Plot: What’s it about?
The World Wrestling Federation is loaded with talented performers, wrestlers who are the prime example of athleticism, charisma, and overall entertainment. The men and women sacrifice a lot to be part of the WWF, but even that is not the start of their hard work, as only proven talents are signed to this federation. The wrestlers have toiled in the independent circuits, working for little to nothing, spending countless weeks on the road, with no promise of a chance at the major leagues, just their own inner drive. But for thirteen individuals, the road to the WWF will be a little smoother and while it won’t be easy, it won’t be hard as most paths to the largest sports entertainment realm in the world. Out of thousands of applicants, MTV and the WWF selected five women & eight men to be part of an intense training program, where only one of each sex would endure. This means constant training, learning to take bumps, high end weight lifting programs, and all sorts of other challenges, but the winners gain the ultimate prize. One woman and one man will outlast the others, prove themselves as tough enough, and get WWF contracts. But Tough Enough didn’t show us all the footage and for those who want more, Paramount has released Behind Tough Enough, which reveals even more about this competition.
As a fan of WWF wrestling and the Tough Enough series, I was pleased to see a supplemental disc like Behind Tough Enough unleashed. This runs like an extended episode of the show, with about an hour’s worth of bonus footage, which is divided into different themed segments. This approach works well and as expected, carries the same kind of feel and texture as the series itself, so it blends well. In this piece, you’ll see expanded segments with the guest superstars, unseen clips of the training process, candid moments with cast members, and of course, additional submission tapes from unpicked applicants. I was thrilled to see the full audition tape from the Angry Custodian, who I think is hilarious and would have been excellent on the show, if just as pure entertainment value alone. But he is just the start, as even more applicant tapes are shown here, all of which are instantly memorable. I found this to be an enjoyable and well crafted supplemental release, but of course, Tough Enough fans will be most interested. So as you can tell, I more than recommend this disc and commend Paramount for its treatment of Tough Enough.
Video: How does it look?
Behind Tough Enough is presented in a full frame transfer, as intended. The image here is close to that of the series itself, though perhaps not always as polished. Even so, fans of the series should be pleased here, as the video is stable and remains solid throughout. You can tell this is a reality based television series and not a refined feature film, but it looks clean and bright, with no serious flaws. The colors are strong and steady, while contrast stays well balanced also, a very good visual presentation here.
Audio: How does it sound?
A strong, basic stereo presentation is found here, which is about all this kind of material needs, I think. The music comes across in fine form and never dips, while all the bangs and slams sound solid also, no real gripes there. The nature of this series doesn’t allow for a lot of presence, but all in all, the impact driven stuff sounds good, without a doubt. I had no issues with vocals either, all the shouts, winces, and yelps sound terrific in this mix. Not the most memorable track, but it more than handles the material, which is what counts.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes some bonus submission tapes of some of the contestants, as well as detailed bios on the thirteen finalists.