Review and Recommendation
Rating: While current WWE programming is TV-PG, this DVD set is TV-14 LV.
Editing Issues: The most notable edits on this set are for the theme music. Back in the day, the ECW stars used famous songs and the WWE would have had to spend a lot of money to get the rights to use all of them for this set. There were also edits for language and a wardrobe malfunction.
Packaging Issues: For some reason, the match listings for each disc is printed underneath the physical disc. In order to find out what is on each disc, you have to physically take the disc out of the package. Hopefully, this inconvenient set-up will never be done again.
Length of the DVD: The back of the box says "approx running time: 7 hours."
I also have to note that some of these matches are not truly "unreleased" on DVD. Prior to the WWE buying ECW, Pioneer Video released a few DVDs which included some of these matches. However, none of the ECW DVD sets made by WWE Home Video included any of the matches featured on either the DVD or Blu-ray.
Overall Recommendation: I really liked this DVD set. It featured some of the most important moments in ECW history. Whether it was Shane Douglas throwing down the NWA World Championship or the multiple heel/face turns that took place following the Sabu/Taz match at Barely Legal, WWE did a great job of including the important pre/post match activity for many of the matches. The best thing I can say about this set is that I hope that a Volume 2 will be coming out soon.
However, this set was not perfect. In addition to the horrible packaging, it was really short and part of the reason for that is because one of the matches included on the Blu-ray was a match that was an hour long.
As far as choosing between DVD and Blu-ray, despite none of these matches being recorded in HD, I would recommend spending the extra money for the Blu-ray because it includes the Triangle Match which put the company on the wrestling map.
If you were a fan of the original ECW, I highly recommend getting this set. If you've never seen ECW before and want to get a feel for what the company was about, I would suggest buying Rise and Fall of ECW first. That set is one of the greatest that WWE Home Video has ever produced.
Matches on This DVD Set
- Hardcore TV 8/27/94: NWA World Heavyweight Championship - Shane Douglas vs. 2 Cold Scorpio
- Hostile City Showdown 4/15/95: Tommy Dreamer vs. Raven
- Heat Wave 7/15/95: Dean Malenko & 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Tazz & Eddie Guerrero
- Hardcore TV 7/28/95: ECW World Television Champion Dean Malenko vs. Eddie Guerrero
- CyberSlam 2/17/96: Shane Douglas vs. Cactus Jack
- The Doctor Is In 8/3/96: Chris Jericho vs. Too Cold Scorpio
- CyberSlam 2/22/97: Tables & Ladder Match - ECW World Tag Team Champions The Eliminators vs. Rob Van Dam & Sabu
- Barely Legal 4/13/97: Sabu vs. Tazz
- November To Remember 11/30/97: ECW World Heavyweight Champion Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Shane Douglas
- Heat Wave 8/2/98: ECW World Tag Team Champions Sabu & Rob Van Dam vs. Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki
- Hardcore TV 8/15/98: ECW World Television Champion Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn
- Guilty as Charged 1/10/99: ECW World Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas vs. Taz
- Heat Wave 7/18/99: Impact Players vs. Rob Van Dam & Jerry Lynn
- November to Remember 11/7/99: ECW World Heavyweight Champion Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka
- CyberSlam 4/22/00: ECW World Heavyweight Champion Tazz vs. Tommy Dreamer
- CyberSlam 4/22/00: Justin Credible vs. The Winner of the Prior Match
- Heatwave 7/16/00: ECW Television Champion Rhino vs. Sandman
- Massacre on 34th Street 12/3/00: ECW Television Champion Rhino vs. Spike Dudley
- Hardcore TV 12/30/00: Jerry Lynn vs. Christian York
- Guilty as Charged 1/7/01: Yoshihiro Tajiri & Mikey Whipwreck vs. Kid Kash & Super Crazy vs. The FBI
- The Night the Line Was Crossed 2/5/94: Tommy Dreamer vs. Jimmy Snuka
- The Night The Line Was Crossed 2/5/94: Triangle Match - Eastern Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Terry Funk vs. Sabu vs. Shane Douglas