Thursday, May 2, 2013

I'm From Hollywood DVD Special Edition

I have to admit that this was before I even knew what professional wrestling was all about, but I had heard of the legend of the Jerry Lawler Andy Kaufman feud for a long time.

Basically Kaufman was calling himself the intergender champion and challenging women to wrestle him and basically beating them all.

He ends up in the Mid-Southern region, It's never really explained how that happens, where he starts a feud with Memphis, TN very own Jerry"The King"Lawler.

Lawler Piledrives Kaufman a few times and then a bounty is offered to who ever can put Lawler in the hospital.

There are fireballs, piledrivers, and blood, but not too much wrestling.

This is typical good ol' fashion wrestling at it's best and when the story really gets interesting. As Jimmy"The Mouth of the South"Hart becomes an ally to Kaufman. Hart then uses his stable of wrestlers to attempt to take out Lawler.

I love the double cross where Hart and Kaufman have a "falling out" and Kaufman then recruits Lawler to wrestle with him against Hart and the Assassins. Of course it's a set up Kaufman throws powder into Lawer's face blinding him so the Assassins can beat him down.

Some of the funniest parts of the documentary is Kaufman's words to the people of the south about using soap and toilet paper, it's pretty hysterical and right out of how to rile to crowd.

There are interviews with Jerry Lawler, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza, Robin Williams and others on their take of the feud and also of Kaufman's mental state.

The one person that I really want to point out as being an interesting interview is Lance Russell, who next to Gordon Solie is probably one of the best wrestling broadcasters to come out of the south. Russell along with Lawler really ad credibility to the whole story.

Was this a work? I'm 100% sure it was, but since Kaufman is dead and I doubt if Lawler would give an honest answer about it I guess we will never know for sure. Wink, Wink.

On a side note, it's interesting to see how blood stained the mat was at the matches at the Mid-South Coliseum. That's something you just don't see anymore in this day and age, except in maybe some smaller promotions.

This was first released in 1989 and then again in 2007 and is 61 Minutes long. Johnny Legend and Lynnie Legend put out this edition.

Extras are two full length boxer (Kaufman) vs. Lawyer (wrestler) matches along with another feature of letters written to Andy Kaufman.

This is worth a watch if you can find it. I paid a whole $1.50 for it.


Brian Guy

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