is the most recognized man in the world. Now for the first time ever, sparkling clear sportswriting has been melded with DVD technology to bring together Ali's brilliant ring moves, his colorful rhetoric, and historic photos of his career. Here you'll find rare footage of Ali's famous "Pearls of Wisdom," as well as highlights of fights such as the "Thrilla in Manila" and the "Rumble in the Jungle" that have generally been blacked out until now.The masterfully composed book contains details and highlights from Ali's youth and his Olympic gold medal win as Cassius Clay, to his battle against Parkinson's Disease and carrying the torch at the opening of the 1996 Olympic Games. This is the all-time monument to the 20th century's greatest athlete, a must-have for sports fans and anyone who wants to remember this legendary champion and American icon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
DVD technology has made this breakthrough title about Muhammad Ali possible. Never before was it feasible to meld insightful sportswriting with real-life examples of Ali's brilliant ring moves and colorful rhetoric, which are the focus of the DVD documentary that is packaged with this illustrated retrospective of Ali's life. No one in ring history could move like Ali. Yet no sportswriter could adequately describe his genius as a moving target or as the rat-a-tat-tat attack machine that no other fighter could duplicate. His moves were truly ring magic! Muhammad Ali was veritably the Michael Jordan of the boxing ring, as the DVD documentary brilliantly and entertainingly reveals.
Moreover, no athlete was so adept at using his vocal cords and facial expressions to play with his opponent's minds. Now you can witness both: the Champ's "moves and mouth" as his gums flapped and his fists flew, as it actually happened. The documentary on DVD focuses, just like the book's text, on this unique and entertaining facet of Muhammad Ali - his "moves and mouth" and the legend they engendered.
The DVD Documentary: Ali in Action is the first book about the Champ to incorporate a DVD. Not only is there rare footage of Ali's "pearls of wisdom," but the author has licensed, through special arrangement with ESPN, highlights of Ali's greatest fights, many of which have been generally blacked out on television. Included is the "Rumble in the Jungle" (October 30, 1974), in which you will witness firsthand how Ali baffled champion George Foreman with his famous "rope-a-dope." The DVD also highlights the "Thrilla in Manila" (October 1, 1975) in which Ali and Joe Frazier battled in the sweltering heat. Ali had predicted it would be "a thrilla and a chilla and a killa when I get the gorilla in Manila," which it proved to be. And, of course, the DVD also includes highlights of the "Fight of the Century" (March 8, 1971), which matched two undefeated heavyweight champions, Ali and Frazier. The Lyons Press Har/DVD edition (September 16, 2008), English, Hardcover: 160 pages/DVD.