UFC 88: Breakthrough (2008) - Ultimate 2-Disc Edition

Genre(s): Sports
First Look Home Entertainment || NR - 274 minutes - $19.98 || January 27, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-01-28


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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:
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Interview


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

Iím all for a good knockout brawl. Iím not one who visits bars, well ever, but Iíve heard a lot of really cool stories about people getting the crap kicked out of them for ďlooking at that girl the wrong way.Ē Apparently that girl turned out to be some dudes wife, and about ten minutes later I learned that I stopped caring about what happen. If you care though feel free to let me know and Iíll ask my friend what the rest of the idiotic story was. Now, onto some real fights.

Or so I thought. UFC 88: Breakthrough is one of the most disappointing pay-per-views Iíve seen from them, and I donít normally watch a lot of them unless I go over to a friendís house and it happens to be on. No, not the same friend I previously mentioned, but thanks for asking.

Featured are nine bouts featured from the pay-per-view, but only a few of them have a decent amount of action in it. Roan Carneiro versus Ryo Chonan is one of the better fights that goes the distance, as both competitors are equally skilled in the martial arts and fighting area.

Yes, just like last time, ďComedianĒ Joe Rogan, former host of Fear Factor, has his usual great comments in the fights that follow. I wonít be mean and spoil them, but he does have a few doozies as usual.

The rest of the fights arenít really fights in my eyes, as most go the full three rounds without any sort of punches or kicks. Dan Henderson versus Rousimar Palhares is probably the best fight though, as it lasts for a bit and is energetic and exciting.

Onto the biggest disappointment though for the pay-per-view, and if you donít want to know anymore, I suggest you stop reading. The fight with Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans, the so-called ďMain EventĒ is a joke. The first round is spent with the two dancing around the ring, all five minutes and then the second round lasts one minute with one uppercut. Iím not saying I could do any better, but at least try and make the fights entertaining guys!



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All of the extras can be found on Disc 2.

Countdown Show (41 minutes): A look at the history of the fighters involved, as well as how they got here. Itís interesting if you donít watch that much UFC and want to know more about the fighters and how they train, but if you do watch UFC then this probably isnít worth a look.

Weigh-In (15 minutes): The weigh-ins for the UFC 88 pay-per-view are shown, hosted by everyoneís favorite comedian Joe Rogan. Itís exactly what it sounds like, so if youíre interested then check it out.

Behind the Scenes (30 minutes): A cool look at how the production of the show is put together, as well as interviews with the fighterís teams and management. It is rather lengthy, so be sure to have some free time or pause it and come back later.

UFC.COM Feature (21 minutes): Interviews with the fighters after their bouts that happened during the pay-per-view. A few of the interviews are good, but some of them tend to drag on a bit.

Finally, an interview with Dana White about some product known as BSN is available.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Much like the previous UFC DVDís, this one is near identical in terms of the video quality. Colors are bright and contrast is great for the entire event. The lone issue I have yet again deals with the fence area, as when photos are taken the screen tends to lose a little bit of color each time. Itís not a huge deal, but it was noticeable to me. Otherwise, great transfer.

The audio side, for being a 2.0 Dolby Digital track, does the job and does it well. Itís surprising that this 2.0 track sounds better than a lot of 5.0 or 5.1 tracks I listen to. You can hear the snaps and bones crack when the fighters land punches and kicks, and the fans in the background can be heard as well to a great length. Even Joe Roganís comments about inane things and the dialogue throughout had no issues. I would have liked a 5.0 track much more, but this one is still phenomenal for being what it is.



.::OVERALL::.

UFC 88: Breakthrough isnít one of the best UFC pay-per-views Iíve had the chance to watch. The fights are somewhat boring, and go the full three rounds without that much action. The final fight on the card is also a downer, which was a major disappointment for how hyped it was. The video and audio are once again above average, and the special features are big enough for fans of the fighting genre to keep interested. This is probably at best a rental. Sorry fighters, youíve been KOíd.