directed by George Butler and Robert Fiore
USA 1977


Interesting docu-drama following Arnold Schwarzenneger's rise in the field of body building 25 years ago. A good vehicle to understand his mind-set and drive as well as the ups and down of the body-building competition circuit. Personally I love venturing into some of these niche sports that have a small community and rules of their own. Its almost like a unique sociological experiment how this develops. Certainly 'interesting' is the operative word. I recommend it. out of    

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: August 26th, 1977

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Distribution HBO Video -  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:25:30 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: HBO Video

Aspect Ratio:
Full Frame 1.33:1

Edition Details:
Iron and Beyond--new feautrette looking at the impact of the film (15:00)
Raw Iron--The Making of the film including outtakes (42:00)
• New interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger (14:00)
• Video bio of Arnold Schwarzenegger

DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
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Chapters: 16


This DVD is a little soft in the image department and the colors are not very bright or accurate. I think there is a greenish haze to many of the indoor shots. They have a bumped sound option of 5.1 but most of the film audio is talking so there isn't much that comes out of the rear speakers. There are some good extras on this DVD. Its a shame that the picture is so lackluster, but this is still an interesting film that gets its point across. out of     .         Gary W. Tooze

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