WEBSITE IS TEMPORARILY NOT RECEIVING PAYMENTS because Google Checkout has closed. A new website will be up soon (same URL as before) where you can pay via Paypal. Please note: I only sell Wrestling Blurays. I only mention Wrestling DVDs so people searching for DVDs on Google can find my site.
Stock Levels: Anything without a price means I don't have the item yet and I will selling it in future once I obtain it ("Got" means I do have it but I haven't re-mastered it yet). I don't know when I'll be selling certain sets so please don't ask. Please sign up to my newsletter to be informed of when sets become "In Stock". If an item isn't even mentioned that doesn't mean I won't be selling it in future! Basically if a video is to do with wrestling then I'm interested in it. I aim to sell everything from all promotions that can not be bought elsewhere.
Wrestling DVDs, Wrestling Videos & Wrestling Blurays
From Rare Wrestling Videos
I sell rare wrestling DVDs (Blurays) and Wrestling Shoot DVDs. I also offer a restoration service (for anything not just wrestling dvds) where I can do restoration on your VHS-to-DVD conversions (see the Trade DVDs link in the sidebar). For example I can re-master your wrestling DVDs to Bluray where they will look and sound better than the orignals. Please take the time to read this whole page, it will answer all your questions. To save you time looking through my whole website, the only wrestling DVDs I currently have in stock are here: List of Items In Stock. I mainly sell rare wrestling dvds such as wrestling dvds that can't be found anywhere else. I accept payment by Google Wallet only (you can pay with your debit or credit card just like you can with any other website).
Typically when doing restoration on wrestling DVDs I work with videos that were taken from 1 two-hour show per single-layer DVD or 2 one-hour shows per single-layer DVD and on rare occasions I have a single two-hour show on a Dual-Layered disc in better quality. I DO NOT work with stuff that have more shows than that per disc as it will be heavily compressed. Even the best VHS-to-DVD conversions have a constant hissing noise or other noises and they have compression artefacts in the picture. This is due to the people who originally recorded them not having the knowledge or the correct equipment to convert VHS to DVD properly. You even get compression artefacts in Straight-to-DVD videos. Personally I think the VHS conversions are unwatchable so I re-master them by removing all the constant noises such as hiss and clicks and I remove the compression artefacts in the picture, etc so you get something that's actually watchable. Unless otherwise stated, I don't work with wrestling DVDs sourced from highly compressed sources such as YouTube - anything sent to me must be recorded off TV onto discs.
Wrestling DVDs are usually poor quality (even if you buy the best sets that exist). However after I remaster them they look much better. HERE is a free 1 minute before and after DVD sample from Raw 1997 so you can see for yourself. It's from a VHS to DVD conversion I re-mastered to DVD (the quality wasn't too bad to begin with but it's just a sample to show you the improvements that can be made). You'll need an NTSC compatible TV and DVD player for it to play properly. Simply burn the ISO to a DVD or a DVD rewritable disc. You can use any DVD software that allows you to burn an image or simply download ImgBurn which is free and select Mode, Ez Mode Picker, Write Image File to Disc. It will only take you about 5 minutes to burn the disc. Alternatively you can download an MPEG2 sample for watching in Windows Media Player HERE.
The 1st minute is the original VHS to DVD conversion. You'll notice it has a constant hissing noise as well as clicking noises that occur every several seconds (most sets from 2003 and onwards were originally recorded direct to DVD so usually they won't have any audio problems). The picture is good quality but it's peppered with light compression artefacts around the edges of objects, there's also blocking and there is picture noise such as flicker, etc.
The 2nd minute shows the same video after I've re-mastered it. The hissing and clicking noises are gone and the compression artefacts and picture noise is gone.
Stock Levels & Delivery
- In Stock: The item is in stock. When you place an order I will burn the discs and send them to you. I am based in the UK. Delivery takes up to 7 working days no matter where in the world you are. I use a courier (not the post office) to send outside the UK which is why it's so quick. If from outside the UK then I mark the item as a low value gift so you won't have to pay customs charges but if you do, it will only be a token amount.
- Got: I have it and I'll be selling it on the site in future once I've remastered it.
- Wanted: This means I don't yet have this item and I want it. I've just listed it to show you that I'll be getting it eventually when I can find somewhere to obtain it so you may want to sign up to my newsletters of the promotions you're interested in to be informed of when I release new sets. My priority is with getting all Raw and Smackdowns up to the present in stock, then all the WCW Nitros, ECW Hardcore TV & TNA Impact seasons. Then I will start working on the minor promotions. Please don't ask me when I'll be getting a set in stock because I don't know and plans change so to avoid disappointment I don't give out that information.
I try to release a new set every 2 weeks or less but it may take longer if I have to do my dayjob. I aim to sell practically every season ever produced by each wrestling company (although I don't necessarily release them in season order). Most wrestling videos recorded before 2003 are from VHS to DVD conversions. Everything from 2003 and onwards was likely recorded on DVD and believe it or not these still have audio & video issues (although not as bad as VHS-to-DVD conversions). Regardless of how the wrestling DVDs were recorded, if they have picture or audio problems then I fix them.
Quality of My Wrestling DVDs
- I only sell Bluray Wrestling Videos due to the fact that you can fit many episodes per disc as opposed to 1 with a DVD. The Wrestling Blurays I sell are disc only in paper wallets so I recommend that you buy a DVD wallet. I apologise for mentioning Wrestling DVDs on my site but that's how people find my site via Google (by typing in Wrestling DVDs) and I don't think people realise you can get my stuff on BluRay so they don't search for BluRay so they won't find my site!
- Picture Quality - I remove as many artefacts as possible such as blocking (if there), grain, flicker and other picture noise. I can even fix that annoying problem you get when the picture jumps up and down due to old VHS equipment (I don't do this with minor screen shake as it can exaggerate normal camera movement). I can also remove black lines that appear over the picture which is caused by old VHS equipment. If there's too much colour (skin tones look unnatural) or little colour (almost looks like black an white) then I restore the correct amount of colour. I then smooth the picture. Please note that I only remove the picture problems, I cannot add detail. At best the underlying picture quality will be the same as before but with the compression artefacts and picture noise removed so it's at least watchable. At worst, the picture may be a little more blurry than before (I will say so if this happens) however I still prefer that than watching a video with compression artefacts and picture noise in.
- Audio Fixed - My wrestling blurays don't have any constant noises such as hissing or clicking noises (which you get in VHS to DVD conversions). You can also turn the volume up a reasonably high level and you won't hear any hiss. However some infrequent noises MAY remain if those could not be removed automatically.
- Audio Quality - Every episode of a series has 2 channel Dolby Digital audio and each episode of as season has the exact same volume as each other. Please note that with VHS to DVD conversions you may hear additional audio imperfections when listening via headphones but you will NOT get that probem when listening WITHOUT headphones.
- Menus - Unless otherwise stated, the discs only have basic menus where you can select the episode you want to watch and you can also select what chapter you want to watch based on the time (automatic thumbnails are used). The chapters are named Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc and they only have the chapter times mentioned.
- Cuts Made - All commercials are removed. You may find the odd split-second of a commercial but that's extremely unlikely. For more information about the cuts I make, see below.
All commercials are removed. Whenever time permits I also cut timewasting bits as follows: I cut the junk out at the start of the show where they tell you what matches are coming up. Why? Because I don't need to be told for 5 minutes what matches are coming up, they can tell me that when they actually start! Also at the very start of the show after the title sequence they have a pointless fireworks display (not for a wrestler's entrance) for about 1 minute. I cut that as well.
After a wrestler enters the ring at the start of a match they usually show a half-screen commercial for the next PPV, that's just a blatant commercial and there's nothing of value in there such as a promo so I cut those seconds out. Unless it's some epic moment or when you need to see something at a different angle, I cut the pointless replays where they show you something that you saw perfectly well the first time. On Raw 1996 for example I think there were 2 episodes which each showed a PPV match repeat during a normal episode. I removed those matches because there's no point in keeping a repeat of a match which was on a PPV. Why would you want to watch the match in lower quality on a home recording when you can buy the official PPV DVD and watch it in good quality?
The Nitro nWo announcements were obviously an entertaining commercial which was a part of the show so I kept that. However when they repeat the same announcement again I cut the repeats. Sometimes in between matches or promos they show a recap of what happened last week but it has no relation to anything in the current episode so I cut that. I DO NOT remove the recap at the start of the show.
Some seasons have a "best of" episode at the end of every season. I only keep unique content from that. In short, for every episode I cut all the timewasting stuff but I never remove anything of value such as promos, matches or entertaining chat between the commentators, etc. For the debut (and last ever episode of a show that's been cancelled) I cut nothing except the non-wrestling commercials.
Discs, Covers & Cases
It's highly unlikely that you'll get coasters or missing episodes/bits of episodes with me because I check online wrestling results websites to make sure I have all the episodes before selling a season and when editing a video I would usually notice if there were missing matches or promos. My videos are on high quality region-free discs that work anywhere in the world. My discs are NTSC format unless otherwise stated (you'll need an NTSC supported BluRay player and TV). Any TV made within the last several years should support NTSC. If you can't find a Bluray player which supports it, just search Ebay for "NTSC Bluray Player". The PS3 supports NTSC no matter what country you're in. Also note that some Bluray players may say they only play discs from a certain region however they may still play NTSC and PAL and even if it just says it supports PAL, it may still support NTSC (ask the retailer).
I carefully pack my discs to ensure they are unmarked & unscratched when I pack them. The discs are NOT labelled, instead I put printed labels on the paper wallets. I don't label the discs because they may cause playback problems on some Bluray players. This way you can label the discs however you want or you can handwrite on them with a CD pen. You can even print on them directly with a printer.
Usually within a month of releasing a new set I also release covers for it (if the people who create the covers for me are able to do so). The cost of covers includes worldwide delivery directly from the print shop - UK delivery may take 7 days or more and delivery outside the UK can take up to 3 weeks. The previews you see on Rare Wrestling Videos.com are compressed to load quickly. The covers you receive are professionally printed so they will look exactly like the covers you get when you buy Wrestling DVDs in shops. The covers are printed on matt glossy paper. Please note that the paper they're printed on is larger than what fits in a Bluray case so you'll need to cut the white space off - I suggest buying a guillotine.
I don't provide Bluray cases as those would cost too much to deliver internationally (and to be fair to everyone I don't provide these even if you're in the UK) so you'll need to buy your own cases (I recommend Amaray cases). Once you have a case you simply slot the paper cover behind the plastic cover of the case. Each item mentions what cases you'll need in the description.
All the covers on RareWrestlingVideos are designed for Bluray cases with a 14mm spine, 15mm cases may also fit. I recommend Amaray cases whenever possible (I've tested those and they're high quality) although that brand is generally not available in the USA. Cases cost less than £1 or $1. Buying in bulk will be much cheaper.
UK: You can easily find 14mm Amaray cases on Amazon, Ebay or on lots of other sites.
USA: You can buy 14mm Scanavo cases on Casetopia.com. I recommend only buying the triple cases even if you only need a double because the double case has both discs on the same side overlapping each other whearas the triple has 2 on the same side and 1 on the other. So you could have 1 disc on each side if you wanted which give easier access.
You can buy 14mm triple cases (1 disc on 1 side and a 2 disc floating tray insert in the middle) at GenesysDTP.com & SuperMediaStore.com.
Third Party Wrestling DVDs
Wrestling DVDs available elsewhere typically have all or some of the following problems:
- Picture Quality - The Wrestling DVDs look compressed (even if they just have 1 episode per DVD). You usually get block artefacts. You'll also get grain, flicker and other picture noise. Some episodes will have a problem where the picture moves up and down (only happens in VHS to DVD conversions). The colours may be faded or there's very little colour or there's too much colour which causes the skin tones to look unnatural. I've actually had a lot of Wrestling DVDs with little colour and it makes the show unenjoyable to watch even if there's nothing else wrong with the DVD.
- Audio - Hiss and/or clicking noises will be present in the Wrestling DVDs. This is either caused by the Analogue to Digital conversion of VHS to DVD (using poor equipment or a lack of knowledge) or the tapes may already have hiss on them. I actually bought a used genuine VHS film on Ebay once which had hiss on it in certain parts of the film so I know this can happen. Another problem is that the Wrestling DVDs may have mono sound (sound only comes out of 1 speaker). Yet another problem is that each episode may have a different volume than each other or parts of the same episode have a different volume than each other. It's very annoying when you have to change the volume on your TV after each episode.
- Commercials - The commercials haven't been removed from the Wrestling DVDs
- Labels - The Wrestling DVDs either have poor quality inkjet labels or they just have handwritten text directly on the disc. Some guys can't even be bothered to write the name of the show on the discs - they just write the dates! The dates are written in the American format of 1/12/1996 (does that mean 12th January or 1st December?) instead of a universally understood format such as "Jan 12 1996" (like I use).
- Discs - You may get missing episodes and it seems that people don't bother checking online wrestling result websites to to see if they have all the episodes before they sell them. Even worse they know that their seasons have missing matches or promos yet they sell them to you anyway. They may use a DVD duplicator to make the discs. Every season I've bought from a mass-producing seller has at least 2 discs which weren't burned correctly and thus were unplayable. This is likely because DVD duplicators don't tell you if the discs were burned correctly or not.
Technical Details of My Improvements
You don't need to read this section but for those interested in the technical details of what I do, this is for you.
- Dumux: Takes all the little audio and video files that make up a DVD for example and combines them into one media file. This is done without re-encoding so you don't lose quality. Demuxing also means splitting a video into a seperate video and audio file.
- Mux: Takes an audio file (from a video) and a video file (with no audio) and mixes them into 1 video file (with audio). This is done without re-encoding so you don't lose quality. It takes about 5 minutes.
- Re-Mux: Save without re-encoding. Takes 5 minutes.
- Re-Encoding: The file is processed. This takes hours and you lose quality
I buy the best quality Wrestling DVDs available but even those still have problems like I mentioned before. I fix those problems using high-end audio and video tools. The following shows what I do for a typical 2 hour Wrestling DVD:
- First of all I demux the wrestling DVD into an MPEG2 file. Time: 5 Minutes.
- I can't edit the audio until I extract it from the video so I demux the MPEG2 into a seperate video and Dolby Digital audio file. I then convert the Dolby Digital file into a WAV file. Time: 7 Minutes
- I then edit the WAV file in my editing program. I remove any noises which shouldn't be there such as hiss and clicks. I then convert the WAV back to a Dolby Digital file. Technically you do lose quality during the conversion but you won't hear any difference. I then mux the seperate audio and video file back into an MPEG2 file. Time: 1 Hour
- I remove the commercials (Re-Mux). Time: 15 Minutes
- I then run the wrestling video through a video editor which removes any artefacts, improves the picture quality and I also make colour corrections. Time: 3 hours 30 Minutes. I also let it fix several videos at night while I sleep.
- I then author (Re-Mux) the finished wrestling video with my Bluray Authoring program. Time: 12 Minutes per episode.
- Total Time spent on a 2 hour episode: 5 hours 9 Minutes! Now you can see why it takes me up to 2 weeks to fix a whole Wrestling DVD season!
How to View in the Best Picture Quality
- HDMI or Component: I suggest you view the Blurays via a HDMI cable, NOT component as the picture will look far worse via Component.
- Interlacing Artefacts Prevention: If you see lines on any part of the picture then this is due to how your Bluray player handles interlaced standard definition footage on Bluray. To prevent that problem on the PS3 for example, within the Video menu choose the "BD/DVD Cinema Conversion" menu then select "Video" instead of "Automatic". Note that you need the latest firmware installed on the PS3 for that setting to have any effect.
- 4:3 Playback: Normally when you play a 4:3 DVD you can press the aspect ratio buttion on your TV remote control to select 4:3. However to get that with a 4:3 Bluray containing standard definition video you may have to choose the 480p/576p resolution option (untick all the other resolutions if you're given the option) on your Bluray player.
- Wider 4:3 Playback: For the widest picture which still looks in proportion, try watching using the 16:10 aspect ratio on your TV or player if possible. To make the picture slightly wider view in 720p or above and press the aspect ratio button on your remote to expand the picture which adds another inch to the width - you also lose a little off the top but I feel it's worth it. I would never recommend using the Panaramic aspect ratio (while in 480p/576p) to completely fill the width of your TV (picture is still in proportion though) as you lose a lot off the top and bottom of the picture and it may expose the flaws in the VHS conversions because the picture is zoomed in a lot.
Only these payment methods are accepted through Google Wallet:
- Visa Electron (Outside of US only)
- American Express(USD only)
- Discover (USD only)
- JCB (JPY and USD only)
If you try to pay via one of the above methods and payment was declined then it will be because of one of the following reasons:
- You entered your card details incorrectly or your card has expired.
- You don't have enough money in your account to cover the payment. £58 (£40 set plus £18 shipping) in US dollars is $90 for example.
- Your card provider is overly cautious and blocked the payment in case the card was used fraudulently.
Terms and Conditions
Please note that all sales are final. You cannot change your mind after purchasing before you receive the goods because I start to burn the discs as soon as I receive payment. I am very clear about the quality of my wrestling DVDs. Please make sure of the following before ordering:
- Your Bluray player & TV supports NTSC and PAL depending on what format the discs are that you're buying. All TV's made within the last several years should support NTSC and PAL but most Bluray players in Europe do not support NTSC. The easiest way to find one is by searching ebay for "Region Free Bluray Player" or "Multi-Region Bluray Player" or "NTSC Bluray Player". You could then buy it from Ebay or search for that model on other websites selling Bluray players. Most of the stuff on my site is NTSC unless otherwise stated.
- Your Bluray player supports BD-R or BD-R DL discs of any brand.
- I don't claim to give you perfect quality audio and video, I just do the best I can. Not every problem can be fixed.
- If you find that an episode is missing which I didn't mention then I DO NOT give refunds. That's because I make a reasonable attempt to make sure I have all the episodes of a season whereby I check that the episodes I have match those mentioned on wrestling result websites. So if the info I read is wrong, that's not my fault. So I don't give refunds but upon informing me of a missing episode I will try to find a replacement and if one is available I'll send it to you free of charge with your next purchase.
- I do check the covers for spelling or other mistakes but I'm only human and I may miss some. I do NOT send out replacement covers if they are mistakes I missed. However I may attempt to fix them. If I feel I'm able to do so then I will send replacement covers with the next order you place (remember to email me after placing your order).
- Feel free to let me know if you have any complaints. I'm a firm believer in Amazon's customer service so that's the kind of service you can expect from me - no nonsense and if you have a problem, I will do what I can to make things right.
If you buy PAL or NTSC discs please make sure that your Bluray player supports PAL or NTSC.
If your Bluray player does support NTSC or PAL and you find that the discs won't play then I will of course send free replacements using the same shipping method that you used to buy them. However if ALL the discs won't play then I will NOT send replacements/refund you for the following reason: If you're having playback problems on ALL the discs then it's due to compatibility problems with your Bluray player. Try updating the firmware on your Bluray player to the latest version.
Bluray authoring software which burns 100% compliant discs that work on any player, is not available to the public. So there's a small chance that your Bluray player will not play the discs. I rarely hear of that issue from my customers.
If you have a Bluray player from common brands like Sony, Samsung, etc then it should work (some models from those brands may still not work). I know for sure that the PS3 works fine as I have one and many people feel that the PS3 is the best Bluray player in the world.
Bluray Players Incompatible with my discs (reported to me by my customers)
- None so far.
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