Reviewing WWE’s ‘Owen: Hart of Gold’

May 23, 1999 was the worst day in the history of professional wrestling/sports entertainment.

A “Monday Night Wars” tragedy, Owen James Hart fell about 75 feet into a wrestling ring in a stunt gone horribly wrong and died. The Hart family literally fell apart. (Read the books written by his widow, Martha, and his brother, Bret, for details).

Modern wrestling superstars were influenced by Owen’s in-ring style, and many more will love this history trip aptly titled “Owen: Hart of Gold,” produced by WWE.

This DVD release nearly didn’t happen because Martha Hart sued WWE over the use of Owen’s likeness, feeling it was only to make a profit.

I am happy WWE did this DVD release as it is a celebration of Owen Hart’s life and career with amazing stories from the people who knew him best including: brothers Bret, Bruce, Keith, Ross and Smith; sisters Ellie, Diana, Georgia and Alison; his niece Nattie; nephew Harry (archive footage); brother-in-laws Davey Boy Smith (archived footage) and Jim Neidhart; current and former superstars Lex Luger, Mark Henry, Triple H, Mick Foley, Road Dogg, Ron Simmons, Big Van Vader, Chris Jericho, Jerry Lawler, Edge & Christian, Billy Gunn, Rob Van Dam, Paul Bearer (archive footage), Sami Zayn, Terry Taylor, Beth Phoenix, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, Scott Hall, Tyson Kidd, referee Mike Chioda, Steve Lombardi, Michael Cole, Tony Chimel, Ted DiBiase, Koko B Ware, and Jim Ross; and Vince McMahon.

The story covers his growth in Stampede Wrestling to becoming the masked Blue Blazer. He partnered with Neidhart and Ware, and the legendary feud with Bret is outlined in amazing detail. Every wrestling training class must watch their WrestleMania 10 battle. Also the DVD showcases the Hart Foundation reformation in 1997. The hard part is to watch after the Montreal Screwjob how the “Attitude Era” evolved into what led to his tragic demise.

“Owen Tales” are mixed into the offering, and they will make you laugh yourself out of your chair. Plus the awe inspiring Slammy Awards.

My major problem is the length of the feature -- one hour and seven minutes. The CM Punk DVD clocked more than two hours. Yet Owen barely gets one hour?

Included in this multi-disc set are 26 additional “Owen Tales,” the individual testimonies from the May 24, 1999 Raw and 21 wrestling matches.

Well worth the watch.

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