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  • Actors: Forever Hardcore
  • Directors: *
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Big Vision
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YA3QI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

They revolutionized professional wrestling forever. A group of misfits, outcasts, and renegades led by a fearless visionary that ushered in a new era of professional wrestling from a dive bingo hall in south Philadelphia. Now, you will finally get the story from the mouths of the hardcore icons that lived it. FOREVER HARDCORE recounts the amazing story of how Tod Gordon's Eastern Championship Wrestling got EXTREME and went on to impact the wrestling business forever. Take an uncensored journey through the highs and lows of a group of athletes that were never supposed to make it, and their reflections of why they will always be FOREVER HARDCORE. From SHANE DOUGLAS' account of throwing down the NWA World Title... To RAVEN’S bitter take on the crucifixion incident ... to NEW JACK'S state of mind during the Mass Transit bloodbath... to TOD GORDON'S revelation of the truth behind the "WCW mole story" and Eric Bishoff's attempt to destroy HARCORE...to SANDMAN'S controversial pre-match rituals. . . to TERRY FUNK'S decision to be part of Hardcore Homecoming instead of working for Vince McMahon, and for the first time ever SABU SPEAKS! FOREVER HARDCORE gives you the amazing stories and first hand accounts of every major aspect of the revolution that changed wrestling FOREVER.

Customer Reviews

Perhaps the best one ever because there was no fluff, as people stated.
A. Pierre
The only thing that bothered me on The Rise And Fall of ECW was that it made WCW look like the bad guy while making WWE look like the good guy.
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Hidden extras are two bonus matches between Chris Chetti vs. Chris Hamrick; Sabu vs. Kronis; and a tour of the newely remodeled ECW arena.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Movie Madman on April 18, 2006
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This documentary had the "real" stars of ECW in candid form. I thought it was as good as "Rise and Fall of ECW" and better at times. While I got the DVD to hear some of the inside scoop on ECW, I think I heard a little more than I really wanted at times. New Jack explaining the Mass Transit Incident and the Vic Grimes Fall, and the Florida incident was disturbing and sick.

It was also strange that Paul Heyman was given less credit in this DVD than "Rise and Fall". This might be partially due to the fact that the wrestlers on Rise and Fall actually went on to bigger and better things and probably have less of an axe to grind than the others.

The highlights of the DVD were seeing Francine again (She looks great), hearing Sabu talk for the first time (he's actually a cool guy), and hearing Tod Gordon, Joey Styles, and Shane Douglas give their take on ECW and the landmark incidents that took place.

The downside was probably hearing about the disputes and gripes people had with Paul and at times each other. But even when they didn't like someone, they always gave some credit to most everyone who was apart of the company.

I wish there were more wrestling documentaries. There is tons of footage on these two DVDs and enough to keep any ECW fan happy. I only wish there was a Forever Hardcore II with even more footage. I could watch this stuff all day. Take the gritty, raw information from this DVD and mix it with the sugar-coated WWE version and you probably come out with a middle ground of how things really went down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Riemensnyder on June 22, 2006
I liked the gritty feel of this documentary. The stars presented their stories and recollections with a great deal of honesty and color. Tod Gordon and Joey Styles were particularly vivid in what they said, especially when it comes to discussing the competition ECW had. I wonder if Joey regreats being so forthright now that he works for the WWE.

There were a few negative points, however, namely the small amount of matches and clips and the fact Paul Heyman was not involved with the project. I understand Paul E. has been under contract with the WWE for a number of years now and I'm sure that prevented him from signing on to do this, but a DVD about the HISTORY of Extreme Championship Wrestling SHOULD feature some sort of involvement from the guy who ran the company.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D.P. VINE VOICE on January 8, 2006
Just to get this out the way...the version Jim Bryan is talking about is the first draft of the Forever Hardcore DVD that came out months before the directors cut did. The directors cut has additional interviews, footage, chapters and bonus features but it doesn't have the Chris Candido tribute/blooper. If your looking for that Candido feature, check out the TNA Lockdown DVD cause it's in the Candido tribute section on that DVD.

This is the best non-WWE wrestling documentry I've ever have or probably will see. This DVD basically "fills in the gaps" for those hardcore ECW fans that the WWE DVD left. Unlike how the "Rise & Fall" DVD showed some bias towards WWE & their current roster (at the time) at the expence of those who did more for ECW (ala Shane Douglas & Tod Gordon), you hear stories from the icons of ECW that aren't under a WWE contract (at the time) so you get all the stories raw & uncut. Also they have opinions from those who were in WWE/WCW behind the scenes & wrestling historians. There are some handicaps here as they can't use any ECW copywrites (mainly footage) and can only use fan photos & footage from the Hardcore Homecoming event & the old XPW wrestling federation to get certain points across. Basically, it's alot of interviews cut together for different segments but the stories & profiles on wrestlers come across great.

On WWE's DVD, certain stories were told but you didn't hear from alot of major players involved in the angles & behind the scenes...those gaps are filled in on this DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Elliott on December 4, 2005
This DVD is Raw and uncut. It goes deeper into the truth behind the storys. These ECW stars have a chance to tell the the real story and not what WWE wants you to here.

If you don't know much about ECW I suggest "Rise and Fall of ECW". Then watch "Forever Hardcore" to find out what really happend behind the storys.

For example on "Rise and Fall of ECW" they talk about Shane Douglas throwing down the NWA belt and begining the Extreme....

On "Forever Hardcore" They tell you that NWA were at ring side when it happend and did not know that was going to happen and only Shane and Paul E. knew.

This DVD reveals the truth behind Raven, Sandman, New Jack, Terry Funk on their thoughts, storys and hate for each other. This is the best Wrestling Ducumentry I have ever seen. It is a Must Have.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Shiely on September 7, 2005
While they can't say it in the description due to WWE, I'll let you in on a little secret, this movie is about ECW. And its great. I bought an early copy through the companies website, so I have seen it. It is the perfect companion piece to WWE's version of history previously set forth in R&F. This movie has all the guys that WWE wouldn't or couldn't interview. All of the major players previously unheard from are here, including Raven, Sandman, Terry Funk, New Jack, Shane Douglas, Joey Styles, and for the first time ever, Sabu~!

Here New Jack's take on the "Mass Transit Incident." Raven talks about the night he crucified The Sandman in the ECW Arena, an event so controversial that future WWE star Kurt Angle walked out of the building and refused to ever work with ECW. Todd Gordon gives his side to the "mole" story. All the questions left unanswered in WWE's version of history are answered right here!

I thought this was going to be kind of a dull looking movie with lots of guys sitting in front of white walls, but this is a beautifully shot movie. Lots of pictures from the glory days and even some clips of ECW in other wrestling promotions. It was nothing like what i expected.

If you are fan of ECW and want to hear the truth about the "rise and fall of ECW" I cannot recommend this movie enough. It is a must have for any wrestling fan.
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