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Made In Miami
Running Time: 60 minutes
Written and Produced by: Gaspar Gonzalez and Alan Tomlinson
Retail Price: $24.99
Features: Preview, A Conversation with the Producers
Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Stereo, Scene Selections (11 Scenes)
Released: August 12th, 2008
"Muhammad Ali: Made In Miami" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The archival footage is obviously not in the best shape, but other than that, there are the interviews. These segments look okay: they're a bit soft, but the interviewees fleshtones are accurate and the color saturation of their surroundings are a bit vibrant and detailed. That's really it: it's a documentary where the story trumps visuals, which usually aren't of the utmost importance.
English closed captions are also included.
A Preview of the documentary is included, as is an engrossing half-hour Conversation with the Producers. Writers and producers of the documentary, Alan Tomlinson and Gaspar Gonzalez cover a wide range of topics. After their respected introductions (Tomlinson is a Miami journalist who has contributed to NPR; Gonzalez is a cultural historian), the two talk about meeting up and how the project came to be. Some of that feels like happenstance, in how the two met through friends and how Gonzalez did an article on Ali - and had a desire that his story should make a film. The two share plenty of anecdotes and stories about Ali, and the making of their film. The two are clearly passionate about their subject, but also their role as journalists. If you liked the documentary, this is a must watch. Well done.
This is a tight documentary that shows how influential the city of Miami was in a crucial time of Muhammad Ali's life. Despite other documentaries on the boxer, this one packs in a lot of interesting information that everyone may not know. The documentary sports a strong presentation, and the DVD has a great conversation with the writers/producers of the film. If you have any interest in Ali, then this documentary warrants a watch.