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March 10, 2009
UFC Ultimate Comebacks Blu-Ray Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
None4/12/2008Eagle EntertainmentAnthony Giordano
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
VC-1DD 2.0 320kbpsMA15+Various

Well, this isn't a movie as such, but rather a rather brutal mixed martial arts compilation disc. The UFC is a cage styled fighting tournament, but real unlike WWE wrestling, and not fixed like so many boxing fights. This is a fight until, well, one man can't stand, or isn't exactly conscious.

In the UFC, the only certainty inside the octagon is that a fight is never over until the final bell. UFC Ultimate Comebacks features some of the UFC's strongest competitors returning from the brink of defeat by surviving explosive strikes and agonizing submissions en route to their ultimate victory. These fights will leave you in disbelief as you witness the most incredible turnarounds ever seen in the Octagon, proving once again why the UFC is the most exciting and unpredictable sport in the world.

So what about the fights on this disc? There are eleven fights in total on this disc with all but one lasting at least one of the maximum three rounds. The fights on this disc include:

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    UFC is pretty brutal.
  • Pete Sell Vs Scott Smith
  • Alessio Sakara Vs Drew McFedries
  • Martin Kampmann Vs Drew McFedries
  • Renato Sobral Vs Jason Lambert
  • Keith Jardine Vs Houston Alexander
  • Jon Fitch Vs Roan Carneiro
  • Colin Robinson Vs Eddie Sanchez
  • Paul Taylor Vs Marcus Davis
  • Chris Leben Vs Terry Martin
  • Jon Koppenhaver Vs Jared Rollins
  • Roger Herta Vs Clay Guida

Prior to each fight there is a great little video intro giving some background to the fighters, or any history between the two. This is great to newcomers to the sport such as myself, as it gives a bit of detail as to who is the favourite, or the underdog, and what has happened in previous bouts.

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UFC Ultimate Comebacks is on Blu-Ray.
What we have here is around 2 hours of the best mixed martial arts fights in the world and certainly some of the biggest and best comeback. Never having seen any of these fights I went in without knowledge of what was going to happen, although the results are pretty much given away by the title of this disc. Having said that there were a couple of standouts, Pete Sell Vs Scott Smith is brilliant due to their previous friendship and even high five during the match before one of the greatest conclusions ever, and one of the bloodiest fights ever with Roger Herta Vs Clay Guida.

Ultimately while the fights are entertaining I'm not so sure that there is much replay value here. Still if you have a few boys nights with drinks then this is likely to keep you entertained.

UFC Ultimate Comebacks comes to Blu-Ray at 1.78:1 using the VC-1 codec. The video is encoded at 1080i and while obviously inferior to 1080p as seen in most other Blu-Ray releases we must say that it never affected the picture quality here. The image remains fairly still for the most part and the only visual indication that this is encoded in interlaced format is some shimmering on the mesh surrounding the fighting arena. Colours are rich and vibrant, detail impressive and overall this is much better then we feared it could have been.

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UFC - no holds barred fighting.

There is only one audio track on this disc, a Dolby Digital 2.0 track encoded at 320kbps. It is a little disappointing that we get no surround sound mix at all, even to add some ambience to the crowds. Still, the commentary is crystal clear, and this was never going to be a disc to push the audio format capacity on Blu-Ray.

Sadly there are no extras at all on this disc. Even some fighter bios including Win-Loss records would have been welcome, but we have to go without.

While I'm not a regular UFC viewer (mainly because I don't have Pay TV here) I actually really enjoyed UFC Ultimate Comebacks. The fights really are spectacular and any UFC, or indeed martial arts, fans will certainly enjoy the results of some of these bouts. Even at 1080i the video is solid enough, while the audio gets the job done, but could have done with surround sound. One for UFC fans to add to their collection.

Review By: Dave Warner


Note: All images in this article are Copyrightę Eagle Entertainment. They are only indicative of the movie and not sourced from the vastly superior Blu-Ray disc format.