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on 12 April 2018
I am big fan of the Hart’s and loved watching Bret and Owen wrestle as they both were highly skilled wrestlers. This double dvd set shown you the inside life wrestling of Bret Hart and how he deals with it. Shows you a bit of everything. The second dvd which features The life and death of Owen Hart was the difficult one to watch as it shows you Owen wanted to be more around family and wasn’t very fond of the wrestling world and hated what WWF Attitude era became with all the nudity and silly storyline mainly for show and not wrestling skills. Owen hated that as he was a family man and a true skilled athletic wrestle. Really enjoyed both dvd’s.
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on 4 November 2014
This is the classic Bret Hart Wrestling with Shadows documentary 15th anniversary edition, wow has really been that long already! The documentary focuses on the events of summer 1997 when Bret was in negotiations with WCW and eventually decided to join them. The documentary covers Bret’s exit from WWF, as initially agreed and how it actually pans out climaxing with the now infamous Montreal Screwjob.

This is a great behind the scenes look at WWE at the time, what happens in the lead up to a big PPV on the day at the arena with insightful interviews with Bret and his wife Julie giving their thoughts on events. Great viewing and definitely the best pro wrestling documentary out there!

The extras also include a making of the documentary feature and an interview with Paul Jay.

Disk 2 of the 2 disk special edition is a documentary called the Life and Times of Owen Hart. This covers the period following Owen’s death and has interviews with
family members including a very scathing Martha Hart!
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on 29 October 2016
There are several, detailed reviews of both 'Hitman' and the bonus Owen Hart DVDs already posted, so I will simply echo the sentiment that this is a 'Must See' for any fan of Bret and / or Owen Hart.

The 'Hitman' documentary makes an excellent companion to his autobiography.

I also think it would be of interest to any fan of professional wrestling in the era of 'The Monday Night Wars'.
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on 12 October 2013
Having already seen 'Wrestling with Shadows', i was tempted on buying this anniversary edition because of the added documentary 'The Life and Death of Owen Hart'.

Bret Hart was and still is my hero. His rivalry with brother Owen in 1994 is still, by far, the most intimate story line the W.W.E has ever done. In different ways, both Hart brothers stirred up emotions of excitement, tension and joy at their peak. Given the subject matter in both documentaries, these two events still bare a scar on my love for wrestling.

'Wrestling with Shadows' was filmed during the Summer/Autumn of 1997. With Bret being the focus, it's centered around his relationship with his Dad, his then boss the owner of W.W.E Vince Mcmahon and the growing tension in business surrounding Bret's lucrative long term contract with the W.W.E and being tempted away towards the W.C.W for a lot more money.

What makes the documentary work and succeed is how it observes the changing attitude of the American fans from Bret's viewpoint, how Vince allows the attitude to dictate to him what style of show to present. All the while, Bret feels the urge to stay loyal to what the Hitman character would be and how he would react.

On the surface, it is about men, power, money, relationships. All at the same time playing into Shakespearean themes which does the film no harm. Especially, when it comes to the events that take place at the end of the documentary. November 9th, 1997 in Montreal is a day that will stay long in my memory. That event wraps all the themes together as if it were written for the documentary. The truth was stranger than fiction.

'The Life and Death of Owen Hart' is a somewhat tag team partner in this release. Filmed several months after Owens death in 1999, the film looks through Owens life with his wife Martha, rightfully, at the centre of the documentary. Only 50 minutes long, it still covers over his life fairly well and neat.

However, every time the documentary looks over the events on that day back in May 1999 near the end, it still gets a lump in my throat imagining what happened to Owen walking along the high catwalk and being placed out hanging above the arena.

If you are a fan of wrestling and have not seen these and would like a strong look at the W.W.E in the late 90's, i cannot suggest any better D.V.D set to buy but this.

Also included is a newly filmed interview with Bret Hart and Director Paul Jay giving their reflections on 'Wrestling With Shadows' 10 years on'.

A well presented Anniversary edition D.V.D.
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on 1 February 2018
The production feels a bit cheap, and annoyingly the disc skipped an awful lot. It's a shame because there is a very rich territory to explore in this subject, but the production values are pretty low on this. Shame, missed opportunity, and this DVD is best missed also.
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on 9 April 2009
It has taken me 12 years to see this! I knew of the Montreal Screwjob back in 1997. I saw the match & knew that something was very wrong when the Sharpshooter was applied by Bret's opponent!!! Bret never gave up, but the referee was told to signal for the bell!!! The events could have been less sinister leading up to Bret's departure, but, you know who, had other ideas to protect the business! View this documentary & come to your own conclusion. He still is the best there is, the best there was & the best there ever will be!!!
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on 17 December 2017
The greatest wrestling documentary not made by wwe.
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on 6 July 2011
The finest release about wrestling along with Beyond The Mat [DVD] [2000]. It details the screw job as you would expect and also has the backstory of the hart family which is interesting too. As for who was in the wrong, obviously this film leans towards the hitman because of the interviews it largely includes. However, there was enough in here to make it clear to me that bret's issue wasn't really about dropping the title or even dropping it in Canada, it was more about him hating the idea of dropping it to Michaels and in doing so 'passing him the torch'. There's blame on all sides to be fair and i think bret is more objective in his book Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling than he is here (due to the time that's past) but this is one of the best 2 documentaries about wrestling all the same.
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on 11 July 2009
this is a really good dvd, follows a year in the life with bret hart, one of the best wrestlers of all time. gives a good insight into the politics that goes on in the world of pro wrestling. shows brets life in and out of the ring, and what exactly went on in montreal. A must for any wrestling fan and bret hart fan
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