Plot: What’s it about?
The Undertaker’s return was a sure sign that Unforgiven would be one of 2007’s most explosive shows, but The Dead Man wasn’t the only powerful force on the show. The Undertaker made his return to do battle with Mark Henry, a foe he knows well and has even clashed with at Wrestlemania. But would this be like their previous encounters, or would both men take this rivalry to a whole new level? In the main event, John Cena defends his WWE Championship against “The Legend Killer” Randy Orton, in a conflict between two of the WWE’s hottest young talents. On the Smackdown side, the World Heavyweight Champion would be on the line in a triple threat match, with Great Khali, Batista, and Rey Mysterio involved. In the tag team ranks, Matt Hardy and MVP clash with Deuce n’ Domino, while Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch lock horns with Brian Kendrick and Paul London. But that is just a sample of the matches to take place, as WWE presents Unforgiven.
1. John Cena vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship)
2. Great Khali vs. Batista vs. Rey Mysterio (World Heavyweight Championship)
3. Matt Hardy & MVP vs. Deuce n’ Domino (WWE Tag Team Championship)
4. Triple H vs. Carlito
5. Candice Michelle vs. Beth Phoenix (WWE Women’s Championship)
6. Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch vs. Paul London & Brian Kendrick (World Tag Team Championship)
7. The Undertaker vs. Mark Henry
8. CM Punk vs. Elijah Burke (ECW Championship)
Video: How does it look?
The event is presented in full frame, as intended. As usual, this show looks quite good and even on a 65″ screen, holds up well. This is a three hour program plus bonus materials, so I wasn’t surprised to see some minor compression problems. These were minor and infrequent however, so no reason for concern. The image is clean and has solid sharpness, so detail is high in most instances. The colorful attire and pyrotechnics look vivid and pop right off the screen. I saw no issues with contrast either, as lighting is on the mark and no detail is obscured in the shadows. So while a few minor issues do surface, by and large this event looks terrific and fans should love taking in the sights here.
Audio: How does it sound?
The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is very impressive, with a good range and enough power to make you feel every impact. The entrance music and pyrotechnics sound great here, so the atmosphere is immersive when the superstars walk down the aisle. The crowd is loud, but varies in volume, as should be expected from a live audience, of course. As far as the action inside the squared circle, the stiff clotheslines sound crisp, the powerful slams are well handled, and you can hear all the smack talk you can handle. On commentary, everyone sounds great and not a single line is lost. This disc also includes the Spanish commentary, should you prefer that option.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes additional footage of The Undertaker’s exit after the show, as well as the confrontation between Randy Orton and John Cena’s father, as seen on Raw.