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  • 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 (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WIDT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,150 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beyond the Mat" on IMDb

Special Features

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

  • 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.

    Customer Reviews

    This is one of the best documentaries that I've ever seen.
    Che
    Whether saying it's fake or too many people die in it this movie gives you a look into what the sport is really like.
    alex fryling
    Barry Blaustein follows a childhood love for wrestling in this documentary feature.
    James M. Loveday

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By KaneRobot on March 25, 2004
    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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    21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2000
    Format: DVD
    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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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Che on September 14, 2000
    Format: DVD
    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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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric James Cooper on August 23, 2000
    Format: DVD
    This is a very sobering look at the life of professional wrestlers. If you liked the Bret Hart documentary-you must see this!
    Mick Foley: Is this guy amazing or what? I can't believe he does what he does and still walks. And he truly worries that the fans might not have gotten their money's worth? No way Mick. We owe you money at this point.
    Terry Funk: Another sick individual that seems to thrive on pain. Always in and out of retirement, his body has amassed a war's worth of damage-and he still keeps coming.
    Jake Roberts: What a tragic figure "The Snake" is. I remember watching him back in the 80's and then he just disappeared. Lost amidst a world of drugs and alcohol-his demons are too numerous to mention.
    If you like wrestling even remotely-watch this movie. If you are considering wrestling as a career-watch this movie and you may reconsider that choice.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "bezeert" on November 1, 2000
    Format: DVD
    I enjoy watching professional wrestling but by no means would I consider myself a fanatic. My opinion has always been that professional wrestling is just another form of theatrics, captivating a large audience by displaying these "super-human" athletes doing battle for just and unjust causes.
    Beyond the Mat opened my eyes to a whole different world that lives behind the scenes of professional wrestling. It provides a series of mini-biographies on the careers of several diverse wrestlers including the ageless Terry Funk, Jake "the Snake" Roberts, Michael Foley ("Mankind"), and a look at several of the professional circuits and the people who run them.
    Beyond the Mat sheds light on some of the common problems that plague all types of professionals in the entertainment business. Jake Roberts is shown struggling with his substance abuse problems as well as trying to mend a broken relationship with his daughter. Very captivating scenes that goes far beyond the bash and smash that takes place inside the wrestling ring.
    The movie also follows active wrestler Mankind and the toll that the business not only takes on him physically but the mental anguish that affects his children and his wife. Again, very touching and another side of the business fans would never have seen if it was not for this film.
    Overall, I think this documentary has enough qualities to appeal to not just the average wrestling fan but to those who are interested in understanding the lifestyles of professional entertainers such as the athletes in professional wrestling.
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