Exclusive: WWE Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart DVD & Blu-ray Cover Revealed

August 12, 2011 by Daniel Bee

WWEDVDNews.com can now exclusively reveal the planned cover artwork for the first installment of the “WWE Greatest Rivalries” series, Shawn Michaels VS. Bret Hart!

The much anticipated 3-Disc DVD set (2-Disc Blu-ray) chronicles one of the biggest rivalries in wreslting history. For the first time ever two of WWE’s top Hall of Famers sit down to discuss their age old rivalry. Filled with never-before-aired interviews and highlights chronicling some of the most infamous moments in their careers.

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For more than a decade, Bret “Hit Man” Hart and Shawn Michaels engaged in perhaps the most storied rivalry in the history of sports entertainment, from their teams (the Hart Foundation and the Rockers), through battles for the Intercontinental Championship and the richest prize in the business, the WWE Championship.

Their enmity spilled out of the ring, and led to the most infamous incident in the history of professional wrestling, The Montreal Screwjob. More than a decade later, the two men buried the hatchet as both are now WWE Hall of Famers.

The HBK/Hart DVD will hit stores in the USA on October 25th but slightly before that in the UK and Europe, mid October, when buying from Silver Vision.

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  1. WWE1989 says:

    I’m glad WWE is testing Rivalry DVDs. The only thing is I read what matches are on this and the Montreal Screwjob Match wasn’t listed. I could be mistaken and missed it, but without that match in it’s entirety would be a shame. Big part of the feud and most remembered moment in WWE history.

  2. Paul says:

    Ok. I think I like the old one better.

  3. Daniel Bee says:

    That’s the old artwork, Paul. Pretty sure Silvervision haven’t updated on the HBK/Hart DVD since our cover reveal.

  4. Yish316 says:

    A Great Blu-Ray 2buy, though a little expensive 4 £22.99! (UK)

  5. Anonymous says:

    I said its arguable. And yes REALLY. Its better to have a physical copy in some ways and in other ways its easier not to. Excuse me for being such a craaaaaaazy guy and pointing that out.

  6. LP1 says:

    Also, just to end this DVD cover debate, there’s no such thing as a “great cover” or a “terrible cover”, everyone’s tastes are different. What one person considers great, another person could consider terrible. It’s all in the eye of the beholder. Like a rorshach test.

  7. LP1 says:

    The comment below is from me.

  8. Anonymous says:

    @”Anonymous”, why not download them if the cover means nothing? Really? That’s like saying “why bother buying books if you don’t like the cover? Just read them online?” The answer is because it’s much more convenient to have a physical copy. For many reasons.

    @Alan, you didn’t say “shop window”. You said “It’s also being put in the shop window of DVD shops”. So my original question is valid. Nice try at spinning what you said though.

  9. Anonymous says:

    There is an argument to say that you might aswell download it if you dont care about the packaging.

  10. Alan says:

    @LP1: Never heard the phrase ‘shop window’? It doesn’t literally mean in the window of a shop, just that it’s available for purchase.

    Also, if you never see the artwork, and only ever look at the spines, why are you getting involved with a conversation about artwork when clearly it doesn’t apply to your relevant interests?

  11. LP1 says:

    Just to respond to people talking about the DVD covers and being seriousl collectors. I’ve been a diehard WWF fan since 1984 and I have been collecting every VHS/DVD/Blu-ray for over 20 years. I devoted an entire wall in my basement from floor to ceiling and walll to wall with shelves showcasing everything from the earliest Coliseum Videos to the recent Blu-ray releases. To me, the only thing that matters is if I’m able to read the spine of the case clearly so I know what video it is. I don’t display my videos with the cover facing out. So really the cover to me means nothing. Whenever new DVD/Blu-ray comes out, I watch it and then it goes right on the shelf next to the other hundreds of tapes and discs. Again, to me the spines are all I see so the cover issue doesn’t concern me.

    @Alan, you say that WWE DVD’s are displayed in the windows of DVD shops. I’m not trying to be rude or confrontational, but where are these DVD shops you’re speaking of? The only ones I know of that sell WWE DVD’s are Best Buy, K-Mart, Target, Wal-Mart and places like that. And none of them have WWE DVD’s(or any DVD’s for that matter) displayed in their window. Again, not trying to be hostile, just curious as to what stores in particular you’re talking about.

  12. Paul says:

    I Like it. Simple and great pic choices brings you back to 1995.

  13. DeadFan37 says:

    Nice, looks very 90’s.

  14. Paul says:

    I’m so stoked for this! Most anticipated DVD/Blu-ray of the year in my opinion.

  15. Benjamin says:

    The artwork is nothing spectacular, but then again it doesn’t need to be. It’s simple and clean which, to me, makes the cover look more serious and authentic. I’m glad they didn’t go all out because extravagant isn’t always better. Looking forward to this DVD.

  16. shacmasta says:

    I really like the cover mostly because if they do decide to continue releasing other rivalries, it’ll look pretty damn cool on a shelf lined up all matching together. I can only hope we get some other great sets like Stone Cold/The Rock, Hogan/Piper, Undertaker/Mankind or Undertaker/Kane, Randy Savage/Hulk Hogan could be a good one since they can go into some of the real life animosity stuff. Alot of great potential.

  17. SRB says:

    Agreed. For me personally, artwork is a HUGE part of the purchase. Although no artwork would make me not buy the dvd no matter how bad it was it still does matter. Artwork in general matters to fans collecting these sets because WWE collectors are anything but casual with their sets. I know that for some odd reason the way the DVD loohere are looks on my shelf is actually important to me and whether a person is a huge collector or not, we all would have certain ideas as to how we want the artwork to be presented. As i said earlier i would have preferred a collage of old to recent Bret/HBK and Rockers/Hart Foundation shots that almost make up a timeline of their rivalry, this would really show how in depth it is and how long it’s been going on. Again, it does come down mostly to content for me, but since the discs arent being sold in blank sleeves and are actually put in cases with nice artwork and im going out and purchasing it, i feel like i should be able to say i like it or i dont. artwork does matter.

  18. Daniel Bee says:

    We all know Silvervision’s was just a placeholder, although the logos on there were correct. I was just pointing out to people talking negatively about the confirmed cover that we could have ended up with something worse for it.

    All views are welcome here. Covers are a big part of the site and what people like to talk about, plus we see the covers sitting in our collections on a regular basis. They are nothing compared with content, but still important to us collectors.

  19. stestaman says:

    Great initiative to DVD on the biggest rivalry, this is sure to be taken
    however, the cover could do it better

  20. Simon Mulvaney says:

    To the people saying it’s better than the one that was on the Silvervision website. It’s hardly a surprise considering it was just a temporary placeholder for when the real artwork was released to them.

    As for those who say I shouldn’t care because I’ll buy it for the content. Well, if I am buying a product I feel I should be allowed to have an opinion on it and as Alan said the artwork is important to draw in the casual fan. Not only that but this is site dedicated to WWE DVDs. Shouldn’t such a site be the perfect place to voice an opinion, either positive or negative, on cover art?

    Matt, if you have to resort to insulting me because of my opinion than don’t bother posting. Also, I don’t play video games so that’s your theory out the window.

  21. Alan says:

    I think what turns me off is the massive blue background in the middle. Couldn’t they have used this more creatively? Even a blurred shot of a WWE arena would’ve been better than that.

  22. Daniel Bee says:

    I’ll chime in with my opinion. It beats the temporary one Silvervision put up because the images of HBK and Bret together just didn’t look right (so we know it could have been worse). I was also expecting something more exciting or striking, but actually the simplicity of this does work well and gives off that old school feel of the rivalry.

    I could imagine further additions to the series being presented in the same way, with that same Greatest Rivalries border but a different image of the rivalry in center box. Not an issue for me.

  23. Alan says:

    @LP1: Yes, the content is obviously still more important, but are we not allowed to have an opinion on cover art anymore? The fact is, this disc isn’t just being bought by fanatics such as ourselves who know what the content is. It’s also being put in the shop window of DVD shops, and if I were a more casual fan, I wouldn’t find it visually appealing in the slightest.

  24. Will NJ says:

    I like the cover, simple & to the point, and if this in fact the first of a series of “Greatest Rivalries” releases…hopefully the future releases will follow the same design. WWE doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to follow-ups though. Remember the “From the Vault” series?

  25. Anonymous says:

    i like the cover because it’s old school.it’s just too bad they left off the survivor seris 97 match on the 3-disc set.but still picking it up,can’t wait.

  26. LP1 says:

    To everyone saying that the cover is “atrocious” or you “hate it”, let me ask you, are you still going to buy it?

    If you are still going to buy it regardless of your hatred of the cover, then what the heck is the difference? The content on the discs will still be the same whether the cover sucks or it’s great.

    Unless you’re someone who displayes their DVD’s on a wall like picture frames(which, if you do that you frighten me) then it doesn’t matter in the least what the cover looks like. I buy all WWE DVD’s/Blu-rays and have them on a shelf where the only thing you see is the spine of the case.

    Again, it doesn’t matter what a cover looks like, it’s the content that matters.

  27. Jamie says:

    Looks cool kinda like an old school Coliseum video cover

  28. Luis says:

    Some people are just complaining about nothing as usual. You don’t buy a DVD for the cover but for the content.

  29. Alan says:

    Atrocious cover. I hate it.

  30. jason says:

    I think that is a unibrow on HBK

  31. Mark D says:

    BREAKING NEWS… Aurora Rose joins WWE’s Artwork Department.

  32. Matt says:

    Simon probably gives video games low ratings because they don’t have the best graphics, despite having much better gameplay.

  33. Ricky Schmidt says:

    I like it, it looks like something you’d see for an ESPN DVD recapping some sports rivalry. Certainly looks better than that hunk of crap Silvervision had on their site.

  34. Simon Mulvaney says:

    @Dennis. It’s just two giant photoshopped heads. It’s looks cheap and it’s clear that no effort has been put into it’s design. In short, it’s crap.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Its very grey isnt it. Very grey indeed.

  36. SRB says:

    I’m gonna have to be 50/50 about how i feel about the cover. I actually like that it’s simple and is straight to the point. Yet i really think the cover should have been a giant collage of all of their in ring spots over the years. Everything from stuff from the early 90s, to them both reaching for the belt on a ladder, to hart in the sharpshooter in Montreal. you could have easily filled the cover with their in ring moments. not a fail on the part of wwe, but certainly not a win either.

  37. LP1 says:

    I have no problem with it at all. It doesn’t need all fancy graphics and logos. It’s simple and to the point. Sometimes less is more.

  38. Anonymous says:

    i think it’s cool because it’s different like the omg top 50 incidents dvd cover.

  39. Bowers says:

    I dig the cover, would you rather it be the two of them(shawn with his receding hairline and Bret with his random spots of grey in his head face full of wrinkles)arms around each other all smiles. photoshopped or not it definitely captures the intensity this rivalry had.

  40. Brandon Sears says:

    Does Shawn have a unibrow there?

  41. it Looks kind of basic, But I like it.

  42. Dennis says:

    @ Simon What’s not to like? it’s to-the-point, it’s simple. It’s Bret staring annoyingly at a cocky Shawn (even though it’s photoshopped.) It sells itself.

  43. Simon Mulvaney says:

    I think it’s horrible.

  44. Marco says:

    I like it!

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