WWF/WWE-The Rock: The People's Champ (2000) (NTSC)

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Released 21-Sep-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Wrestling Booklet
Main Menu Audio
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Featurette-People's Slide Show
Featurette-The Rock Says...
Featurette-The Interviews
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 87:49 (Case: 143)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor
WWF Entertainment
Eagle Entertainment
Starring The Rock
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $39.95 Music None Given


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

"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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    A slightly problematic but still good video transfer is present on this DVD.

    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.

Audio

    The audio transfer could be noted as documentary style audio. There is only one audio mix on this DVD, that being a Dolby Digital 2.0 effort.

    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.

Extras

    WWF Home Video don't come up short in the extras department, though this time some of the footage from the extras is in the main feature, just presented in raw form.

Menu

    The home menu page is static which is a disappointment, but the rest are fully animated following the trend that Hell Yeah started.

Featurette - People's Slide Show

    Over thirty stills presented in a slide show (as the title implies) with The Rock's theme being played in the background. They are sharp and defined.

Short Featurettes - The Rock Says...

    Short clips of The Rock handing out some verbal punishment, some comedy and some of The Rock's catch-cries. Most of them are very funny though you would have to be at least a monthly viewer of WWF to get them, especially People's Pie. All of them are very good quality

Short Featurettes - The Interviews

    These are interview extracts taken from RAW is WAR, Smackdown and pay-per views. The booklet incorrectly states that there is a interview called Jabroni Jackpot. Most of these are The Rock making fun of announcer Michael Cole, especially The T-Shirt. They are mainly good quality.

Booklet

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This disc is identical worldwide.

Summary

    The Rock: The People's Champ is an excellent and very funny documentary presented on a technically great DVD. The video is great when it is not problematic. The audio is perfect for this type of disc. The extras are, in a way, repetitive but for people like me they are great. Wrestling fans should already be buying this disc unless you hate The Rock.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Andrew Siers (I never did my biography in primary school)
Saturday, November 25, 2000
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