Pride FC: Battle of the Rising Sun

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The world of mixed martial arts has several venues, but few can come close to the intense realm that is the Pride Fighting Championships. Pride hosts some of the world’s most renowned combatants and places them on an even stage, where the men can showcase their skills against fighters from all across the world. You can see kickboxers, karate experts, jiu-jitsu masters, and all kind of other warriors, all with a single goal, to defeat all comers. As a fan of mixed martial arts, I have viewed a number of the Pride events and most have been excellent, as the case is with Battle of the Rising Sun. As this type of event is all about matchups, you’ll be pleased to find some awesome ones here, as there isn’t a bad pick in this event. The fighters include some of Pride’s most famous battlers, such as Kazushi Sakuraba, Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge, Igor Vovchanchyn, Akira Shoji, Alexander Otskua, and many other skilled warriors. I was quite impressed by the matches here and I have to hand it to Pride, they outdid themselves with Battle of the Rising Sun. I recommend this to all fans of mixed martial arts, as this one terrific card of fights. Below is a list of the fights included on this great event, Pride’s Battle of the Rising Sun.

1. Masaaki Satake vs. Naoya Ogawa
2. Alexander Otsuka vs. Mike “Rhino” Bourke
3. Heath Herring vs. Tom Erikson
4. Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Gary Goodridge
5. Akira Shoji vs. Herman Renting
6. Gilbert Yvel vs. Vanderlei Silva
7. Igor Vovchanchyn vs. Nobuhiko Takada
8. Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch

Video: How does it look?

The event is presented in a full frame transfer, as intended. I’ve been pleased with the transfers on these Pride discs, although some flaws seem to be present in them all, which is a slight let down. I noticed some minor compression errors and slight pixilation in places, though as usual, nothing too serious. But the image is more refined than you’d see on VHS or television, so this is the way to see the Pride events, no doubt about it. The colors have a natural gloss and never falter, while black levels are stable and remain on the mark. I hope future Pride releases lack the compression glitches seen here, but even with them, the image is more than acceptable.

Audio: How does it sound?

Although the included stereo 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 Pride events. The announcers are also easy to hear and understand, with no issues to discuss there. This is the right mix for this material, even though it won’t be your new reference disc.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes a reel of highlights from the event, as well as a brief behind the scenes history of the Pride organization.

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