Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE The Attitude Era Vol.2

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE The Attitude Era Vol.2

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Julian Connelly looks at latest WWE and Wrestling releases in his regular review column: The Turnbuckle. 

Press Release

What does everybody want?

Head to the nearest man cave, give your boss a Stone Cold salute and spend the next six hours watching The Attitude Era Vol.2, the hottest set to be released since Sable’s handprint bikini. If you are old enough to order a Steve-Weiser, “Hello ladies” was your pick up line in college and you loved WWE before “Federation” became the new “F” word, then here is what you need to do. Take this all new collection, shine it up real nice, flip it sideways and stick it straight up… your DVD player!!  Oh, you didn’t know? Volume 2 includes:

– 30 unfiltered matches ranging from WWE Championship bouts to rare classics from RAW, SmackDown, Heat and much more.
– The entire once in a lifetime cast from the rebellious to the demonic, the iconic, and the just plain weird.
– Delicious Divas breaking WWE hearts and boundaries.
– Vignettes taking you inside the APA’s “office”, behind the Walls of Jericho, aboard The Godfather’s Ho’ Train and much more!
It’s part 2 of the most watched, most controversial and most violent era of WWE history! Relive the rise of Austin 3:16, The Rock, Triple H and many more!

Review

The press release would imply this is a brilliant release, sadly this is not the case. It really feels second rate to volume one which was a good effort.  The main issue here is that there isn’t that much really good material left to show after the first release, so to try and mix it up a little there is comments from the stars of the time talking through the angles prior to you watching them.   This Is quite a good idea as the likes of Xpac,Edge,The Godfather and the Rock amounts others provide a good background to the content, however it goes no where near far enough to make up for the substandard content on show. There is 6 hours of content to wade though, it’s far too padded.

Blu-Ray Extras

You get a further not so good 10 matches and some very small sections mainly on the APA and The Godfather. Nothing of value here.

Summary

Save you money don’t buy this. You would get much better value from the Sting release, or the excellent Summer-slam.

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 3rd Nov. 2014

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: All Things Film – The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition (DVD/BR)

Blog: All Things Film – The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition (DVD/BR)

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The Review: So Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth once more for for Elves, more Orcs, more Dwarves and more walking.  Yes lot’s of walking.  So overall The Hobbit 2 is okay.  Not Lord Of The Rings great by a long way but good fun, much tighter than the first part with a much quicker pace. The visual effects are much better this time around also, that extra year between films helping WETA polish the film to a much higher standard than part 1.  But  ultimately the problem is after 5 films (with one more still to come) it’s all feeling a little familiar.  Where as Middle Earth was once a marvel, it’s now as familiar to me as Brighton town centre (and one would argue with considerably less horrible sights).  The film picks up with the scenes in Lake Town but for everything it does new, it shoe horns in a cameo or a return to something we’ve seen or done before.  That sense of wonder is gone and with it a degree of magic that the original films brought with them.

That’s not to say it doesn’t have wonder.  The barrel sequence is pure adrenaline  and when Smaug finally does make an appearance, he’s everything you hoped and more, voiced so expertly by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Martin Freeman is greta in the role he was born to play and the supporting Dwarves feel more like real characters this time.  Even Evangeline Lilly mangoes to shine as the only notable female character, even if she is forced to carry an Eastenders style romance plot.

The additional footage in this extended edition once again does little to help the pacing issues.  This is still a very long film that, worst of all, now feels even longer and dragged out.  For a full list of what’s added check out this site here.  

So as you would expect from a Jackson Middle Earth film, the craft is good, the actors are excellant and the FX up to the usual standard of WETA.  But for me that magic, that special something just isn’t there.  Be it familiarity or just the feeling like there’s a good 3 hour film waiting to bust out the combined near six hour run time of the first two Hobbit movies, Middle Earth just doesn’t wow like it once did.

If you already own the film, this is for collectors and die hard Rings fans only.

 

Reviewed By: Phil Hobden

 

Buyers Guide: Released November 3.

The UK versions are best suited for importing, given that they have the same english-language packaging. The age ratings (two round circles) might be irritating to some.

However, for The Hobbit, they are printed on a separate removable sheet of paper. Also, the Brits do have some nice exclusives as well. Like with AUJ, the Weta Statue is not released in UK, though.


High-definition versions

The spine of the packaging of the UK BluRay version is thicker than the US release in order to accommodate the BBFC rating logos! No 2D-only version seems to be available.

  • 3D+2D BluRay: one disc with the film in 2D; two discs with the film in 3D; two discs with bonus materials.


Exclusive high-definition versions

  • 3D+2D BluRay Steelbook: one disc with the film in 2D; two discs with the film in 3D; two discs with bonus materials; steelbook packaging. Same design as the USA Target exclusive, but in 3D.
  • 3D+2D BluRay Bookends Edition: one disc with the film in 2D; two discs with the film in 3D; two discs with bonus materials; Guards of Erebor bookends. This seems to be a late issue of the Guards of Erebor bookends. The cover art does not show it yet, but the Amazon listing definitely states it’s the Extended Edition. A little overpriced to my taste though. Exclusive to UK.


DVD

The design of the UK DVD (first printing at least) is a foldout digipak with an outer cover without a photograph, and thus more resembling the old LOTR SEE DVDs! It won’t play on US DVD players though.

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE SummerSlam 2014

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE SummerSlam 2014

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Julian Connelly looks at latest WWE and Wrestling releases in his regular review column: The Turnbuckle. 

Press Release

The hottest event of the summer was a night that changed the landscape of the WWE in a monumental way like never before. See Brock Lesnar challenge for the WWE Championship against John Cena in a match that literally shocked the wrestling world!  The 27th annual SummerSlam event is back as it returns to the Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 17 for the 6th consecutive year.  Includes John Cena defending his World Heavyweight Championship belt against the Streak breaker Brock Lesnar. Chris Jericho facing off against a lone Bray Wyatt! AJ Lee and Paige battle it out for the Divas Championship and former faction friends Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose square up in a Lumberjack match!

Review

WWE second largest PPV of the year rolls round. I have to say this one is better this year than Wrestle mania so climbs to the top for the first time of WWE PPV events for this year.
I will now run through positive and negatives of the PPV.

Positives

You know it’s a good night when you enjoy Diva matches, the best two battled it out for the Divas title. Good timing and back and forth action to enjoy with the win and title going to the birthday girl Paige.

Great to see the Lumberjack match up between the former Shield partners, this feud has benefited from a good few month build up and was another great edition to the card. Lots of involvement from the Lumberjacks, before the cheap briefcase to the head chat from Rollins to steal the win.

The list of great matches continues as the always excellent Bray Wyatt faces Jericho. Bray hits all his crowd popping moves and Jericho as the seasoned pro contributes well throughout. Great to see Brays momentum continue as he picks up the clean win over Jericho.

Stephane was great and made a hell of an effort here, I must say she also looked stunning. What a swerve turn with Nikki Bella turning on her sister helping Steph take the win.

Then quickly on to Orton vs Reigns, a clever choice here as Orton is such a great worker and Reigns is so over and full of his crowd popping sequences, I love the double footed kick to the head on the apron. Back and forth they went exchanges blows. The best spot was Orton turning a spear from Reigns into a super fast powerslam, the guys the modern day Shawn Michael’s.
The closing sequence was so near fall after another, superman punch, a cracking RKO and then Reigns pleasing gets the win clean with a spear. What a scorcher!

We breath and move on to the epic title match, straight out the blocks trading punches and then on 30 secs an F5 and near fall.
Lesner absolutely destroyed Cena, so one sided it was great. Suplex after Suplex, 16 in total from Lesner to Cena.

So pleasing to see following a further F5 Lesner picks up the win and the gold.

Negatives

Very few just our dear friend Rosev and Swagger letting the team down with yet another pointless boring showing. A further slight let down was the match length of Miz against Ziggler, the crowd noise was good for an opener and clearly everyone loves Ziggler, and he rightly beat Miz for the IC championship.

Blu-Ray Extras

A selection of build up angles from Raw and Smackdown dated from late July to September, nothing of note here.  The best extra is found on both the DVD and Blu-Ray release it’s the pre show match up between RVD and the always good value Cesaro.

Summary

The best PPV I have watched since The 2013 Wrestlemania. There is just the couple of negative points, with the rest of the card at worst being great, at best classics. Well done WWE for me an absolute 10/10.

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 27th Oct. 2014

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – The Best Of Sting

Blog: The Turnbuckle – The Best Of Sting

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Julian Connelly looks at latest WWE and Wrestling releases in his regular review column: The Turnbuckle. 

Press Release:

The Sting DVD chronicles his entire career from his Mid-South days as part of the Blade-Runners (with Ultimate Warrior) through his last WCW match vs. Ric Flair on the very last episode of WCW Monday Nitro (3/26/01).  The video features more than two dozen matches in total, many never before released on DVD. This includes a combination of well-known memorable matches, as well as some fairly obscure matches including encounters with Vader, Cactus Jack, Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair. In addition, packages throughout the title will help tell the story of Sting’s career evolution.

Review:

The complete catalogue of Sting matches, throughout his WCW career. This is enjoyable viewing and only possible as Sting has finally agreed to sign a deal with WWE, any keen fan will know he is featured for the first time in a WWE game this November.

Below I have split the review between good and bad section:

Good Points:

It finally great to see a Sting release on any level, it’s nicely narrated at key points of his career and there are again at points some talking heads, with the mouth of the South, Lex Luther and Hogan to name a few to voice their opinion on angles and Sting in general, lots of current and past superstars also add there in pit throughout.

The fact you get nearly seven hours of past footage to work through is great. Another plus is on the blu Ray release you get a large number of of bonus match ups and segments to enjoy.

My favourite angle on show is against Vader this is great and really worth a watch. Also without doubt disc two of the Blu-Ray release is by far the best with it being the birth and matches from Iconic White face paint Sting.

Bad Points:

Although sting does talk at points during the release it is all footage from an interview in 1998 and 1995 which is a real shame, at least the current day Sting should give us his view at points, but ideally you would have him narrate the entire production as the Ultimate Warrior, and HHH did on there releases.

It’s a lot to sit through even if Sting is your favourite wrestler ever. There should have been less matches and a good interview with the Sting of today.

Really after all these years there should have been the star treatment added to this box set, the same production detail should have been given to this as say HHH recent release.

Summary:

I would recommend this to all as Sting is a true wrestling legend, and his story all be it not covered by the current man himself is great viewing.

 

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 13th Oct. 2014

 

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: All Things Film – Headrush (2003) Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – Headrush (2003) Reviewed

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Sometimes just sometimes you have one of those days where NOTHING goes right. This day was one of those.  Cannes.  It was hot (properly hot in the mid 30’s), I’d dressed in jeans and not shorts meaning I was sweating like innocent man on death row.  Every person we’d spoken to had given us the bums rush and punting our current film around buyers we’d been rejected more than the pork pie at a Bar Mitzvah I’d already watched two films, neither of which I remembered a day later let alone a year or so down the line.  Then again I did sleep through one and half of them.

Tired, annoyed I was dragged to one final film of the day… a Irish comedy that had a small role by some bloke from some band I liked. Begrudgingly I went, grumpy and hot .  I sat down in the cinema preparing myself for two hours of time passing or maybe, just maybe a quick kip. So to say I wasn’t in the mood for another film was a mild  understatement, let alone a comedy.

With all that in mind, it’s even more a credit to this film then that within minutes of the opening titles I was laughing myself to tears. Headrush hit the spot… a well observed, humours and funny stoner comedy.

The film follows Charlie a down on his luck pothead – kicked off the dole and dumped by his girlfriend convinced by his best friend T-Bag, with help from their dealer Blowback that they should be crime lord The Uncle new drug mules.  Conceiving an elaborate scam to smuggle a consignment of Cocaine back from Amsterdam they meet The Uncle’s nephew Razor Rupert and convince him that they’re up for the job. As they lay  their plans, each one egging the other on, each one refusing to admit to any fear, a series of events begin to unravel their carefully laid plans.

HEADRUSH is a stoner comedy and, if that ‘s your bag, it certainly is one of the better of the sub-genre… although considering recent  additions have been the un-memorable DUDE WHERE’S MY CAR and HAROLD & KUMAR GET THE MUNCHES it isn’t saying much.  Writer/Director Shimmy Marcus, making his feature film debut, delivers an assured film showing a talent for comic timing and really coaxing some impressive performances from it’s relatively inexperienced cast.

Leads Wuzza Conlon and BP Fallon, as stoners Charlie and T-Bag, play their roles well but  the real gem in this movie is the acting debut of New Yorker, Fun Loving Criminal and all around legend Huey Morgan.  Morgan is hysterical as the comfortable in woman’s shoes-drug dealer ‘The Yank’.  For a hard as nails former marine, Morgan happily sends up his tough image and in doing so provides the real stand out moments of this comedy.

It’s not ALL good.  Director Marcus needed to rain in guest star Berkof who is stupidly over the top and never quiet seemed to know what accent he was trying to do.  A more experienced director may have pulled him back, allowing a measured rather than needlessly showy performance to come through. But the faults aren’t all Berkof as once again that ugly demon of money raises it’s head on occasion, no less in the hysterical van sequence which is just calling out for seemingly budget busting exterior shots.  Instead we get some pretty badly staged studio based shots and van wobbling.  I also noticed the film does loose it’s charm a little on repeat viewing but only a little and these small issues are just that small issues in a film that otherwise is brimming with well observed comedy.

But alas so far this film hasn’t made it to the UK – one of the many quality films that for whatever reason hasn’t found a release.  To be honest the films sales agent, Park Entertainment, should be shot for not being able to bring this movie to a UK buyer.  They have a real gem here, funnier than most Brit comedies of recent times the film, accompanied by rave reviews where ever it has played, has a charm and style that allow it to more than stand out from the crowd and heralds Shimmy Marcus as a name for the future.

In short: A gem of a comedy… funny, surreal and totally enjoyable from start to finish.

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: All Things Film – 300 Rise Of An Empire Reviewed

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As Leonidas and the rock hard 300  take on ‘God King’ Xerxes’ million strong army at  Thermopylae,  heroic Athenian General  Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) receives news that a huge Persian navy led by  Xerxes scheming  general Artemisia (Eva Greene) is sailing on Greece with the full intention of wiping it from the face of the Earth. Deciding he’d rather go down fighting than live under the yolk  of his sworn enemies,  he assembles a fleet of ships, fills it with as many grown men he can muster and sails off to face the Persians  in a do or die battle on the high seas.

Taking place before, during and after the events of 300,  Rise of An Empire acts as a prequel, ‘sidequel’ and sequel to Zack Snyder’s blood drenched 2007 original.

For those not up to speed, 300 was an adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel of the same name. A massive box office hit on its release, it went on to make a star of Gerard Butler (as Leonidas) and featured strongperformances  from the likes of Michael Fassbender, Lena Heady and Rodrigo Santoro (as Xerxes). Extremely good fun and very action packed, it served as the inspiration for the Starz produced Spartacus: Blood and Sand series, plus numerous other sword and armour epics such as Ironclad and Black Death. On the other hand its also one of the butchest, most masculine and downright mental films ever made. Featuring buckets  blood, flying limbs and  enough ripped male flesh to put a Chippendales convention to shame  – subtle it is not. Not only that, its seriously loud  – Butler famously roaring  “this is SPARTA!” , plus various other cast members following suit by  hamming it up and  shouting themselves hoarse.

So what of the sequel? (prequel/sidequel -what have you)

On the plus side, its very entertaining with new director Noam Murrow (replacing Snyder who writes and produces) bringing an impressive visual style  and handling the action very well. His early depiction of the battle of Marathon is superb, plus the first naval engagement between the Athenians and the Persians proves extremely exciting and  is frankly jaw dropping in scale.

Its also (mostly) well acted – Eva Greene  is fantastic as Artemisia –totally ruthless, deadly with a sword and more than a match for Stapleton’s somewhat bland Themistocles. Lena Heady makes a welcome return as the Spartan Queen Gorgo and despite not appearing that much, Rodrigo Santoro successfully manages to bring more to Xerxes this time round than he did in the original film.

There are a few complaints  -the talented Lena Heady simply  isn’t in it enough and  the rather clichéd script could have done with some work – hideously operatic in places and mostly  requiring the cast to shout a lot and make overly worthy speeches about crushing enemies and seizing glory.

In addition, there is simply way too much CGI blood and slo mo –  traits that were inventive and new in 300, but here become a bit tiresome after a while – once you’ve  seen  five or six elegantly slowed down money shots of Stapleton and the lads running, leaping and hacking – you’ve seen them all.  Overall however, it simply isn’t as good at Snyder’s 2007 epic, with the absence of Butler keenly felt throughout. Whilst Sullivan Stapleton does his best, his Themistocles is no Leonidas and as an actor he simply doesn’t have the same levels of charisma and range that Butler brought so successfully to the first film

Yet despite these criticisms – Rise Of An Empire isn’t a bad effort at all  -its never less than entertaining and has masses of action  – especially the huge final showdown which is very exciting and interestingly sets up the potential for another sequel –which on the face of it is quite an appealing prospect.

 

Author: Will Strong

 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE Brothers Of Destruction DVD Review

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Press Release

The saga of Undertaker and Kane has taken many sordid twists since the inferno that left their souls forever charred. The combustible combo has buried their deep-seeded rivalry on several occasions, always close enough to the surface to ignite at the touch of a spark. Still, their blood bond makes them an indomitable force in the ring. And every so often, old wounds close up long enough to unite WWE’s darkest duo under one common purpose – destruction.  In this DVD, see the Brothers of Destruction scorch their path of wreckage through WWE. Seven devastating matches against some of the greatest tag teams of the new millennium are presented in their entirety. Witness WWE’s most volatile Superstars, The Deadman and the Devil’s Favorite Demon, on the same page before they tear each other apart once again!

Review
Quite simply what you see is what you get, however in this case it’s not a good thing. The issue here is the lack of reason for a release of this nature, and what this actually portraits to the viewer. I must confess my disappointment with this release, there are just seven matches four from 2001 and then the remaining three five years or so later dating from 2006.There is no input from talent or the main men themselves, and you would think a Undertaker or Kane release would have so much more too it, as they are among the longest serving WWE superstars and are highly thought of, alas this just is not the case here.

 

In Summary
Save you money the matches included (see below) aren’t even a good selection.

 

Match included are:
No Disqualification WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Undertaker & Kane vs. Edge and Christian (SmackDown, 19 April 2001)

Tables Match: Undertaker & Kane vs. Dudley Boyz (Raw, 30 July 2001)

WCW Tag Team Championship Match: Undertaker & Kane vs. Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire (SmackDown, 9 August 2001)

WWE and WCW Tag Team Championship Unification Steel Cage Match: Undertaker & Kane vs. Diamond Dallas Page and Kanyon (SummerSlam, 19 August 2001)

Undertaker & Kane vs. MVP and Mr. Kennedy (SmackDown, 15 December 2006)

Undertaker & Kane vs. Mark Henry and Big Daddy V (SmackDown, 1 February 2008)

Undertaker & Kane vs. The Miz and John Morrison (ECW, 15 April 2008)

 

On DVD & Blu-Ray from Monday 1st Sept. 2014

 

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE Live in the UK DVD

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With the WWE Universe still reeling from the events of WrestleMania and Extreme Rules, the WWE arrives in London for RAW and SmackDown Live in the UK! Hulkamania is back and running wild in London as Hulk Hogan returns to England’s capital for SmackDown. Not content with defeating John Cena at Extreme Rules, Bray Wyatt looks to completely destroy the Cenation Leader, in front of a packed O2 crowd. Can John Cena’s new found allies, The Usos, prevent the maniacal Bray Wyatt from toppling the 14 time World Champion.

Review

This is a does what it says on the tin release from WWE, on offer here is coverage of RAW and Smackdown filmed in the UK. What you will read below is a short and not so sweet review.

My issue with this and the release like it each year, is it feels so much like WWE earnings over quality for the paying fan. If you watch RAW and Smackdown weekly like any serious fan does you will have seen all the content on show here.

Yes its great Hogan is on Smackdown in the UK, and some of the content on offer is acceptable, but it’s just one RAW and one Smackdown which happens to be here in the UK. There is no real special or extra content on offer except for a match between Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage for the title which was part of the first UK event on the 10th Oct 1989.

So all in all for me don’t waste your money on this, buy the excellent Ladies and Gentleman my name is Paul Heyman or a future release.

 

Author: Julian Connelly 

Blog: All Things Film – Sabotage

Blog: All Things Film – Sabotage

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There’s no other explanation. I must be getting old. There’s got to be some sort of threshold when you enter your mid-thirties when the thought of an overabundance of gore, blood and car chases gets you excited. The thought of seeing Arnie chomping on a cigar and gunning down bad guys. The fifteen year-old me would have loved Sabotage.

In short, there’s a gang of DEAs comprised of Terence Howard, The Governator as their leader, some meth-riddled blonde, and a couple of non-descript slabs of meat with a gravelly voice (presumably from UFC or something) who’ve tried to bust a cartel at their home and steal $10m for themselves. It doesn’t go to plan, and so they are – in a curious mirror of typical action movies – suspended pending an investigation. I say curious because being forced to hand over your badge and gun is a typical end-of-Act II trait for action thrillers; in Sabotage, Arnie gets his returned to him no later than twenty minutes into the movie. Once reinstated, the team are back on to track down the money and the killer of Arnie’s Wife and Son.

Right, here’s the thing. This movie is much, much too violent for its own good. This is not an action movie – it’s downright horror. There are a good number of breach-and-clear moments that reveal such gore-drenched shocks that you’d probably find in films like Saw or predator 2. The latter, in fact, seems to be a big influence for co-writer and director David Ayer who, up until his last film End of Watch, decided that nailing his victims to the ceiling and having his protagonist FBI fodder slip ‘n slide around on their bowels was far too immature.

It’s almost as if Ayer is trying to admonish the usually sedate nature of his previous outing. I can’t really be bothered to look up End of Watch’s behaviour at the box office, but when I saw it it didn’t strike me as a money spinner. Here, Sabotage is surely that – the execs at the studio clearly wanted a none-too difficult lowcomdom, brainless (fortunate, given the nature of the head cavities in many of the cannon fodder) and downright grizzly horror movie. On this front, Ayer delivers; if you want oceans of blood, bullets and some serious nastiness then you’re dancing in the right disco with this movie.

If you want a more measured actioner (and I am aware this is an Arnie thing, so don’t get me wrong) then look elsewhere. Predator was nearly as gory as this, but then it featured an iconic monster. Here, we have a dubious antagonist at best who isn’t revealed until the whole farce is too late. Slap a body count caption card on the corner, and Sabotage becomes closer in nature to Hot Shots Part Deux.

I can’t duck out of this review without mentioning one key, annoying element; the camerawork. Once again, one of the more pronounced techniques retained from the near-documentary End of Watch, it is used here to frustrating effect. Everything is filmed in handi-cam close up. Establishing shots be damned – an entire car chase toward the end of the movie proves to be about as effective as the one that opens Quantum of Solace – but this time, it’s not the editing at fault; It’s choice of shot. One wonders if they were even driving in some of the close up shots, and I am sure there were repetitions. It cheapens the feel. But then again, the shoddy camerawork has nothing on the even sloppier script.

The penultimate scene threatens to go down a route that made me smile. A good guy starts acting out of character to an extent, and this can only mean one thing. When you clock on to what this will mean for the remainder of the fifteen minutes, you start to smile and nod your head. Could this really, genuinely be happening?! How cool would that be!

But no. The good guy is still the good guy; and this slapdash, violent evisceration of celluloid is still simply mediocre. The closing moments are so preordained and expected, they make the opening tosh seem almost ingenious.

 

Author: Andrew Mackay

Blog: The Turnbuckle – WWE United we Slam : The Best of the Great American Bash

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Press Release

One of sports entertainment’s most patriotic traditions, THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH brought excitement to fans of the NWA and WCW for over a decade. The event has featured legends such as STING, “NATURE BOY” RIC FLAIR, “THE AMERICAN DREAM” DUSTY RHODES, now, “MACHO MAN” RANDY SAVAGE, THE ROAD WARRIORS and more competing for championship gold. The red, white and blue extravaganza always delivered the fireworks, so relive the excitement from nearly 20 star-spangled events, featuring the greatest matches and moments from history’s top WWE Superstars!

Review

So the best of the Great American Bash, it does what it says on the tin really, starting In date order from 1985 and working forward from here too 2000. This collection covers the best match ups from 18 plus Great American Bash PPVs. There is over 7 hours of footage on show here and 20 matches (25 if you include the 5 Blu-Ray Extra matches) you may wish to work through this collection across a number of days.
Without doubt there is something for everyone here, regardless of what era and style you like down to your favourite wrestler, with many all time greats performing on offer here.

Well narrated/hosted throughout by the Legendary Dusty Rhodes giving his unique view on events as they unfold and given that he was in many matches over the years at The Great American Bash the ideal host.

To be expected there are some good matches on offer and some not so good ones, this again will depend on your preferences, for me though some of the stronger outings are Sting vs The Great Mutu, Sting Vs Vader, Psychosis Vs Ultimate Dragon and DDP vs Mike Awesome. I also found everything more enjoyable generally post 1997 so Disc two of the Blu-Ray realise.

Blu Ray Exclusives

Another five matches on offer for the keen fan. I will while some enjoyment here, nothing stand out though, best on offer though is Macho Man Vs Kevin Nash for the WCW Title.

Summary

Nice collection of matches, showing all styles and good selection of matches. I enjoyed working though the discs in this release and feel that for long time fans or people just interested in understanding wrestlings past this would be a good edition to add to your home library.

 

Author: Julian Connelly