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VINE VOICEon 26 April 2013
Although there have been many DVD (and VHS) releases by the WWE that have looked at the various parts of Mick Foley's career, this marks the first time that there has been a full length documentary in what is now the accepted style for WWE releases. As his recent Hall of Fame induction showed, this is a man who has a long and varied history in the wrestling business.

The documentary runs to over two hours and is an exemplary effort indeed. Held together by a brand new sit-down chat with the man himself we are taken all the way from his early days as a fan of Wrestling to retirement and his new career as a Stand-Up Comedian. We miss out any mention of his TNA stint, but even if there weren't the obvious issues with mentioning the competition I'm fairly sure that Mick himself, who more than once on the DVD admits he would have preferred it if he had quit for good during one of his many previous retirements, would consider it a low point.

One of the first things that comes to mind when watching this is that, following on from the recent CM Punk documentary, the list of others that are interviewed is wide and varied and doesn't rely on the same half a dozen faces (yes, I'm talking to the likes of you Brooklyn Brawler) that polluted DVD releases for years. The likes of his original trainer Dominic DeNucci, Shane Douglas and Vader all pop up with relevant and interesting tit-bits about Foley and we hear from a various friends and family that all have interesting and often funny tales to tell about Mick.

What I particularly liked about the documentary was that it placed a great importance on, you know, the actual wrestling part of his career. It treats certain feuds with the respect that they deserve as being part of his upwards trajectory. There are segments on his WCW feuds with Sting and Vader (the latter being a particularly great interviewee on the set) and whilst little importance in particular is placed on ECW feuds it does a great job of emphasising how important his stint there was for him. We also take a look at his garbage matches in Japan and his days as "King Of The Death Match". Terry Funk is, as you would expect, another wonderful interviewee here as well.

From there his WWE days are obviously tackled in great detail, with Foley admitting that he was underwhelmed with the original masked gimmick that was presented to him. The big feud with The Undertaker is tackled in depth, as is his Dude Love days and feud with Steve Austin. Of course, Hell In A Cell is also tackled in depth, as is befitting one of the most famous WWE bouts of all time.

His post-wrestling career is documented too, even if that did mean returning after many "retirements". Foley is candid about what worked and what didn't once Triple H had supposedly retired him for good only for Foley to be invited back three weeks later to headline WrestleMania. "Comeback" matches against Randy Orton and Edge are highlighted before we end with news of Foley's charity work and his foray into stand-up comedy.

Fans of Mick, whatever his guise, will find lots to enjoy in the documentary. The only problem for some may be that his wonderful debut autobiography Have A Nice Day covers a lot of the same ground up to his first WWE World Title win and people who have read that and his subsequent books will probably not learn an awful lot new here. Still the addition of the many varied and relevant talking heads does add context to the Foley stories you already know from his books and the sheer breadth of Foley's career, from WWE job-boy, to WCW odd-ball, to King of the Death Match to WWE World Champion is a wonderful story that deserves to be told over and over again.

The matches that accompany the documentary arguably don't show Foley at his absolute best, with there being a clear sense that rather than providing a definitive Foley collection all in one place, they've gone to great lengths to make this as different as possible from the previous release Mick Foley's Greatest Hits and Misses Hardcore Edition DVD (3 Discs). To get the full picture of Foley's career you really need to add that release to this new one.

Still there are interesting curiosities (a job match against The British Bulldogs, an early tag team clash against a young Scott Steiner), genuinely great matches (his Hell In A Cell "retirement" against Triple H) and of course The Undertaker Hell In A Cell match which may not be a great match but is arguably the most insane and compelling twenty minutes or so in WWE history.

The blu-ray offers up numerous "story" segments in addition to the main documentary as well as a handful of promos. They are worth the extra few dollars or pounds if you have a blu-ray player for sure.

The documentary is another in a long-line of stellar WWE releases in the recent past and you can see why Mick is so pleased with the results. The matches that accompany it aren't what you would label the best of Mick Foley but offer up more than enough entertainment. For the better matches, the fantastic Greatest Hits and Misses should be viewed alongside this set and for the full collection, add those two releases to Foley's first book and you have what made Mrs. Foley's baby boy one of the most entertaining and intriguing wrestling superstars of the last thirty years.
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on 25 October 2015
A word of warning: this is not for the faint hearted!

This is a fantastic blu ray packed with great memories of Mick Foley's rise to fame. Extras could have been better, as they have been set as Mankind's matches.
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on 5 May 2013
Last year the WWE documentary of the year was CM Punk's Best In The World, its only April and we've already got this years!

This is a fantastic in detailed review of Mick Foleys career in professional wrestling, starting off as an athletic teenager and how Mick became involved in wrestling, going through how important he was in WCW but not getting the push he deserved, the infamous ear loss against Vader, his move to ECW were he became the biggest name in the company, how and why he joined WWF and the 3 faces of Foley (Mankind, Dude Love & Cactus Jack) and of course THAT match against the Undertaker in the Hell In The Cell at the King Of The Ring in 1998. Plus much much more in this 2 hour documentary, you will be glued to the screen if you are a wrestling fan.

My only criticism of the blu ray is the choice of matches on the 2nd disc, one of my fondest memories of Mankind was him beating the Rock on Monday Night Raw for the WWF championship, this match for some reason is excluded from the list of matches, considering this is one of the most important matches in Mick Foleys career I find it staggering to be left out. Other wise this is a fantastic DVD and one not to be missed.
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on 3 July 2013
Just to get this out from the beginning, this collection is excellent and a worthy career retrospective of one of the most influential wrestlers of the 90's. Though if there was a four and a half star option for this review I would have selected that, because it falls just short of the Austin and CM Punk collections, I came away from watching it with an undoubted sense of Foley's impact in wrestling, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Some of the story's and anecdotes are mirrored in his literary work (namely 'Have a Nice Day') but it was still interesting to hear and see his take on various situations more than a decade on from the release of the books. Another nice touch is that there are genuinely interesting, and unexpected, "talking heads" throughout the documentary. That WWE and Shane Douglas put their differences aside to work together in this results in considerable added value to the story of Mick Foley.

I found that the early footage of Foley's career, specifically his Vader and Sting feuds were fresh and welcome (with input from Vader) but the segments ended abruptly and, due to time constraints presumably, left some stones uncovered (where was the "where's Cactus Jack" segments that provided so much entertainment in his books?).

Putting aside the downsides to Foley's hardcore/who can take the most punishment style and the negative impact this has had on a generation of wrestlers, he is a sympathetic figure and some of the bumps and falls that are shown did leave me feeling a little uncomfortable watching them after the fact.

Foley is self aware and his usual self deprecating self, especially with his many retirements, and he is as charming as ever. But seeing him struggle to walk and play with his children left me with an intense mixture of sympathy towards him, guilt that I had been part of crowds that had cheered his crazy style, and disappointment that he ever came back after that first (perfect) retirement.

At the end of the day, its a great documentary and collection but, just like his career, just a notch below the very best (Austin).
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on 26 January 2014
Great DVD gives you a real insight into the love Mick has for wrestlling and what it took for him to become a professional wrestler. Mick achieved his dream through disire and determination. Definetly the best WWE documentary i've seen so far. Even if you're not a WWE fan, any wrestling fan should buy this.
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on 11 January 2014
This is a fantastic DVD/Blu-Ray for any Foley fan. The ultimate Foley life story from baby to eventual superstar. Some great appearances by other superstars and colleagues such as Vader, JR, The Rock who tell it like it is.

If you like Foley in any capacity this is a must buy, the story is told so well. I actually think people who are not even fans of wrestling would appreciate this.

5*
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on 23 December 2013
"mick foley is god" love watching him this is a great dvd. Really do recommend getting this if any fan of the WWE.
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on 27 June 2013
One of the best WWE blu rays out there, if u love Mick Foley then this should be in your collection
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on 29 May 2015
Interesting and Awesome.
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on 21 November 2015
excellent and enjoyable
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