Anchor Bay Entertainment, a leading independent home entertainment company owned by IDT Entertainment, will release the critically-acclaimed film, Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story, on DVD this September. Ring of Fire is the tender love story revolving around the life of the six-time world boxing champion, who in 1962 killed his opponent Benny The Kid Paret in the ring, on live television. The release documents the legendary 1962 welterweight championship fight and includes over 20 minutes of shocking interviews never-before-seen. Priced at a SRP of $ 19.98, Ring of Fire is on DVD shelves today.
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Directed by the award-winning team of Dan Klores and Ron Berger, Ring of Fire premiered in January 2005 at the Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury prize. It debuted on USA Network in April without commercial breaks – a first for the network. The film explores the events of Griffith's life through interviews with Griffith himself, champion boxers, journalists, historians and, most movingly, through the reactions of members of both families. DVD extras include revealing interviews with Emile's family -- Christine, Sadie and Franklin, as well as Luis Rodrigo, Budd Schulberg and a shocking interview about boxing with Howie Albert.
In a March, 1962 ‘rubber' match, held at New York's famed Madison Square Garden and televised live nationwide, Griffith knocked out Paret with an astounding barrage of punches after earlier that day, Paret taunted Griffith at the afternoon weigh-in, calling him "maricón," the Spanish word for "faggot." Ten days later, Paret died.
The event changed the world of boxing forever, prompting the networks to stop televising the sport for ten years. In addition, the sexual taunts, which play a significant role in the film, represent an issue still ignored and as relevant today as it was 43 years ago: homosexuality in sports.
An extraordinary story about love, violence and redemption, "Ring of Fire" debuted at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and was subsequently acquired by NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker.
The film aired on USA Network commercial-free (a first for the network).
Dan Klores is an award-winning filmmaker whose first two films, the critically-acclaimed documentaries, "Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story," (USA Network) and "The Boys of 2nd Street Park" (Showtime) both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. "Viva Baseball," Klores' next project, is a feature length documentary on the contribution of Latinos to baseball, slated to air on Spike TV in September 2005. Currently, he is shooting "Love is in the Air," a story of obsession and love based upon the real life saga of Burt and Linda Pugach. Additionally, Klores wrote "Little Doc," a play about the nature of broken relationships, which will go into workshop with Naked Angels in the autumn of 2005. As a producer, his credits include: Paul Simon's three-time Tony nominated Broadway musical, "The Capeman" and Warner Bros.' City by the Sea starring Robert DeNiro and Frances McDormand. An accomplished writer, Klores authored Roundball Culture (Strode Publications, 1980), and has written for Esquire, New York magazine, The Village Voice and Southern Exposure.
In 2003, Berger co-directed and co-produced with Dan Klores "The Boys of 2nd Street Park, an award-winning feature-length documentary which had its world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and then aired on Showtime in September.
Aside from film, Berger has worked in advertising since he was 18 years old. He is now the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer of Euro RSCG, a $2 billion advertising company.