WWE Wrestlemania Anthology ... Worth the Money!
Mark A. Friel | 03/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I waited a long time for the WWE to release WrestleMania I-XIV on DVD. I must say that overall I was not disappointed. Each WrestleMania is shown in its entirety (with the exception of WrestleMania XI). The WrestleMania DVDs show the original television broadcasts. I owned just about every WrestleMania in their original VHS format. The older tapes of the shows they released were heavily edited in order to fit the program on one cassette. They even edited some matches to make them shorter. The only way you could see all these matches in their entirety was to watch the original television broadcasts ... until now!
Now, here is what is what is wrong with the DVD sets:
-Entrance music for a lot of Superstars is dubbed over with crappy, generic music so the WWE would not have to pay royalties to use these songs.
-Any verbal reference to WWF is edited out
-WrestleMania XIV-X8 blurs out the WWF scratched logo
-The Salt N' Pepper performance at WrestleMania XI was completely taken out so the WWE would not have to pay them royalties
-There are no extra features whatsoever ... just the event itself for every WrestleMania
I hated that all this great entrance music was taken out. The edited out the entrance music to Slick's "Jive Soul Bro," HillBilly Jim's "Country Boy," Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Demolition, Big Boss Man's "Hard Time," and Ric Flair's original entrance music to name just a few. I really miss "Jive Soul Bro!" I would have shelled out more dough for these DVDs if they ensured all the old theme music was included. The blurred out WWF scratched logo is annoying but bearable.
Personally, I only purchased the first three box sets of WrestleMania I-XV because I already owned WresteMania XV-21 on DVD. If you would prefer to own copies without all the WWF references edited out, I recommend you do the same and try to buy the original WresteleMania DVD releases off of Amazon or eBay for XV-21. Plus, you miss out on a ton of DVD extras that the original DVD releases are packed with.
Regardless of the gigs I give this box set, I highly recommend to add these DVDs to your collection if you are a professional wrestling fan. Every single match and interview is shown in its entirety. Plus, it is the only way you will get these classic WrestleMania's in DVD format."
David Griffin | IRELAND | 03/24/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"i know it is disapointing regarding the editing both blurs and music etc but there is light at the end of the tunnel. im not going to list the edits in this set because i think everybody knows the story. but in a place called Europe there is a third party company called Silvervision.co.uk who are the offical distributor of wwe home video in Europe. since 2002 they have been producing 2 dvd sets called wwe tagged classics starting with Royal Rumble 89 and 90. these are direct copies from the coliseum video range. now the facts. these are in dvd quality and sound. they are OFFICIAL wwe products. they have no extras. the commentators USE the words WWF .There is absolutely no Blurring and NO MUSIC EDITS. DEMOLITION AND SLICK ALL IN TACT.
so that was that we presumed but when the series got to the attitude era that the blurring would kick in as the scratch logo was in the court case blah blah.WRONG. silvervision will release KOR 97 and KOR 98 (HELL IN CELL) and they will be no editing whatsoever and that has been confirmed by Silvervision. note these dvds are region 0. region free. if you dont believe me go to silvervision.co.uk. and purchase off amazon.co.uk"
WM Anthology Vol 3 - "Are You Ready"
Epps | Gloversville, NY United States | 11/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Witness the 'Attitude' era begin to take shape. Volume 3 features WrestleMania's 11-15. No one show in particular stands out, but various matches & moments make this an incredible set.
WrestleMania XI - Lawrence Taylor vs Bam Bam Bigelow.
WrestleMania XII - The amazing Iron Man Match for the Heavyweight Title: Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart.
WrestleMania 13 - Bret Hart vs Steve Austin.
WrestleMania XIV - Steve Austin vs Shawn Michaels with Mike Tyson as the special enforcer.
WrestleMania XV - The first encounter between The Rock & Steve Austin.
The visual editing doesn't start until WM 14, mostly on the camera crew's shirts & various shirts in the crowd. WM 15...the blurring kicks in to full effect. Taka Michinoku (WrestleMania 14) has his music redone, & Howard Finkle just doesn't sound right announcing him. I believe that's the only audio editing done. As I said, no one WrestleMania in particular stands out in this set, but with some incredible, unforgettable matches in each, this set is a keeper."
The Birth of Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Attitude Era
Scotty 2 Hotty 24 | Back Woods, GEORGIA | 02/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This isn't one of my favorite sets from the Wrestlemania anthology collection. There is really only one Wrestlemania event here that is truly Wrestlemania quality. The other four Wrestlemania's are only average or were bad.
Wrestlemania XI - This Mania focused more on the entertainment value then actually trying to put on a good card. In my opinion the Lawrence Taylor and Bam Bam Bigelow match didn't do anything for me. Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel for the WWF Title is the only match worth seeing. The rest of the card is pretty much mediocre.
Wrestlemania XII - The Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels relationship continues at this Wrestlemania that intially started back when Hart was apart of the Hart Foundation and Michaels was apart of The Rockers. They have the first ever 60 Minute Ironman Match in the modern era which shows Shawn Michaels finally capturing his "Boy Hood Dream" and winning the WWF Title. Wrestlemania debuts for Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H. And also the returns of Rowdy Roddy Piper and the Ultimate Warrior. Other standout matches include Undertaker vs. Diesel and the Hollywood Back Lot Brawl between Roddy Piper and Goldust.
Wrestlemania 13 - Wrestlemania returns to Chicago after eleven years. We see the birth of Stone Cold Steve Austin here with his classic Submission Match against Bret Hart. The Legion of Doom returns to their hometown and teams up with Ahmed Johnson to take on the Nation of Domination in a Chicago Street Fight. We see the birth of The Rock soon turning heel with the Chicago crowd booing and chanting "DIE ROCKY DIE" in his match with the Sultan. Other standout matches include Triple H vs. Goldust and the WWF Title Match featuring Undertaker vs. Sycho Sid. Also the Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels rivalry continues here with it finally ending at the Survivor Series later that year.
Wrestlemania XIV - This is the best Wrestlemania from this set. There isn't a bad match on here but a few matches doesn't live up to the hype such as The Rock vs. Ken Shamrock. The Austin 3:16 era begins here with Stone Cold Steve Austin defeating Shawn Michaels for the WWF Title in Shawn's last inring match until Summerslam of '02. The launching of the Attitude Era. Undertaker battling his brother Kane in their first ever one on one encounter. Other standout matches include Triple H vs. Owen Hart for the European Title and the first ever dumpster match between Cactus Jack & Terry Funk vs. The New Age Outlaws for the Tag Team Titles.
Wrestlemania XV - Wrestlemania goes to the home of ECW in Philidelphia. A poorly card was thought up here. That includes Billy Gunn and The Road Dogg switching matches only 2 weeks beforehand. An unstructured Tag Team Title match where Test & D' Lo Brown teams up together after winning a pre-ppv battle royal to take on the team of Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett. Mick Foley being broked down after his series of matches with The Rock from the past 3 months. A Hell in a Cell Match between Undertaker and Big Bossman that is never again mentioned in future Hell in a Cell video promos. Triple H and Chyna turning on DX and going their own separate ways. The only good matches here are Shane McMahon vs. X-Pac for the European Title and the WWF Title Match between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Overall, in my opinion this is the worst of the Wrestlemania anthology volume sets. Really only one good Wrestlemania is apart of this set. But this set does include some good moments such as Undertaker winning his first championship gold at a Wrestlemania and Stone Cold Steve Austin turning into a main event player after his Submission match with Bret Hart. And the first Wrestlemania meeting between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin."