Anchor Bay // 2009 // 285 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Kent Dixon (Retired) // January 8th, 2010
UFC 100...making history July 11, 2009.
For all our advances in technology, great works of literature, music, and many other achievements, at the end of the day we humans still love our spectacle. From human sacrifices to gladiatorial games, medieval tournaments and more recently, professional sports, most of us love the intensity of emotion and thrills of watching as opponents clash while sweat and blood are spilled. We may be a bloodthirsty lot, but there is a great deal of money to be made in professional sports as organizations like the NHL, the WWF and UFC have shown.
UFC 100 Making History: Lesnar vs. Mir captures the centennial event of an organization that has been thrilling fans around the world since 1993. I'm not sure how much tickets cost, but considering it was held at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas and that it featured 11 bouts in one night, it must have been a pretty penny. Fortunately for fans at home, this release includes all 11 matches as follows:
* Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher
* Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago
* Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping
* Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves
* Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar
* Matt Grice vs. Shannon Gugerty
* C.B. Dollaway vs. Tom Lawlor
* Dong Hyun Kim vs. T.J. Grant
* Jon Jones vs. Jake O' Brien
* Mac Danzig vs. Jim Miller
* Mark Coleman vs. Stephan Bonnar
For me at least, the greatest appeal of watching UFC matches is the fact that each fighter enters the Octagon (the UFC ring, not the Norris film) with their own unique combination of skills and experience, making the battles more interesting and the outcomes unsure. Without question, the highlights of this release are the Akiyama/Belcher, Henderson/Bisping, St. Pierre/Alves and Lesnar/Mir bouts. Old rivalries, defending titles, and fighters who are well-matched overall, make for exciting viewing indeed. While the likes of show-boaters like Brock Lesnar can be a bit much at times, the skill and class of fighters like Georges St. Pierre make UFC 100 well worth your time.
Being new to the world of UFC, I may not have had the same background on each of these fighters as long-time fans would, but that also allowed me to watch the matches without any preconceived ideas of what the outcomes would be. I also found it interesting that non-title matches are composed of three 5-minute rounds and title matches have five rounds. It may be the intensity of the matches that warrants the short-but-sweet round lengths, but I also wonder if that doesn't speak more directly to the short attention spans of most TV viewers nowadays.
The video and audio presentations are above average here, creating a reasonably immersive experience. Contrast is solid, blacks (and reds) are nicely saturated, and you won't find much in the way of distracting artifacts or bleeding (aside from the ring variety). The audio mix partners well, delivering the roar of the crowd, the grunts of the combatants and the over-the-top cheese of "Voice of the Octagon" announcer Bruce Buffer with equal clarity.
The extra features on this release are all gathered on disc two and for some odd reason, the preliminary fights are included with this content. Not sure why these would be considered as "extras" since they were part of the evening's fight card, but maybe there was some logic behind the decision. A 40 minute Spike TV "Countdown to UFC 100" featurette delivers some behind-the-scenes content that leads up to the event, including info on the fighters and their training and the other main supplementary feature is a 21-minute "Behind the Scenes" featurette whose name speaks for itself, taking a closer look at event night.
If you've never seen a UFC match before and have only heard they are bloody, intense and exciting, that judgment is correct on all three counts. If you have a squeamish spouse or partner, or young children in your house, you may want to pick your viewing times accordingly. That said, I now count myself among the thousands of other UFC fans around the world. The Octagon? Bring it on!
UFC 100 is one heck of an action-packed crash course in the sport and
spectacle of the UFC and is an excellent way of catching up on a landmark event
without having to have paid a mint for ringside seats. While not for everyone,
this is a unique style of fighting and athletic competition that really has no
equal and I find this release not guilty, for fear of getting my face bashed
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Studio: Anchor Bay
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 285 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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