As one-half of many successful tag teams---and a formidable singles competitor in his own right, of course---WWE's Edge (real name Adam Copeland) has forged a memorable reputation during the past few years. Dubbed "The Rated R Superstar" and "The Ultimate Opportunist", this Ontario native has made a habit of...well, let's say bending the rules to advance his career. Edge's tall stature, athletic build and long hair gave him the right "look", but his passion for the sport began at an early age: he simply loved wrestling and always wanted to be a part of the business. Attending Wrestlemania VI in Toronto on April 1, 1990 only intensified his desire, but Edge finally got a chance at formal training after winning an essay contest. He was even nominated "Most Likely to Win the WWF Championship" in high school. Like so many others in the wrestling industry, one might say that Edge was simply born to perform.
Signed to the WWF (renamed "WWE" several years later, due to a legal battle with the World Wildlife Fund) in 1998, Edge's success within the company came quickly. He earned his first Championship title in just over a year, but his matches with tag team partner Christian (Copeland's real-life childhood friend, Jason Reso) would cement Edge's popularity with the crowd. Earning the Tag Team Championship multiple times during their three-year tenure as a team, Edge and Christian participated in some of the most memorable and dangerous matches during the WWF's fledgling "Attitude Era". Edge began his journey as a singles competitor in 2001, earning all six major WWE titles along the way; in fact, only a serious neck injury kept him out of action during the bulk of 2004. Unfortunately, that injury came back to haunt him several years later, prompting his retirement in April 2011. Though his WWE contract still had a year remaining, Edge accomplished more than enough in the industry to soften such a professional blow.
You Think You Know Me? is WWE's new career retrospective/tribute for Edge, which includes a two-hour documentary and a dozen matches hand-picked by the man himself. This three-disc package arrives less than four years after A Decade of Decadence, recorded while the still-active Edge was enjoying a red-hot singles career. In contrast, You Think You Know Me? is much more relaxed, focused and mature, as we learn all about "the real Edge" from family, friends and Mr. Copeland himself. Similar to last year's landmark Steve Austin retrospective, the documentary feels extremely personal: Edge is honest about his feelings for the business, his personal and professional rivalries, and his life outside the ring. Below, you'll find a complete content listing for this three-disc DVD release; an expanded two-disc Blu-Ray version is also available, should you choose to go that route. Either way, anyone who watched WWE in recent years will certainly enjoy this one....even if, like me, you're not the biggest Edge fan around.
Quality Control Department
Video & Audio Quality
Presented in a mixture of widescreen 1.78:1 and window-boxed 1.33:1 aspect ratios, You Think You Know Me? is easily on track with most current WWE collections: colors are generally bold and bright, while black levels and image detail are solid. Notable amounts of pixellation, edge enhancement and compression artifacts can be seen during many pyrotechnic sequences, but these are generally kept to a minimum. As usual, newly-recorded interviews are crisp and clear and vintage photos and video are confined to the limitations of the source material. Overall, fans should know what to expect here.
The audio is presented in a solid Dolby 5.1 mix, although the pre-2008 segments are essentially limited to 2.0 Surround. As expected, the newer footage is much more enveloping and dynamic, but the older stuff sounds fine as well. Crowd noise and play-by-play commentary come through loud and clear, creating a satisfying soundstage overall. Unfortunately, no subtitles or Closed Captions have been included.
Menu Design, Presentation & Packaging
Seen below, the lightly animated menu designs are basic and easy to navigate. The 110-minute main feature has been divided into more than two dozen chapters (see the content listing above), while no obvious layer changes were detected during playback. This three-disc release is housed in a fold-out digipak case; no inserts are included, but a helpful chapter and match list is printed inside.
As seen in the above content listing, Disc 1 also includes a handful of Bonus Segments
(deleted scenes, basically). They're mostly minor side-stories but definitely worth watching, especially those that focus on Edge's short WCW tenure and his scathing promo with Matt Hardy from 2005. Good stuff.
Also listed above, Discs 2 and 3 include a dozen Bonus Matches hand-picked by Edge himself. Thankfully, there's absolutely no overlap from A Decade of Decadence, with a bit more focus on "hidden gem" TV matches rather than your typical PPV-only highlight reel. The early 1995 independent match between Edge & Christian is a nice bonus, and it's also worth noting that Disc 3 of this collection basically picks up where Decadence left off. Oddly enough, the packaging claims that this collection includes a number of tag matches vs. The Hardy Boyz (unless they mean documentary clips), as it most certainly does not. Either way, it's a nice mix of career highlights that pairs well with the previous collection.
You Think You Know Me? celebrates the career of Edge, one of WWE's most underrated and successful wrestlers. His 13-year tenure with the company ended with a nagging neck injury, but this peek behind-the-scenes shows a man who's happy with his life's path and feels just as comfortable outside the ring. As a companion to 2008's A Decade of Decadence, this three-disc collection does its job quite well, showing us the man behind the character and more highlights from his short but illustrious career. WWE's DVD package combines a decent A/V presentation with a number of extras, but the separately available Blu-Ray ups the ante in all departments. Either way, it's a fine package and comes Recommended.
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