Beyond the Mat [Ringside Special Edition] [DVD] [1999]

This no-holds-barred documentary look at the unforgiving world of professional wrestling gets a solid presentation for its release on DVD. Beyond the Mat has been given a full-frame transfer to disc in the aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround. The narration and interviews are in English, with no multiple-language options, though the feature is closed-captioned in English. Bonus materials include a commentary track featuring director Barry W. Blaustein, Mick Foley, and Terry Funk; notes on the film's production; biographies of the cast and crew; and the movie's original theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

  • Commentary by Stars Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Mick "Mankind" Foley and Director Barry Blaustein
  • Commentary by Star Terry Funk and Director Barry Blaustein
  • "On My Life in Wrestling and "The Royal Rumble" with Star Mick Foley
  • "Dinner with the Guys" featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Closed Captioned


Beyond the Mat
In a rare foray into documentary filmmaking, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment produced this behind-the-scenes look at professional wrestling, shot on digital video by director (Barry W. Blaustein), screenwriter of several hit Eddie Murphy comedies. An unabashed wrestling fan since childhood, Blaustein nevertheless takes an unflinching look at the dark underbelly of the "sport," as he shadows a trio of wrestlers representing three very different aspects of the profession. Mick Foley is a superstar shown to be the complete opposite of "Mankind," his successful wrestling character. At work, Mankind is a bloodthirsty animal, but when his mask is off, he's a loving, doting father clearly worshipped by his two young kids, who are traumatized when they witness Foley being bloodied at an Anaheim, California, event. Terry Funk is a portrait of what Foley could become, a former legend now at the end of his career and in desperate need of knee surgery, but continuing to perform dangerous stunts in the ring. Jake "The Snake" Roberts, on the other hand, travels in second-class wrestling circles, a recovering drug addict who has a painful reconciliation with his daughter. Blaustein also interviews the World Wrestling Federation's boastful bigwig Vince McMahon. McMahon later tried to block the release and promotion of the film. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Barry W. Blaustein
    Barry W. Blaustein - Interviewer
  • Terry Funk
    Terry Funk
  • Mick Foley
    Mick Foley
  • Vince McMahon
    Vince McMahon
  • Joanie "Chyna" Laurer
    Joanie "Chyna" Laurer

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