UFC 87: Seek and Destroy (2008) - Ultimate 2-Disc Edition

Genre(s): Sports
First Look Home Entertainment || NR - 342 minutes - $19.98 || December 2, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-11-27


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Countdown Showdown
  • Weigh-In
  • Behind the Scenes
  • UFC.com Features


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Have you ever been somewhere and witnessed a fight? Like perhaps at a school or at a bar late night? What was it like? I’m betting you watched and grinned and cheered someone on. Why? As some famous philosopher once said, “It’s hard to turn away from a fight, it’s in our nature to watch it fully and see the results.” Okay, I just made up that last quote, but maybe I’ll be a philosopher someday. Anyways, onto the UFC 87: Seek and Destroy pay-per-view.

Boasting over 3 hours worth of martial arts and just kicking the living tar out of people, the event delivers. Featuring the likes of former WWE star Brock Lesnar versus Heath herring as well as the World Welterweight Championship title fight of St-Pierre versus Fitch, the action is packed more tightly than a Steven Segal movie.

The fights begin with four matches that were not seen on the pay-per-view version, and while they don’t seem to last as long as the others they are still well worth watching. The fight between Chris Wilson and Steve Bruno is enjoyable to watch and has a great finish.

Also the Lesnar versus Herring match is an incredibly long fight, and keeps you glued to the television guessing who will win. Okay, it’s fairly obvious after the first round who does, but try and keep your mouth tightly glued for the others around you watching it as well.

Joe Rogan (Fear Factor) as a commentator has always surprised me, mainly because he doesn’t seem to fit the bill. He has some rather strange comments, such as “That was sweet,” that make you wonder if a former comedian is the right choice. But he does fit the bill well in the end as he knows the technical terms of fighting and is insightful at some points. It does have that whole Dennis Miller vibe to it though when he did Monday Night Football for a season.

There is also a hilarious part about one of the fights. Rogan tries to interview one of the fighters and ask ten questions to a guy who was in a bout for his life and the fighter walks away after he answers one question. Rogan stands there like a deer in headlights for a few seconds not knowing what to do before he throws it back to the other commentators.

This is a great pay-per-view, but a few of the fights either didn’t last very long or were boring. One of the fights lasts an astounding 12 seconds. Yes, on a pay-per-view, 12 seconds.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Countdown Show (39 minutes) – A long promotion for the event is shown. It details the fighter’s history of getting to the show, some of their previous fights, and interviews with them as well. Fans will want to check this out.

Weigh-In (15 minutes) – The fighters are shown weighing-in. Imagine that.

Behind the Scenes (44 minutes) – This chronicles some of the history of the fighters in the event, such as Brock Lesnar. It also includes numerous interviews and fight recaps from past bouts.

UFC.COM Features (41 minutes) – Another massive promotion for the event which also includes (see a pattern emerging?) interviews with the fighters about their bout for Seek and Destroy.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The video quality of this DVD is well above average. With an MPEG-2 transfer, the fights look outstanding. Colors are perfect, and grain is nearly absent except around the cage areas. A small gripe though is the numerous amounts of flashes that happen from cameras in the arena. Every time a flash goes off the cage tends to light up more and is slightly distracting.

On the audio side, containing a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, it is stellar as well. The track focuses mainly on the front speakers, but the rears pop up when crowd shots appear before a fight begins or directly after. Commentary keeps it dead on with levels and never over shadows the fight. A lone problem exists though that at some points when fighters are on break from rounds the audio from the people in the corner is fairly low. Whether it was intentional it doesn’t take a lot away from the overall score although it would have been nice for the levels to have been equal.



.::OVERALL::.

While there may be a few issues with some of the fights in this event, the rest were entertaining to watch. The final few bouts are long and give viewers what they crave at an UFC event. With great picture and audio quality, and an enormous behind the scenes extra extravaganza, this is the pay-per-view to not miss. As a famous philosopher once said, “UFC 87: Seek and Destroy is not a fight to get knocked out of.” But I’m going to abandon philosophy and go watch this again.