DVD Review: For All Mankind – The Life and Career of Mick Foley

On April 16th, 2013, World Wrestling Entertainment released For All Mankind – The Life and Career of Mick Foley, a 3-disc DVD (2 disc Blu Ray) Documentary.  I had high hopes for this DVD, as WWE has released some incredible pieces as of late (The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and CM Punk have all had excellent pieces done), and my hopes and expectations were far exceeded by this release.

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There isn’t a lot of “new” content, in terms of a career retrospective.  Foley has been the subject of multiple match compilation DVDs, and the author of 4 different New York Times Best-Selling autobiographies.  Still, with everything “known” about Mick Foley, this release still manages to feel fresh, and has a very good flow.

The documentary portion of the DVD clocks in at a shade over 2 hours, with plenty of comments from childhood friends, and several former and current WWE Superstars (including surprising appearances from Shane Douglas, and Vader).  Many of the important players in Foley’s long career are here, including Jim Ross, Paul Heyman, Terry Funk, and Triple H, although it would have been nice if comments from Robert Parker, Vince McMahon, and J.J. Dillon could have been included (although the documentary doesn’t lose anything by their omission).  Times flies as Foley speaks of his early career aspirations, filming “The Loved One” with his college pals, and later showing it off to a local promoter who was promoting an event at the high school gym his father taught at.

Vader’s comments are especially interesting as Foley’s career progresses into his time in WCW, including the infamous “ear-ripping” incident.

As the story has been told in multiple different venues, not much more needs to be said, however it is interesting to hear Vader’s comments on the incident, and just how violent and vicious he remembers his matches with Cactus Jack being.

Of course, Mankind/Dude Love/Cactus Jack’s career is covered, at length, in this documentary, including comments on many pivotal moments in his career (In Your House: Mind Games with Shawn Michaels, the debut of Dude Love, the debut of Cactus Jack, Hell in the Cell, etc).  Much of what is discussed here is a rehash of prior documentaries, but feels fresh and interesting given the selection of talent used to speak in retrospect of Foley’s lasting effect on the business.  There is no mention of his TNA career, aside from mentioning leaving WWE for a period of time to pursue other interests.  Largely this portion of the documentary focuses on Mick Foley’s amazing humanitarian work, however.

In all, this is one of the best-produced WWE documentaries to date, and gets a very high recommendation.  The DVD/Blu-Ray extras alone make this worth a purchase, including matches from WCCW, WCW, ECW and WWE.  Enough cannot be said for the fact that both the WWF scratch logo and WWF mentions remain uncensored in this release, as well, which really helps the production value of the final product.  To purchase this DVD, and other WWE merchandise, please visit WWEShop.com!