ECW: Wrestlepalooza ’97

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

I’ve been very pleased with the DVD output of Vince McMahon’s WWE (formerly WWF) promotion, but I have to admit, Pioneer has been almost as good, thanks to a series of terrific ECW releases. The main complaint would be the long wait between titles, but aside from that, Pioneer has given ECW fans plenty to get excited about. This release, Wrestlepalooza ’97 continues that trend and delivers all the extreme action you could demand. This event sports an awesome lineup, including an all star list of performers, such as Shane Douglas, Raven, Tommy Dreamer, The Dudley Boyz, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, the FBI, Taz, Terry Funk, and many other ECW superstars. The matches prove to live up to the expectations also, especially the Dreamer vs. Raven contest, which I hold as one of the event’s highlights. While not quite as good as some of ECW’s elite events, Wrestlepalooza is a wild night of extreme matches, to be sure. And with such a superb lineup of workers and matches, its more than recommended to fans of ECW.

1. Shane Douglas vs. Chris Chetti
2. The FBI vs. The Pitbulls
3. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Sandman & Balls Mahoney
4. Terry Funk vs. Chris Candido
5. Raven vs. Tommy Dreamer
6. Jerry “The King” Lawler, Rob Van Dam & Sabu vs. Team Extreme
7. Taz vs. Sabu
8. Shane Douglas vs. Taz
9. The Eliminators vs. The Dudley Boyz

Video: How does it look?

Wrestlepalooza ’97 is presented in a full frame transfer, as intended. As usual, Pioneer has served up a tremendous visual presentation, one much sharper and more refined than previous releases. Of course, ECW wasn’t a big budget promotion, so the image isn’t as crystal clear as the bigger federations, but when Pioneer works magic like this, you’d never even know that was the case. The colors are bright and without flaws, the flesh tones look natural, and black levels are dead on at all times. Another ECW disc from Pioneer and of course, another event that looks better than ever, terrific work all around.

Audio: How does it sound?

As this is a wrestling event, the audio is not too dynamic, though the included Dolby Digital 5.1 track supplies an effective experience. The crowd noise is terrific and can be heard from all directions at times, which adds to the fun, while the various entrance music themes also come through in fine form. Inside the ring, all the slams, thuds, slaps, and even chairshots sound as good as possible, while the announcing is also clean & clear throughout. Not much else we could want here, given the nature of the material.

Supplements: What are the extras?

You’ll find some match histories have been included, which help refresh the details about each of the feuds.

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