Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: I Am Evel Knievel

Digital Release Date: June 30, 2015, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 30, 2015
Price: DVD $14.99, Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Virgil Films

The 2014 documentary film I Am Evel Knievel tells the story of the legendary motorcycle-jumping daredevil who died in 2007 at the age of 69.

Evel Knievel attempting to jump a row of buses in 1975

Evel Knievel attempting to jump a row of buses in 1975

The film features footage of Evel’s greatest jumps, including the seminal Snake River Canyon and Caesars Palace jumps. The film also showcases Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel’s rise from a small town rebel in Butte, Montana, to a cultural icon whose rise to super-stardom was built on nerves of steel and the ability to get up and do it again no matter the severity of the fall. Sporting flashy leather jumpsuits and a determined grin in the face of death, Knievel became a national hero whose outrageous feats were broadcast on live TV. He lived life like every day was his last, which led to a tumultuous life filled with stunts no man would ever dream of, encompassing meteoric success, wild hubris, ego-maniacal mistakes, and ultimately redemption.

Directed by Derek Murray and David Ray, the documentary combines original exclusive interviews with archival footage to tell the story. Among those featured are Matthew McConaughey, Kid Rock, Michelle Rodriguez, Guy Fieri, and family members including sons Kelly and Robbie, and former wives Linda Knievel and Krystal Kennedy-Knievel.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.