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The definitive documentary about wrestling legend Dynamite Kid and his impact in the world of professtional wrestling. Two disc set.
This project began when Highspots.com traveled to Manchester, England to conduct a simple interview with Tom Billington about his wrestling career. Prior to this interview, nobody knew very much about what happened to Dynamite Kid since he retired from pro wrestling and nobody had been able to unravel the myths surrounding his legacy. Perhaps more than any other wrestler, Tom Billington was a recluse, never agreeing to do interviews, appearances, or even maintaining contact with his old friends from wrestling. After conducting the interview with the reclusive Billington, we realized that he had an amazing story that could not be told merely by his own, humbled words. Therefore, with the help of a lot of generous donors through Kickstarter, we set out on a worldwide traveling endeavor to interview those that knew Dynamite Kid the best and those that still keep in touch with him today. What resulted was a very emotional journey into a career cut short by the abuses of steroids, alcohol, drugs, and a complete disregard for his own physical limitations.
Dynamite Kid started as a young Englishmen trained in the infamous Snake Pit by Ted Betely and turned an opportunity given to him by the Hart Family in Calgary into a phenomenal worldwide wrestling career. He arguably saved a dying Stampede Wrestling and turned that small Western Canadian territory into an internationally acclaimed promotion. Dynamite Kid was on the front lines of changing professional wrestling from a big man carnival act into an exciting action based entertainment industry where lightweight and physically gifted performers were the focal point of the show. He dazzled an international audience with matches against Tiger Mask that are still a bench mark today.
Perhaps best known by modern wrestling fans as a member of the British Bulldogs, this documentary covers the unique relationship between Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith and how the team was on bad footing from the inception.
The most talked about locker room fight in WWF history is storied for the first time by Dynamite as well as all the other key locker room figures of that time.
Dynamite Kid was considered to be 20 years ahead of his time and his influence is still very visible today. Unfortunately, for personal issues there is a dark shadow over his legacy. This documentary digs deeper and gets to the heart of this complex wrestling revolutionary.
I was excited when to hear about this documentary being made, as well as a bit surprised as even though Highspots is the top source for most anything wrestling related, original documentaries was not one of them.
I picked this up when, suprisingly, Highspots came to town in Augusta, Maine for a Big Time Wrestling show. Directly after the show I went home and watched both disc. My initial reaction was thsi it was a good job, but I was a bit disappointed with the lack of actually comments from the Dynamite Kid. I figured his statements would be much more prominently displayed as he is the focal point of the story.
A couple weeks later I came across a you tube video of an interview the Jake Manning did with PWInsider and it made me understand the lack of Dynamite Kid's comments and I can appreciate the documentary a whole lot more.
Here's the clip,
if you are a fan of Dynamite or wrestling history, you will not regret this purchse!
It's not what you think, 7.6.2013
Reviewer: jason mount (Gurnee, IL)
If you already read Pure Dynamite, you will learn nothing. Its pretty much The Hart Family and other cut shoot interviews talking about Dynamite Kid. I was expecting soo much more.
Reviewer: Christopher Ardis (Salina, KS)
One of the best Wrestling Documentaries I have seen. If it is lacking at all, it could have had more time with Dynamite. But the production quality and everything about it was top notch. I was highly impressed and would recommend this to anyone.
Dynamite Kid DVD Review, 3.7.2013
Reviewer: Anthony Valentin (san antonio, TX)
I really enjoyed hearing stories from fellow wrestlers who had the honor of working with Dynamite. I do wish though, he had more say on his career and journey in the world of professional wrestling. I believe a good addition to the DVD would have been some matches but thats just my opinion. I am glad I purchased this DVD and am looking forward to more products like this in the future. Please keep up the good work!!!
Finally a Dynamite Kid DVD!, 3.7.2013
Reviewer: Daniel Joyce (Wellington, Other)
So glad this film has been made. If there was any wrestler I wanted to see a profile/interview/story on it would be this one.
If you're a fan then you must buy this, and it finally brings closure to the mystery of the Dynamite Kid.
Good by effort by Highspots, but lacking a few things, 3.2.2013
Reviewer: Joseph Saylor (Louisville, KY)
I want to preface my remarks by saying I really appreciate the work and effort making a documentary like this must take. That being said, there are some issues that take away from the DVD. The biggest one, is that Dynamite Kid barely says more than 3 words on any question he was asked. Yes it's not a shoot interview, but he didn't really add anything to his own documentary at all, which is sad. The insights provided by the many people interviewed were very good however, especially from his daughter. I also enjoyed hearing about the issues between he and the Rougeaus. Great stuff.
The other problems were technical ones. The background hiss & ambient noise during the interview segments should be dealt with. Also the text was too big and some words like "they're" were spelled like "there", Those are things that should never make it to the final released version. I'm not a video producer but when you watch so many of these things this kind of stuff sticks out like a sore thumb.
I'm still glad I bought the DVD and I'll be glad to help fund the Crockett project also. Hopefully these wrinkles can be worked out in future releases. Thanks for taking the initiative to start doing projects like these!