Thursday, July 4, 2013

NOW AVAILABLE! Classic Wrestling From Film Vol III

Now available is volume 3 of my collection of rare and previously unreleased matches from the Golden Era of Professional Wrestling. These matches were transferred from 16mm films that I own, not from WWE or TNA sources. Some haven't been seen since the live matches. There is good news and bad news with this disc. First the bad news. Some of the films are silent. They were originally filmed that way so there is no commentary on those matches. Also, while the video is very good quality, it isn't Hi-Def. The transfers are from 16mm film so they show the scratches and wear from the source prints. The films were cleaned and lubricated before transfer but I am only able to work with the prints as I found them. Some are probably the only copies in existence and would have been used by TV stations in the 50's. With all that said, I don't think you will be disappointed with the quality.

Now for the good news. The films were transferred using an Elmo TRV-16 transfer projector allowing for a flickerless transfer and then digitally cleaned. This disc will contain almost an hour and a half of rare Professional Wrestling action. Many of the matches have never been available before and those that have been available are difficult to come across. The DVD will be burned on to a quality disc such as a Verbatim or Taiyo Yuden. The DVD has custom menus and chapters so you can navigate to any match. The DVD will be shipped in a slim case with a cover and match listing insert.

You can purchase a copy here: My Ebay auctions.

Here is a listing of what you can look forward to;

Classic Wrestling From Film III
1) Lord Leslie Carlton vs Juan Sepeda (or Zepeda) - Sound – Wrestling From Hollywood (Syndicated TV) – 25:27

Based out of Los Angeles, this syndicated program traveled around the country via Kinescopes in the early days of television. Our host, sports talk pioneer, Allin Slate introduces this week’s main event match from the Hollywood Legion Stadium. Carleton played an arrogant heel to large crowds all across the country in the 50's. While outside of the ring he was a noted artist. Sepeda was a mainstay in Southern California through the 50's. Here you can see the full match followed by a heated backstage interview.

2) Rough and Tumble – clips of; Abe Coleman vs. Lou Plummer, Jim Londos vs. Ray Steele & Man Mountain Dean vs. Howard Cantonwine – Silent – 2:44

This is a silent film showing short clips of some wrestling greats from the 30's. The film is a bit rough with spotting but this is still a great chance to see some rare action. Abe Coleman left his native New Zealand and became a star across the world with his famed “Kiwi Roll”. Jim Londos was perhaps the greatest professional wrestler of all time. A huge star for decades he is wrestling his friend and sometime policeman, Ray Steele. Both wrestlers would hold the World's Championship during their careers. Lastly we get to see an appearance by the popular Man Mountain Dean.

3) Cora Combs vs June Byers - Wrestling From Hollywood (syndicated TV) - Sound – 15:35

Here is another match from the syndicated series filmed from the Hollywood Legion Stadium. This match features two of the greatest women wrestlers of all time. Cora Combs wrestled across the globe and would hold the Woman’s World Championship. She would be elected to the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013. Here opponent here was one of the few who could be ranked higher on the all time list. Byers' held the Woman’s World Championship for many years finally losing it when she was no longer able to compete after a ca accident. Byers was elected to the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.

Rasslin’ Rockets - Lou Klein vs Gene Dubuque (Magnificent Maurice) – Sound – 9:01

This match features two greats from the 50's and 60's. Lou Klein rose to fame under the name Bastien with his wrestling “brother” Red. Klein then switched back to real name and rose to fame especially in the Detroit area. Dubuque would rise to even greater fame wrestling under the name The Magnificent Maurice. He would team with Handsome Johnny Barend and go on to headline Madison Square Garden and across the northeast.

5) Lynn O'Connor vs Lindy Lawrence - Wrestling From Hollywood (syndicated TV) - Sound – 27:46

The final match on the disc is again from the syndicated Hollywood series. These two battling beauties put on a fast paced and exciting match.

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