WWF/WWE-Wrestlemania: April 2, 2000 (2000) (NTSC)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Featurette-Triangle Ladder Match Extras
Featurette-Why A Triple Threat Match for the IC & Euro Champs
Featurette-The Road To Wrestlemania
|Year Of Production||2000|
|Running Time||366:53 (Case: 450)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
The Big Show
|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|
The matches featured are:
The Godfather & D'Lo Brown vs. Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan: An entertaining match to start the biggest P.P.V. of the year, this was particularly interesting to me as D'Lo is one of my favourite wrestlers. This match does get you in the mood, but things just keep on getting better and better.
6-Person Tag Team Match: Too Cool & Chyna vs. Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn. It's always good to see Chyna beating up three guys, especially three wrestlers I don't really like. The match is entertaining and we do get to see "The Worm" from Scotty 2 Hotty (one half of Too Cool).
T & A with Trish Stratus vs. Al Snow & Steve Blackman: Al Snow basically carries this match due to his stupidity and some very idiotic comments made to his tag team partner, Steve Blackman, who has been turned into more of a comedic character leading up to this event.
Kane & Rikishi vs. X-Pac with Tori & Road Dogg: After a long feud between Kane and X-Pac, their day of reckoning has come (to make it sound epic). As far as I'm concerned, Rikishi and Road Dogg are just there to make up the numbers - this match is about the two former friends.
Cat Fight: The Kat with Mae Young vs. Terri with The Fabulous Moolah with Special Guest Referee Val Venis. According to the rules of this match, the first woman to throw the other out of the ring is the winner, however, that is simply the excuse to get two scantily dressed women into the ring. The action heats up after the match as The Kat proceeds to rip Terri's clothes off.
First Ever 13-Man Hardcore Battle Royal for the Hardcore Title!: The standard hardcore match equation applies to this battle royal - just multiply the number of men in the match by 6.5 and add in a fifteen minute time limit, multiple falls, and to finish throw in a heap more weapons which are a lot more varied than the hardcore norm. The result? An excellent match!
Triangle Ladder Match for the Tag Team Championship: Dudley Boyz (champions) vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian. What can I say? This is the BEST match I have ever seen! The ring performance by the competitors is top class, and is one of the reasons why the WWF's popularity has risen recently. Every man puts in the match of his life and it shows. This is how Wrestlemania XVI will be remembered.
First Ever Two-Fall Triple Threat Match for the Intercontinental and European Championships: Kurt Angle (double champion) vs. Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit. This match has a new stipulation; two titles are on the line, one after the other, with the Intercontinental title on the line first. A well-fought match, especially from Kurt Angle who was a relative newcomer in the WWF when he wrestled this P.P.V.
MAIN EVENT: First-Ever Fatal Four-Way Elimination Match for the WWF Championship: A McMahon in Every Corner. Triple H (champion, with Stephanie) vs. The Rock with Vince vs. Big Show with Shane vs. Mick Foley with Linda. This match took place during the whole "Most dysfunctional family on TV" saga. Each of the wrestlers has one member of the McMahon family in their respective corner. The match itself was very entertaining, apart from the questionable ending.
The bottom line: If there is only one WWF DVD you can buy, get this one. Even at the relatively high retail price of $59.95, it is worth it.
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, it isn't 16x9 enhanced (as per usual). Your display device will need to be able to handle a NTSC signal for this disc to play properly.
Generally, the transfer is very sharp but it does have a little bit of a digital sheen about it, most likely due to the source materials used. During dark scenes (such as Kane's entrance), details are made out well.
Bright and vibrant are the words most appropriately used to describe colour in this instance. Greens, reds and skin tones are all accurately presented and perfectly saturated.
The main problem with this transfer is macro-blocking. I first noticed it in the second match of the Pay Per View, on Chyna for a split second. I didn't take too much notice of it, though, until the Triple Threat match where macro-blocking is absolutely shocking. I thought I was watching a VCD for a second! Yes, it was that bad. The only reason I could come up with to explain this artefact was poor mastering. At the start of this match, the DVD changes to a different title, due to the fact that this match has three separate commentary tracks by the wrestlers, and it is also the place where I suspect the layer change occurred. During the match there are several instances of severe blocking, made even more evident by freeze-framing at various points throughout this match.
Another problem is low-level noise, being consistently at the top of the image during some of the later matches. This became very annoying after I noticed it. It seems that this transfer was a little on the rushed side.
This disc is in the RSDL format with the layer change occurring just before the title change at 115:03. It is of minimal obtrusiveness since it is placed at the end of a scene.
There are two audio tracks present, those being English and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mixes encoded at 192kb/s. There are also three commentary tracks for one of the matches. I listened to the main English track and also the three commentaries.
The commentators' and wrestlers' dialogue was understandable at all times, except for some lines spoken by the wrestlers which were drowned out by the crowd.
One thing this track did have was atmosphere. It may have been the big event I was watching, but there seemed to be a lot more life in this track than on any other WWF DVD. This is one of the latest DVDs that the WWF have released, and it shows in this audio track. The hits felt harder and the themes played deeper: just good all-round stuff from the WWF.
|Surround Channel Use|
The video is of equal or better quality than the main feature, give or take the odd artefact from some of the older clips presented - at least it doesn't suffer from macro-blocking. The audio quality is a little less atmospheric but does the needed job perfectly.
Since the documentary is so long, I can't exactly give much of a summary but instead I will give some of the key points of Wrestlemanias past:
Wrestlemania - The P.P.V. that started the legacy. It shows how popular the WWF was in the 80s. Guest stars such as Mohammed Ali and Cyndi Lauper made it the spectacle that it is today.
Wrestlemania II - Vince McMahon had an idea - to spread Wrestlemania over three cities and three stadiums. If it didn't work then the company would go under. Luckily, it worked out.
Wrestlemania III - The indoor attendance record was set at this event, something like ninety-three thousand people were in attendance. This is going to be broken at Wrestlemania XVII, though.
Wrestlemania VIII - This was the first Wrestlemania that featured The Undertaker. It signalled the start of the gimmick wrestler and shows how the crowd reacted so greatly to them.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This disc is identical worldwide.
|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|