Royal Rumble (2000) (NTSC)
Main Menu Audio
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
|Year Of Production||2000|
|Running Time||165:39 (Case: 180)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (67:55)||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)
Spanish 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|
On with the matches, as they say:
Tazz vs. Kurt Angle: A good match to start the P.P.V., which was the first appearance of Tazz in the WWF. Kurt Angle is another wrestler I absolutely despise. His gimmick is that he is an Olympic gold medallist (this is true) and is the "best" technical wrestler in the WWF. I hate him as much as I do Triple H. Look out for some cool suplexes by Tazz in this match.
First Ever Tag Team Table Match: Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz. Now this is where this P.P.V. really starts to pick up some momentum. This match is, simply put, amazing. The way to win is to put each member of your opponent tag team through a table. If you want high-flying aerial manoeuvres, powerful slams and an awesome finish, this IS the match to go for.
Miss Rumble Swimsuit Competition: As the name suggests, this is the women of the WWF vying for that coveted title. This was the first year it was run and I'm sure it will be back next year. Watch for the first five minutes then skip forward - it all turns ugly once Mae Young comes out.
Triple Threat Intercontinental Title Match: Chris Jericho (co-champion) vs. Chyna (co-champion) vs. Hardcore Holly. A three way fight for the title with the person who gets the first pinfall winning the title. The winner in the end is a good choice and is a fun match to watch especially when Chyna (a woman) takes control over the two guys.
Tag Team Championship Match: New Age Outlaws (champions) vs. The Acolytes. For a fight so deep into the P.P.V., it's a bit of a disappointment. This was most likely due to the match being a simple tag match instead of having some type of stipulation like the first tag match of this P.P.V.
Street Fight for the WWF Championship: Triple H (champion) vs. Cactus Jack. A no-rules, no-holds-barred street fight. This is the very violent match I referred to earlier in the review. Let me just say that it's long, it's very bloody and it has wood wrapped in barbed wire and thumb tacks - lots and lots of thumb tacks. This is another match that shows wrestlers do get injured - take a look at Triple H's leg under the bandage - ouch!
30-Man Royal Rumble Match: In all of the pre-match hype, the big feud for this year's rumble was between my man, The Rock, and The Big Show, each desperately trying to win a world title shot at Wrestlemania XVI. The match is entertaining, especially the mid-match song and dance from Rikishi and Too Cool. The ending was very controversial as the following RAW is WAR showed.
What more can you want from a P.P.V. really? Fans of WWF head down to your local retailer and pick up a copy and you will not be disappointed.
It is presented in the made for TV aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. Your display device will need to be able to handle a NTSC signal for this disc to play properly.
Sharpness is again top class, showing great amounts of detail. Unlike a couple of the other WWF DVDs I have reviewed, the sharpness of this transfer seems more natural and less processed. What really stood out as looking excellent was the on-screen titles and names - these were faultless. Shadow detail was a little blurred, however, especially when the action moved outside the ring into the entrance area. Details tended to blend with each other at these times to lower the amount of visible detail.
The colour was perfect, just like Summerslam. WWF Home Video seems to have no troubles recreating the colour spectrum nicely.
No MPEG artefacts were present and the very minor cases of aliasing that were present on the other WWF DVDs has all but disappeared. Film artefacts were non-existent since this is sourced from video.
This disc is in the RSDL format with the layer change occurring at 67:55, just before the rumble. It is noticeable but unobtrusive.
There are two audio tracks on this DVD, being English and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mixes. I listened to the English track.
Dialogue was perfectly clear at all times and the audio was synchronized, again, perfectly.
The problem with this transfer are some pops audible between 6:00 and 7:00. These are quite noticeable and are a mastering problem, as they do not sound like pops emanating from the ring.
The soundstage isn't as wide as the Summerslam track but still has a good amount of detail, if somewhat a class down from Summerslam.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video has only a small fault.
The audio quality also only has a small fault.
The extras are great but there are not enough of them.
|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|