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Champs DVD Review

Champs DVD

“Champs” is an honest documentary about boxing.

For those expecting “Champs” to be a glorified puff piece about boxing, think again. The documentary feature film looks at the sport of boxing honestly (warts and all).

Directed and written by Bert Marcus, “Champs” digs deep into all facets of the boxing industry. Among the topics covered here are fighters’ tough upbringings, the intensity of the drama in the ring, primal violence, fighters being unable to handle fame and riches, major health risks, the lack of regulations, changes that should be made in the sport, the prison system, how a fighter’s upbringing shapes them, boxing representing the American dream, the perserverence of fighters, the shady business side, and, yes, even the philosophy of the sport. The film primarily focuses on the life of 3 fighters (Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Bernard Hopkins) and uses their life, careers, and experiences to explore the variety of topics listed above.

The documentary film mostly consists of recreations, stock footage, and newly shot interviews with fighting legends, Hollywood stars, writers, promoters, businessmen, and Professors. Among the individuals interviewed here are Ron Howard, Mike Tyson, Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Spike Lee, Micky Ward, Mike Tyson, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Evander Holyfield, and Bernard Hopkins.

Instead of seeing yet another story about a boxer’s inspiring journey, “Champs” is a refreshing look at the good and bad sides of the sport. In fact, Bert’s film covers a lot of the dark and unsettling elements that surround the sport such as the frightening health risks and the factors that go into a fighter’s rise to fame. Sure, the film and its interviewees share an undeniable passion for boxing, but seeing the boxing industry critiqued like this is both important and educational for viewers out there. One may think boxers to be athletic and rich on the outside, but on the inside, that is certainly not the case as “Champs” suggests.


Presentation: 1.85:1. How does it look? A sharp transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound?  From the newly shot interviews to the stock footage, the audio does the job.

No extras have been included.

June 9, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , ,

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