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WWE: Nature Boy Ric Flair - The Definitive Collection
WWE Nature Boy Ric Flair - The Definitive Collection
Actors: Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Triple H
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Sports
NR     2008     8hr 0min

With a career spanning over 30 years, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair has seen it all and has taken on all challengers. This 3 disc set looks at the incredible life and career of this WWE legend and champion, with new matches,new a...  more »


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Actors: Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Triple H
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Sports
Sub-Genres: Music Artists, Classic Rock, Wrestling
Studio: World Wrestling
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 07/08/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 8hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Not Quite The Definitive Collection But Still A Good Purchas
Ervin Griffin | Bluefield, WV | 07/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I just bought this release yesterday and let me say that it gets four stars because of the documentary, the stories section, tribute video and for showing the RAW tribute segment in its entirety! Now, let's break this one down:

Disc 1 features a near 2 hour documentary on Ric Flair with comments from former NWA announcer David Crockett, Harley Race, Kevin Von Erich, Dusty Rhodes, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, Arn Anderson, JJ Dillon and others. It covers his beginnings from his early life, the AWA, the Mid-Atlantic area (including that near fatal plane crash), his days at NWA champion, The Four Horsemen, his feuds with Dusty Rhodes, Rick Steamboat and Sting, his time in WWF/WWE, his problems in WCW, his WWE return (including Evolution, his Wrestlemania X-8 bout with The Undertaker and his final days as a wrestler).

Disc 1 also features some short stories from the man himself and a tribute video to Flair.

Disc 2 and 3 are just matches and promos. Let's go into Disc 2 for a bit:

Vs. Jack Brisco - Flair was in his first run as NWA champion as he took on former NWA champion Jack Brisco in a mostly scientific match. This wasn't for the title by the way, it was more of an impromptu match.

Vs. Kerry Von Erich (NWA World Title match/2 out of 3 falls) - If all you know of Kerry Von Erich is the "Texas Tornado" or just a member of the tragic Von Erich family, you really need to see this! I personally think he was better here than the day he won the title from Flair in 1984! This one felt like a war! This match also led to the infamous cage match that began the epic Von Erich/Freebird story.

Vs. Harley Race (NWA World Title Match) - This was notable because it happened on television and it was rare for a title match to be on TV. It gives you a glimpse of what was to come at Starrcade '83 later that year.

Ric Flair, Ole & Arn Anderson Vs. Dusty Rhodes, Magnum T.A. & Manny "Ragin' Bull" Fernandez - This was a wild six man tag that came on the heels of Dusty's injury at the hands of Flair and the Andersons. My problem with this one isn't the match itself, its great! It is because this entry was more appropriate for the Ric Flair & The Four Horsemen release than this set. I kind of felt the same way about Ric Flair's bout with Ricky Morton on the aforementioned set. That bout would've been a great entry on this one.

Vs. Sting (Clash Of The Champions) - I originally stated that this match was overused. That was an error on my part as I thought this bout was on Ultimate Ric Flair when in fact it was another Sting/Flair encounter. As for this match, I won't knock much because this match proved why Flair is a legend and this match made Sting a legend in his own right.

Vs. Terry Funk (The Great American Bash) - I personally like this bout better than their more famous "I Quit" match that took place later that year in 1989. The Flair neck injury angle added drama to the match up. I haven't looked at WWE's version of this match but I do know that afterwards was one of the wildest post match brawl I've ever seen with both Sting and Japanese star The Great Muta getting involved with Flair and Funk!

Disc 3

Vs. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper - I will say that I wished they would've put one of Piper Vs. Flair matches from the Mid-Atlantic area on here. Still, its a rare match and it is pretty good. Nothing on the level of Flair/Steamboat or Flair/Sting but it doesn't suck either.

Vs. Ricky Steamboat (WCW World Title Match) - While a great matchup from 1994, it falls short of their classics in 1989. Still, when these two got together, you are hard pressed to find a bad match between "The Nature Boy" and "The Dragon."

Vs. HHH (Taboo Tuesday 2005) - One of the best cage matches ever! While I do think this could've been left off for another Flair classic from the 1980's, the match itself is great!

Vs. Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 24) - Another that could've been left off since this WM is now available. But the match itself is a classic so I have nothing bad to say about the match in itself.

This disc also has the Flair Farewell Address along with some promos from his NWA days.

Overall, it isn't a total waste of money in my view but it could've been better. Interesting to note that when discussing the Greenville reunion of the Horsemen, they actually show Chris Benoit (though he isn't mentioned directly). While my opinion of the man is low, I am glad WWE didn't alter the footage just to please people.

Anyway, WWE's latest release falls short on the matches but makes up for it with the documentary and the promos and, of course, the farewell address. On this one, you will have to decide if its worth the price. For myself, I was mostly pleased though I agree that the selections of matches could've been better or at least another disc which I would've gladly paid more money for."
Definative Collection Very Good
Tom From Pgh | 07/18/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's hard to condense Ric Flair's pro wrestling career, even on 3 full DVD's. WWE already did a 3 DVD set hosted by Flair in 2003 (The Ultimate Collection Set). This complation basically picks up where that one left off with more interviews and behind the scenes footage and fewer matches.

Here you get a two hour long biography where Flair takes you threw his career, from his earliest days in the AWA to the "Win Or Retire" angle that played out until this past March at WrestleMania 24. A veritable who's who of wrestling, from Nick Bockwinkle to HHH add comentary at different points. Flair is definately honest, and not always nice, although much of what he says has already been printed in multiple books, etc. Not a lot of new ground, just Flair in his words better explaining a lot of "old ground", along with plenty of match highlights and promo interviews from his heyday on TBS Saturday Night Wrestling show.

There are extras such as "Flair's Final Weekend" as WWE cameras follow the Nature Boy around Orlando during the WrestleMania Weekend (which included Flair's induction into the Hall Of Fame), and Flair receiving a key to the city in for his charitable work one week prior to his final match. The complete tribute to Flair from the post-WrestleMania Monday Night Raw TV broadcast is shown, including footage not seen on live TV including Vince McMahon and The Undertaker, among others.

Match wise you get an eclectic mix of famous matches not included in the first set from 5 yrs ago (Sting from The Clash Of Champions TV Special, March 1988 and vs Terry Funk from the 1989 Great American Bash PPV) as well as never before released classics like his impromptu battle with fellow Hall Of Famer Jack Brisco on Mid Atlantic Wrestling TV in 1982 (an exceptionally good match for free TV) and a never before televised battle with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper from Madison Square Garden in 1991 after Flair first arrived in the WWE.

None of the matches are bad, in fact every one is 4or 5 star quality. Some famouse Flair matches were left off. Flair's TLC (Tables, Ladders, and Chairs) Match vs Edge from Jan 2006 and his "I Quit" Match vs Mick Foley from SummerSlam 2006 are obvious missed from his later years, although both have been issued on other DVD releases. There is a rumored "Best Of Starrcade" set supposedly in the works by WWE which may explain why such matches as vs Lex Luger (Starrcade 88, arguably Luger's best ever Main Event Match) and his win or retire match vs Vader (Starrcade 93)were excluded.

Personally, I would like to have seen a Flair/Piper match from their wild early 80's days, although the one here from Flair's first WWE run is pretty good. Likewise I personally think the last ever televised Flair vs Steamboat Match from May 1994 which ended their feud is better than the April, 1994 Pay Per View bout included here but this is an excellent match.

Combined with the first "Ultimate Collection" you get a pretty good overview of the most decorated career in pro wrestling. On it's own it's better than average, a B plus. Fact is, Flair's career had so many terrific moments it is hard to condense them, even in a 3 disc set. You definately will be entertained, and the less well known matches are true keepers. The biography portion is at times moving, and the emotional final tribute from RAW is an absolute collectors must have, easily the single biggest send off anyone in pro wrestling ever got, hands down. If you are a Flair fan you will really enjoy this set, if you are a pro wrestling fan, especially from the last 25 yrs, this set will not leave you disappointed. Is there more material that could have been added, yes, but this set is still worth the investment. Plus, if WWE does finish the "Best Of Starrcade" set than many of the matches fans have lamented missing here will be on DVD."
Great set
Chad Carpenter | Kentucky United States | 07/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't know why there are so many neg. reviews on this dvd set. I really enjoyed the doc. on the first disc. Disc 3 features the entire Farewell address plus the off air stuff is included, also features some great promos. People just love to complain."
There Can Be Only One....The Definitive Flair!
K. Golik | 07/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This release coming as a sequel to the ultra successful "Ultimate" collection does not or will not disappoint. If you love pro wrestling, if you love Ric Flair, you will find it essential to not only own this DVD, but also the "Ultimate Flair Collection DVD" itself.

I will rate everything on a 10 point scale. 1 being the lowest and 10 perfection.

Disc 1:

Documentary (10/10) - Flair really opens up and isn't afraid to pull any punches and tell it like it is. You really gain more respect of Ric Flair, while the Ultimate Collection was more about Flair's matches this documentary is more about Ric Flair the man. Toward the end of the documentary it becomes more of a tribute by fellow WWE superstars Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, HHH, HBK, Batista, and Randy Orton, but also you see an emotional Flair who really chokes up toward the end. This is a must watch.

Special Features w/Flair Tribute video (8/10) - nothing really earth shattering, but you get awesome 2 minutes vignettes of short stories that Flair tells you about his life. Also is the Flair Tribute video which is really nice put together. Nothing earth shattering but worth checking out.

Discs 2 & 3: Matches

Jack Brisco - Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling 8-18-1982 (8/10) - This was an impromptu bout but what you see is Flair wrestle more of a scientific bout and push his wrestling acumen. It is a really good bout has some down time in it but it is a solid match in this set.

Kerry Von Erich - World Class Championship Wrestling 8-24-1982 (10/10) - This is probably going to be the most under-rated bout on this set. Diehard fans know how great Kerry Von Erich is and Flair and Kerry put on a classic bout which is 2 of 3 falls title match. You will not be disappointed

Harley Race - Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling 8-31-1983 (9/10) - The precursor to Starcade 1983, the fued of Flair and Race heats up here for a classic title bout. You really start to see here Flair take over as a star and Race performs legendary as well

Ric Flair, Arn & Ole Anderson vs. Dusty Rhodes, Magnum TA, & Manny Fernandez - World Wide Wrestling 12-15-1985 (10/10) - The match is solid, not great and not bad either but you get a Four Horseman bout in somewhat of a stable match. Flair had injured Dusty Rhodes and everyone rounds their men up.

Sting - Clash of the Champions I 3/27/1988 (10/10) - This is probably the signature bout on this DVD, if I could I would rate this bout 100. It is a personal favorite of mine and you will not be disappointed. It is 45 minutes of mayhem and J.J. Dillon is suspended above the ring!

Terry Funk - Great American Bash 7/23/1989 (9/10) - This is a great bout from two good rivals. You will not be disappointed!

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper - Madison Square Garden 10/28/1991 (7/10) - This is a solid match between two great rivals. Piper who never looked up to anybody and Flair who looked down at everybody. It is a good brawl and is a match more so to remind of how good Roddy Piper can be against the elite!

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat - Spring Stampede 4/17/1994 (8/10) - A Flair/Steamboat bout is as good as a match as any you can have, but it is disappointing that the WWE didn't put the Chi-Town Rumble bout on this match to complete the trilogy of legendary bouts between Flair and Steamboat. While I can rant over and over about why that match should be on here, this match is really the last great match by Steamboat and the two put on a classic bout here.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley - Taboo Tuesday 11/1/2005 (8/10) - You really learn how special Flair can be in this bout for the Intercontinetal title bout in a Steel Cage. In my eyes Flair puts out that last classic match and both get bloody you won't be disappointed.

Shawn Michaels - Wrestlemania XXIV 3/30/2008 (for the match (10/10) for the sentimental value 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000/10) - The match that ended Ric Flair's career is a classic bout you knew Flair couldn't dodge any more bullets but he puts on a great show. You really can not measure how much Flair means to fans and fellow wrestlers. You can argue that you might rather have another match from the 1980's or 1990's from Flair but this match is great.

Disc 3: Special Features

Ric Flair's Farewell Address - I can not score it, it is immeasurable the emotion that night. I remember watching it that night and having a tear in my eye. To me it is not a farewell, but a celebration of excellence and only one man could have commanded that and that was Ric Flair!

Promos (100/10) - I am serious these are hilarious and great. This is what you call mic skills and if you are a wrestler today, or you want to be one, or you just want to learn to be cool watch these. Slick Ric is the the Limousine Riding, Jet Flying, Woman Stealing, Styling and Profiling!!!!!

Overview - While I almost thought is was impossible to top the Ultimate Flair collection, the WWE did. They put together another DVD set that you will not be disappointed in. This set is priceless