April 22, 2014 11:10 pm
The release follows from the film's widely acclaimed PBS broadcast - the highest rated episode of this season's Independent Lens - and history-making simultaneous online interactive screening last Monday.
The DVD features many bonus scenes, a special educational feature titled "The Mock Trials of Muhammad Ali" which brings Ali's struggles into modern classrooms, and the complete audio and complete transcript of "Clay v USA Supreme Court, 1971," the legal drama that is a major part of the film. Perhaps best of all, we recorded two audio commentaries for the film. #1 features Director Bill Siegel, Composer Joshua Abrams, and Editor Aaron Wickenden. #2 features executive Producer Gordon Quinn and Journalist Salim Muwakkil, who is a major voice in the film.
New reviews of the film have praised it for showing "an evolution of consciousness rarely if ever seen when looking at an iconic figure" (The San Francisco Bay View), and as "Beautifully and movingly presented... a compelling and revealing look at race, religion, culture and society in 1960′s America." (Smells Like Screen Spirit).
The film is also available to rent by mail from Netflix. Put it in your queue today!
— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) April 21, 2014
"The Trials of Muhammad Ali" (2013) makes vividly clear how articulate, reflective, & intelligent Cassius Clay/Ali was both as boxer & man.
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) April 15, 2014