ECW: Anarchy Rulz

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Once Anarchy Rulz began, not even the rough streets of Chicago could handle the intense battles, wicked weapons, and dazzling aerial attacks of ECW, the most extreme federation in the United States. This is one stacked event and the wrestlers more than live up to all the hype, with some of the best matches you’ll see in the realm of hardcore competition. As you’d expect from an event titled Anarchy Rulz, the rules have been tossed, caution is thrown to the wind, and chaos reigns supreme. I remember watching this on pay-per-view live as it happened and being very impressed, especially with the Lance Storm vs. Jerry Lynn and World Championship matches, which simply rocked. But Anarchy Rulz ’99 is a loaded deck of superb matches, with no real let downs to speak of. You’ll see Sabu, Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer, Raven, and numerous other ECW mainstays, all of whom pull out all of the stops for this event. I think Anarchy Rulz is a terrific event and for fans of ECW or the stars involved, this disc is well worth the cost involved. Below is a listing of the matches featured in ECW’s Anarchy Rulz ’99.

1. Lance Storm vs. Jerry Lynn
2. Simon Diamond & Devito vs. Chris Chetti & Nova
3. Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. Super Crazy vs. Little Guido
4. Justin Credible vs. Sabu
5. Taz vs. Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome
6. Tommy Dreamer & Raven vs. Steve Corino & Rhino
7. Rob Van Dam vs. Balls Mahoney

Video: How does it look?

Anarchy Rulz is presented in a full frame transfer, as intended. This is a wrestling event, not a feature film and ECW wasn’t able to pour a lot of cash into these events, so the image is good, but don’t expect miracles here. Then again, this is better than I expected, so if you’re used to ECW events, then maybe you can raise your expectations a shade. There is some grain, but the image is cleaner and sharper than I’ve ever seen, be it on VHS or the actual pay-per-view broadcast, both of which were lackluster. The colors seem bright, flesh tones are natural, and contrast is well balanced, what more can you want here?

Audio: How does it sound?

As this is a live event, the audio is not too dynamic and doesn’t need to be, so long as the basics are well covered. And the basics are taken care of here, as the slams, thuds, chair shots, and table breaks come through loud & clear, no problems in the least. The entrance music sounds good also, as do all of the interviews, in ring vocals, and assorted crowd noise. So not too memorable, but it sounds as good as it needs to.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes text based histories behind the feuds, which provide much more background than I had expected.

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