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Our review of UFC: Best Of 2009 (Blu-Ray), published March 27th, 2010, is also available.
Relive the greatest fights of 2009!
2009 was another banner year for the UFC. More new faces made names for themselves, more venues were opened, and the sport truly went international with shows in Germany and England. Chosen from over 200 fights are over 20 of the most brutal, entertaining, and outright insane bouts of 2009.
The title pretty much says it all; included on 2 discs are the best fights of the 2009 UFC season, as chosen by, well, I'm not really sure who chose them to be honest. 13 of the fights are shown as they were on a presentation that aired initially on Spike TV at the start of the year, while the remainder are "bonus fights" included in this DVD set.
For the hardcore UFC fan, this review is not going to be an in-depth study of the sport or what goes into it, and for that I, a relative newcomer to the fold, apologize. If my fellow uninitiateds have ever wondered what this whole UFC thing was about, this is definitely the kind of package you want to check out. I'm still pretty new to this whole mixed martial arts thing, having seen only a few recent pay-per-view events, and because of that, I found these fights to be pretty damned entertaining. The collection doesn't cater so much to the hard core fan, though I could definitely see some of the amazing moments here being fun to relive, rather this is a set of the most insane fighters on the planet doing what they do best. The brutal sport is on full display, from the punishing grappling and tactical ground game to the full on brawl of the striking matches. What makes it all so entertaining to the uninitiated, and probably to those who've followed the sport passionately, is that you never can tell which way a match is going to go. Nothing is scripted or telegraphed, and one lucky punch can turn the tide as quickly as you can blink. Some of these bouts are even match-ups, marathon slugfests that test the mettle of both fighters (Condit Vs. Ellenberger), others are wholesale slaughters where one fighter continuously tortures another for 15 minutes (St-Pierre vs. Penn), while still others are over in a heartbeat (Silva vs. Griffin). You get some sweet vengeance, bitter upsets, and a metric ton of explosive violence.
The biggest appeal for me is the sport itself. UFC features none of the theatrics of pro-wrestling, and none of the pomp and pageantry of boxing; this is fighters doing what they do best, fighting. There's a degree of athleticism and tactics that shocked and surprised me, and there are a hell of a lot of true sportsmen. UFC gets a bum rap, it often gets lumped into the "entertainment for yokels" stigma that hampers pro-wrestling, but it definitely doesn't deserve it, and the match-ups on these discs prove it.
The quality of the presentation is solid as well, with a better than TV look that captures all the action. The stereo sound is also lively and loud, and the commentators come through loud and clear. It's better then you would get from your standard SD pay-per-view broadcast. For extras, there are the aforementioned Bonus Fights, many of which probably should have been included in place of some of the fights picked as "best." You can browse and play these fights individually, or include the whole works of them interspersed through the main feature. There's also a brief, and not entirely informative featurette. It's a good package at a decent price for the uninitiated, or for those who want to revisit a few old favourite brawls.
Are you kidding me? If I gave this thing a guilty verdit, large scary men would find me and probably do very horrible things to me. NOT GUILTY!
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