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It's supposed to be fun. It's not supposed to be real. But behind-the-scenes it's a whole different story. Now, for the first time ever, in this expanded and Unrated Director's Cut, you'll learn the real story. Join Mick Foley, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Terry Funk for a no-holds-barred look into the wild world of professional wrestling. Uncover their secrets and their nightmares. This extraordinary version also contains controversial additional footage of Vince McMahon. And new footage of Mick Foley backstage after his brutal Royal Rumble match. It's time to go beyond the spotlight, beyond the pain, Beyond the Mat.
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At first, this behind-the-scenes documentary about professional wrestling seems as if it will be an unabashed fan's whitewash of the increasingly bizarre and popular world of "sports entertainment," as it is known. But director Barry Blaustein (a Saturday Night Live veteran who has cowritten many of Eddie Murphy's films) goes much deeper than you'd expect in a film that is at once entertaining and disturbing. By focusing on a trio of wrestlers who give him surprising access, Blaustein uncovers human stories that can be wrenching in their stark honesty. That's particularly true of one-time superstar Jake "the Snake" Roberts, whose career has fallen on hard times because of a crack habit; Roberts brings Blaustein along for his first encounter in several years with his grown, estranged daughter. Blaustein also goes into the lives of Terry Funk and Mick "Mankind" Foley in ways that are both revealing and, at times, upsetting. More than just a fan's appreciation, this is that rare documentary that shows you sides of a familiar subject you never knew existed. --Marshall Fine
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