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 wrestling DVDs which have been re-mastered to Bluray, which 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 items I currently have in stock are here: List of Items In Stock. I sell wrestling videos on Bluray such as wrestling seasons that companies such as the WWE are not interested in selling to you, so I created this website to preserve the history of various wrestling companies (many of which no longer exist). I accept payment by Google Wallet only (you can pay with your debit or credit card just like you can with any other website) and I mainly sell wrestling videos which you can NOT buy anywhere else - hence the website name: "Rare Wrestling Videos".
I buy my videos from other people although within a couple of years I will start to record all the shows which air in the UK myself. Most of what I have is either taken from 1 two-hour show per single-layer DVD or 2 one-hour shows per disc and on rare occasions I have stuff in better quality from Dual-Layered discs. DO NOT buy from people who have more shows than that per disc as it will be heavily compressed. Even if you buy the best quality videos from other people, you'll find that with VHS to DVD conversions they'll 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 sell stuff sourced from highly compressed sources such as YouTube - everything was recorded off TV onto discs and then I buy the discs from people.
You may have seen the Wrestling Videos I sell on other websites but my stuff is 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. 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.
Quality of My Wrestling Videos
- 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 gettng 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.
- Description: This shows the amount of DVDs the season was originally on and any other info which I feel deserves a special mention.
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 probably won't need to be re-mastered. Regardless of how the wrestling DVDs were recorded, if they have picture or audio problems then I fix them.
- 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 but the main reason is that Bluray supports higher bitrates than DVD so I can get better quality. 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). If there is 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 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.
- Cuts Made - All commercials are removed. You may find the odd split-second of a commercial but that's extremely unlikely. Whenever time permits I also cut the following things:
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 crap but I never remove anything of value such as promos or matches. For the debut episode of a show I cut nothing except the non-wrestling commercials.
- 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.
Tip: I suggest you view the Blurays via a HDMI cable, NOT component as the picture will look far worse via Component. Also, 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. For the widest picture which still looks in proportion, try watching using the 1080i mode and the 16:10 aspect ratio on your TV or player if possible 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 to completely fill the width of your TV 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.
Discs & Covers
- Discs - You won't get any coasters or missing episodes with me (if there ARE missing episodes then I already know about it and I will let you know before ordering). 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.
- Covers - 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). Covers cost up to £10 which includes worldwide delivery directly from the print shop. These are professionally printed so they will look exactly like the covers you see on Rare Wrestling Videos.com (they actually look better as the previews on this site are compressed to load quickly). 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 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.
You'll need either Double (holds 2 Blurays) or Triple (holds 3 Blurays) cases and the cases must have 14mm spines. For holding 3 discs, you can buy single cases (holds 1 Bluray) along with a double insert or you can buy Triple cases (holds 3 Blurays) - do whatever is cheapest for you. Either way, an Amaray case will cost about £1 or less. There are many sites you can buy these on but Carouselmedia.com, Amazon or Ebay is a good place to start. Just search for "amaray 14mm blu-ray cases".
Third Party Wrestling DVDs
You may get some of the following problems when buying from other people:
- Picture Quality - You get lightly compressed Wrestling DVDs. You may 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 - They 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 because DVD duplicators don't tell you if the discs were burned correctly or not. Also I've found that some episodes were simply missing due to human error.
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!
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. In the unlikely event that you receive faulty goods, I do not give refunds but I will send replacements. 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.
- 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.
- 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 find that a couple of discs won't play then I will of course send replacements however it's extremely unlikely that you would get unplayable discs as the program I use tells me if the discs weren't burned correctly.
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