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Anchor Bay Picks Up Boxing Story

22 Jun, 2005 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Emile Griffith ? The Emile Griffith Estate

Anchor Bay Entertainment has inked a deal to distribute on DVD Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story, the acclaimed film about the six-time world boxing champ who in 1962 killed his opponent, Benny “The Kid” Paret, in the ring on live television.

The film debuted last January at the Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by NBC Universal president Jeff Zucker. Ring of Fire made its TV debut in April on the USA Network and subsequently aired two more times, in each case commercial free — a first for the network.

The film will be released on DVD Sept. 20 at $19.98. Extras include additional interviews with boxers and boxing experts.

“We are pleased to release this important and powerful film on DVD,” said Anchor Bay CEO Ted Green. “Many of us remember watching this fight with our families and vividly recall the impact it had on us.”

The Griffith-Paret match was held in March 1962 at Madison Square Garden. Earlier in the day, it was revealed, Paret had taunted Griffith at the afternoon weigh-in. During the fight, Griffith pounded Paret and knocked him out. Ten days later, Paret died.

Afterwards, the networks pulled boxing from television for 10 years.

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