“Manny” plays like a lesser “When We Were Kings”, but it’s a solid documentary. Some might be annoyed that they glaze over his early troubles and his bizarre Filipino entertainment work, but they nail the highlights. I enjoyed listening to his mother and wife talk about his past with frank detail. It’s just that I never got the sense that we were hearing the truth. Everything seem calculated, but it’s not like I was expecting a tell-all.
Liam Neeson’s narration is masterful in sharing Manny Pacquiao’s life story. It’s just that he’s talking over a barrage of so many media clips. You’re never sure when it’s going to be Neeson, a talking head, a relative interview or something else. All of the images just slam together without a sense of rhyme or reason. But, that’s more of a pet peeve from a documentary snob.
The DVD comes with featurettes and a music video as the special features. The A/V Quality is strong for a documentary. The transfer is flat, but typical for standard definition. However, the Dolby 5.1 track gets to set a creative sound stage. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to boxing fans.
Release Date: 04/14/15