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Quite a few hits, but a lot of glaring misses,
This review is from: WWE: For All Mankind - The Life And Career Of Mick Foley [DVD] (DVD)
I usually try to keep my personal bias out of a review as much as I can, but Mick Foley is both my favourite wrestler and my favourite author, so I was inevitably going to pick up this DVD.
Disc one is a documentary of Foley's life - and having read all of Foley's books, I was quite impressed that the documentary still managed to tell me a few things I didn't know. Vince McMahon is conspicuous in his absence as a talking head, but WWE actually bothered to dig up Shane Douglas (and Douglas, a strongly anti-WWE guy, allowed himself to be interviewed) showing that Foley is clearly a nice enough guy to even ease bitter real-life hatred.
The documentary is insightful, moving, funny and up-to-the-minute, concluding in 2013 with Foley's current success as a stand-up comic.
Discs two and three are dedicated to matches, and this is where the previous Mick Foley's Greatest Hits And Misses DVD is vastly superior.
Match choice wise, these are flat out bizarre. Despite being referenced as his greatest matches, his 1996 Mind Games match against Shawn Michaels and his 2004 street fight against Randy Orton aren't included; nor is his street fight with Triple H at Royal Rumble 2000. All of these were included on Hits and Misses, so avoiding overlap is understandable. The '98 Hell in a Cell match is (justifiably) repeated here, but weirdly so is Foley's WWF debut in 1986 against the British Bulldogs, a brief and ultimately uninspiring squash match.
A clutch of great ECW matches appear on disc one, but the set stops dead on disc two after the retirement Cell match against Triple H.
Foley has had dozens of amazing matches and you can't include everything, but why still include nothing matches with Brickhouse Brown, Scott Steiner, Billy Travis, Keith Hart and two with a still very green Rocky Maivia?
What's more, Easter eggs aside, there are zero extras here. Documentary and matches, that's all you get (excluding an absolutely hilarious heel promo before the Shane Douglas match), with brilliant alternate commentary with Mick and Joey Styles on three.
Hits And Misses has a wider match choice (particularly on the deluxe edition) as well as a bunch of Foley's extraordinary promos from WCW, ECW and WWF. Unfortunately that set lacks the excellent documentary, so ultimately you'll need to buy both sets to really get all the Foley you need.