DVD Review: "Hart And Soul: The Hart Family Anthology"
Produced By World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE Home Video
Written By "Wild" Bill Brown
"Hart And Soul: The Hart Family Anthology" is a fantastic collection, with some of the greatest moments from one of the most famous families ever to compete in professional wrestling. This three-disc set covers a large amount of topics with plenty of Hart family members, from all of their beginnings right through the modern day. With deep family comments from recorded pastime interviews from those that are now deceased up through the many current family members sharing their insights regarding hundreds of topics, this is the most in-depth documentary & greatest collective work ever put out by World Wrestling Entertainment. This time though, they will talk for the first time about a variety of topics all pertaining to the legacy of their entire Hart Family dynasty. The WWE has outclassed themselves here with an unbelievable biography. Add to that a dozen exciting matches featuring some of the most talented family workers in the business, as well as many special features added in (covering a variety of areas), this DVD set is undoubtedly a "must-see."
Produced perfectly & amazingly clear, the state of the art WWE Productions once again does their very best. All older footage & classics from the past are edited to appear as best they could to satisfy the viewers, but besides that, these DVD's are flawlessly edited. Dolby Surround in two channels and produced in high-definition, the documentary is unbelievable, and the matches that follow look awesome, as is customary with any WWE Home Video.
What's On the DVD's:
Over five decades of Hart lineage is covered on this disc, with a look at the patriarch of the Hart family, the famous father & leader: Stu Hart. See how Stu fell in love, got married to Helen, & started up in the wrestling business. Opening up Stampede Wrestling, Stu begins promoting in Canada and has a family of twelve children. For many years, Stampede had its ups & downs, until eventually Vince McMahon, Jr. bought the territory. As a result, many of Stu's family members were given employment in the World Wrestling Federation as a result of the buyout, and The Hart Foundation & The British Bulldogs became fixtures in the tag team ranks. Now getting an international spotlight to showcase their incredible talents, "Canada's Family" has their ups & downs, struggles & tragedies that led to all members, one way or another & in many circumstances, eventually leaving the WWE as their glorious years passed. And now in the modern day, we have third-generation Hart members, along with WWE Hall Of Famer Bret "The Hit Man" Hart also returning, so you will get to see all of the memories & historic moments that paved the way for the future of the Hart family's dynasty. Although abbreviated due to the fact that the coverage could go for many hours more, this documentary is very satisfying and leaves more openings for future DVD titles if the WWE would decide to make them. In addition to what is covered, we also get a great bunch of these to enjoy.
While some might complain a bit about the selection of matches, the fact remains that the WWE is devoting these bouts as it pertains to the title, which is "The Hart Family Anthology." Most of the matches selected feature teamwork or rivalries with Hart Family members, with a few rare bouts that are hard to find.
David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd, & Natalia Niedhart on the second & third disc will run you through the following matches and show them to you in their entirety with their fellow Hart family members.
Buy this DVD. It is a solid project featuring an unbelievable legacy of wrestlers in their own words telling you, the viewer, all about their years with their family in their crazy world in which they lived. And if you are a Bret Hart fan and read his book a few years back, yeah some stories were brushed upon there, but this time you are getting some point of views from other members of the Hart family, while Bret's book was from his own account only. This is an extremely thorough presentation about the relationships that developed with all members of the Hart Dynasty from the various family members themselves. In the end, the man behind the family, Stu Hart is shown as one of the most incredibly generous individuals to ever work in & contribute to the wrestling business, and this DVD project involving his entire family will leave any viewer with much more appreciation & respect for their abilities. Lots of history & plenty of moments are shared, leaving any viewer at the end wanting so much more...because it was just that good!
As a big fan of Owen Hart, combined with the fact that the WWE hasn't really come out much & focused on him in the past, this was a pleasant surprise, because he was prominently featured during most of this DVD. Many great matches, some funny stories, & plenty of top matches feature Owen doing what he did best. The only shocking part regarding the coverage of Owen is the fact that the WWE gave a very in-depth look to the final night of his life, with footage from the live Over The Edge Pay-Per-View when Owen tragically passed away. To say it was uneasy to relive Jim Ross tell us the news of what had just happened would be an understatement, but it is indeed given some time and covered here pretty well to the surprise of myself & probably many others. The WWE pulls no punches here on this, so be prepared.
Overall Rating: 9.6