Beyond The Mat details
|Starring:||Jake, Mick Foley|
|Director:||Barry W. Blaustein|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
Beyond The Mat
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Beyond the expectedBy KenTM (10 reviews) from Oxford, England , 12 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a quite unique piece of documentary filmmaking. The director, Barry Blaustein, has gained access to the highest levels of several major wrestling companies, including the daddy of them all, the WWF (now WWE), and exposed some of the inner workings of these entertainment behemoths.
Far more remarkable than this, however, is that he has captured some of wrestling's greatest and most enigmatic stars at their most human, vulnerable, and hurt. That any of them signed the release is a feat in itself.
However, although the film holds some interest even for non-wrestling aficionados, the structure is a little too scatty. With a better editor and writer, this should have been the masterpiece that the moments captured suggest it could have been.
Nonetheless, it is still an insightful look behind the veil of these modern-day gladiators, and if you can ignore the poor pacing and lack of drama, there is much here to enjoy and think about.
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A trip down the wrestling memory laneBy PJstables (8 reviews) from Southsea , 13 Aug 2011This documentary is good but is strictly for viewers who have been watching wrestling for 15 years or more. New audiences probably won't know the wrestlers in the film anymore. If you have been a fan for a long time the film is moving and a great insight in to the business. It also brings back nostalgia to the best days in wrestling and the film maker clearly has a love for 'sports entertainment'.
honest and realBy Jono22 (52 reviews) from Leeds , 11 Nov 2010one of the most honest documenteries about WWE/WWF ever. been a fan of Wrestling for years, and was intrested in this rental. hard at some points to watch, heartbreaking moments, esepcially Jake the Snake,
gives me more appreciation for what these guys battle with daily and things they do to entertain millions and millions of fans
Beyond the matBy a customer from Southport , 18 May 2009Shows pro wrestling from behind the scenes and gives you an insight of the toll the business takes on the stars.
The bottom line...By AndyC13 (8 reviews) from Surrey, England , 27 Jan 2009As a Wrestling fan for many years, it's hard to have anything but high hopes for probably the only honest behind-the-scenes depiction of Pro-Wrestling ever released. Due to WWF/E's pretty much total rule of the market, there are lack of real 'bare-bones' documentaries that show the arduous tourcing schedule of superstars, along with the difficulties of family life and being away from home.
In that respect, Beyond the Mat, deliveres. However the hard-hitting scenes come in the shape of Jake 'The Snake', showing how being forgotten in Pro-Wrestling can sink so low. Fighting in a venue of barely over 100 people, there is very little room for respect of such dark, dreary surroundings. Espeically of a man who was considered top of his profession not too long ago.
For me, only being a fan of Wreslting since the beginning of the Attitude era (due to the access of shows in the UK), i was able to identify more with Mick Foley's section of the film. Not knowing Terry Funk or Jake Roberts in their prime only allows Foley's participation to hit harder. The most moving part of the film is seeing the reactions of his family at ringside for a match against The Rock for the WWF Title, seeing his son and daughter reduced to tears at the site of her father being bloodied and battered.
Nonetheless, I would recommend that Wresting fans don't expect too much. The fact Vince McMahon wanted to block the release is surprising for me, because the honesty of the film helps the viewer forget the pre-determined, scripted nature of the matches, along with the 'wreslting is fake' stereotype. Pro-wrestlers sacrifice their bodies, and some cases lives, in order to reach the top. And that has to be respected.
Beyond the MatBy a customer from Essex , 27 Dec 2008This DVD is great for all those who love, or loved, the WWF. The section on Jake 'The Snake' Roberts is particularly heart-breaking. This documentary really shows the darker side of the wrestling business and how tough decisions are made and dreams broken. This is one of the better documentaries about the world of wrestling and well worth a look.
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