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75






Studio and Year: Zuffa/Anchor Bay - 2009
MPAA Rating: TV-14
Feature running time: 128 minutes
Genre: TV/Sports/MMA

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080i/60


Audio Format(s): English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH
Starring: Brock Lesnar, Matt Hughes, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Lyoto Machida, BJ Penn, Toto Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, Randu Couture, Frank Mir
Directed by: NA
Music by: NA
Written by: NA
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 9, 2010







"Mixed Martial Arts at its highest level"



Film Synopsis:

Another exciting year in the Ultimate Fighting Championship is in the books, and now you can relive all the action with The Best of 2009 on Blu-ray. This hard hitting collection brings you all the best fights and fighters of the UFC, as well as the most memorable knockouts and submissions of the year.



My Take:

2009 was a monumental year for the UFC that saw the organization put on its historic 100th event, as well as welcoming many popular mixed martial arts veterans back into the UFC fold. This retrospective of the year includes incredible fights from the Octagon including the heavyweight unification title bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir, BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian, Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida, and many others. There is also a special in-depth look at hall of famer Chuck Liddell, the contenders in each weight class as well as the rising stars who emerged from the Ultimate Fighter reality series.

I haven't followed the UFC since the mid 1990's but after watching this 2009 recap I see it hasn't lost any of its visceral edge. These guys are literally tough as nails and watching the expertise and physical fitness/preparedness that goes into their bouts makes for an incredibly engaging spectacle. Like any other contact sport there are rivalries, grudges and personal vendettas. There is also a level of respect not just for one another but for the sport which helps to preserve its legitimacy. I enjoyed checking this one out and it makes for a great season recap for fans looking forward to 2010 in the world of Ultimate Fighting.



Parental Guide:

This series contains martial arts action/violence.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

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(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 70



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Video: 80


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UFC: Best of 2009 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay HE featuring 1080i AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 20 mbps and lossy Dolby Digital Stereo sound that has a constant bitrate of 320 kbps.

This season recap boasts vibrant and pleasing colors that stand out well against the indoor and almost static imagery of the backgrounds/UFC octagon. Fleshtones generally appear lifelike and quite natural in depiction. Resolution is good but can be a mixed bag depending on the camera angle. Images are resolved well in most cases as detail rendering and depth are appreciable. Blacks are stable but not noticeably strong but again this has more to do with the visual style of the video. There is some intermittent digital noise that is primarily visible against light backgrounds but it isn't detrimental. The majority of this presentation looks great and is exactly what you might expect of a sporting event/documentary like this that. The Dolby Digital 2.0 audio presentation is open, clear, and easily conveys the dialogue heavy elements of the subject matter. The running commentary and recorded sounds of the fight segments are firmly entrenched in the center channel. The crowd noise and or music flank it through the left/right speakers with notable channel separation and good imaging. This isn't a particularly engaging audio presentation but I never felt it was lacking in any way.



Bonus Features:

  • All of the bouts including the bonus segments, and additional features are presented in 1080i high definition.


    Disc 1:


  • Hughes VS Serra

  • Condit VS Ellenberger

  • Marquardt VS Maia

  • Franklin VS Belfort

  • Quarry VS Credeur

  • Silva VS Griffin

  • Evans VS Machida

  • Liddell VS Rua

  • Jardine VS Silva

  • Feature: Georges St-Pierre

  • Feature: Chuck Liddell

  • Feature: Welterweight contenders

  • Bonus fights:

    1. St-Pierre VS Penn
    2. Swick VS Hardy
    3. Akiyama VS Belcher
    4. Machida VS Silva
    5. Nogueira VS Cane
    6. Bonnar VS Jones

    Disc 2:


  • Sanchez VS Guida

  • Couture VS Nogueira

  • Lesnar VS Mir

  • Feature: The Ultimate Fighter - US versus UK

  • Feature: Lightweight contenders

  • Feature: The Ultimate Fighter - Heavyweights

  • Feature: Heavyweight contenders

  • Bonus fights:

    1. Griffin VS Franca
    2. Diaz VS Guillard
    3. Sherk VS Edgar
    4. Stevenson VS Diaz
    5. Penn VS Florian
    6. Carwin VS Gonzaga
    7. Velasquez VS Kongo
    8. Cro Cop VS Dos Santos

  • Behind the scenes featurette - 20 minutes

  • Jump to fight mode



Final Thoughts:

For those that enjoy the gritty, visceral and fast paced action that is mixed martial arts few things compares to the Ultimate Fighting Championship which has become extremely popular with enthusiasts. UFC: Best of 2009 captures the seasons highlights and represents a fans delight with plenty of action, thrills and some of the best that UFC has to offer. This high definition presentation from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment appears faithful to the show's originally recorded elements and includes over 3 hours of bonus fights, a look behind the scenes and interactive features that make access to the additional footage a snap. It has been quite a while since I have been exposed to UFC and this collection served to wet my appetite for more. I will have to try and catch them in 2010. Highly recommended for fans.









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I don't know about this one King Potts ...I just can't get into the sport ...
now do one on the NFL...Im in !!!

I may give this a rent ...I may change my mind.

As usual...you da best !
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I don't know about this one King Potts ...I just can't get into the sport ...
now do one on the NFL...Im in !!!

I may give this a rent ...I may change my mind.

As usual...you da best !

Greetings,

Definitely not for everyone but could be an acquired taste..

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If you can't get into the sport but want to then yes give it a rent because if the Sanchez/Guida fight can't get you into it I doubt anything will.

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Was a surprise to see you reviewing this, very cool. I wish they would get going on Blu's of the events past UFC100.
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