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DVD Review : UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2011 Edition

December 4, 2011

DVD Package Reviewed by Steven Wilson

The Ultimate gift for the Ultimate Fighting Championship fan in your life is hitting DVD shelves this Tuesday December 6th, and it comes in the form of a 20 disc DVD set highlighting what was one of if not the greatest 12 month period of action in UFC’s history.

This brand new release, not to be confused with the 2009 10 Disc Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights set that hit shelves in conjunction with the promotion for UFC 100 , covers UFC 116 through UFC 131, as well as UFC Fight Night 22 through 24, and UFC Live 2 through 4. It packs all of this in along with a unique set of DVD extras over a whopping 20 disc set, with  over 52 hours of UFC action.

For the most part, each disc of the set covers a specific event, for example Disc 1 is UFC 116, and Disc 2 is UFC 117. Instead of presenting each event as it aired or as it was released on DVD, the UFC production team swaps in some cool fight buildup videos that includes footage from the fight week building to the event, or exclusive behind the scenes footage before a specific fight takes place.

Another interesting addition to this DVD set is the extras included on the 20th DVD which includes features on the best of Joe Rogan 1 on 1, the best of UFC Unguarded and the best of UFC Fight School.

The packaging on this set is impressive as since this DVD tells the story of the UFC during this 1 year period of time, what better way to express this than a storybook style package which pulls out of the DVD set outer box and allows you to flip through the pages, each of which contains 2 discs.

Some small negatives to mention about this release are the fact that the DVD’s were not put in the package in chronological order, instead they are presented PPV wise, of UFC 116 through 131, followed by the fight nights and Live events, so if the viewer does not realize to watch a certain fight night before a certain PPV they may hear the commentators talking about a fight they havent watched yet. The other negative is that some fights were cut for time to keep this at a 20 disc set. Of the 215 fights presented on the events in question, 170 of them are included in this set. Some of the fights cut were simple prelim fights, while others were a bit more suprising, nonetheless, if your not an absolute completionist, then this is still an absolutely awesome release. Even with a few prelims here and there missing, the set makes up for it with a great slew of bonuses and never before seen behind the scenes footage, 10 plus hours of previously unreleased footage that is, and this makes it an absolute must buy.

Currently on and for 99.99$, this set is well worth the cash, and would be much appreciated by any MMA fan on your list! I know I would love to find it under my tree on christmas morning, so if your searching for that perfect gift for the MMA fan in your life, you need not look any further.

The UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2011 Edition from Anchor Bay Entertainment hits retail shelves Tuesday December 6th, For more info check out or Anchor Bay’s website via


DVD Review : Hunt To Kill starring Stone Cold Steve Austin

October 29, 2010

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of

Coming off his role in the box office smash hit The Expendables, Steve Austin is looking to continue his transition into the acting world with the straight to DVD release of the action thriller “Hunt to Kill”

This is the 3rd straight to DVD release which stars Austin in the leading role, the prior two being Damage and The Stranger, and much like the previous releases, this film takes a familiar route to an enjoyable yet somewhat “by the book” film.

Austin plays the role of US border patrol agent Jim Rhodes who is not only trying to get over the loss of his murdered partner but is also trying to raise his teenage daughter as a single father, which as you may guess  with any girl of that age, is rebellious to the bone. This ends up getting both her and her father in some major trouble as Austin’s daughter is taken hostage by a group of criminals and when Austin’s character walks in on the kidnapping, he is forced into assisting the group in hunting down one of their former colleagues who is hiding out from them in the mountainous woods of Montana, a place that Austin knows very well having worked there on a daily basis.

As they embark on the hunt through the mountains, the movie begins to follow the typical storyline  playout of the bad guys turning on eachother, and Austin’s character taking advantage of this to begin outsmarting them in a survival of the baddest type of situation.

I couldn’t help but have a bit of a déjà vu feeling while watching the movie, That being said it is far from being a bad movie, in fact I enjoyed it very much as would any other Austin fan or fan of the action thriller genre. The timing and playout of the story is well done, and the climax is fast paced enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, but it was hard to kick the fact that I felt I had seen this before.  Perhaps that’s the downfall of some movies in this day and age, where everything has been done before and even slight twists on the outline of what a thriller is supposed to be, still comes off as by the book.

Austin does play his role perfectly, perhaps because it’s designed for him as who wouldn’t portray Austin as a rugged, tough as nails guy who can kick your butt, but also the lead villain played by Gil Bellows serves as a bad guy whose performance compliments Austin’s role greatly.

DVD Bonus features for the standard DVD release of Hunt to Kill include audio commentary with Director Keoni Waxman and actor Michael Eklund, as well as a behind the scenes of Hunt To Kill featurette.

Having been a fan of Austin for many years, im glad to see that his acting career is coming along nicely, not every retired wrestling star gets this chance in the movie mainstream and starts to succeed, Austin is quickly establishing his own movie career, which may not get to the level The Rock has, but will certainly be a respectable one.

Hun to Kill is out on DVD and Blu Ray November 9th from Anchor Bay Entertainment, For more information check out or Anchor Bay’s page for the film at




August 24, 2010

Like with any Controversial decision, Lyoto Machida and Shogun Rua’s initial championship battle inside the octagon resulted in much debate amongst MMA fans as to who was the better man.  A rematch as well as  a chance to make things right was desperately needed and fans got what they wanted at UFC 113 when Machida/Shogun 2 would headline what turned out to be one of the UFC’s better events of 2010, and I don’t just say that because I had the chance to attend UFC 113 live here in Montreal, But I say that because the card was stacked with some great fights that delivered, and now you can check it out for yourself on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Much like when a wrestlng event is held at the Bell Center, the crowd in attendance was super hot from the opening of the event as they were looking forward to a great night of fights, they were not let down. The event opened up with hometown hero Patrick “The Predator “ Cote against the quick rising star of Alan “The Talent” Belcher.  This was a great opener for the main card, It was a soild back and forth battle that would last a round and a half with Belcher going over following a barely legal piledriver into a rear naked choke for the submission victory.

Heavyweight battle between Kimbo Slice and fellow Ultimate Fighter contest Matt Mitrione was up next.  The Montreal crowd was definitely behind Kimbo heading into the fight but once again their favorite would suffer defeat as Kimbo got rocked early on in this somewhat sloppy fight and later Mitrione would work Kimbo hard on the ground to the point that he ran out of gas and lost via TKO from strikes in the second round. This would turn out to be Kimbo’s curtain call as the UFC released him following the loss

Third fight of the night saw lightweights Sam Stout and Jeremy Stevens in the only main card fight that went the distance. The fight itself was an interesting back and forth exchange of striking and kicking from the two men, The result could of went either way, and the judges scorecards reflected that as it was a split decision in favour of Stevens.

The Co Main Event was a controversial one, as Josh Koscheck took on Paul Daley with a spot as coach for the next Ultimate Fighter season against current welterweight champ GSP on the line. The controvery began early as Koscheck faked being struck by Daley’s Knee to his face while on the ground, however replays showed it barely grazed his hair, The montreal crowd took a major crap on Koscheck for that, and as the fight went along, Koscheck, who although was dominating Daley in takedowns and control, was getting even more heat for the little action that was going on. When the fight ended Daley’s temper blew over, perhaps  his anger influenced by the crowd’s anger, he sucker punched Koscheck after the bell, and ended up getting fired from the company for it. I was somewhat disappointed that Koschecks rant on the montreal crowd was edited out of the DVD, it was awesome.

The show closed with Machida/Shogun 2 and this time around we got a clear winner. The rematch did not last long, as Shogun knocked out Machida 3 minutes into the first round and righted what many thought was a wrong in the judging of the first fight.

As with each major UFC DVD release, it comes packed with a bunch of DVD extras, including the Countdown Special, Weigh Ins and Behind The Scenes Featurette, which this time around looked at Machida/Shogun 1 and the controversy that surrounded the result.  Another DVD exclusive is the Preliminary Card in its entirety. Highlights include Mike Guymon getting a emotional hard earned victory against Yoshiyuki Yoshida as well as Marcus Davis defeating another hometown hero in Jonathan Goulet.

Overall UFC 113 was a great night of fights, which makes the DVD worth picking up.

UFC 113 – MACHIDA VS SHOGUN 2 is now available on DVD From Anchor Bay Entertainment, You can pick it up at your favorite local DVD retailer, or order it online, For more information check out

Three Weeks Later, The UFC returned to Las Vegans for UFC 114, headlined by Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans. It was a feud that had spaned over a year in time, and had come to a even hotter boiling point when the two were against each other as coaches on the ultimate fighter. The fight was begging for a clear knockout victory, both men had guaranteed one, and the intensity of their promo work leading up to the fight left fans begging for one. What would ensue was a entertaining back and forth fight with both men nearly scoring knockouts, but the fight would go the distance, which you can now see for yourself as Anchor Bay Entertainment releases UFC 114 on DVD on August 31st.

Looking at the fight, The first two rounds had gone Evans way, he opened the fight by rocking Rampage with a right hand and was able to control Jackson. When the third round came along, Rampage’s corned ordered a KO, and that’s what he tried to do, knocking down and nearly out with a barrage of punches on the ground, somehow Evans survived and went back to his control of Jackson. The fight would go to decision which to no ones surprise leaned in Evans favour, both men asked for rematch, and I think the crowd want it as well, I know I was hoping to see someone knocked out here, and eventhough Evans did win the fight, I think this is one of those feuds that needs a more clear cut winner than a decision, it needs a KO.

Looking at the rest of 114, Unlike 113, almost all of the fights on the main card went the distance, including a controversial result in the Antonio “Little Nog” Nogueira and Jason Brillz fight. Brillz had taken the fight late, after Forrest Griffin had pulled out, but Brillz impressed everyone by giving Nogueira all he could handle with the constant stream of single leg takedowns and submission attempts, That’s not to say Nogueira did not get some of his own submission attempts in there but it seemed clear to many that the fight would go 29-28 in favor of Brillz, however when the scorecards were read the fight went in favor of Nogueira and the crowd went nuts in anger. Eventhough he did not score the victory Jason Brillz certainly climbed the ladder here.

In other results, Michael Bisping defeated Dan Miller by Unanimous Decision , Mike Russow defeated Todd Duffee by KO and John Hathaway defeated Diego Sanchez  by Unanimous Decision making Sanchez’s first fight back at 170 a failure.

Much like 113 and every other major UFC DVD release, it comes with 2 discs and hours of bonus features, which Ive always found interesting because UFC really goes all out for their PPV DVD releases unlike WWE who could probably learn something from the UFC in this department as it easily makes the events worth the money with the plethora of bonus features.

UFC 114 – RAMPAGE VS EVANS will be out on DVD August 31st From Anchor Bay Entertainment, You can pick it up at your favorite local DVD retailer, or order it online, For more information check out and