— Mick Foley (@realmickfoley) April 16, 2013
With the release of “For All Mankind” this week, Mick Foley has taken to social media to address the positive reactions from both fans and WWE Superstars alike, while reflecting on the work that went into producing the DVD. Foley left the following detailed and insightful note via his Twitter account in which he discusses such topics as his thought process with match selections, comparisons made to the CM Punk DVD, and WWE’s efforts in sourcing interviews.
Many thanks to everyone who has purchased, tweeted, plans to purchase, plans to tweet, etc. about my new DVD/Blu-Ray. It’s getting rave reviews from those who have seen it, including several the WWE Superstars, who are putting it up there with CM Punk’s DVD – which is strong praise indeed. I can’t thank directors/producers Kieran Brent and Mike Calabrese enough for putting so much passion and energy into this project, and am thankful to WWE for makling the decision a few years ago to put far more time, energy and resources into the making of these documentary features.
A few years ago, Home Video would round up whoever wasn’t busy at a particular TV taping, and the results were fairly predictable; well produced products, that just seemed to be missing that little something that makes a good product great. I mat be biased, but I think this is a great product. WWE procured interviews with the people who knew me first – Dominec DeNucci, Shane Douglas, even a few friends from middle school. They flew to Texas to interview Terrry Funk and Shawn Michaels. They got comments from Vader, which helped bring the whole German ear thing into much clearer light. And they have a who’s who of wrestlers who played roles in my career: Kevin Sullivan, Michael Hayes, Arn Anderson, Mike Rotunda, Jim Ross, William Regal, The Rock – as well as many of the top WWE Superstars of today: John Cena, Sheamus, CM Punk, The Miz and The Big Show.
Of course, there will always be debate as to what matches should be on the DVD/Blu-ray/ What we tried to stay away from was another “Greatest Hits” package; after all, I’ve already had one of those. So we tried to find a list that had something for everyone in it: some classics, some rare, unearthed gems, a couple novelties – like my 1990 WCW match with Keith Hart, which I included just to show I did have a couple of impressive offensive showings. I probably should have done my homework and noticed a couple of botched moves in my 1989 match with Brickhouse Brown, and, in retrospect, wished I had included a couple of my post-2004 comeback matches, even if they had appeared on numerous other WWE DVD’s. I tried to find some good Raw and Smackdown matches in the 8-10 minute range, knowing that not every fan has time for a 20 or 30 minute classic. All in all, I think the match selection is going to please most of the people, most of the time.
Personally, though, I think that the matches in this offering are far less important than the documentary on the DVD and the incredible list of extras on the Blu-ray. Bottom line: if you’re a fan of mine, you’oll be a fan of this. Watch it, enjoy it, maybe even tell a friend or two about it. Have a nice day!
With thanks to Cesar Albno, here’s a look at an ad for “The Best of In Your House” DVD and Blu-ray, found in the May 2013 edition of WWE Magazine.
WrestleMania season has certainly passed over to eBay sales as of late. At least 10 copies of the original WWF WrestleMania X-Seven DVD have been auctioned off and sold for $89.99 up to $142.50 each during the past couple of weeks alone! See them all here.
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