2008 Arnold Classic - 2 Disc Set : Prejudging & Finals
THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY ARNOLD CLASSIC!
“Thousands of athletes and spectators come back to Columbus every year, largely because Arnold has been so loyal to Columbus through the years.” Said Jim Lorimer, co-producer of what is now the world’s largest multi-sport bodybuilding and fitness weekend. “Arnold’s love for Columbus is shared by athletes in many sports.”
Prejudging took place in the wonderful Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium at noon with the Finals following at 7PM. Dexter Jackson was striving for his 3rd victory at this event out of a field of 15 of the world’s greatest bodybuilders. All were striving for the richest prize in bodybuilding, a $130,000 check presented by MD magazine, a $20,000 Audemars Piguet watch, a Tony Nowak jacket and of course the Arnold Classic trophy presented by GNC, plus an on-stage interview for the victor with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Dexter Jackson had won the Arnold Classic in 2005 and 2006 and was seeking to join Flex Wheeler (1993, 1997, 1998 and 2000) and Jay Cutler (2002, 2003 and 2004) as the only men to win the event more than twice.
At the Finals an elated DEXTER JACKSON did join Jay Cutler as a very worthy 3 time winner of this event. The other competitors were competing for another $194,000 in prize money. PHIL “The Gift” HEATH pushed Dexter all of the way with his superb shape, symmetry and new improved size. However Dexter displayed an overall package of muscle maturity and hardness that proved to be the best on stage this year with Phil not far behind him. Phil took home prize money of $75,000.
The big surprise to many was the 3rd place finish of KAI GREENE who took home $50,000 and a lot more prestige than he has enjoyed from any of his previous pro placings. This man is a real contender. In 4th place with $30,000 it was BRANCH WARREN who also took out the Most Muscular Award and a magnificent Joska Kristall trophy. 5th place and $15,000 went to SILVIO SAMUEL with 6th place and $$10,000 going to GUSTAVO BADELL.
MELVIN ANTHONY received $10,000 for winning the Most Entertaining Posing Award. This was no surprise although Kai Greene gave him a real contest!
In the PREJUDGING Disc #1 we include every single comparison from all 15 competitors, shot from our central front camera in the press pit. This is the view that head judge JIM ROCKELL would have received.
In the FINALS Disc #2 you will see the exciting opening of the show, then all 15 athletes perform their complete posing routines through to top 6 posedown and awards. See a very humorous interview of Dexter Jackson by Arnold with final victory posing by Dexter for the many photographers.
This FINALS disc has been edited from 4 different cameras using the best angle and the best possible image of the bodybuilders at all times. The footage was shot from Wayne’s central camera position in the press pit and from the 3 house cameras of LIVE TECHNOLOGIES, producing the best ever and most comprehensive record of the Arnold Classic Finals.
Of very special importance were the Lifetime Achievement Award to BEN WEIDER, the special tribute to REG PARK and the introduction and presentation of all Past Winners of the Arnold Classic. These segments are included in their entirety. Plus much more in the Extra Features of the DVDs including 2 separate Photo Galleries.
The complete results appear below.
This 2 DVD set runs almost 4 hours and our interviewer was Kenny Kassel who also did the introductions at the Prejudging. Finals MCs were Lonnie Teper and Clint Richards.
DVD CONTENTS and RUNNING TIMES:
Disc # 1 - PREJUDGING
The complete Prejudging 75 mins
Extra Scenes: 32 mins
Pump Room Highlights 15 mins
Interviews with Hollywood Yates and Clint Richards 10 mins
Photo Gallery – 70 photos from Prejudging 7 mins
Total running time Disc #1 107 mins
Disc #2 - FINALS
The Finals including presentation of all 12 Arnold Classic Winners 93 mins
(Complete posing routines of all 15 Finals competitors, posedown and awards.)
* All 15 competitors are individually selectable from the menu.
Extra Scenes: 28 mins
REG PARK tribute 6 mins
BEN WEIDER Lifetime Achievement Award from Arnold 14 mins
ALEXIS BROTHERS balancing performance 6 mins
ARNOLD AMATEUR WINNERS 2 mins
Photo Gallery – 88 photos from the Finals 9 mins
Total running time Disc #2: 130 mins
Coming soon -
2008 Arnold Classic Women’s Events Complete Prejudging DVD.
2008 Arnold Classic Women’s Events Complete Finals DVD.
2008 Arnold Strongman Event DVD.
2008 Arnold Classic - Complete Results:
1 Dexter Jackson
2 Phil Heath
3 Kai Greene
4 Branch Warren
5 Silvio Samuel
6 Gustavo Badell
7 Toney Freeman
8 Melvin Anthony
9 Johnnie Jackson
10 Desmond Miller
11 Moe El Moussawi
12 David Henry
13 Ronny Rockel
14 DeShaun Grimez
15 Adorthus Cherry
Most Muscular: Branch Warren
Best Poser: Melvin Anthony
Running Time: 237 mins
* Available in NTSC DVD Only (Region Free)
* THIS DVD WILL PLAY ON ANY DUAL SYSTEM NTSC / PAL DVD PLAYER AND TV. Or any PC DVD.
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