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Brian Pillman: Loose Cannon
Brian Pillman Loose Cannon
Actor: Brian Pillman
Genres: Television, Sports
NR     2006     6hr 0min

He created a number of controversial and chaotic moments in sports entertainment, shocking fans in WCW, ECW, and WWE . His tragic ending only further mythologizes his legend. For the first time ever, Brian Pillman?s life i...  more »

     
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Actor: Brian Pillman
Genres: Television, Sports
Sub-Genres: Television, Wrestling
Studio: World Wrestling
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/26/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 6hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Match Listing
Blitzkrieg | 08/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Credit to the Observer,



-The Pillman DVD will be a 95 minute documentary on his career in football, Stampede Wrestling, Hollywood Blonds, Four Horseman, ECW, car accident Hart Foundation and more. The match list is:

-Bruce Hart & Brian Pillman vs. Midnight Cowboys 4/23/88 for International tag team titles
-Pillman vs. Lex Luger 10/28/89 Halloween Havoc
-Pillman & Tom Zenk vs. Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin 2/12/90
-Pillman & Austin doing "A Flare for the Old" segment on WCW TV
-War Games 1991 with Pillman & Sting & Steiners vs. Four Horsemen
-Pillman vs. Ricky Morton 10/27/91
-Pillman & El Gigante vs. Barry Windham & Arn Anderson 6/12/91 loser leaves town match to lead to the Yellow Dog angle
-Pillman & Windham vs. Johnny Gunn & Zenk 12/26/92
-Pillman & Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas 5/23/93
-WCW Thundercage with Pillman & Sting & Dustin Rhodes vs. Paul Orndorff & Austin & rick Rude
-Pillman vs. Jushin Liger from the first mach of the very first episode of Nitro
-Pillman vs. Dean Malenko 1/22/96 Nitro
-Pillman vs. Eddie Guerrero 1/23/96 Clash of Champions (where Pillmans scared Bobby Heenan half to death)
-Pillman vs. Austin 6/16/97 Raw
-7/6/97 Calgary Stampede Hart Foundation vs. Austin & Shamrock & LOD & Goldust (I can tell you from talking to Pillman right after this match ended that this match was the personal highlight of his career)
-Pillman vs. Goldust 9/7/97
-Pillman vs. Liger 2/22/92 SuperBrawl from Milwaukee
These are the dates WWE has listed. I know off the top of my head the SuperBrawl was 2/29/92 so others may be off as well

judging by listing this is the greatest WWE dvd of all time IMO"
OVERLOOKED INNOVATOR FINALLY GETS HIS DUE
J. Humphreville | Antioch, TN | 10/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Brian Pillman was one of my favorite wrestlers since I first saw him in 1991 on WCW Pro(I think it was called). He was still the high flying fan favorite then and was about to win the new WCW Cruserweight championship. Little did I know what was in store for this man nor what he had already done in his life. I wont recap all of that, the dvd does that just fine.
Disc 1 is a great overview. To be honest, the reverence in which I hold Brian had me very scared that they would drop the ball on this dvd. This was not the case. We have interviews from Brian's family, friends, children and his widow. We also have new interviews with many superstars who came up with Brian. The extra matches and promos are very cool and offer great bonuses to a man who created a character way ahead of its time. The matches are some of Brian's best or at the very least show him at a particular time frame. Ending the DVD with the epic Liger vs Pillman match from SuperBrawl 2 shows that there was a lot of actual thought put into this dvd. That match set a high benchmark of greatness on that card and for high flying matches to come.
One thing I would have like to have seen more of on here is more promos. ALl the ECW promos would have been fantastic in their entirety. I mean, Pillman wrestling a pencil, being "stripped" of his constitutional rights, the incident onthe first night at the ECW arena. And how about more of the Loose Cannon/Ticking time bomb stuff from WCW and WWE(F). The prayer for Bret he lead in the ring with Owen and Davey Boy comes to mind as a classic Pillman moment. It always seemed so ironic to me that Brian died right before the whole "Attitude" era really took off. He would have fit in so well. He had already been doing it for years prior.
I reccomend this DVD to any wrestling fan. In his own way Brian is too often forgotten about and this tribute is a great way to introduce people to this unique and courageous man."
It's about time
A. M. Lewis | 08/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As great of a tragedy as the untimely death of Brian Pillman was, the greater tragedy has been the complete ignoring of his existence by the WWE for the last 9 years. Pillman's death came at a particularly bad time for the wrestling world, as it's booming popularity had placed the companies (WWF and WCW) under a media microscope. In a way I believe McMahon resented Pillman for that. However, it was difficult to feel bad for McMahon at the time. One night after the death of the "Loose Cannon", Vince interviewed the recently widowed Mrs. Pillman in what seemed like a very disturbing attempt at grabbing some of those all important ratings. For the next couple of weeks a beautiful video montage that was voiced over by Brian's close friend Jim Ross was shown. And then it was over, and Brian was never mentioned again. I have been watching wrestling since that time and I can honestly say that I don't believe I have heard Brian's name mentioned more than maybe once (perhaps in the Raw Tenth Anniversary tribute video?). For whatever reason his legacy was erased, and his name forgotten.

Nine years later the WWE is releasing a double dvd set dedicated to the life of a man who was consistently and undoubtebly ahead of his time. Prior to what should have been a career ending motorcycle accident, Pillman was one of the best performers in the business. His matches constantly stole the show, and his good looks made him a hit with the female audience. Incredibly, Brian Pillman became one of the greatest heel's in the business, and along with Steve Austin formed "The Hollywood Blondes". The two made the mistake of getting over in WCW, and were de-pushed. Brian however was not done. What followed was a phenomenal heel run with the Horseman, and a worked shoot feud with Kevin Sullivan that was clearly way ahead of it's time ("I quit booker man"). What happened next will without a doubt be the most enchanting aspect of the dvd. Pillman played Eric Bischoff into letting him out of his contract, and started a bidding war between three companies that made him the hottest free agent in the wrestling world. A motorcycle accident that happened shortly after his signing with the WWF would destroy his ankle and take away the majority of his wrestling ability. Pillman was able to compensate for this by going full blown into his loose cannon persona, to the point where even the boys in the back didn't know whether or not he was really crazy. The truth is Brian Pillman was a father, a husband and one of the greatest entertainers in the history of wrestling. He survived multiple throat operations as a child, and overcame numerous injuries that would have stopped any other man from achieving his dreams.

Matches included have now been released as
-Bruce Hart & Brian Pillman vs. Midnight Cowboys 4/23/88
-Pillman vs. Lex Luger 10/28/89 Halloween Havoc
-Pillman & Tom Zenk vs. Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin 2/12/90
-Pillman & Austin segment from WCW
-War Games 1991 with Pillman & Sting & Steiners vs. Four Horsemen (Pillman takes a Vicious beating from Sid)
-Pillman vs. Ricky Morton 10/27/91
-Pillman & El Gigante vs. Barry Windham & Arn Anderson 6/12/91 loser leaves town match
-Pillman vs. Liger 2/22/92 SuperBrawl
-Pillman & Windham vs. Johnny Gunn & Zenk 12/26/92
-Pillman & Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas 5/23/93
-WCW Thundercage with Pillman & Sting & Dustin Rhodes vs. Paul Orndorff & Austin & Rick Rude
-Pillman vs. Jushin Liger 1st Nitro
-Pillman vs. Dean Malenko 1/22/96 Nitro
-Pillman vs. Eddie Guerrero 1/23/96 Clash of Champions
-Pillman vs. Austin 6/16/97 Raw
-7/6/97 Calgary Stampede Hart Foundation vs. Austin & Shamrock & LOD & Goldust
-Pillman vs. Goldust 9/7/97


Other things to look forward to: Brian's ECW "invasion", His legendary exit from WCW, his motorcycle accident, the legendary gun incident with Stone Cold Steve Austin from an incredibly surreal Raw back in 96', his run as a member of the Hart Foundation , his hilarious feud with Goldust and much much more.

Rest in Peace Brian, hopefully after the release of this dvd you will take your rightful place in wrestling history, and live forever."
"That's right it's me, BRIAN PILLMAN!"
the one and only | I live south of Parts Unknown | 10/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a fan who unfortunately started watching wrestling after the death of Brian Pillman, I really wanted to see this dvd. This two disk set comes with an hour and a half long documentary on one of the most outrageous wrestlers in history, Brian Pillman.

The documentary starts off with Brian's tough childhood and the explanation of where he got his deep voice. It goes on to talk about his football career as well as when he got started in Stampede Wrestling in Canada under the legendary Hart Family. From there it shows his early WCW days as "Flyin Brian" and how he earned that name. It also goes into detail on how he teamed with Steve Austin to form the tag team "The Hollywood Blondes," becoming a member of the Four Horsemen, as well as rare footage of his ECW debut [which is awesome to see and funny as hell.]

It then goes on to show his near fatal car crash and how he was never the same when it came to in ring effort because of his injured foot and ankle. Not long after Brian signed with WWE and that was where his unpredictable character really started to form. It was also where he became a member of the legendary Hart Foundation, and how he formed the XXX files with Goldust's real life wife, Marlena. This is a great documentary on the life and career of Brian Pillman and the extras are great as well.

Extras on Disk One:

Road Warrior Animal: Rental Car
Stone Cold Steve Austin: First meeting with Brian
Stone Cold: How he remembers Brian
Eric Bischoff: Pillman living the character
Jim Ross: NAPTE convention center in Las Vegas
Jim Ross: Pillman asks for a meeting with Jim.
Mick Foley: First match with Brian
CALGARY STAMPEDE WRESTLING 3/26/88 - Bad Company Interview
Pillman's XXX Files
WCW SATURDAY NIGHT 6/5/93 - "Flare For The Old" skit
WCW 1995 - Flyin Brian up close
WWE RAW 11/4/96 - The Gun Incident

Extra Matches on Disk One:

Calgary Stampede Wrestling
International Tag Team Championships
Bad Company vs. The Midnight Cowboys [This was an okay match just to show Brian's high flying work which was rare back then. Some good tag team action but it wasn't a classic match. 8/10]

WCW Halloween Havoc 89
US Championship
Brian Pillman vs. Lex Luger [This was a good match. The strength and power of Luger met the high flying ability of Pillman. Some great back and forth action including a funny spot where Luger gets out of the ring and gets chased around by Pillman. Luger retains his title, but great match. 9/10]

NWA Tag Team Championship:
Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk vs. The Fabulous Freebirds [This was another tag team that mostly showed Brian's high flying work. The legendary Terry Funk is on the announcing team, which is a rare treat. Good match. 7.5/10]

Extra Matches on Disk 2:

WCW WrestleWar 91
Brian Pillman, Sting, and The Steiners vs. The Four Horsemen [The thing about this match is that it has two rings side by side and a giant cage with a roof over both of them! Practically everyone gets busted open and The Horsemen win after Pillman gets dropped on his neck and can't continue. 9/10]

WCW Halloween Havoc 91
World Light-Heavyweight Championship
Brian Pillman vs. Richard Morton [Good match as both men were pretty even throughout the entire match. Crowd was solidly behind Pillman, but a few chants for Morton. In the end Pillman gets the pin and becomes the Light-Heavyweight Champion for the first time in his career. 8.5/10]

WCW Clash of the Champions 91
"Loser Leaves Town" Match
Brian Pillman and El Gigante vs. Barry Windham and Arn Anderson [Pretty good tag team match that just basically showed some good back and forth action. Pillman even climbs on top of the shoulders of El Gigante and dives off onto Anderson in a great spot. 7/10]

WCW Slamboree 93
Hollywood Blondes vs. Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas [Another match they don't tell you that takes place in a steel cage. Steamboat and Douglas were dressed in masks so you couldn't tell who was who for most of the match. A lot of back and forth action with the cage being used as guys were flung into the sides of it left and right. Steamboat at one point climbs the top of the cage and gives a HUGE cross-body to both the Hollywood Blondes at one point. However Steve Austin and Brian Pillman get the win. 9/10]

WCW Nitro 95
Brian Pillman vs. Jushin Thunder Liger [Great match between two of the best high flyers ever; both men flying inside the ring, outside, and a lot of great chain wrestling mixed in. 9/10 [A match worthy of seeing again and again.]]

WCW Nitro 96
Brian Pillman vs. Dean Malenko [Good technical battle as, "The Man of a Thousand Holds," Dean Malenko, met Brian Pillman. Some good action and Brian Pillman gets the win even though Malenko's feet were on the bottom rope. 8/10]

WCW Clash of the Champions 96
Brian Pillman vs. Eddie Guerrero [This was the match where Brian got under Bobby "The Brain" Heenan's skin and Heenan flipped out. The match was okay but way too short for such talented wrestlers. 7.5/10]

WWE Raw 97
Brian Pillman vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin [Wild brawl that had all members of the Hart Foundation handcuffed to each ring post. Back and forth action that even had a chair spot and steel steps that were used. In the end all members of the Hart Foundation get out of their cuffs and start to beat up Austin, which led to LOD, Ken Shamrock, and Goldust to come out and break things up. 8.5/10]

WWE In Your House Canadian Stampede 97
The Hart Foundation vs. Steve Austin, LOD, Goldust, and Ken Shamrock [Wild fight that had the entire Canadian audience cheering for the Hart Foundation. Halfway through the match Steve Austin took out Owen Hart's leg with a chair and Owen had to go to the back. Then Bret took out Austin's leg and Austin had to go to the back. Both Owen and Austin later make returns and the fight continues. The ending occurs when Bret and Owen's family that were sitting at ringside jump the guardrail and start fighting Austin. Owen gets the pin to win the match. 8.5/10]

Other Matches include:

WCW SuperBrawl 94
"Thundercage" Match
Brian Pillman, Sting, Dustin Rhodes vs. Paul Orndorff, Steve Austin, and Rick Rude

WCW Ground Zero 97
Brian Pillman vs. Goldust

WCW SuperBrawl 92
Light-Heavyweight Championship
Brian Pillman vs. Jushin "Thunder" Liger

This is a really well done video of one of the most interesting characters to ever perform in WCW, ECW, and the WWE. Highly recommended.
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