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Beyond the Mat

4.6 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

It's supposed to be fun. It's not supposed to be real. But behind-the-scenes it's a whole different story. Now, for the first time ever, you'll learn the real story. Join Mick Foley, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Terry Funk for a no-holds-barred look into the wild world of professional wrestling. Uncover their secrets and their nightmares. Go beyond the spotlight, beyond the pain, Beyond the Mat.

Special Features

  • Feature Commentaries by Mick Foley, Terry Funk and Barry W. Blaustein
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers

  • Product Details

    • Directors: Barry W. Blaustein
    • Producers: Brian Grazer
    • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: Unrated
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
    • Run Time: 103 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00004WIDT
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Beyond the Mat" on IMDb

    Customer Reviews

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    Format: DVD
    I purchased this under the impression that all the features from the first disc would be retained, in addition to adding a new commentary with Jesse Ventura and Mick Foley and an interview with them as well. The new Ventura/Foley commentary is nothing special as they only talk for a total of about half the movie, and for some reason it's an intrusive video commentary where the disc pauses to switch tracks every time it comes on - would have been much better to just let them talk the entire time and leave it as an audio only track.
    My problem here is, they removed the director only commentary and also the Mick Foley solo commentaries from the previous disc. I don't see why this happened, as the Terry Funk & director commentary from the previous disc IS still on there. It's not like they couldn't have fit all of it on one disc.
    A very solid documentary that everyone should check out if they have not already, but I'd advise picking up the previous release, as the special features are stronger.
    For the sake of completeness, I'd give the original DVD relase 4 stars.
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    This movie takes an inside look at the world of pro wrestling. You see the stars of today's wrestling world as you have never seen them before, the personal side. Featured in the flim is best selling author and hardcore icon Mankind (or Mick Foley). In one scene you see Mick's wife break down into tears, as she shields the couple's children as Mick gets cracked in the head a whopping 10 times in the head with a steel chair. Also doucumented in the film is Jake "The Snake" Roberts and his battle with personal demons. Hardcore legeng Terry Funk is also showcased. This is not just a movie for wrestling fans as it is a story of human emotions and insterst and not a vechile to promote the sports entertainment industry.
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    Beyond the Mat is a documentary of professional wrestling. It shows behind the scenes footage and lives of wrestlers. People from independent wrestling organizations to Extreme Championship Wrestling to the greater then all World Wrestling Federation (sorry Turner, no World Championship Wrestling in this movie!). It was great because it was non-biased. It's cool to see wrestlers at ease behind stage. Talking and hanging around with one another knowing that they have to wrestle each other in a few minutes! The movie has some footage of Vince McMahon, owner of the WWF. It proves once and for all that he is "THE MAN", and that he can make you or break you in the industry. The movie focused on the lives of 3 wrestlers, Terry Funk (now 56, has retired and come back as much as Ozzy!), the once famous Superstar Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Mick Foley (aka Cactus Jack, Mankind, Dude Love). I don't want to spoil the movie by going over their lives. I'll tell you one thing though, the shocker for me was Jake the Snake! Once the biggest star of the WWF, now turned into a has-been crack addict. Wow, what a story! That's just a part of his life, you should see the rest of it, it's pretty sad! The documentary also talks about the struggles of trying to become a pro wrestler, pretty much getting payed nothing. You have people that work as an airline mechanic, a kindergarden teacher etc. It's a great movie, even if your not a fan of professional wrestling. This is one of the best documentaries that I've ever seen.
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    Format: DVD
    "BEYOND THE MAT: UNRATED DIRECTOR'S EDITION" DVD... what an awesome documentary!
    I was a big fan of wrestling many years ago and just started watching again this year. The game is more electrifying than ever and things have changed since the 80's of WWF. The focus on certain wrestlers in this documentary was very fun and shocking to watch at the same time.
    From Terry Funk getting the doctor's prognosis of his battered body, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and the demons in his life which was a shock to watch and most of all, the segment that really hooked me in was Mick Foley's segment and how his family handled watching him get beat during "Royal Rumble". Also, one of the reasons to BUY this DVD is the comments Mick Foley had in the special features commentary in which he comments about the Rock hitting him and boy, you can tell Mick Foley was pissed at the Rock. Also, you see a few features on a few WWF and ECW stars in this documentary.
    Some people may want to call this documentary perhaps "The True Secrets behind wrestling". I'm actually surprised to see the added footage of Vince McMahon...whoah! A lot of things are in this video. From people trying to get into the business, the dangers of the business and the wrestler outside of the ring.
    As for the audio and video, the video has good colors, audio...I wasn't expecting digital 5.1 to begin with. As for the special features, it comes with a trailer, production notes...not that much compared to other movies/documentaries but if one thing truly shines in the special features category, it's the commentaries on this DVD which are the big thing. You have to watch Mick Foley's commentary. If anything, after I watched this movie, you have more respect for Mick.
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