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Extreme Championship Wrestling: Guilty As Charged 99 [VHS]
Extreme Championship Wrestling: Guilty As Charged 99 [VHS]
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars promises a lot but fails to deliver, 1 July 2004
A look at the list of matches on this event suggests that we are in for a wrestling treat, but due to problems with injuries and wrestlers unable to make the show the card is altered drastically. Credit to ECW, they reorganise the event to ensure that we get equally good match ups, but perhaps the last minute alterations don't give the performers enough time to prepare properly and sadly the matches fail to live up to expectations.
RVD and Lance Storm seemed to spend more time brawling in the crowd than they did in the ring, which is detrimental to both men as their main strengths are their wrestling skills. When they were in the ring the match showed potential, but by this time they had spent so long in the crowd that there wasn't much time left. And by the time the match finally started to get going it ended. It should have been great but they didn't play to their strengths and that match suffered for it.
The Stairway to Hell match between Justin Credible and Tommy Dreamer should have been great, but turns out to be very average at best. It bares little resemblance to the last Stairway to Hell match between Sabu and Sandman, so if you are expecting a similar masochistic blood bath you will be disappointed.
Perhaps back in January 99 (when the event took place) a lot of the things Dreamer and Credible do with the ladder would be revolutionary, but since then the WWE have stolen their ideas and pulled them off a lot better. And when you have seen the Dudley's, Hardy's and Edge and Christians TLC matches, it's perhaps hard to appreciate how good this match was when it originally took place. But when you watch it now it just can't compete with what has come since.
The rest of the matches on this video are nothing to shout about, the wrestling isn't particularly bad, but it isn't that great either.
This event ultimately promises a lot more than it delivers, it is never really boring, but it doesn't surprises or excites either. This still is much better than current WWE, but it falls short of ECW's usual high standards, there are much better ECW videos around, I would give this one a miss.

Extreme Championship Wrestling: House Party 98 [VHS]
Extreme Championship Wrestling: House Party 98 [VHS]
Offered by RED-JET Movies Music & More
Price: £4.95

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sick, unentertaining main event and poor undercard, 29 Jun. 2004
This is an earlier ECW video and you definitely feel that this was filmed at a time before ECW had matured and learned how to put on a real wrestling spectacle.
The main event is a stairway to hell match between Sandman and Sabu, this is basically a ladder match with barbwire hanging above the ring and the first one to get to it can use it. In theory it sounds great, but in truth it isn't very good.
Sandman isn't known for his wrestling, in fact he doesn't know how to wrestle but he can certainly take the pain. Sabu is also known for taking a lot of punishment, but he can also wrestle, but Sandman's lack of ring ability brings the worst out in Sabu as this match descends into little more than a demonstration of both men's extremely high pain threshold. Unlike other similar matches you may have seen in other organisations, this isn't a series of impressive stunts, the ladders and barbwire are real and there is no faking this violence. I love ECW and I am all for extreme wrestling, but when there is no wrestling and a match is just 2 men mutilating their bodies it is no longer fun or entertaining.
At one point Sabu falls on the barricades and breaks his jaw, despite being in agony he tapes his mouth shut and carries on! At this point you think that this match has gone too far. And you stop actually caring about being entertained and start to genuinely feel sorry for the competitors. It is hard to watch and by the end of the match you are just glad that it is over before either man does any more damage to their injured bodies.
This is very much the sick spectacle that the barbwire match on the Born to be wired video is. If you liked that match then this will be to your taste.
Elsewhere on this video wrestlers take far to long to get in the ring, and wasted time cutting useless and unentertaining promos and talking trash to the crowd. The best example is before the Al Snow and Roadkill match, Roadkills manager Chastity grabs the mic then starts to talk, she winds up the crowd and then continually makes long pauses every time a chant starts, so you are basically sitting for nearly half an hour listening to the fans chanting! You end up waiting 30 odd minutes for about 3 minutes worth of promo and she doesn't even say anything interesting or relevant to the match. Similar things happen elsewhere in the video, it is boring, pointless and adds nothing to the matches.

As for the in ring action, all of the wrestling is slow paced and average at best, even matches that have potential all end abruptly or disappointingly. There are only 2 cameras, so often the lack of cameras or badly positioned camera men mean you get bad views or completely miss some of the action this is especially frustrating in the chaotic 6-man tag match.
The only match that is half decent is Justin Credible vs The Great Sasuke.
Ultimately this event is not very good, average wrestling, and the long spells between matches stops the event from creating any excitement, poor camera work also doesn't help matters. The main event relies solely on sick violence and just isn't entertaining. There are so many better ECW events out there, that are perhaps less violent but are much more entertaining.

Extreme Championship Wrestling: Heatwave 99 [VHS]
Extreme Championship Wrestling: Heatwave 99 [VHS]
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars misuse of air time slightly spoils great event, 26 Jun. 2004
The unlikely highlight of the video is Super Crazy vs Little Guido. It is fast paced with lots of reversals and so many near falls, that make this match every bit exciting as it is unpredictable. They may be 2 wrestlers that many fans are unfamiliar with, but I can assure you they put on a very entertaining match.
The Dudley Boyz vs Spike and Balls Mahoney is a falls count anywhere street fight, and is chaotic, as you would expect. But the match is delayed by the Dudley Boyz coming out and talking trash to the crowd, and although it is not un amusing it is drawn out far too long, and you feel it is a waste of time as another match could have been on instead. But when they do eventually get down to wrestling it is a fairly good hardcore match. A long spell of fighting through the crowd interrupts the ringside action, where this match is at its best. In ECW when they decide to do an out and out hardcore match, they tend to forget the wrestling and just go over the top with weapons which usually gives little entertainment. And although this match uses weapons, it doesn't loose site of the wrestling action, which holds this contest together and makes this an entertaining match. But for all the chair shots and balcony diving, what really makes the match is the infamous flaming table at the finish!
The world title match between Tajiri vs Taz is also subject to a long delay when Tommy Dreamer comes out and argues/fights with Steve Corino, again it is relatively entertaining but you still feel that the time would be better used for another match. When the match eventually starts, it gets off to a flyer and is very entertaining. But it doesn't take long before Tajiri's entourage lure Taz out of the ring, things then take a turn for the worse, as very confusingly Taz gets disqualified (I didn't think that could happen in ECW!) for pulling barb wire off the ECW sign and using it on Tajiri. It is very annoying firstly the camera is so far away you can't see what is going on properly (almost certainly intentional due to the nature of the stunt) and secondly we never get to see an proper end to what was turning out to be a very good match.
The main event Lance Storm and Justin Credible vs RVD and Jerry Lynn, is a very good wrestling match, which is no less than you would expect from 4 such great wrestlers. The match is based on good, fast paced wrestling, but it doesn't neglect the hardcore elements, with tables and chairs used creatively to great effect. It is not the best ECW match you will ever see but it is still very entertaining.
All wrestling on this video is very good, without ever being spectacular. But the problem is that despite the video being nearly 2 hours and 40 minutes in length, there are only 6 matches. Now that is fine as each match is given a good amount of time, but the time taken by The Dudley's and Dreamer talking could have been used more effectively. My other issue is we never got to see a proper end to the Taz vs Tajiri contest, which was a bid let down.
Overall this event had some very entertaining matches, but it is ridiculous that two long interviews took up time that could have been better allocated to another match. It is a pretty good video that is slightly spoiled by the misuse of allocated airtime, it is certainly worth seeing but there are better ECW videos available.

Extreme Championship Wrestling: Guilty As Charged 2000 [VHS]
Extreme Championship Wrestling: Guilty As Charged 2000 [VHS]
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars 3 classic matches, 24 Jun. 2004
Every match on this video doesn't set the world alight, but there isn't a particularly bad match either. There are 3 outstanding matches here that are quite diverse and all deserve a special mention:
The first being an unlikely tag match, Teaming arch enemies Tajiri and Super Crazy, against Little Guido and Jerry Lynn, this match doesn't need tables and chairs. The blistering pace, countless reversals and unpredictable finish, make this a pure wrestling match and a very enjoyable one at that.
Rob Van Dam vs Sabu is a battle between the companies big 2, and this match is a show case for both men's innovated use of chairs and tables. But don't get me wrong this match doesn't solely rely on the use of weapons (like Nu Jacks match does), it is a well executed, high flying wrestling match that uses the chairs and tables intelligently to add an extra dimension. A decent pace, the impressive improvisational use of the furniture and high flying moves make this a very entertaining match. This is what ECW was invented for!
The main event between monstrous Mike Awesome and little Spike Dudley doesn't sound like a fair match up, and it isn't! I don't think I have ever seen so many tables broken in one match! But again, this match doesn't just rely on destroying furniture; there is wrestling and a story to back it up. It is genuinely compelling to see massive underdog Spike defying the odds to hang in there with Awesome. The underdog angle makes this a genuinely enthralling match that has some truly spectacular table breaks.
The tag title match between The Impact Players and Raven /Tommy Dreamer, also deserves a brief mention as it is an entertaining match, without being anything special.
This is a ECW video that gets the balance of wrestling and hardcore action just right for maximum entertainment. It is true that there are ECW events were the overall quality is more constant than this one, but the 3 matches mentioned above equal anything on any other ECW event and well make this video worth a look.

Extreme Championship Wrestling: Born To Be Wired [VHS]
Extreme Championship Wrestling: Born To Be Wired [VHS]
Offered by RED-JET Movies Music & More
Price: £6.95

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is far beyond sports entertainment, 22 Jun. 2004
I'm all for extreme wrestling, but this is beyond sports entertainment! The main event, a barbwire match between Terry Funk and Sabu is just horrible. Barb wire matches are seen as the most hardcore matches you can get, and are very rare on major US wrestling promotions, so ECW fans would think they are in for a real treat. Sounds great, but in real life it seriously isn't, there is no wrestling in the match, just two men mutilating their bodies with barb wire. This isn't the fake barb wire they use in other wrestling promotions, it's real and the effect it has on both men’s bodies is a brutal as you would expect. At first Funk and Sabu are trying their best not to kill themselves so the pace is very slow, but as the match goes on, their regard for personal safety diminishes and they throw themselves and each other into the barb wire, blood goes everywhere and there is constant stoppages while the men attempt to untangle themselves or repair their bodies enough to continue.
The horrendous injuries these men suffer make this hard to watch and even if you like such strong violence, the slow pace and continual stoppages sap any entertainment value from the match.
The rest of the card is fairly lack lustre, RVD vs Tommy Dreamer is decent enough, but the majority of other matches are poor to average encounters.
Don't get me wrong I love the table breaking, the chair shots and the crazy stunts that ECW is infamous for, but when a wrestling match is little more than 2 men seriously hurting each other, then it is no longer fun. This is far beyond the level of violence that should be seen in any wrestling ring, and is little more than a morbid spectacle.
This is the most violent ECW video around, it is also one of the least entertaining. There are much better ECW events around that are violent and entertaining without being ridiculously dangerous or sick. I would avoid this one.
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Extreme Championship Wrestling: Hardcore Heaven 2000 [VHS]
Extreme Championship Wrestling: Hardcore Heaven 2000 [VHS]
Offered by shannon-raven
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The best I've seen, 21 Jun. 2004
This is probably the best ECW event I have seen so far, it gets the balance between quality wrestling, hardcore action and dangerous stunts just right.
All the matches on this video are pretty strong, but the true highlight of the video is the amazing encounter between RVD and Jerry Lynn. You may have been aware of the series of awesome matches these men had in ECW (if you are not, trust me they are brilliant!), and this in my opinion is the best. It is so fast, unpredictable and innovative, and is possibly the best wrestling match I have ever seen in any wrestling organisation.
Other matches that deserve special mention are; Rhino vs Sandman, which provides the hardcore carnage, and Steve Corino vs Tajiri, which is a blood bath that shows how good Tajiri was before the his talents were wasted in the wwe.
On this video there are 3 or 4 big, impressive stunts that will shock or amaze depending on your disposition. This isn't just mindless violence, amongst the chair shots and table breaks there is a lot of good wrestling on display.
If you are an ECW fan, this is a must have! If you are unsure about ECW this is the video that shows you what the organisation it is all about. I can't recommend this highly enough.

Extreme Championship Wrestling: Anarchy Rulz 2000 [VHS]
Extreme Championship Wrestling: Anarchy Rulz 2000 [VHS]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quality throughout, 21 Jun. 2004
Perhaps just looking through the matches on this video, there isn't much that stands out to anyone unfamiliar with the ECW wrestlers. But I can assure you that every one of these guys put in a brilliant performance. With Kid Cash vs EZ Money, and Steve Corino vs CW Anderson deserving a special mention.
The only problem was that such high standards were set in the early matches that it became very difficult for the 2 main event matches (Rhino vs RVD, and Justin Credible vs Jerry Lynn) to top them. Don't get me wrong they are both good matches, but only equal rather than surpass what had gone before. But perhaps it is an unfair criticism, as the under card matches were exceptional rather than the main events being poor.
The weapons and dangerous stunts are present, but not as often as in other ECW videos. This event relies more on fast paced, quality wrestling to entertain rather than a countless chair shots and table breaks.
There probably isnt anything on this video that you haven't seen before, but it is still a very good event with entertaining matches throughout.
If you are just after hardcore action with flaming tables, balcony jumping and barbwire, look at the other ECW videos. If you want top quality wrestling this is well worth the money.

Deja Entendu
Deja Entendu
Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.98

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded all expectations!, 17 May 2004
This review is from: Deja Entendu (Audio CD)
Brand New's first album was a good album, but it was hardly anything special, if anything is was stereotypical emo. But Deja Entendu is a whole new ball game!
It is hard to believe that this is the same band that produced 'Your Favourite Weapon', where their previous album seemed to stick pretty rigidly to the emo blue print for success. This breaks all the rules and stereotypes, and seems to transcend the genre, taking emo to a more intense and intelligent level. So much so I am not sure that you can even class this cd as emo.
Brand New showed glimpses of lyrical genius on their first album, and many in the punk rock world see lead singer Jesse Lacey as special talent, but this really shows what he is capable of! The lyrics are superb throughout, they are deep, intense and always intelligent. And most strikingly convey genuine powerful emotion in every line without sacrificing song structure or melody.
The twin vocal assault of Jesse and guitarist Vin Accardi, compliment, contrast and harmonise to great affect and adds extra dimension to songs like 'Sic Transit Gloria...'. Also the variety to the album is very impressive, it takes you through the emotions and is equal part beautiful, aggressive, loud and soft.
The 2 singles so far 'Sic Transit Gloria..' and 'The Quiet Things..' show the new level of maturity and the level of originality and variety to this album, they are matched by 9 other tracks all equally good.
Brand New have evolved drastically since their last album, and they are better in every single way for it. Fans of their first album are sure to be surprised by the change, but can surely only appreciate the new level of song writing and musicianship on display.
There isn’t a bad track on this album, the originality and intensity of the song writing is Brand News greatest strength and makes this album stand out head and shoulders above everything else in what has become a very predictable emo genre. I can't recomend this cd highly enough!

Get Real
Get Real
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £10.11

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album, deserves more credit than it'll get, 27 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Get Real (Audio CD)
Halo Friendlies are pretty unknown, although possibly getting their song 'Me Against The World' on the Freaky Friday Soundtrack may finally get them a little attention.
Sadly the fantastic 'Me Against The World' is not on this album, but the rest of the album is just as good as that track.
There are a few girl bands around The Donnas, Tuuli and Avril Lavigne all spring to mind. But you are looking for more of the Donnas repetitive songs about wanting to have sex all the time, then you will be disappointed, but if you are a fan of Tuuli and Avril's pop rock senilities then you will love this album.
To be fair this is probably more pop than it is punk. But don't worry when I say pop though, this pop is nothing like the manufactured rubbish Britney Spears and N'sync churn out. In comparison the Halo's are a lot less poppy than Avril and slightly more punk than Tuuli.

Overall this is a really catchy, bouncy album, with a good variety of songs. They Halo's are a good band and this is a good album that certainly deserves a lot more credit than it will get. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Tabitha's Secret
Tabitha's Secret
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £13.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but you may have heard it all before, 27 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Tabitha's Secret (Audio CD)
This is the second album by Tabithas Secret, the band that would eventually evolve into Matchbox 20. And if you are a fan then you will like this album, as it is very much along the same lines as their later work.
The songs on this record are as good as Rob Thomas and the rest of the band have written, but the issue I have with this album is that out of the 11 different songs on this cd, 8 of them appear on Tabithas Secrets second album (and a few pop up on early Matchbox 20 albums too). To be fair you can tell the difference between the different versions, but which versions are best will depend on if you prefer the raw sound displayed on the first cd or the much more polished/produced sound of this album.
So really there are only 3 unique songs on this cd, and they are fine. But the rest of the album you can hear on Tabithas Secret first album, if you don't have that cd then this is great and I would highly recommend this, but if you already have the first album I warn you that you will have heard nearly all this album before.

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