Give re-released Austin DVD a miss
JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
'Cause Stone Cold Said So
Oh to think what could have been. The new DVD, 'Cause Stone Cold Said So, comes to us directly from the 1997 bio tape, not changed in the slightest bit. Hosted by Austin himself, the recording is a look at Austin's career, pretty
much up until his Summerslam match against Owen Hart.
As one would expect, based on the timeframe of the release, much of this DVD
concerns Austin's establishing feud with Bret Hart. Various highlights are shown
of the feud between Austin and Hart (and later the Hart Foundation), including
the Survivor Series match, the ambulance attack and various promos.
The highlight of the DVD emanated from this feud coverage. The viewer gets
a near-complete showing of the match that really sent Austin into the upper
echelon of superstardom in the WWF. In full, the match is a must-see, and even
in this form it's definitely worth a look.
Another highlight of the bio is some rare footage of Austin's tenure in ECW.
This was just after Austin was released from WCW and was en route to the WWF,
and Austin is pretty much at his entertaining best here. Unfortunately, the
promos are not played in full, and are instead layered. This was definitely
a mistake by WWF, one they would not have done today.
There are some definite other classic moments here as well. The various parts
of the Brian Pillman angles are shown, including the famous "Pillmanizing"
moment, and the infamous gun angle. There are also early signs of Austin's detesting
of authority, as we see verbal confrontations with Gorilla Monsoon.
With all these highlight moments and rare footage, one might expect that this
is a highly recommended recording. Make no doubt about it, it is an interesting
watch; the problem is, however, that these highlights are the entire content
of the DVD. The recording is done in an hour, leaving plenty of space that should
rightfully have been filled with matches, full interviews and other assorted
DVD extras. With a second Austin DVD on the horizon (more information to follow),
this one really falls flat.
Rating: 3 out of 10 - 'Cause Stone Cold Said So is worth a rental, but
there's really no need to add it to your permanent collection.
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