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 will hit retail shelves on September 20, 2005.
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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.
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).
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.
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