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Indy wrestling production with snuff film overtones-, 10 November 2011
2/10

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Ultimate Death Match 2010 Ultimate Death Match Films LLC.

This turkey is built around the flimsy premise that 27 million people will pay to watch low production wrestling matches if the main event is to the death. The film starts off with Kevin Nash and Shane Douglas discussing the Monday Night wars for about 10 seconds (they are not seen again). Al Snow plays Frosty James the main announcer for this death match event. In between each match we see cut scenes with the promoter and some FBI man who is setting up a sting of the illegal operation. This is almost totally skippable- the best part of the movie is the outtake reel with Al Snow- and even so it ain't a Jackie Chan outtake reel. UDM is not worth seeking out or seeing for free- gutter entertainment produced on the cheap for no good reason as far as a I could tell. D- review by Jobber Joe panelist on Roundtable Wrestling Radio and Author of the upcoming book Wrestling With Sports and Entertainment

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Nothing can beat this superb Doc- Best Wrestling DVD of 2011, 4 November 2011
10/10

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Memphis Heat is the new king of professional wrestling movies. It's that damn good to steal a catchphrase. Mixing vintage pictures, archival footage, interviews with several of the key players over a rock and roll soundtrack this film manages to convey the emotion, excitement and intensity of one of the top territories in the country. The DVD adds several stellar extras including some great anecdotes that did not make the movie, several key moments from Memphis TV and the Coliseum. This is a must have for any wrestling library. B Memphis Heat which was based on the superb photo book Sputnik, Masked Men and Midgets this documentary covers the Memphis grappling scene from the 60s until the mid 80s. Jerry "the King" Lawler , "Superstar" Bill Dundee , Jerry Jarrett , Sputnik Monroe and many others share some personal memories about several key moments in the territory. Excellently paced and always engaging this should be the blueprint not just for wrestling films but documentaries in general. Check out the extras for stories about segregation, assault, bad payoffs and more. A+++ Review by Jobber Joe columnist for Wrestle Hustle and author of Wrestling With Sports and Entertainment

UK look at grappling is well worth the investment in time and money, 4 November 2011
9/10

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Hard Knocks is a solid documentary covering professional wrestling in Great Britain. Mixing quotes from workers, fans and promoters with viewpoints by skeptics and great in-ring footage this is a worthwhile addition to any wrestling fans library. Includes in-ring and promos from CM Punk, Al Snow, Hardcore Holly and D-Lo Brown and many others. I enjoyed the insight and the different perspectives provided in this documentary. The DVD also includes over 80 minutes of deleted scenes featuring Chris Masters and many other wrestlers. Hard Knocks also includes footage from wrestling schools and indie feds in the UK. Included in the movie are CM Punk being entertaining as usual during a question and answer session with potential wrestlers and fans and Hardcore legend Mick Foley. Well made with a solid score and steady direction I am glad this movie is part of my collection. Jobber Joe panelist on Roundtable Wrestling Radio and author of Wrestling With Sports and Entertainment

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leg-warmer rasslin', 20 January 2009
3/10

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GLOW -Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling- Greatest TV Moments 80's Classic!- Collector's Edition 3 DVD Set! (Big Vision Entertainment 2008)- if you like sub-par Hee-Haw humor,glitter and tons of hairspray this may be the ticket for you.Mix in "Super-Bowl Shuffle" like raps by most of the performers and skits and you have a camp classic(or crap classic).A mixture of blown-spots,terrible and sexist commentary and cheeseball comedy fill these 3 discs.Sure Hollywood is sexy and it is funny to watch the weekly lapdance spot(every show a female grappler gets tossed into the front row).This set was only $19.99 and if you are a fan of Wrestlecrap than you may like this- if you are looking for 5 star classics go elsewhere.

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year one:TNA, 20 January 2009
7/10

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The History of TNA:Year 1 (2007 TNA) - more documentary than I wanted - more talking and less wrestling than I wanted and more repetition about the ring breaking before the first TNA PPV then I need to hear.Sure it is nice to hear about the struggles to get thru the first year with their unique business model and it is great getting to see the sexy Dixie Carter - but I was hoping for more wrestling than only 4 matches(4 very good matches though) and selected highlights from the first year.If you want to know how TNA and Panda Energy got together and you want to know about the beginning of the company you will enjoy this.But if you are looking for wrestling from the first year- you will get some good matches- but not enough.Maybe worth a rental for the curious.

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dated grappling flick, 20 January 2009
5/10

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The One and Only -This 70s flick about a full blown ham who can't choose between being a wrestler or married.Henry Winkler charms his way thru this Carl Reiner flick about a young man that settles for wrestling when he can't succeed as an actor in the Big Apple in the fifties.Chavo Classic makes a brief appearance as Indian Joe and Roddy Pipper has a non-speaking role as Leatherneck Joe Brady and Gene Labell,Herve Villachez,William Daniels round out the cast.Gene Saks does a good job as the old school agent/manager type-all borscht-belt schtick and lots of fun.Winkler seems to be channeling a less neurotic Woodie Allen in this flick- sure he is charming- but sometimes you feel like he is blind to the world around him.A fun look at wrestling in the beginning of television- but the movie is less about wrestling and more about Winkler's character's desire to be loved by strangers.A decent time capsule-this dated movie will be a good curio for rasslin' fans.The DVD does not provide any extras. C+ Jobber Joe-Roundtable Wrestling Radio

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crapfest, 20 January 2009
3/10

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ECW December to Dismember :2 years ago WWE had a good idea- a one night only PPV featuring the stars of the now defunct ECW in a special PPV event.Between the PPV buys and the sales of the DVD -WWE went ahead with a second PPV- which was fine- although it lacked the one night only luster of the first.Of course Vinny Mac felt the need to capture this buzz and manages to convince the sci-fi network to carry his retooled ECW brand.Things start to go sour- first Rob Van Dame the extremist that first mentioned the ECW One Night Stand concept and the most successful and over of the ECW champs and the ECW/WWE champ gets pulled over with pot(not a huge surprise for a grappler featured in High Times magazine).So WWE decides to strip him of the belt - and decide to import the Big Show to the ECW to be champ- this enrages the hardcore ECW fans-which leads to an infamous match in NYC - where the fans belittle the product during the main event of a live broadcast- chanting "change the channel" and "TNA" during the awkward main event of the ECW show.This all leads to this turd of a DVD- the second ECW brand PPV this year and the first utilizing the extremists of the minor league brand of the WWE corporation.Going into this PPV - only 2 matches were announced- a one night only tag team reunion between the Hardy Boys and MnM and the 6 man extreme elimination chamber match for the ECW strap.The opening tag-team match had some good spots and got the crowd into the event.Sadly things go from bad to worse- we are told that Sabu is injured and won't compete- which is fine - I guess- except he is featured in the cover art of the DVD.Either way after one match- there is a lot of time to fill-so we get a retread of what is on the ECW TV show- no special matches- just the roster full of folks that aren't charismatic or talented enough to be featured on Smackdown or Raw.After and hour plus of sub-par matches- it is time for the main event.The 6 man extreme elimination chamber- featuring crowd favorites RVD and CM Punk and Bobby Lashley and a heel contingent.Sure there are some nasty spots throughout the main event - but a match featuring a huge cage,weapons ,3 legit headliners and tons of spots- still manages to enrage the crowd so much that they are chanting "change the channel" and"TNA(a rival rasslin' league).The DVD does include extra interviews and a rematch between 2 of the wrestlers the following Tuesday.Not worth getting unless you are a collector or masochist. D- Jobber Joe -Roundtable Wrestling Radio

Get Smart (2008)
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Kahli & Rock & whatever, 20 January 2009
6/10

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Wanted to see Hellboy II today but the free passes I had did not include movies in their first 2 weeks- so I opted to watch Get Smart instead- the price was right.I did not hate the movie and Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway did a good job as the leads.What made the movie fun was the ensemble cast with funny quips from Alan Arkin,Terry Crewes,Patrick Wharburton and Dwayne Johnson.Terrance Stamp was excellent as always as the villain.Former WWE champion Dalip Singh is also in the movie as a killer for Kaos- he kind of reminded me of Jaws from Moonraker- the first confrontation with him was even a parachute fight.This is mindless slapstick fun- nothing memorable nor did it forever tarnish the vague memories I have of the old show.Worth Netflixxing or a matinée if you are looking for some lowbrow shenanigans.The highlight(maybe lowlight) was seeing a preview for the remake of Deathrace 2000. C+ Jobber Joe Roundtable Wrestling Radio

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several takes on gotham's hero, 20 January 2009
8/10

Batman : Gotham Knight - Can't wait for the latest big screen version of Batman - this is a good stopgap.This is a compilation of 6 stories about Batman by 6 different screenwriters and 5 different directors.Animated in different styles - but consistently dark throughout - we see an iron-clad Batman and we see a realistic confrontation with Deadshot- also we see Batman learn how to master pain and a stylized ultra-creepy version of the infamous Arkham Asylum.If you like your heroes with an edge and dwelling in a darker Gotham City- this is worth at least a Netflix slot.I got the single disc version of this with a 10 minute preview of the upcoming Wonder Woman animated movie and a scholarly commentary track.This sort of felt like Animatrix- different looks at a popular universe by different folks.This compilation has a Gothic surrealistic feel to it and is rated PG-13 with some stylized violence. B+ Jobber Joe Roundtable Enhancement Division -Roundtable Wrestling Radio

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well worth the time-bulk up yer mind, 20 January 2009
9/10

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Bigger Stronger Faster -compelling even handed documentary about steroid culture and steroid use. Covers both the pros and the cons of performance enhancing drugs-mixing tons of vintage footage with a dose of humor and from the perspective of the filmmaker's family. The Bell brothers all wanted to be larger than life- 2 of them are willing to have help to be just that.Well worth a Netflix slot. The scariest thing I saw was the genetic freak- the cow- jeezus-anyhow- worth the time.The DVD has several deleted scenes.This is even harder to watch knowing one of the Bell Brothers passed away recently. A

JOBBER JOE columnist for Wrestle Hustle


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