WWF/WWE-The Rock: The People's Champ (2000) (NTSC)
Main Menu Audio
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Featurette-People's Slide Show
Featurette-The Rock Says...
|Year Of Production||2000|
|Running Time||87:49 (Case: 143)|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
"Know your role and SHUT your mouth"
The Rock, The Great One, is simply my favourite wrestler. As he says himself, he emits electricity in the squared circle. Definitely the greatest wrestler ever to use a microphone, The Rock (Duane Johnson) has many catch-cries that have secured his place as one of the best ever, not to mention his brilliant wrestling ability as well. As you can tell I am a huge wrestling fan, and am ecstatic that this DVD and the five other WWF ones have been released to the Australian market.
This DVD is a greatest hits compilation of The Rock's best matches, promos, iinterviews and other materials. Like the other wrestling DVD I have reviewed, Hell Yeah, a documentary crew has followed The Rock around for a while, with sections of this being tied in with the matches. This DVD also has some information of the Rock 'n' Sock Connection and includes the whole "This Is Your Life" segment from an episode of "RAW is WAR" a while back. The content of this disc covers a time span from around the start of 1999 to the end of January 2000, when The Rock won the Royal Rumble.
When compared to the Hell Yeah DVD for content, this one weighs in a little better since The Rock is more fun to watch. He always speaks of himself in the third person (e.g. "The Rock says you should know your role and shut your mouth!"). For this DVD he is always in character and never lets his real personality show through, which is good since you want to see The Rock, not Duane Johnson.
If you are a WWF fan or a fan of The Rock, buy this DVD. It's lots of fun and brings back memories of the greater times of the WWF. I've watched it twice and still laugh at some of the best lines The Rock has ever delivered.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. This disc is presented in NTSC, so make sure your display device can handle it.
Shot on video, this video transfer is decent and up to the standards that Hell Yeah set. The source material from this transfer comes from a range of different sources, since this is a highlights package, with the clips ranging from good to great. None of the clips are below average. For the most part the transfer is rather sharp, although it seems a bit unnaturally sharp, especially in the interview snippets. I felt that this transfer must have gone through some Digital Noise Reduction processing due to this unnaturally sharp appearance. Shadow detail is very good, though it is not shown much. Low-level noise is a problem for this transfer, with many scenes exhibiting this particular artefact.
Colour is vibrant and perfectly saturated. It is presented realistically and shows all of the fireworks and lighting effects used at the WWF events nicely. Chroma noise is another problem in this transfer. It is constant in the darker scenes, especially the ones with a blue backdrop.
Grain was apparent in some of the clips, mainly the in-ring ones but it isn't too noticeable and isn't distracting. Some aliasing was noted but was very minor. Film artefacts were non-existent due to this DVD being transferred from video.
This is a Dual Layer formatted disc, but I was unable to find the layer change which suggests to me that the feature and extras are on separate layers.
Dialogue was perfectly clear at all times, an improvement over the Hell Yeah DVD.
Audio synchronisation was perfect at all times.
When comparing this DVD to the previously-reviewed Hell Yeah, the soundtracks are very similar, which is a good thing. Stereo imaging isn't really used to great effect, but remember that this is a documentary, not a movie. Encoded at a perfect level, I did not have to adjust my reference level settings at all.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Yamaha CX-600 Pre-Amp, Yamaha MX-600 Stereo Power Amp for Mains, Yamaha DSP-E300 for Center, Teac AS-M50 for Surrounds.|
|Speakers||Main Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s|