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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Genius
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028X36EE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,878 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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WCW grew out of a southern promotion, into a giant that battled World Wrestling Entertainment every Monday night. For the first time ever, the complete story of World Championship Wrestling, from Ted Turner’s purchase and entry into the world of professional wrestling, through the Monday night wars, and the company’s eventual collapse.

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This is a very good DVD release from the WWE.
LeeAnn Hawkins
It'll be interesting to see what these guys will have to say, or should I say, be allowed to say (obviously whatever WWF doesn't like won't make it onto the show).
Kenny
And like him or not, having Bischoff not involved in this project is devastating for what this documentary is supposed to be.
T.

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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By 3/26/2001 - The Day Wrestling Died on August 25, 2009
Format: DVD
I never review anything but felt it necessary on this one.

If you have seen The Rise & Fall of ECW DVD, you'd have been hard pressed to believe that this one would fall so short. Considering Eastern Championship Wrestling, later on becoming Extreme Championship Wrestling, had a life span far shorter than WCW and its Jim Crockett Promotion ties, this disc should have had tons more info to share.

The ECW disc was so informative, and not just from the stand point of the players involved. It spoke on its biggest feuds, changing points in the company, the ways they were able to grow and compete with the "Big 2" and made you understand how important and revolutionary their company was. It spoke on the history of its biggest players and how them coming to ECW helped their business. It was also shown in detail of how the company ruined itself. Some of that was in the WCW disc, mostly the competing with WWE, but not enough.

And while I know I may sound like a mark, I am a big WCW fan and feel there will never be a bigger angle in the history of wrestling bigger than the NWO, for better or worse. But I was a fan of WCW even before then. So why not recap the history of the "Big Gold Belt" briefly. I mean WWE still uses its likeness, so why not show it some love. Talk about how it was separated from the NWA Championship and the whole 9 yards. I think one would believe it was the same belt from the Crockett Promotion glancing over this.

Another strange thing to me is how Sting-Hogan is just refused to even be mentioned, it wasn't mentioned in the Monday Night Wars disc either. If you think about it, it is one of the last feuds to take that 80's and earlier approach in where Sting and Hogan had a long, drawn out program before fighting at Starrcade.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ervin Griffin on September 7, 2009
Format: DVD
I'll be honest, there are things in terms of content and matches that WWE could've done better on this set but in their defense on the documentary, a lot of key figures (including Ted Turner, Eric Bischoff and Brad Seagal) declined to be part of this project so their abscence did hurt it a bit. Still, it isn't as bad as some of the other reviews both on Amazon and on other sites have claimed it to be though I will agree it could've been better, especially on some of the match selections! Here is what you'll find on here starting with the chapters:

Jim Crockett Promotions
Georgia Championship Wrestling
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Black Saturday
The Expansion
Crockett Sells to Turner
Greatest Talent in the World
New Management
Bill Watts Era
Bill Shaw Hires Eric Bischoff
Hulk Hogan Arrives
Nitro Debuts
nWo
Cruiserweights
Goldberg
WCW Ratings Champ
Celebrities
Goldberg vs. Hogan
Mistakes Begin
Vince Russo
A Corporate Merger
McMahon buys WCW
Legacy of WCW

I have to say that the most interesting parts were the history of Jim Crockett Promotions, Black Saturday (in reference to when Vince McMahon temporarily took over the Georgia Championship Wrestling show in 1985) and thru the Bill Watts era. Where it gets muddled a bit is when discussing Bischoff, Russo and the nWo angle. Surprisingly, many take up for Bischoff though they ultimately admit he was one of the reasons for its downfall! Still, its is an interesting take on what happened.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. on August 26, 2009
Format: DVD
Wow. All the promise and capabilities this had for being truly great with all the history of the NWA/WCW. What a huge, huge letdown. 2 stars is being very generous.
Again..instead of the history and the rise and fall of the company, this is nothing more than "we, the WWE are the greatest, and all other promotions, whether historal, groundbreaking, popular, whatever, are garbage and failures". Jim Ross has recently memo'd that this "is not a WWE hatchet job". LOL. It is in fact. Jim Ross is a WWE minion and toes the company line and kisses ***.
So many misses. No mention of Bret Hart. What? Are you serious? It was a huge part of the company near the end. Barely anything on Sting. What? Sting, along with Flair and Rhodes, WAS the WCW. And like him or not, having Bischoff not involved in this project is devastating for what this documentary is supposed to be. The whole Flair/Bischoff thing needed to be done on here and it was basically bypassed as well.
So what you have here, is an incomplete rush job. Its a shame too. And the match selection? Jeezus. 1/2 the matches are good and the other half have no business being on any release. And who picks these things? HOW MANY DVD's does "Flair vs. Hogan, Bash at the Beach" have to be on??????? We've seen this a million times, please, put other matches on DVD's. On another note, in no reference to this DVD, how many DVD's are they going to put the "Flair vs. Steamboat, Chi-town rumble" on??
The match's put forth on DVD releases from the WWE are starting to look eerily similar and they better change their ways/policies on this. People are getting sick of seeing matches copied and copied on follow up DVD's when there are hundreds of other match's to pick from.
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