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Vampiro: Angel, Devil, Hero


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Product Details

  • Actors: Ian Hodgkinson
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada
  • Release Date: May 5 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001US0OT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,353 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Product Description

In A World of Good Guys and Bad Guys, He Was Both.

Canadian wrestler Ian Hodgkinson has endured more body slams than most people could survive. Childhood abuse, homelessness, exploitation at the hands of unscrupulous promoters, injury, addiction, love found and love lost and friendships shattered. Vampiro Angel, Devil, Hero exposes the seamy underbelly of fame in the world of professional wrestling and traces one man’s heart-of-darkness journey from the top rope to rock bottom and back up again. A man who is an angel to his family. A devil to society and a hero to his fans. His name is Vampiro, aka El Vampiro Canadiense, aka Ian Hodgkinson, and his is one of the great, untold stories of professional wrestling until now.

Bonus Features: ٠Photo Gallery٠ Deleted Scenes ٠Alternate Ending

From the Contributor

Vampiro features Canadian-born international wrestling superstar Ian Hodgkinson (aka El Vampiro);

Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Reid on May 4 2009
Format: DVD
I went to see the Canadian priemere of Vampiro at the Canadian Film Institute and was blown away by the film - no wonder it won the Best Editing award at the Monterrey International Film Festival!

The documentary provides an intimate look into Vampiro's life - merging in the present and past, showing us where he came from. My initial impression before I saw the movie was that Ian Hodgkinson (Vampiro) was purely an agressive wrestler, but that was before I saw the man behind Vampiro. Never once during the documentary was I aware of how much time had passed, so engrossed in it was I.

I'm not sure who Robert is, but the interviews I've seen with Ian have shown him to be enthusiastic about the movie - and that he was fully consulted with the movie and his feedback incorporated.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Haggis on May 6 2009
Format: DVD
If you are a fan of wrestling then this is a must see. It covers the true life story of Vampiro from his beginnings in Northern Ontario to his success as a star of Mexican wrestling. If you want to see what being a wrestler in Europe and Mexico is really like then this movie nails it. The stuff this guy has been through is incredible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wonders on May 26 2009
Format: DVD
I just got my copy and REALLY enjoyed it. I thought Ian's family & friends seemed genuine; he seemed vulnerable (and understandly so).

His daughter is adorable; his love for her so obvious in this film. Good for Ian; Great for Dasha!

Not sure which was better - the given ending or the alternate ending.

Music score is excellent. Be sure to watch all of the "extra features" they'll add to your enjoyment.

Bob Barnett is right that it could have gone way deeper, but I think fans will be satisfied with it. It would have been nice to see more of his recent work in the Guardian Angels-Mexico.

May God bless Ian Hodgkinson and his family. Thank you for sharing this part of yourself with us.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I acquired, and I encourage everyone to do so, a DVD copy of Vampiro: Angel, Devil, Hero. It is fascinating, both as a film and to me personally. I know little of wrestling (I had: desultorily watched a bit as a kid, made curious by the spectacle, outfits and latent homo-eroticism; enjoyed a bit as an adult, made curious by the blatant homo-eroticism in themed gay porn; followed the saga of the rise and fall of the WWE and its overloads of latent homo-eroticism; and avidly read Bob Mould's recounting of being a writer for the WWE in his excellent autobiography See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody) so watching the backstage machinations, especially the overwrought Mexican style with masks and patriotic fervour, was a revelation.

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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Barnett on April 28 2009
Format: DVD
I am Vampiro's attorney and long time friend.
This movie is just nothing, revolving around a lame plotline of a failed lucha show Vamp was organizing.
It could have been so much more. But they refused to allow his input.
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