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directed by Leon Gast
USA 1996

Twenty-two years in the making, this documentary chronicles one of the most famous heavyweight championship bouts in history, the Muhammad Ali-George Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. Along with highlights of underdog Ali's stunning victory and infamous "Rope-A-Dope" tactics, the film also covers the back-story of the event and its cultural significance, with footage of Ali's goodwill tours, concert footage featuring B.B. King and James Brown, interviews with George Plimpton, Norman Mailer and Don King, and more. Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature.


An unforgettable account of the "Rumble in the Jungle." With never-before-seen footage and new interviews, "When We Were Kings" takes us back to a classic moment in history. This Oscar-winning film captures all the magic of Muhammad Ali at the peak of his triumphant career.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: January 1996 - Sundance Film Festival

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DVD Review: PolyGram / USA Films - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution PolyGram / USA Films - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:27:21
Video 1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.13 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles French, Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: USA Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Pan and Scan version on flip side
• Interview with Director (4:06)
• Text Bio screens

DVD Release Date: September 14th, 1999

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Chapters: 12



Considering much of the film is archival footage, shot mostly in 16mm and the DVD being quite old (way back in 99') and it is non-anamorphic - it is acceptable to watch. Widescreen ratio has been maintained with a P+S on the flipside. Interview is short but effective in adding to the appeal of this documentary film. You certainly can't beat the price and as I doubt anyone else will be producing this on DVD anytime soon... this is a must buy at less than $10.  out of

Gary W. Tooze


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