Very Detailed DVD Review: The Rise & Fall Of WCW

Matt Boone

Monday Night Mayhem DVD Review: The Rise And Fall Of WCW"
Produced By World Wrestling Entertainment

Written By: "Wild" Bill Brown (www.MondayNightMayhem.com)

****

Content: 8.5

Decades of wrestling history originating from the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States are once again retold to the wrestling world in this latest DVD release by World Wrestling Entertainment. From the starting points of the promotion by Jim Crockett Sr. in the early 1930’s, to his son (Jim Jr.), & then Ted Turner, this three-disc set of how it all started & ended (with World Championship Wrestling) is another interesting look at wrestling history. In this version, we get some very interesting sides of things from a decent panel, as well as some older comments from past interviews, in regards to their thoughts on World Championship Wrestling & all the controversy within the company. We go from the great days of wrestling through handshakes & trust and ended with all kinds of backstabbing & frustration. This is your chance to hear the latest stories many years later as to why & how World Championship Wrestling thrived, but then ended in a huge swirl of controversy. This is your look through the story of WCW, as well as viewing bonus features & twenty selected matches.

****

Audio/Video: 9.5

Incredible Dolby Surround sound & music inserts, combined with well heard panelists & solid camera work, the production values of WWE Home Video is always beyond outstanding. All the matches selected were from the WCW library, and the WWE makes the most out of preserving the production & displaying solid video from their purchased assets. Even the older stuff from the ’70’s & ’80’s are clipped & presented in clean crisp video.

****

Bonus Features: 8.0

These are at the end of disc one after the story of WCW is told. You will get the following extras which are not much, but somewhat interesting. There is nothing to really brag about in these choices.

*Lost In Cleveland (Cactus Jack vignette)
*Bill Watts Defends Himself
*Spam Man
*The Origin of Goldberg
*Bischoff Gives Away RAW Results

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What’s On The DVD’s?

These are the documentary chapters:

Jim Crockett Promotions
Georgia Championship Wrestling
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Black Saturday
The Expansion
Crockett Sells To Turner
Greatest Talent In The World
New Management
Bill Watts Era
Bill Shaw Hires Eric Bischoff
Hulk Hogan Arrives
Nitro Debuts
nWo
Cruiserweights
Goldberg
WCW Ratings Champ
Celebrities
Goldberg vs. Hogan
Mistakes Begin
Vince Russo
A Corporate Merger
McMahon Buys WCW
Legacy Of WCW

Chapter-by-chapter breakdown starts on page two ….

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