Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
DVD Features: Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Mastered in high definition; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital), French; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections; Animated menus.
Michael Mann who last directed the marvelous "The Insider" has taken on too major a story to tell this time. The life and times of "the greatest" is so loaded with drama and conflict that it can't really be well told in just two and a half hours. There are amazing recreations of his bouts with Liston, Frazier, and Foreman and two amazing supporting performances from Jon Voight as sport columnist Howard Cossell and Jamie Foxx as hs manager Bundini Brown, but even with all the action and political conflict, the whole project often falls flat. Could it be that Will Smith doesn't quite have the charisma and charm of the original?