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WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. I, 1985-1989 (WrestleMania I-V)

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Go back to the beginning of WrestleMania’s long, illustrious history and see where the phenomenon began. Watch as Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff and TV megastar Mr. T all tangle in the Main Event of the very first WrestleMania. See WWE Superstars take on the greats of the NFL in a unique Battle Royal at WrestleMania 2. Witness the legendary encounter between Hogan and Andre the Giant before 93,173 at WrestleMania III. Relive the 16-man WWE Championship tournament from WrestleMania IV. Experience the explosion of the MegaPowers at WrestleMania V. These classic moments and more can be found in WrestleMania’s first five years.

Special Features

  • Includes WrestleMania I-V

Product Details

  • Actors: Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, Randy Savage, Richard Blood, Roddy Piper
  • Directors: Jack Simon
  • Writers: George Scott
  • Producers: Herb Kaplan, Nelson Sweglar, Vince McMahon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: World Wrestling
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 940 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BDH6HQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. I, 1985-1989 (WrestleMania I-V)" on IMDb

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By Mark A. Friel on March 19, 2006
I waited a long time for the WWE to release WrestleMania I-XIV on DVD. I must say that overall I was not disappointed. Each WrestleMania is shown in its entirety (with the exception of WrestleMania XI). The WrestleMania DVDs show the original television broadcasts. I owned just about every WrestleMania in their original VHS format. The older tapes of the shows they released were heavily edited in order to fit the program on one cassette. They even edited some matches to make them shorter. The only way you could see all these matches in their entirety was to watch the original television broadcasts ... until now!

Now, here is what is what is wrong with the DVD sets:

-Entrance music for a lot of Superstars is dubbed over with crappy, generic music so the WWE would not have to pay royalties to use these songs.

-Any verbal reference to WWF is edited out

-WrestleMania XIV-X8 blurs out the WWF scratched logo

-The Salt N' Pepper performance at WrestleMania XI was completely taken out so the WWE would not have to pay them royalties

-There are no extra features whatsoever ... just the event itself for every WrestleMania

I hated that all this great entrance music was taken out. The edited out the entrance music to Slick's "Jive Soul Bro," HillBilly Jim's "Country Boy," Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Demolition, Big Boss Man's "Hard Time," and Ric Flair's original entrance music to name just a few. I really miss "Jive Soul Bro!" I would have shelled out more dough for these DVDs if they ensured all the old theme music was included. The blurred out WWF scratched logo is annoying but bearable.

Personally, I only purchased the first three box sets of WrestleMania I-XV because I already owned WresteMania XV-21 on DVD.
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I haven't watched wrestling for 15 years, but from 1985 through 1989 it was a major part of my life. Hulk Hogan was the primary reason but it went far beyond one athlete. The awe surrounding Wrestlemania was very real, very tangible, in the late eighties. The WWF was embraced by the entire world, not just a particular demographic. Don't believe me? Compare the number of people who know names like Hogan, Andre, and George the Animal Steele versus Cena.

This box set is the only segment of Anthology I intend to buy. It captures perfectly the essence of my childhood and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching these magical events all over again. As another reviewer mentioned, Wrestlemania III alone is worth the cost of the set. 93,000 people gathered to watch wrestling? Pure magic. Wrestlemania V is probably my favorite in terms of pure wrestling -- the match between The Rockers and the Twin Towers has the most memorable clothesline in wrestling history. Hogan versus Savage and Ultimate Warrior versus Rick Rude are two classics.

I am especially pleased that the WWF/WWE managed to keep the original material intact, at least to the fullest extent possible. The interviews, backgrounds, Jesse Ventura's commentary and the original WWF logo are preserved (though there's at least one case where Hogan's voice is clearly dubbed to say "WWE" instead of "WWF"). Make no mistake -- this was a huge achievement considering all the name, personality, and logo trademark hurdles WWE had to overcome. Not to mention their battle with the World Wildlife Fund (who, by the way, will never receive a penny of my donations after their ridiculous crusade that ultimately forced the name change to WWE).
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NOTE: I UPDATED THIS REVIEW IN 2014

A couple of notes here in that changes have been made since the original airing of these events in that all references to "WWF" & various music has been changed to due the rights expiring but there is no blurring of the WWF logo since these event happened before the "Attitude Era." It should also be noted that these double sided disc contain the PPV only & no extras.

WrestleMania was advertised to be "The Greatest Wrestling Event Of All Time" as this was the event that started it all from New York City's Madison Square Garden where the idea of combining the sport of wrestling together with the celebrities & media presence of the entertainment industry to create the era that is now known as "Rock N' Wrestling Connection." Celebrities include Billy Martin & Liberace & The New York City Rockettes. The main event match was WWE Champion Hulk Hogan teaming with Hollywood superstar Mr. T with "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka in their corner against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper & "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff with "Cowboy" Bob Orton in their corner which featured boxing legend Muhammed Ali as the special enforcer who did end up getting involved in the action when things got out of hand. Other matches include Womens Champion Leilani Kai with Fabulous Moolah vs. Wendi Richter with pop music superstar Cyndi Lauper in her corner, $15,000 Bodyslam Challenge between Andre The Giant & Big John Studd, Tag Team Champions U.S. Express vs. Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik, Intercontinental Champion Greg Valentine vs. Junkyard Dog, Brutus Beefcake vs. David Sammartino with Bruno Sammartino in his corner, Ricky Steamboat vs. Matt Borne, King Kong Bundy making history (or did he?) vs. S.D. Jones, and Tito Santana vs. Executioner in the very first match in WrestleMania history.
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