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All odds were against the pit-bulls freed from NFL quarterback Michael Vick's dogfighting ring. Forced to fight for their lives, they were considered so dangerous many wanted them put down. This award-winning documentary follows the courageous people who risked everything to rescue these dogs and illustrates how their lives were ultimately changed forever.
DVD comes packed with bonus extras including heart-warming featurettes about pit bull playgroups, saving pit bulls in Los Angeles, the fight against breed discrimination, and special extended intro & PSA from Best Friends Animal Society.
DVD includes English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'd give THE CHAMPIONS a "10" if I could. The documentary was truly inspiring and a gift to all dog lovers. I had some initial trepidation about watching this...expecting to witness only unbearable sadness and have to bear painful witness to the atrocities of dog-fighting. The background events leading up to the making of this film, and the miserable individual that perpetrated such a heinous situation are mentioned, but not in a prolonged or graphic fashion. My tears were for the joys and successes of these wonderful dogs, and for the dedication and love shown by everyone involved in their rescue.
A wonderful film, stunning in its directness and simplicity. The focus is on seven of the original Vick dogs and shows the world their struggles and the loving, sweet individuals they each were meant to be and now are. It is made very clear these dogs you come to love and respect would all have been dead as soon as Vick was convicted had not the court appointed a Guardian/Special Master for them. You cannot fail to support the No Kill movement after seeing this movie.
This documentary is a must see for dog lovers. It does not have any horrible dog fighting scenes, but does give more detail on the case, which shows once again what a horrendous human being Vick is. The main focus of the film however are the wonderful dogs and people who have learned about one another and whose life's are now so much richer for it. It made me tearful at times but also restored my faith In humanity with the wonderful people that opened their homes to these dogs and got so much back in return. They have good safe homes now and you can see how happy and loved they are . Kudos to Best Friends for all the fabulous work and commitment here, and to their caring staff.
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