January 2, 2012
Bloodstained Memoirs DVD fails to live up to hype
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling
The hype machine for Bloodstained Memoirs was just that - hype.
To call this DVD "the most anticipated wrestling documentary of all time" is laughable.
Random interviews with stars of yesteryear hardly makes this DVD worthy of a title more suited for a collection of old ECW footage.
Basically, what I'm saying in reviewing Bloodstained Memoirs is that while hearing wrestlers like Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam discuss what wrestling has done for their lives and careers, the layout of this project resembles something a grade-school child would put together. It's there and the names are impressive, but nothing holds it together. No matches, no photos, nothing. Just interview after interview.
Bland at best.
The wrestlers featured, in addition to Y2J and RVD, are Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Ultimo Dragon, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Christian Cage, Molly Holly and a subtitled Great Muta. The thing is, is that most, if not all, of the interviews are years outdated.
Footage from a Mick Foley book signing is featured. Oooh.
Snow hosts this DVD and he's always been entertaining to me. Hey, there's a positive.
I should be fair, though. All two-and-a-half hours of Bloodstained Memoirs aren't total trash. In fact, hearing some of the stories these legends tell is a pleasant trip down Memory Lane. I've always been a fan of hearing old-timers re-hash old school memories in a shoot-style situation.
Still, when all was said and done, literally, 155 minutes went by and I had the feeling that this DVD went unedited. Like I said, the content is good, just tie it all together, will ya?
And I understand that copyright fees are astronomical, so no matches is fine with me, I guess.
I compare the format of this disc to a sports game story where it takes six paragraphs to learn the score of the game. The interviews are decent, yes, but where do we go with it? This DVD is amateurish and while I may get email beatings for saying that, probably from the DVD's producers, it is simply one person's opinion.
I may one day watch this again and attempt to find more positives, but for now, I have better things to spend my time doing.
In conclusion, if you really want to spend the dough to get this DVD, be my guest. I wouldn't recommend it, though.
Matt Mackinder is an on-again, off-again DVD reviewer for SLAM! Wrestling. Email Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.