DVD Review: Bret "Hitman" Hart - The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be

DVD Review: Bret "Hitman" Hart - The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be

By: Bill

This DVD was interesting. It was very well-produced, but there are some odd things about it that aren't immediately obvious. Most notably, all of the clips of Bret Hart produced specifically for the DVD are of Bret Hart sitting there in an interview chair. Very different than, say, the Eddie Guerrero video where there are segments filmed at various venues. Reading between the lines, it says that Bret did not invest large amounts of his own time towards this DVD set. He sat down in a chair for a day or two, did the interviews, and was done with it. That being said, his interview segments are really good, and seemingly very heartfelt, so the observation may be nitpicking, but I found that interesting.

Likewise, so much of the stuff filmed for the DVD was just Bret sitting there talking, along with a few clips from people who were employed by the WWE at the time this was produced (2005). You hear from Vince McMahon, Animal, Gene Okerlund, Steve Lombardi, etc. However, you don't hear from anyone who was not working for WWE at the time. There are people that were such a major part of Hart's career, that he talks about over and over again, that are not interviewed for the DVD (e.g. Jimmy Hart, Jim "The Anvil " Neidhart, members of Bret Hart's family).

Really, the most notable thing about this DVD is that it's a DVD about Bret Hart's career. It is not about his life. In the extras, there is a "family tree" section, where he goes through and gives a sentence or two about each sibling and his parents. However, he doesn't talk about his home life at all. His kids are only mentioned in passing, his first wife who was with him through just about his entire career isn't even mentioned once, and his new wife is shown in one photo and isn't even mentioned by name. Nothing about the schisms in his family, most notably with his sister Diana and brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith, is even mentioned. So, if you are interested in his career, you will find it worthwhile. If you want to know anything about Bret Hart's outside the ring, you will be very disappointed.

Some other observations I had:

I personally found this DVD interesting and enjoyable for two reasons, which may or may not be applicable to you. First, I knew absolutely nothing about Bret's career pre-WWF, so that part was cool for me to see. Secondly, his big years in the WWF as a singles wrestler and as part of The New Hart Foundation were a period of time where I wasn't following the WWF at all. So a lot of that was really cool for me to see, and it filled in a lot of gaps for me. But, like I said earlier, if you are looking for this to be a "shoot" DVD, especially about his personal life, you're wasting your money.

As of June 2007, this DVD can be purchased new for $27.99 on Amazon.

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