'Conor McGregor: Notorious'
(Conor McGregor / DVD / R / 2017 / Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
Overview: Conor McGregor is the biggest star in the history of mixed martial arts. Filmed over the course of four years, Notorious is the exclusive, all-access account of Conor's meteoric rise from claiming benefits and living in his parent's spare room in Dublin to claiming multiple championship UFC belts and seven-figure pay packets in Las Vegas.
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, Conor McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and professional boxer who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, and former UFC Featherweight Champion.
'Conor McGregor: Notorious' follows McGregor from his transition as a largely unknown fighter to the status he currently enjoys. This highly indepth, revealing documentary film includes highlights from throughout his career including winning the UFC championship belt in just 13 seconds and his shock loss to rival Nate Diaz. It culminates in his recent foray into the world of boxing and his record-breaking Las Vegas bout against Floyd Mayweather.
The first half of the film documents McGregor’s rise and his 13-second title victory over UFC legend Jose Aldo. The second half centers around the two Nate Diaz fights. The most difficult five months of McGregor’s career in which he fell to an unlikely opponent and was left to pick up the pieces of a UFC career previously untarnished.
Sadly, from my perspective, the footage of McGregor in his early years is limited and in that respect, we don't get a true sense of his progression. Sure Director Gavin Fitzgerald and his cameras have followed him for the past four years, but we need to see more of the boy-that-would-be King (of the ring), rather than simply starting in his Cage Warrior days.
But yeah, there are truly interesting moments here though, of that have no doubt. And to give credit where it's due, it isn't a badly put together documentary. That said, there are obvious gaps in attention to detail, with a lot of the included footage coming across as filler.
Indeed, the majority of the film focuses on Conors preparation before facing Aldo and Diaz, which, again, if you're already familiar with the UFC's Embedded series, is nothing new.
In 'Conor McGregor: Notorious', McGregor’s meteoric rise is well documented, but few have been able to present the rags to riches story quite like Fitzgerald. Aside from what's missing, he does his best here to formulate a more precise picture of the man the public (for the most part) has come to adore - whether you like his sport or not.
He's the People's Champion now, and so watching 'Notorious' - which delves into both his public and his private life in one continuous stream - is a marvel of cinematography, that's for sure. As McGregor himself has put it many times before, he only gives off the ‘illusion of crazy’ for in reality, he was a 20-something Dubliner struggling to keep up with his debts who ended up punching his way to the top of a billion dollar industry.
In closing, one of the most joyous moments captured was when McGregor and his wife open a door and Arnold "The Terminator" Schwarzengger is standing right there in front of them! Mouth agape, McGregor's eyes wide, he is the embodiment of pure innocence as he meets one of the biggest action stars on the planet.
Featuring exclusive interviews, unprecedented access and fight footage, 'Conor McGregor: Notorious' is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at a sporting icon and his meteoric rise. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.