Beyond the Mat [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.
It just makes you appriciate what they do even more.
As a fan of professional wrestling since the days of World Of Sport on a Saturday afternoon here in the UK, this documentary was always going to be of interest to me, and it was, expanding further on what I knew about professional wrestling while also seeing the resulting injuries collected by these athletes in the name of entertainment.
Directed and narrated by Barry Blaustein, a self confessed huge wrestling fan this documentary takes you behind the scenes of professional wrestling, showing you a variety of wrestlers from those starting off in the industry in small locally run wrestling promotions(I believe the guy was called Mike Modest), Matt "Spike Dudley" Hyson then of ECW making a name for himself in a minor national promotion, to big names such as Mick Foley (at the top of the industry), Terry Funk (considering retirement after many years in the industry) to those for whom life as not been so good, it takes you behind the scenes to the parts of wrestling no fan usually gets to see.
It has to be said that parts of this film are uncomfortable to watch especially the scenes where the young children of Mick Foley become very upset watching at ringside during his no-disqualification match with The Rock, and the fraught relationship between Jake Roberts and his daughter. There are also a few humorous moments too but they are few are far between and naturally so, as this is a documentary about a industry where it's workers pay a heavy toll on their bodies and lives while doing their jobs.
Over I would rate this as one of the best wrestling related documentaries I have seen.Read more ›
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Absolute maniacs, yes... it might be staged & choreographed... BUT very evident that it still hurts... A LOT !!Published 15 months ago by JASEY
sollte man mal gesehen haben. fand ich sehr interessant da hier sehr viele private backstage dinge zu sehen sind.DVD ist komplett auf EnglischPublished on 7 Jan. 2013 by Rene Schnitger