Plot: What’s it about?
Fedor Emelianenko was the most dominant mixed martial arts champion ever, with an undefeated run in Japan’s Pride that played like a greatest hits of MMA. When Pride dissolved, Fedor didn’t follow most of the other fighters to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, instead he remained a free agent. In Fedor Returns, Fedor does indeed return for an M-1 event shown on HDNet Fights, in which he battles his largest opponent to date. Hong-Man Choi stands 7’2″ and weighs in at 360 pounds, so even for Fedor, this fight is one tall order. In addition to the headline heavyweight clash, the card features such fighters as Gilbert Melendez, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Hayato Sakurai, Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and others. So while Fedor is the main attraction, the Fedor Returns event is loaded with talented warriors. Below is the full card for Fedor Returns.
1. Michael Russow vs. Roman Zentsov
2. Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo
3. Makoto Takimoto vs. Murilo Bustamante
4. Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Gilbert Melendez
5. Kazuo Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
6. Fedor Emilianenko vs. Hong-Man Choi
7. Hayato Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa
8. Shinya Aoki vs. Bu-Kyung Jung
Video: How does it look?
The event is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. I watched this show live on HDNet and while this standard resolution version can’t hold a candle to the high definition presentation, it still looks quite good. The image is super clean and very crisp, with no real errors to mention. The lights shine with vivid colors, while contrast is accurate and in-ring visuals look terrific. Not much else to talk about, but I would have loved a Blu-ray release, to really let the visuals shine.
Audio: How does it sound?
Although the included 2.0 option won’t shake the paints off the walls, it handles the material well and of course, that’s what counts. The action inside the ring sounds clean and never muffled, so all the bumps, thumps, and slaps are crystal clear at all times. You can also hear the crowd noise quite well, provided they’re not hushed in awe, which often happens at Japanese events. The announcers are also easy to hear and understand, with no issues to discuss there. Solid work here.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes no bonus materials.