WWE // 2010 // 540 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 24th, 2010
The Harts get their digital due.
The Hart clan is probably the most influential family in professional wrestling, starting with legendary promoter Stu Hart and trickling down to his something like 45 kids. Of those, Bret "The Hit Man" Hart is certainly the most famous, but the others who ran in his circle like Owen Hart and Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart were no slouches. This three-disc set from WWE features a 90 minute documentary on the Hart Family and two DVDs worth of matches.
Disc 1: The documentary. It's a well-done film, featuring archived match footage and interviews with nearly everyone involved by proxy with the Harts, from Bret on down. Even more impressive is the tackling of the controversial moments, the Montreal Screwjob (though it's not explicitly detailed), the Hart defection to WCW, a painkiller addiction, the Canada vs. US trash-talking and, of course, Owen Hart's tragic death. This isn't a glossed-over, airbrushed re-telling of the Harts and their legacy. Vince McMahon and the WWE should be offered at least a few kudos for allowing the warts to be shown, especially since it doesn't lap accolades on the brand.
Discs 2 and 3: The matches. The remainder of the collection is devoted to wrestling highlights; starting in 1979 with Bret, Keith, and Bruce Hart going up against a fearsome-sounding team called The Kiwis, and ending in 2009 with a match-up between DX and the Hart Dynasty. In between is all kinds of classic stuff featuring the Harts squaring off with The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, the Steiners, the British Bulldog, and even each other. A lot of rah-rah Canada stuff, including the big Family Values ring gathering, a flag match, and Stone Cold getting handcuffed much to the delight of the Canuck crowd. The Hart Dynasty, the third generation of Hart wrestlers, introduce the matches and reminisce about the good old days.
The video comes in an adequate full frame presentation, supplemented by 2.0 stereo. It's boring tech, but it gets the job done. Disc One houses the extras, a selection of 12 brief featurettes looking at other elements of the Harts' family life.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 540 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated