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Beyond The Mat [VHS] [2000]

Terry Funk , Mick Foley , Barry W. Blaustein    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Terry Funk, Mick Foley, Jake Roberts, Barry W. Blaustein, Vince McMahon
  • Directors: Barry W. Blaustein
  • Writers: Barry W. Blaustein
  • Producers: Barry W. Blaustein, Barry Bloom, Brian Grazer, Debra Marie Simon, Michael Rosenberg
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal
  • VHS Release Date: 18 Sep 2000
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W4H3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,134 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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At first, this behind-the-scenes documentary about professional wrestling seems as if it will be an unabashed fan's whitewash of the increasingly bizarre and popular world of "sports entertainment", as it is known. But director Barry Blaustein (a Saturday Night Live veteran who has co-written many of Eddie Murphy's films) goes much deeper than you'd expect in a film that is at once entertaining and disturbing. By focusing on a trio of wrestlers who give him surprising access, Blaustein uncovers human stories that can be wrenching in their stark honesty. That's particularly true of one-time superstar Jake "the Snake" Roberts, whose career has fallen on hard times because of a crack habit; Roberts brings Blaustein along for his first encounter in several years with his grown, estranged daughter. Blaustein also goes into the lives of Terry Funk and Mick "Mankind" Foley in ways that are both revealing and, at times, upsetting. More than just a fan's appreciation, this is that rare documentary that shows you sides of a familiar subject you never knew existed. --Marshall Fine,

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Barry W. Blaustein's hard-hitting exposé of America's organised celebrity wrestling industry - encompassing WCW, WWF and ECW - has famously incurred the wrath of WWF promoter Vince McMahon, who tried to have the film banned. The sport's stars can be seen in action both in and out of the ring, with no holds barred.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Movie The McMahons Tried To Ban. 27 Dec 2005
By Caleb Williams VINE VOICE
I know what you're wondering, why is that one of the titles? Well let me explain a bit about what happens during the movie.
**Warning May Contain Spoilers**
This movie was made by acclaimed director Barry Blaustein who is a huge wrestling fan and it takes you behind the scenes of the wrestling world and some of it's biggest names. Mainly New Jack from ECW and Mick Foley from WWE. This basically reveals every secret the WWE tries to keep you from knowing, from the scripted shows to the rivals chilling and laughing with each other backstage, plus it makes Vince look kind of foolish when he is interviewing Darron Drozdov later to be known as The Droz and giving him the name Puke and making him throw up in a rubbish bin.
This shows a very honest and sometimes disturbing look at the real world of wrestling including an honest and somewhat upsetting look at the troubled life of Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
Buy this movie if you love wrestling or even if you are a critic who likes to go round saying wrestling is fake. This may change your mind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wrestling fans film 17 Nov 2000
Format:VHS Tape
How many times have you had to tell your friends, 'it is scripted but its not as fake as you think'? This film is proof of that and looks beyond the glamour and the coreography to the consequences of getting your body thrown around a ring and being away from your family for about fifty weeks of the year. It is not all fun and games and a last the wrestling fan has a documentry evidence to prove this to all those who sneer at pro-wrestling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for wrestling fans 26 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This video is an absolute must for all wrestling fans. And not just WWF fans. Watching this gives an insight into the world of professional wrestling, ranging from training at the bottom to those who are fortunate enough to make it to the top. But this is not just for fans, if you have ever said the words, "Wrestling is fake" then I highly recommend that you buy this video. Then perhaps you will realise what an injustice it is to say those words.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good. 9 Aug 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This film is a classic. It unearths the real story behind what we see on TV. It includes the people wanting to break into the business. The people who have made it in the business and finally the people who are very close to their retirement. Jake 'The Snake' Roberts comes across as the victim of the industry as he is seen totally out of shape working independent shows and addicted to the drugs that he used at his peak. Mick Foley comes across as a great family man especially after he witnesses his children's reaction to his fight at the Royal Rumble against The Rock. The final person looked at is Terry Funk who is seen competing at ECW's first Pay Per View show in 1997 and announcing that its time to retire or as wrestlers say in their matches to finish the match; 'GO HOME!' Funnily enough, it is now the year 2000 and since this part of the film was made Terry has worked for WWF and then back to ECW and now he is working for the WCW. So much for retiring! The tag of being 'The Film Vince McMahon Didn't Want You To See!' shows how in depth it is. However, I still don't think it is better than 'Hitman Hart; Wrestling With Shadows' although I am sure there are many of you who would disagree with me. To quote WWF; 'GET IT!'
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3.0 out of 5 stars decent enough 3 Mar 2008
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Beyond the mat is another documentary that offers insight to the behind the scenes world of the professional wrestling business,the tagline that goes with that refers to the fact that vince mcmahon wanted this banned,true or not this fuelled the appeal of this release even though it is far from masterful.
The dvd follows the lives in particular of mick foley,terry funk and jake roberts and we get to understand what their careers mean to their loved ones,the foley segments reveal a family traumitised by his antics,the way the director examines jake roberts is certainly one sided,making him appear pathetic and a joke to all and sundry,this isnt fair and one of the problems with this,if you ever wondered where wrestlers friends backstage then this answers that,if you wondered if the matches were planned then again you may find some answers but this really doesnt have much soul and is a snapshot look at the business,nothing more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrestling not as fake as you think 18 Feb 2013
This is a very good film inside the world of Professional many people say its just fake and its just a big circus act? Yes it is a big circus in my mind but i love what the wrestlers do for us they go out their everyweek to entertain us, however its not all fake as the pain is all very real and much more if you would like to see how wrestling works by this dvd.
It just makes you appriciate what they do even more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching, wrestling fan or not. 31 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Whether you're a sports-entertainment wrestling fan or not, this docufilm is truly engrossing. If anything, it will make even the most naive cynic into a someone who respects the athletes (and believe me, from watching this you will see that they are athletes) for the pure adrenaline fuelled entertainment that they provide and the backstage scenes that are the engine to this spectacular theatre. It may not convert you, but you'll be intrigued and you'll definately want to watch it again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very real look at how "fake" wrestling is. 24 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this film and was totally amazed, I have read Mick Foley's book and this documentary runs parallel to it. The bits about Jake Roberts are just astounding, how that man is still in the business amazes me, I recommend this video, even the Rock looks like a genuinly nice guy. It's just a pity that Al Snow isn't in it, he's mentioned in the credits though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars sehr coole doku
sollte man mal gesehen haben. fand ich sehr interessant da hier sehr viele private backstage dinge zu sehen sind.DVD ist komplett auf Englisch
Published 20 months ago by Rene Schnitger
5.0 out of 5 stars why buy?
great documentary and a real insight into the industry. having watched it again recently you can see that this film and terry funk in particular was surely the inspiration behind... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2012 by madeinengland
5.0 out of 5 stars essential
it's simple..get this..then get Wrestling With Shadows [DVD]..then get one wwe puff piece (i suggest WWE - The True Story Of Wrestlemania [Blu-ray]) and you've got all you need to... Read more
Published on 6 July 2011 by swt
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!!
although this is now ten years old, it is a brilliant insight into the realities of professional wrestling, if you have seen "the Wrestler" starring mickey rourke you will spot... Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2010 by M. Bennett Pitts
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood, Sweat, Tears And The World Of Professional Wrestling
Please be advised this review does contain spoilers.

As a fan of professional wrestling since the days of World Of Sport on a Saturday afternoon here in the UK, this... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2009 by J. OConnor
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Mat GET IT!
WOW! This is one of the greatest wrestling movie's ever. This WWF (WWE) Movie is about the life of Mick Foley, Jake The Snake Roberts and D.r HARDCORE! Terry Funk. Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2006 by Nick Mondo 4 eva
3.0 out of 5 stars Beyond.....the truth?
Beyond the Mat, a video launched amid much hype over its revealing and graphic content with regard to the world of professional wrestling;Focused mainly around three wrestlers any... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2002 by Mark
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, though amateurish
I can not agree with other people's glowing reviews of this tape. It falls into that depressing grey area where no wrestling fan will find out anything new here that they didn't... Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars An indepth and gripping look into the real world of the WWF
Beyond the mat is, along with Mick Foleys 'Have a nice day' one of the truest looks at the huge and growing world that is sports entertainment. Read more
Published on 2 July 2001
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