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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
One of the WWE's best DVD/Blu-ray releases to date
, March 5, 2013
The best way I can describe this Bret Hart DVD/Blu-ray release is to borrow an old gimmick from iTunes: Bret's first DVD release can be classified as "The Basics" and the Dungeon Collection can be classified as the "Deep Cuts". This collection contains the rare gems from Bret's wrestling career. The rarely seen matches that most fans have probably only read about but have never seen.
Man, I don't know where to start first, this collection has so much great content on it. You'll see tons of great and rare matches, each of which are introduced by Bret himself, and he gives some awesome insight while telling some insider stories for each one. And there are some classic matches on this release: Bret vs Dynamite Kid in a 2-out-of-3-falls match for the British Commonwealth Jr. Heavyweight Championship, Bret vs Steve Austin from the Sun City Superbowl (this match is just a step below their classic Survivor Series match a few months later, and that's not a knock!), Bret vs Tiger Mask II from 1990, Bret vs Andre the Giant (I didn't even know these two ever faced off before this release), Bret vs Flair for the IC Title from 1991, Bret vs Bam Bam Bigelow (these two always had great chemistry together), Bret vs Mr. Perfect (one of Bret's best opponents), Bret vs Diesel from King of the Ring (I thought this was their best match and was thrilled to find it on this release) and an amazing match against his brother Owen, plus tons more!
In my opinion, the Blu-ray is the edition to get because you get more matches and tons more stories from Bret not found on the DVD edition.
I can't put this release over enough, Christmas has come early to say the least folks! I for one hope to see a Vol. 2 edition of the Dungeon Collection in the very near future.
Note on the quality of the Andre the Giant match: Yes, this match does not look good at all and here's the back story on it. For whatever reason, the WWF at the time didn't save this show in their video archives. However, a fan that had recorded the broadcast of this match from television onto vhs had posted it to Youtube 8 months ago (do a search on youtube for Bret vs Andre the Giant and you'll find the exact same match, quality, tracking problem spots, etc.; it was posted 8 months ago). WWE, since they own the original rights, simply downloaded it from Youtube and included this only surviving version (that we know of) on this set. It would've been nice if they could've used the original poster's vhs tape, but he probably would've wanted money for it. So, it's a Youtube download instead, and some people may not like this due to the poor quality, but at least we get to see it. This isn't the first time WWE has downloaded video from Youtube that's missing from their archives to include on DVDs. They also did this on Steamboat's DVD. They downloaded fan uploaded footage of a famous angle between Flair and Steamboat from Mid-Atlantic that doesn't exist in the archives they bought of Mid-Atlantic (many wrestling promotions back then would record over their show tapes and not save them, no one knew how valuable their show footage would later become.
22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Looks like a great documentary with underwhelming match listing
, January 28, 2013
Here's the complete match listing for Mick Foley's latest WWE DVD/Blu-ray set. The biography looks great, but the match listing is nothing to get excited about. I understand that they didn't want to have several repeats from Mick's previous set, but in this case, I think they needed to include some of those matches. No Sabu matches? No Terry Funk matches? Come on! At least we will finally be getting the Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker uncensored with the original WWF logo intact for the first time on DVD or Blu-ray. Again, the documentary looks tremendous and in-depth, but the match listing is really lacking.
Updated on April 18th: I have just viewed the Blu-ray and I gotta say, the documentary is 'Have a Nice Day' the cliff notes edition. Most parts of Mick's life and career are quickly skimmed over or completely ignored. No mention at all about Mick spitting on the WCW Tag Team Titles during his ECW debut against Sabu which enraged the powers that be at WCW leading to his WCW departure; now Mick just leaves WCW after being disappointed with the way WCW failed to capitalize on his ear injury to push his feud with Vader further. That was surprising to see because Mick made a big deal about this on his original DVD match collection: WWE: Mick Foley's Greatest Hits & Misses - A Life in Wrestling (Hardcore Edition)
. No mention of his feud with Sabu and how that helped to put ECW on the map. No mention of any feuds in ECW, just his hardcore promos, and unless you know the situation with Mick and feelings towards the ECW fans at the time, the purpose of those promos will go over the head of new viewers being introduced to Mick for the first time on this set. Plus, they kayfabed most of the story surrounding the Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker. It's disappointing to say the least. I understand they have limited time, but a documentary on Mick deserves to be 3 hrs. in length, at least and they didn't come close to that. Now, with that said, the portion of the documentary where Mick starts writing his book and on, is great and it saves this release. So, while not perfect by any means, it's still worth picking up for the documentary. They actually spend the most amount of time on Mick's time as the WWF Commissioner. This will upset some, but the clips are great and Mick says himself that he thinks it's the best contribution he made to his WWF career, so why not feature it?
Disc One - Biography Portion
A Happy Story
Working the Road
ECW & Japan
Hell in a Cell
Making a Difference
Stand Up Comic
A Complete One-Off
* Disc Two
Jack Foley / Les Thornton vs. The British Bulldogs
Superstars September 1986
Alternate Commentary: Mick Foley & Joey Styles
Cactus Jack / Gary Young vs. Scott Steiner / Billy Travis
AWA All Star Wrestling October 1988
Cactus Jack Manson vs. Brickhouse Brown
Wild West Wrestling April 1989
Cactus Jack vs. Keith Hart
Power Hour March 1990
Submit or Surrender Match
Cactus Jack vs. Sting
Power Hour November 1991
Falls Count Anywhere Match
Cactus Jack vs. Van Hammer
Clash of the Champions XVIII 21st January, 1992
Barbed Wire Match
Cactus Jack vs. Sandman
Ft. Lauderdale, FL May 1995
Cactus Jack vs. Shane Douglas
CyberSlam February 1996
Alternate Commentary: Mick Foley & Joey Styles
Mankind vs. Rocky Maivia
IYH: Cold Day in Hell 11th May, 1997
Mankind vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley
IYH: Canadian Stampede 6th July, 1997
* Disc Three
Dude Love vs. Rocky Maivia
RAW 17th November, 1997
Hell in a Cell
Mankind vs. Undertaker
King of the Ring 28th June, 1998
Alternate Commentary: Mick Foley & Joey Styles
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Mankind / Kane vs. New Age Outlaws
RAW 13th July, 1998
WWE Championship Match
Mankind vs. The Rock
IYH: Rock Bottom 13th December, 1998
WWE Tag Team Championship
Mankind / The Rock vs. Triple H / Shane McMahon
SmackDown 2nd September, 1999
Mankind vs. Al Snow
SmackDown 16th December, 1999
Hell In A Cell - Retirement Match
Cactus Jack vs. Triple H
No Way Out 27th February, 2000
* Blu-ray Exclusive Content
Sting's Birthday Cake
WCW World Championship Wrestling 5th October, 1991
No Ear Surgery
WCW Saturday Night 10th September, 1994
RAW 5th April, 2004
SmackDown 1st August, 2008
Relevancy with CM Punk
RAW 24th September, 2012
DeNucci Training School
Arrested in Italy?
Cactus Jack - The Name
Birth of Bang Bang
On the Spot
Farewell in ECW
Kevin Sullivan - Mentor
Rock `n Sock Jacket
Loogie Heard `Round the World
Mr. Socko vs. The Cobra
Favourite Mick Foley Persona
Sheamus Meets Mick
26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
, November 12, 2012
Here's the complete listing for this 3-disc DVD set and 2-disc Blu-ray set (the Blu-ray contains extras not found on the DVD edition)
Disc 1 - Documentary - The Birth of Attitude
Austin vs. McMahon
Wealth of Talent
The World Was Watching
Disc 1 Extras:
Jim Ross interviews Goldust & Marlena - Raw Nov 3, 1997
Steve Austin Throws the InterContinental Championship Off A Bridge - Raw Dec 15, 1997
Soldier of Love - Raw May 4, 1998
Mr McMahon Presents Mankind with the WWE Hardcore Championship - Raw Nov 2, 1998
Jim Ross Interviews Triple H - Sunday Night Heat July 25, 1999
An Evening At The Friendly Tap - SmackDown! Jan 20, 2000
Mae Young and the Acolyte Protection Agency - SmackDown! Jan 27, 2000
"The Jug Band" - Judgment Day 2000
Triple H Trains Trish Stratus - SmackDown! July 27, 2000
Edges Totally Awesome Birthday - Raw Oct 30, 2000
The Rocks Message to His Hell in a Cell Opponents - Raw Dec 4, 2000
Mike Tyson Joins DX - Raw Mar 2, 1998
A New Beginning For D-Generation X - Raw March 30, 1998
Sable vs. "Marvelous" Marc Mero - Raw May 11, 1998
Nation of Degeneration - Raw July 6, 1998
Bart Gunn vs. "Dr Death" Steve Williams - Brawl for All Match - Raw July 27, 1998
The Undertaker & Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kane & Mankind vs. The New Age Outlaws vs. The Rock & Owen Hart - Four Corners Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Ken Shamrock vs. Owen Hart - Lions Den Match - SummerSlam 1998
The Rock vs. Mankind - Finals of WWE Championship Tournament - Survivor Series 1998
The Rock & The Undertaker vs. Mankind & Stone Cold Steve Austin - Raw Dec 7, 1998
Austin Gives The Corporation A Beer Bath - Raw March 22, 1999
The Undertaker vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin - Raw June 28, 1999
The Debut of Y2J - Raw Aug 9, 1999
DLo Brown vs. Jeff Jarrett - European & Intercontinental Championship Match - SummerSlam 1999
The Rock & Mankind vs. The Undertaker & Big Show - Buried Alive Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship - SmackDown! Sept 9, 1999
Stone Cold & Jim Ross vs. Triple H & Chyna - Raw Oct 11, 1999
Boss Mans Sympathy for Big Shows Dad - Raw Nov 18, 1999
The Wedding of Stephanie McMahon & Andrew "Test" Martin - Raw Nov 29, 1999
The Godfather & DLo Brown vs. Too Cool - SmackDown Jan 27, 2000
Hardcore Holly vs. Crash Holly - WWE Hardcore Championship Match - Raw March 27, 2000
Chris Jericho vs. Eddie Guerrero - WWE Championship Match - Raw April 3, 2000
Rikishi vs. Val Venis - Steel Cage Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship - Fully Loaded 2000
Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz - Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match for the World Tag Team Championship - SummerSlam 2000
Kurt Angle vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock vs. Undertaker vs. Triple H vs. Rikishi - Hell in A Cell Match for the WWE Championship - Armageddon 2000
King of Kings Match: Ken Shamrock vs. Triple H vs. Owen Hart Raw - June 29, 1998
The Oddities w/ Insane Clown Posse vs. The Headbangers Raw - Sept 28, 1998
The Truth About Sammy Raw - Jan 18, 1999
The Unholy Union of Stephanie McMahon & The Undertaker Raw - April 26, 1999
The Rock vs. Val Venis SmackDown - Oct 7, 1999
Survivor Series Elimination Match: Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Kane & Shane McMahon vs. Triple H, X-Pac & The New Age Outlaws SmackDown - Nov 4, 1999
WWE Hardcore Championship Match: Al Snow vs. Crash Holly SmackDown - June 29, 2000
The Hardy Boyz & Lita vs. Perry Saturn, Eddie Guerrero & Dean Malenko SmackDown - Nov 30, 2000
Chris Jericho & The Dudley Boyz vs. Kurt Angle, Edge & Christian Raw - Dec 25, 2000
These may actually be Best Buy Exclusive Extras for the DVD edition:
GTV - Al Snow & Head; Mae Young Gives Birth - Raw Feb 28, 2000
Lita vs. Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley - WWE Womens Championship Match - Raw June 12, 2000
The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz - Raw July 17, 2000
Overall, it's a mixed bag. The good is that all of the content here will be shown with the original WWF scratch logo and the word "WWF" will not be censored in the audio anymore. Plus, there are a lot of tv matches I haven't seen since they originally aired that are making their home video debut with this release. The bad, in my opinion, is that several Attitude era classic matches didn't make this release. Yes, they've been released on DVD numerous times before, but some of them have never been released on DVD or Blu-ray without having the WWF scratch logo censored. I'm talking about Undertaker vs Mankind in Hell in a Cell (a match that defines the Attitude Era, for good and bad, more than any other) and The Rock vs Mankind - I Quit Match for The WWF Title, just to name two. So, while the match selection isn't worth getting excited about, the documentary will contain a lot of classic clips. So, it's worth a buy, but in my opinion the greatest boom period in wrestling's history deserved a little more attention than this. This set arguably deserved a 4 or even the 6 disc treatment to truly deliver all the great moments and matches that made the Attitude Era so special.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Kayfabe documentary chronicles the nWo
, November 6, 2012
WWE has really hit some home runs in the last two years with their home video line-up, producing stellar releases such as WWE: Greatest Rivalries - Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart [Blu-ray
], Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time [Blu-ray
] and WWE: CM Punk - Best in the World [Blu-ray
]. What made these releases so great is that the documentary and/or interview portions in them provided the viewer with detailed information on what was taking place behind the scenes in professional wrestling. Unfortunately, nWo: the revolution fears to tread into this territory, which is a shame because I was reading the Pro Wrestling Torch during the entire monday night war era and this documentary didn't come close to scratching the surface of all the real life drama that took place during the original run of the nWo. The documentary here mainly stays kayfabe, and tells the storyline story of the nWo. Don't get me wrong, I understand and appreciate that they do this, but it needs to be balanced with some insider details, in my opinion, to really provide the viewer with the complete story surrounding the nWo's rise and fall. For example, they got Lex Luger, Sean Waltman and Vince Russo to shoot new interviews for this release... and they didn't dish at all! Not one controversial story, not one insider scoop... none! And these were guys that were involved in some pretty major parts of the nWo! If I remember correctly, they only used one interview clip from Russo... one?! Why even interview the guy? During the documentary they only vaguely discussed how Hall and Nash came to jump to WCW (Nash provides more info in the Blu-ray extras... read on). They didn't tell the story of how Jerry Saggs became enraged with Scott Hall and legitimately attacked him in the ring leading to a huge blow up and standoff back stage. No mention of how Kevin Nash takes a lot of heat for WCW's demise when he became booker and booked himself to defeat Goldberg (they only give a nod to this to all the smart fans during the documentary). No real life details at all. However, and this is why it's important to purchase the Blu-ray edition of this title, fortunately as a Blu-ray exclusive WWE has included the complete Legends of Wrestling roundtable discussion on the nWo. Kevin Nash is a guest on that panel and he gives more insider information and background on the formation, rise and fall of the nWo than you'll find in this entire documentary. So, if you're looking for the goods, you'll find them during that roundtable discussion. Nash is open and forthright about what was done right and wrong in WCW at the time, he even openly discusses his motivation for booking himself to end Goldberg's streak and explains why the "finger poke of doom" was done and how it was part of a much larger plan that quickly fell apart, and why! Great stuff, the roundtable discussion is worth the price of this Blu-ray alone, don't miss it. After that, the matches are a nice bonus, but I already have the best moments and matches on other sets.
Bottom line, if you were an nWo fan, this is a must buy for the Legends of Wrestling roundtable discussion and because it collects almost all of the best moments from the entire angle in one set. However, if you were hoping for an inside look on one of professional wrestling's greatest money making angles during the documentary portion, then you may be disappointed to find a kayfabe presentation instead.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
, October 10, 2012
The best WWE DVDs and documentaries are produced with hands on involvement from the talent involved, WWE: Bret "Hitman" Hart - The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be
and WWE: Greatest Rivalries - Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart [Blu-ray
] are perfect examples of this; so when CM Punk announced months ago that he was going to be very hands on with this DVD project, I immediately knew it was going to be something special... and it is! This is easily one of WWE's best documentaries ever put together on an individual wrestler. The documentary tells the story of Punk's wrestling career from it's ambitious backyard wrestling start to his unforgettable WWE title win at Money in the Bank 2011. Punk's input is clearly evident in the presentation, you can see it in the hand written graphics to the licensed video footage from Punk's independent wrestling career. I've gotta say, it's very surreal to see footage from IWA and Ring of Honor on a WWE DVD, and the clips they show will make you want to track down those matches on DVD. Hardcore fans know that arguably CM Punk's greatest matches took place in Ring of Honor against the great Samoa Joe, so it's awesome to see actual video footage from their epic encounters and not just still images courtesy of Pro Wrestling Illustrated in the documentary. No doubt, CM Punk used his influence to convince WWE to license this content for use on this DVD and it's a testament to how far he's traveled up the WWE ladder to be able to make that happen. Thanks to the footage from IWA, Ring of Honor and Ohio Valley Wrestling (WWE's old developmental territory that Paul Heyman ran during Punk's time there) you get to see the evolution of the CM Punk character, and it's a fascinating journey. They didn't bother to discuss Punk's time in TNA, but considering the fact that they're WWE's biggest competitor, the current lawsuit and what happened to Punk in TNA, it's no surprise they didn't mention Punk's time there at all.
Punk's passion for professional wrestling is clearly evident as he tells his story. He pulls no punches and holds nothing back, but I wouldn't expect him to tell his story any other way. For example, he pointed out how surprised and disrespected he felt to see Miz headline WrestleMania XXVII against John Cena instead of himself. I was so glad to hear him say that! I never understood why the Miz was shot to that spot instead of Punk, so it was great to see him stand up for himself and express something that I and a lot of other fans were screaming at out television sets about when the Miz was given the title. Punk also doesn't hold back about his thoughts about WWE creative and how he would tear up their scripts right in front of them (I wish more wrestlers would do that, the shows would be a million times better if wrestlers were simply given bullet points and no scripts). Punk also offers insight into several key career moments, like why he wasn't given the ECW title at the December to Dismember PPV (this story is told in the extras).
I was glad to see they interviewed Colt Cabana for the documentary. Why he was let go by WWE is beyond me. He's the same size as Punk, athletic and just as good on the mic; so why not use him? Any way, Colt provides some great insight into Punk's early career and what drives him as a performer. Paul Heyman is also interviewed as well are Punk's friends, family and fellow wrestlers from WWE and the independents. The interviews provide various perspectives that help to tell a very thorough and concise story of Punk's life and career thus far.
As for match listings and extras, I really loved the bonus interview section. You'll get to hear why WWE went with Bobby Lashley as ECW champion instead of Punk at December to Dismember, the origin of his name, a scary injury and more stories and insights into Punk's life and career. The matches are great and truly contain the highlights of Punk's WWE career. The only one I would've liked to have seen added is at least one match with the Undertaker, otherwise this is a very definitive collection of matches.
To summarize, this is an outstanding release by WWE and I for one would love to see more hands on releases like this from them. If you're a CM Punk fan, or a general fan of professional wrestling, I think you'll love seeing this in-depth and passionate profile on CM Punk. I've read some other various reviews and comments coming from fans saying that they were turned off by Punk's arrogance during the documentary, and I couldn't disagree more with them. I didn't think Phil came off as arrogant at all, I think he came off as supremely confident, and folks, you wont get far in this life without that...
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pointless countdown, but includes some rare matches
, August 22, 2012
First, for those wondering, the old 1980s WWF logo is not blurred on this release. For some reason, in the trailer for this DVD release (shown on the web and on tv) the old WWF 1980s logo is blurred. When I saw that, I wondered what on earth had happened to cause WWE to have to now blur a logo that up until now, they had always shown uncensored. So, if you were wondering about that, have no fear, the logo is not blurred. Also, even though WWE has won the rights to the old WWF scratch logo in recent weeks and no longer has to blur it (thank God!!!), they secured those rights after this release had already been put into production, so the WWF scratch logo is still blurred here, but it should be uncensored in the upcoming Attitude Era DVD and Blu-ray set, which I can't wait to purchase! Now, on with the review...
The top 50 countdown was pointless, but still entertaining to watch. If you watch this with friends, I can definitely see it starting a spirited debate in regards to the which moves made the list, which ones didn't and the ranking of the moves themselves. The real reason to pick this one up is the inclusion of some rare matches. The main match I wanted to see was Rob Van Dam vs 2 Cold Scorpio from ECW Living Dangerously. It's a solid match with some ridiculously stiff back and forth action. Plus, they included all of the post-match action that took place with Sabu and Sandman. Bret Hart defending the WWF Title against Bob Backlund from an episode of Superstars no less, while not a PPV quality match, is a rare tv match that I had actually never seen until now, so I was glad to see it here. Mankind vs Jerry The King Lawler from King of the Ring, is a good match between the two and it's a welcome addition to this set, since it didn't make the recent King of the Ring collection WWE released a while back. For me, those are the rare matches worth picking this one up for. As is the case with WWE countdown DVDs, they include a lot of multi-man matches in order to get everyone in the collection. I'm not a big fan of tag or multi-man matches, so the rest of this collection either has that or a match I already own on another set. So this isn't a five star classic collection, but it has just enough rarities for me to definitely recommend it.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Newer fans should see this!
, June 8, 2012
Here's the full match listing and then I'll give some thoughts on the release...
Mick Foley hosts this collection of wild matches that includes:
The Names May Vary
Pat Patterson vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Madison Square Garden 1981
Atlanta Street Fight
Jimmy Valiant & Ms. Atlanta Lively vs. Midnight Express
Street Fight for the NWA Tag Team Championship
Doom vs. Barry Windham & Arn Anderson
A Fresh Face
Falls Count Anywhere Match
Sting vs. Cactus Jack
Beach Blast 1992
Falls Count Anywhere Match
Randy "Macho Man" Savage vs. Crush
WrestleMania X 1994
Windy City Mayhem
Chicago Street Fight
Booker T & Sting Vs. The Road Warriors
Chicago Street Fight
Ahmed Johnson & The Legion Of Doom vs. Faarooq, Savio Vega, & Crush
WrestleMania 13 1997
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret "Hit Man" Hart
Falls Count Anywhere Match
Cactus Jack vs. Triple H
Falls Count Anywhere Death Match
Tazz Vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Heat Wave - August 2, 1998
A Brand New Title
Hardcore Championship Match
Al Snow vs. Hardcore Holly
St. Valentine's Day Massacre - February 14, 1999
Fully Loaded Strap Match
The Rock vs. Triple H
Fully Loaded - July 25, 1999
Love Her Or Leave Her Greenwich Street Fight
Test vs. Shane McMahon
SummerSlam - August 22, 1999
Dictators On A Power Trip
WWE Championship Match
Big Show vs. Kane - Raw
December 20, 1999
Hardcore Championship Match
Crash Holly vs. The Headbangers
SmackDown - March 16, 2000
Mr. McMahon Vs. Shane McMahon
Raw - October 29, 2001
Mr. McMahon vs. Ric Flair
Royal Rumble - January 20, 2002
Greatest Comeback Story
Unsanctioned Street Fight
Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H
SummerSlam - August 25, 2002
Street Fight For The World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H vs. Kevin Nash
Insurrextion - June 7, 2003
Inside The Divas' Locker Room
Falls Count Anywhere Match for the WWE Women's Championship
Melina vs. Mickie James
Raw - March 5, 2007
Triple H vs. Umaga
Cyber Sunday - October 28, 2007
John Cena vs. Umaga
Raw - June 16, 2008
New Stars On The Rise
Submissions Count Anywhere Match
D-Generation X vs. Legacy
Breaking Point - September 13, 2009
Rey Mysterio vs. Batista
SmackDown - December 11, 2009
Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes
SmackDown - November 4, 2011
A Little Tidying Up
Boiler Room Brawl
Mankind vs Santa Claus
Raw - December 20, 1999
Triple H vs Sheamus
Extreme Rules - April 25, 2010
Falls Count Anywhere Match
Rey Mysterio vs Cody Rhodes
Extreme Rules - May 1, 2011
Randy Orton vs Kane
SmackDown - July 22, 2011
I'm close to being a 30 yr. fan of wrestling, so unfortunately, I've seen just about everything on this collection thanks to the fact that the majority of this collection contains matches from the late 90's to today. I would've loved to have seen more classic footage from the 70's and 80's. However, I'm thrilled to see that they've included Patterson vs Slaughter in this set. I've never seen it, but I've wanted to every since Jim Ross put it over as a classic in one of the WWE's Legends of Wrestling roundtable discussions. Also, it's nice to see Bret vs Austin from Raw on here, I haven't seen that since it's original air date. It'll also be nice to have Sting vs Cactus Jack from Beach Blast with it's original commentary. This match was an extra on WWE: Mick Foley Greatest Hits & Misses - A Life in Wrestling
but they used new commentary from Mick and Coach that you couldn't turn off in order to hear the original commentary track. Beyond that, there's nothing for me to get excited about here since I've seen or own the other matches on other various DVDs and Blu-rays. Still, it's a great collection with some amazing matches that newer fans should go out of their way to see. For example, if you've never seen Triple H vs Shawn Michaels from SummerSlam '02, I can't recommend that one enough, it's a classic street fight!
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
ECW Lite, Censored and Unreleased by WWE Vol. 1
, June 6, 2012
After the demise of McECW a few years ago, I never thought we'd see WWE release another ECW compilation, but they have and it's a good one! ECW Unreleased Vol. 1 is a an awesome collection of ECW matches that have never been released by WWE (except for Sabu vs Taz from Barely Legal which was included on the Barely Legal PPV bonus disc WWE included with ECW: One Night Stand
). First, if you've never seen ECW, you need to start with The Rise and Fall of ECW
. To this day, it's still the best documentary WWE has ever produced and will give you some (mostly) true insight into what the promotion was about, along with an awesome collection of matches. Then, if you're hooked pick up this collection (as well as the highly coveted Pioneer DVD releases that are now out of print). While this set has some flaws, which I'll get to, it also has some rare matches that you can't get anywhere else... at least in this quality.
I've been an ECW fan since 1995, I became one after hearing all this buzz about a wild daredevil named Sabu. After seeing him wrestle Cactus Jack for the first time, I was hooked! Now, a lot of these matches I've already seen before, but a few are new to me. They included several matches from Hardcore TV that I'm finally getting to see, which made this set a must buy for me. They also cleaned up the early ECW footage really well using some color correction. They've brightened the older video (which I always thought looked too dark) so it's much clearer now. Besides most of the Hardcore TV matches, I've seen everything else, so while it wasn't loaded with new content for me, it was enough to warrant a purchase and add it to my ECW home video collection. So, you get some rare tv matches in this set, that's the good... here's the bad: content has been edited. It's a subtle thing, and you'd only notice it if you lived thru the original ECW, but WWE has edited out the fans obscene chants. Some may argue that this isn't a big deal, but I disagree. The ECW fans were a huge part in creating the atmosphere that made ECW so special. So to censor and replace filthy chants with clean ones, or in some cases just crowd noise, hurts this release. Yes, it's a TV-14 rated release, but I don't understand why they didn't just do what they did with the Rise + Fall and release this as TV-MA. Who knows, it could be any number of reasons. Now, if you don't think they edited anything, here's just one example: watch the Shane Douglas vs Bam Bam Bigelow match. A few minutes in, while Bam Bam has Douglas down on the mat, the fans start chanting at Bigelow. Now, look closely at the fans as they stand up and chant, their mouth movements don't match the generic chant that's playing in the soundtrack. Why? Because fans are chanting an f-bomb laced chant at Bigelow and WWE has censored it. This happens in other matches on this release as well. Is it a deal breaker that this was done? No, because new fans wont be none the wiser, but for longtime fans like myself, it's a bummer. As for the music, I don't care, I'm over it. We all know why WWE edits the music so let's not even get into it.
If you're new to ECW I highly recommend this release because there are some classic matches here. Also, spend the extra couple bucks and get the Blu-ray because they included the legendary Terry Funk vs Sabu vs Shane Douglas triangle match as a Blu-ray exclusive (the first ever 3-way that was later ripped off by both WCW, WWF and everyone else). This is the match and angle that put ECW on the map! And for those that wanted to know... yes, they've included the awesome interview segment that takes place after the match. If you've never seen the confrontation Terry Funk and Shane Douglas have after this match, it will make you fall on your hands and knees wishing that wrestling could be like this again. In a word, it's tremendous!
27 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Exhilarating and Thrilling Conclusion to one of Gaming's Best Series
, March 23, 2012
I wanted to wait and hold off writing a review about Mass Effect 3 until I had finished the game. First, I've gotta address the ending. There has been so much complaining about the ending that Bioware has caved and decided to release a new downloadable ending to satisfy all those that are upset, a move that I completely disagree with. One should never cave in to pressure or criticism to change his or her artistic vision. With all the problems in the world right now I was shocked to hear that some idiot has actually filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over the ending in this game?! Well, if that's the case, then I guess we can expect to see morons filing complaints over the endings of tv shows, movies and books as well. I thought the ending fit in with the game's theme of having to make difficult decisions, heartbreaking decisions in a lot of cases. I thought the ending fit the story they started to tell in Mass Effect 2. Was the ending pretentious? No. Was it powerful, emotional and thought provoking? Absolutely. After reading several reviews and negative comments regarding the game, I feel like I played a totally different game from those that hated it. One person here on Amazon stated that at the end, characters started to not behave like themselves. What?! Shepard was consistent I also read where someone wrote that your whole team runs away and leaves you behind. What?! *SPOILER* - They die by your side fighting! I'm probably in the minority here, but I thought the ending was just tremendous. The weight Bioware was able to give to the fates of these characters that I've enjoyed since Mass Effect's original release is to be commended. Perhaps it's that same passion that is fueling such hatred right now with most fans. I'm guessing they didn't include the rainbow colored feel good ending everyone wants is because, 1. It goes against the overall story they're trying to tell (obviously) and 2. It wouldn't fit in with where they want to take the series next. I'm looking forward to the next installment with a whole new cast of characters and worlds. Now with that out of the way, here's my thoughts on the game...
This is easily game of the year and one of the most ambitious games to ever be released. The story of Commander Shepard attempting to unite the galaxy behind one evil threat is the most enthralling gaming experience I've ever had. It pulled me in, I didn't want to put the controller down. Building your war armada and trying to unite foes behind one cause was just as fantastic to play as it sounds. Here again enters the game's theme of making serious decisions because in building my army, some species died while others lived and this was all decided by me. The gameplay was smooth as silk and feels the most polished out of all three games. Enemy AI was smart and at times very challenging (without being cheap). The graphics were stunning and the worlds and environments were varied and highly detailed, which just pulled me into the whole experience even more. I can understand it if someone didn't like the ending, but to raise such hate and threaten to file suit or proclaim this is the last time you ever play a game from Bioware, to me, is ridiculous. If you've played 1 and 2 then you'll want to play this one as well, just to experience the grand scope and exhilaration the story provides... just don't expect everyone to receive medals at the end as a large wookie roars.
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One of WWE's Best Years for PPV Matches
, December 27, 2011
First, if possible, spend the extra $5 to get the Blu-ray edition of this release. WWE cancelled several Blu-ray PPV releases in the USA after the poor sales of the Blu-ray editions of Extreme Rules and Over the Limit, so this release, so far, is the only way you can see John Cena vs CM Punk from Money in the Bank in HD. Plus, there are some other matches of note you can only see in HD on the Blu-ray release, so if picture quality is important to you, the Blu-ray is a must buy.
2011 was a great year for quality PPV matches from WWE. The first great match of the year came at WrestleMania in Triple H vs Undertaker. That was a tremendous, classic match that in a lot of ways topped both the matches Undertaker had with Shawn Michaels. When Triple H shakes off Undertaker's choke slam attempt, gave Taker his own Tombstone, complete with Undertaker's signature pinning ritual, and then Taker kicked out... the roof blew off the Georgia Dome! That is one of the single greatest moments in not only WWE history, but wrestling history. If you haven't seen this one, it's worth the price of this release alone, but wait... there's more!
Another great match that WWE had came at Money in the Bank when we saw CM Punk capture the WWE title from John Cena and leave with the title. Now, did Punk make a huge mistake with his worked shoot promo leading into this match? I would say yes, he did a great deal of damage to WWE and his own character with that terrible promo (WWE's ratings slide started the week after that promo and it hasn't recovered since). Did WWE make a huge mistake allowing Punk and Triple H as CEO to talk down WWE? Absolutely. Did WWE make a mistake bringing Punk back so soon after he fled the company with the WWE title? without a doubt. Imagine if Punk had crashed other events sitting front row with the belt, appeared on Jimmy Falon to trash talk the "fake" WWE champion, etc.. Punk should've been dared into coming back by Cena at Survivor Series to defend against the other WWE champion, Cena, with the Rock as special referee (but that's a whole other discussion). With all the mistakes WWE made with the rise of CM Punk this year, this one night in Chicago where he won the title against John Cena was... perfect! The fan atmosphere in Chicago was off the charts electric. This was an amazing match and while I pick Undertaker vs Triple H as match of the year, this one is an extremely close second. Both men worked really hard and told a great story. And hats off to John Cena, he could've held back, been selfish, and not given Punk his best; instead he gave Punk and Chicago everything he had. I laughed out loud reading some wrestling forums and fan reviews after the PPV when I would see people posting comments that "Cena actually managed to wrestle tonight". Where have you been?! I'm not a fan of Cena's character at all, but the guy isn't in WWE's main spot by accident, he can wrestle! See: Cena vs Triple H WrestleMania XXII, Cena vs Umaga Royal Rumble '07, Cena vs Edge TLC Unforgiven '06, Cena vs Shawn Michaels from Raw, Cena vs Batista WrestleMania XXVI, and I could go on. It takes two to tango, and Cena can go, and he goes big time against Punk in this classic match from MITB.
So, those are the two great matches, from there we get some really good ones that include: Cena vs Del Rio vs Punk from Hell in a Cell, Punk vs Triple H from Night of Champions plus we get the best matches from Randy Orton's feud with Christian for the World Heavyweight title.
Would it have been nice for WWE to have waited and released this in February so we could have also had matches from Survivor Series and TLC? Maybe, but I saw those shows and I didn't think there was anything special on Survivor Series that we just had to see (Rock & Cena vs R-Truth & Miz was nothing more than an angle... did you really ever think Miz and Truth had a chance to beat them?). Only the triple threat TLC match between Punk, Del Rio and Miz is missing here. I'm a fan of Daniel Bryan, but that title win at TLC was terrible for him. It's easily the worst babyface title win in wrestling history. No build up, no fan investment or anticipation that he may be winning the title and he wins it in a cowardly heel like way. So, that doesn't belong on the best of anything.
It was a great year for wrestling matches in WWE and this collection is perfect for those that either didn't order the shows or buy the individual PPV home video releases.
As a bonus on the Blu-ray edition, Randy Orton vs CM Punk is the film version of the match, meaning, they had several film cameras on hand at WrestleMania XXVII. It's a really cool extra. This version of the match has a very documentary look and feel to it; the commentary is the same as what was used for the live PPV.