WWE: Hart and Soul: The Hart Family Anthology DVD review – Ringside Report + Wrestling Uncensored

Fighting a tiger or a grizzly bear with his bare hands was a common day for Stu Hart on his quest to put professional wrestling on the map in Western Canada in 1948.

Stu created the greatest professional wrestling family in Canada and arguably one of the greatest families ever in pro wrestling. World Wrestling Entertainment finally showcases this all for the first time in their newest three-disc DVD set Hart and Soul: The Hart Family Anthology.

Disc one includes a documentary on Stu’s life before, during and after pro wrestling. The documentary reveals how he first met his wife Helen and has short pieces on each one of their 12 children. Canadian icon Bret Hart, his brother in-law Jim Niedhart, clips from an old interview with the late British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith and many more siblings/relatives share their accounts on the roller coaster life of the Hart family. Current World Heavyweight champion Chris Jericho says a bit on his grueling training in the Hart Dungeon and his time with the late Owen Hart.

The Harts struggled with little to no money—freezing together in one room during the winter and hand me downs six times over. Sudden deaths due to rare diseases cause them to lose their brother Dean and their sister Georgia lost their son at the age of 13. Throughout their struggles and chasing away potential boyfriends for the girls, pro wrestling was a factor in almost all their lives. Wrestling was more than just a business to the Harts, it was a way of life no matter how bad times were.

Success did come to Bret, Davey Boy, Owen and Jim and for years it was the happiest times in the Hart family. Bret became one of the most well-known Canadians of all-time and is still to this day considered one of the best to ever step foot in the squared circle.

Unfortunately, the Harts had to deal with more tragedies that started in 1997 with the sudden death of family friend Brian Pillman and followed by the Montreal Screwjob. Life got worse for the Harts with the death of Owen, Stu, Helen and Davey Boy all within a five-year span. Bret also almost lost his life during that time when he suffered a stroke. The powerful emotions by the remaining family members during those dark times is a testament to their perseverance for the memory of their loved ones and how courageous they are to live through so much grief. Without question, the most tear-jerking WWE DVD ever released.

The DVD ends on a high note with the Hart Dynasty carrying on the Hart legacy. With the recent push they have received on television, this DVD might help make them superstars.

This DVD focuses on the contributions the Hart family has given to the wrestling business instead of their bitter rivalries. Die-hard fans will be craving more, but for fans that know very little about the Harts this is the best documentary on them. The matches on the other two discs are matches that die-hard fans have mostly already seen, but looking back at them is a great reminder of what great storytellers they were and how exciting they could make a wrestling match. Must have DVD for fans of the Hart family and those who missed out on the Hart Foundation era.

Hart and Soul: The Hart Family Anthology

Rating- PG

WWE 2010 – Hart & Soul – The Hart Family Anthology

E1 Entertainment

540 minutes

Release date- April 6, 2010

Disc 1- Documentary

Stu Hart
Falling in Love
The Promoter
Hart House
Riches to Rags
All in the Family
Hart Foundation / British Bulldogs
Stampede Sold
Dean
International Spotlight
Family Feud
Canada’s Family
Struggles Within
Family Tragedy
Third Generation
Reflections

Special Features
* Stu the Athlete
* Helen’s Car Accident
* Terrible Ted the Wrestling Bear
* A Letter from Dean
* Stu vs. The Tiger
* A Hart Family Thanksgiving – 1987
* Helen Throws in the Towel
* Owen the Prankster
* Chris Jericho’s Flight with Owen
* The Uninvited Guest
* Bret “Hit Man” Hart Returns to WWE
* Post-Raw Celebration (Raw – January 4, 2010)

Disc 2

Introduction with The Hart Dynasty

6-Man Tag Team Match
Keith Hart, Bruce Hart & Bret Hart vs. The Kiwis & Dynamite Kid
Stampede Wrestling – May 1979

Stampede Arrives in WWE

World Tag Team Championship Match
Hart Foundation vs. British Bulldogs
Boston Garden – November 1, 1986

An Unforgettable Match

Intercontinental Championship Match
Bret “Hit Man” Hart vs. British Bulldog
SummerSlam – August 29, 1992

The Hart Family in a WWE Ring

Family Feud Match
Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Owen Hart, Bruce Hart & Keith Hart vs. Shawn Michaels & His Knights
Survivor Series – November 24, 1993

Brothers vs. Brothers

Bret “Hit Man” Hart & Owen Hart vs. Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner
Florence, SC – January 11, 1994

Ripped Apart at the Seams

World Tag Team Championship Match
Bret “Hit Man” Hart & Owen Hart vs. The Quebecers
Royal Rumble – January 22, 1994

Disc 3

Sibling Rivalry

Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship
Bret “Hit Man” Hart vs. Owen Hart
SummerSlam – August 29, 1994

The Hart Family Settles It in the Ring

Bret “Hit Man” Hart & British Bulldog vs. Owen Hart & Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart
Raw – November 7, 1994

Decorated in Gold

European Championship Match
Owen Hart vs. British Bulldog
Raw – March 3, 1997

Front and Center

10-Man Tag Team Match
Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Owen Hart, British Bulldog, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart & Brian Pillman vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust & Legion of Doom
In Your House: Canadian Stampede July 6, 1997

Border Wars

6-Man Tag Team Flag Match
Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Owen Hart & British Bulldog vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin, Undertaker & Dude Love
Raw – July 21, 1997

Passing the Torch

WWE Unified Tag Team Championship Match
The Hart Dynasty vs. D-Generation X
SmackDown – December 25, 2009

The Best is Yet to Come

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