Very few sports can be considered great sports films, In December Eureka Entertainment has one of those greats. When they are set to release one of the greatest boxing films ever made, Champion starring Kirk Douglas. Coming to Blu-ray in the UK for the first time as part of The Masters of Cinema Series.
The brutal and uncompromising Champion earned Kirk Douglas his first ever Oscar nomination and was a huge success for director Mark Robson (Von Ryan’s Express, Valley of the Dolls).
Michael “Midge” Kelly (Douglas) is a boxer whose fight to the top is unhampered by ethics or gratitude. A hero to his fans, his friends know him to be a selfish egomaniac who allows nothing to stand in his way. After winning a fight he was supposed to throw, Mike’s life is threatened by the mob, and he is only saved through the intervention of a woman who becomes yet another pawn in his climb up the ladder. Ultimately, he is forced to re-enter the ring and confront his biggest opponent… himself.
Fully restored and featuring gorgeous black and white cinematography by Franz Planer (Breakfast at Tiffany’s).
Eureka Entertainment have released a new Trailer to promote the release, watch it below
“The boxing scenes are thrillingly realised, with a visceral immediacy that long predates the likes of Raging Bull, all brought together with exhilarating energy by Oscar-winning editor Harry W Gerstad” – Little White Lies
SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY CONTAINS
1080p presentation on Blu-ray | Optional English SDH Subtitles | Brand new audio commentary by professor and film scholar Jason A. Ney | Stills Gallery | PLUS: A collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Richard Combs; and a piece on boxing in cinema by author / screenwriter S. B. Caves | *All extras subject to change
USA | 1949 | PG | 99 MINUTES | BLACK & WHITE | SPORTS DRAMA | 1.37:1 OAR | ENGLISH
Available to order from: Eureka Video
Champion will be released on Blu-Ray as part of The Masters Of Cinema from 6th December.