Like most boxers, Mike Tyson is not a man of poetic words. He comes across as a nice, humble former boxer who is grateful for everyone’s applause. Tyson appears to speak genuinely and seems willing to talk about any subject that Bunce enthusiastically brings up. Since Tyson tends to ramble on at points, expect a few replies that, as Bunce himself says at one point, garners a “That is an answer.” response. There are a few moments where Tyson gets rather animated (women) as well as legitimately honest (ear-biting), so overall Tyson doesn’t disappoint.
At the end of the interview there’s a Q&A session that unfortunately descends into chaos with people fighting over a microphone that eventually goes missing. There isn’t much editing or order for this period, so the viewer will just have to wait it out while observing a little bit of incoherency. The interview ends with a thud.
The extras on the DVD consist of a thirty minute, minimally edited piece of film entitled “The Birdman of Boxing”. Yep, it’s all about pigeons. There’s also a lengthy clip that is entitled “Mike Tyson Backstage Interviews”, but it’s only a bunch of short clips of people not named Mike Tyson chatting with a wooden, yet pretty Yvette Rowland. Bunce comes across as a bit of a self-aggrandizing kind of guy, whereas everyone else is just happy to be there. Unless you like staring at Rowland, this is skipworthy.
If you know all about Mike Tyson’s childhood, his rise and fall, and his troubled personal life then you’ve seen this DVD already. The main reason that anyone might trudge through this recording is if they’re fascinated by Tyson’s delivery. If that is the case, one should spend their time more wisely.
Ultimately, this DVD is not critically necessary for anyone to watch. Not only is nothing new introduced, but given the slap dash nature of the production it’s not even pretty to look at. The title of Tyson Unleashed is rather amusing in of itself, as there’s nothing truly momentous or staggering that Tyson does or says. Instead, the DVD comes across more as “Tyson Having a Pleasant Chat in Petersborough”.
Unless you are a die-hard fan of Tyson who must see everything related to Mike Tyson countless times, there are much better resources already made that are more informative and enjoyable regarding the beleaguered former champ.