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WWE: nWo: The Revolution(2012)
From their shocking arrival in the WCW to their eventual resurgence in the WWE, the nWo were one of the most popular wrestling stables in history. This documentary gives an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at the New World Order interviewing former members who helped change the face of wrestling forever.
For more about WWE: nWo: The Revolution and the WWE: nWo: The Revolution Blu-ray release, see WWE: nWo: The Revolution Blu-ray Review published by Martin Liebman on November 11, 2012 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.
Starring: Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Vince McMahon
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WWE: nWo: The Revolution Blu-ray Review
Is this a set worthy of being in your collection 4 life?
Reviewed by Martin Liebman, November 11, 2012
We shall rule for life.
One of the most timeless and unforgettable chapters in the storied history of sports entertainment comes not from the WWE (or WWF, as it was then) but rather the greatest threat to that brand's dominance, and, indeed, very existence, the WCW. The nWo (New World Order) emerged as a legitimate alternative to Vince McMahon's unstoppable freight train, bringing in talent and taking over the ratings in a rapid ascent to the top that would see it become not only a fan favorite but a legend almost from its inception. It was a storybook rise to astronomical heights that seemed unstoppable, but as with any overnight sensation, more in the way of hard work, big ideas, and diligent perseverance would be needed to maintain it and grow it than was required to build it. The nWo's star would fade, but it remains a hallmark of wrestling, the face of the Monday night wars, and an unforgettable run that rivals any other in sports entertainment history.
nWo: The Revolution opens with a brief history of the WCW -- including Ted Turner's acquisition of the NWA and the new WCW brand's failure to elevate and compete with the WWF -- before diving into the story of the nWo, brainchild of announcer-turned-promoter Eric Bischoff and the heels-to-heroes rise of the core trio of members, beginning with the megabucks signings of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash and the July 1999 introduction of Hulk Hogan at "Bash at the Beach," one of the great surprises in professional wrestling history. The film examine's the nWo's rise in popularity, fan reaction that ran the gamut from disbelief and anger at Hogan's heel turn to outright acceptance of what quickly became the dominant face of professional wrestling and the kick WCW needed to compete with the WWF. Also highlighted: the growing roster of nWo signees such as X-Pac and Paul Wight ("Big Show") and the WCW's rating dominance. As the nWo grew in popularity at a frenzied pace, so too did the notion of splitting it off from WCW. nWo: The Revolution also brings to light Sting's one-man resistance against the nWo, the Dennis Rodman/Karl Malone/Jay Leno celebrity inclusion phase, the Wolfpac break-off faction, and the brand's ultimate demise.
The WWE's nWo retrospective runs only a few minutes over an hour, but that brief runtime is more than enough to shape the basic tale of the nWo from its origins to its meteoric ascent and from its peak to its collapse. Certainly it's not quite as in-depth as fans might wish it to be, but there's more than enough information here to paint a rather vivid picture, a picture made from both antique video footage and newly crafted interviews with wrestling personalities such as Cody Rhodes, Arn Anderson, Booker T, Diamond Dallas Page, Vince McMahon, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Dusty Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, and Hulk Hogan. The program promotes a balanced retrospective that praises the nWo's success and questions those moves that would lead to its demise. It's a rather linear program that doesn't deviate from the chronology, shaping the story as it happened with honest insight and pertinent clips from the applicable 90s WCW programs. This isn't quite the tell-all hardcore wrestling fans may have had in mind, but it paints a rather thorough and dramatically engaging tale of one of wrestling's brightest eras and most interesting stories that forever altered the wrestling landscape and nearly turned it on its head forever.
WWE: nWo: The Revolution Blu-ray, Video Quality
nWo: The Revolution features a rather underwhelming but certainly serviceable high definition transfer. Most of the program is constructed from older 1990s-vintange standard definition material. As is the norm for WWE titles, the SD footage looks rather good considering, though certainly the muddier colors, lower detail, and technical flaws associated with standard definition video are present. The new high definition interview footage takes on a warmish color tint. Speakers appear against an artificial backdrop, resulting in edge instability and shakiness around participants. Noise enters into the equation on a regular basis. The bulk of the material is made from that classic footage, however, so there's actually very little HD content here to judge. It has the feel of being put together quickly, and the result is an image that's not particularly good but not horrendously bad, either.
WWE: nWo: The Revolution Blu-ray, Audio Quality
nWo: The Revolution's Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack also fails to impress in any area. This is a fairly dialogue-inteisive program at its core, and the spoken word does come through without hitch at every turn, whether in those newly minted interviews or within the many older video clips from the 1990s. Musical clarity satisfies for the most part, playing with commendable front-side spacing and solid back speaker support. Nothing plays with the sort of seamless transparency that the finest lossless tracks enjoy, but for a Documentary crafted around footage about a decade-and-a-half in age and with only scattered static interviews being the only new content in the package, the overall blandness that is this soundtrack is certainly understandable.
WWE: nWo: The Revolution Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
nWo: The Revolution contains a large assortment of extras, mostly in the form of classic matches and critical moments from the nWo era.
Disc Two Blu-ray Exclusives Roundtable (HD, 1:14:01): From the disc: "nWo Legends of Wrestling Roundtable featuring Kevin Nash, Jim Ross, JJ Dillon, & Michael Hayes." The supplement is divided into the following subgroups: The Beginning, The nWo Concept, Hogan Turns His Back on WCW, Putting Vince Out of Business, Ratings War, Pointing Fingers, Goldberg, Cutting Edge & Controversial, and Downfall.
Disc Two Blu-ray Exclusive Moments: A collection of the famous black-and-white "announcements" vignettes "paid for by nWo."
WWE: nWo: The Revolution Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
nWo: The Revolution may not be the definitive insider's tell-all retrospective that hardcore fans might want to watch, but the program does well in assembling the basic story of the nWo's rise to prominence, its dominance in the wrestling landscape, and its rather rapid demise that would spell the beginning of the end of the WCW. WWE's Blu-ray is professionally assembled, as expected, and considering its wealth of bonus materials, the set offers both the dedicated and casual wrestling fan significant value. Picture and sound qualities are adequate. Recommended to all pro wrestling fans.
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