Hell Yeah (1999) (NTSC)

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Released 21-Sep-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Wrestling Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Rattlesnake Rules (5)
Interviews-Cast-Say What, Jackass? (10)
Featurette-The Book Of Austin (9)
Featurette-Expect No Mercy
Biographies-Cast
Web Links
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 67:48 (Case: 90)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor
WWF Entertainment
Eagle Entertainment
Starring Steve Austin
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

"Give us a hell yeah if you think I should review this DVD.... HELL YEAH."

    Finally Andrew S has come back to.... oh wait, wrong wrestler. Being a wrestling fan, the chance to review some WWF DVDs was a godsend (if they were WCW, that would have been another story), as I had only some pay-per-views taped off dodgy Foxtel. The one in question this time is Hell Yeah, a biography of sorts on "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

    To start, let me make one thing clear. I know wrestling is fake, but that doesn't mean it's not watchable. Why would I want to watch a couple of guys really beat each other up? Wrestling has become more than just fighting these days, as storylines make the show, not the action in the ring. Also, the wrestlers do more talking than fighting a lot of the time. It is male soap opera at its greatest and I thoroughly enjoy every second.

    This DVD follows Steve Austin from his first world championship at Wrestlemania XIV to just after Wrestlemania XV, where he won back the world championship. The documentary crew has also followed him around for three days and parts of this, such as interviews and special appearances made by Stone Cold, are mixed in with footage from the matches.

    The way the makers of this documentary have put the match highlights together makes it seem very epic. Such techniques as different angles, camera filters and quick cuts make the highlights very dramatic, although the quick cuts do get a little annoying as they are too quick. Music is also used well to back up onscreen action.

    There is not much else to say except for the fact that this isn't just for wrestling fans, as the more human side of Steve Austin is brought forward. This shows that wrestlers are not complete idiots as many non-wrestling fans think. Oh and by the way, wrestlers do get hurt, which this DVD shows (Chapter 4).

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Transfer Quality

Video

    A surprisingly good transfer to say the least. It is in the NTSC format, so make sure you can display it properly.

    It is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is obviously not 16x9 enhanced. The transfer is sharp at all times but not razor sharp as some of the darker scenes show. Still, when considering this is transferred from video, the DVD authors have done a very good job indeed. The squared circle has never looked so clear or defined. Shadow detail isn't as good unfortunately - the in-car scenes are very dark with only the brightest details being visible. No low-level noise was exhibited.

    Colour was vibrant, overvibrant in fact. Skin tones were a little too red and bright for my liking. The matches were rendered a bit better than the other scenes, as colour was very slightly muted. No chroma noise was apparent.

    No major MPEG artefacts were exhibited except for one very slight moire effect. Some grain was spotted though it was very rare. Some jaggies occur at times. Film artefacts were non-existent.

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Audio

    This is an excellent audio transfer, being clear and powerful at all times.

    There is only one audio track on this DVD being an English Dolby Digital Stereo effort.

    Dialogue is clearly comprehendible at nearly every point in the feature except for a couple of in-car scenes which were a little hard to make out, and since there are no subtitles I had to strain a little.

    Audio synchronization was perfect at all times.

    This soundtrack is very good. The soundstage is wide and has a defined low end. Normally in a documentary style soundtrack like this, where it is dialogue heavy, I sometimes have to lower the volume from my reference level. This is due to the track being encoded at a higher than reference level, but not for this one, it was perfect.

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Extras

    A very good selection of extras are present on this disc, the extras having been added for this "Special Extended Attitude Version".

Menu

    The fully animated menu is styled on Steve Austin's trademark skulls and fire and has the song "Hell Yeah" playing in the background. Top class presentation from WWF Home Video.

Short Featurettes - The Book Of Austin (9)

    These are short snippets from Steve Austin's career triumphs (in a way) with the best ones being Austin 3:16 Chapter 1 and Pulp Austin, which is a slight spoof on Pulp Fiction. The quality is somewhat lower than the feature.

Short Featurettes - Rattlesnake Rules (5)

    Similar to the last set of featurettes, these ones focus on some of the crazier things Steve Austin has done. This Belt's For You and Calling Dr. Austin are the classics in this bunch. Video quality is more on-par with the feature than the last set of featurettes.

Interviews - Say What, Jackass? (10)

    Short interviews with:     The absolute best one is The Rock, and is a must watch. He stays in character and is always funny. Video quality is very good.

Featurette - Expect No Mercy

    This is a very quick summary of Steve Austin losing the world title belt in April of 1999 and then regaining it soon after. This is what seems to have been added for this extended version as it picks up where the main feature ends. The video quality is a little sketchy though with low-level and chroma noise being exhibited constantly.

Biography - Stone Cold Steve Austin

    Quite a long biography that has been extracted from an issue of RAW magazine.

Web Links

R4 vs R1

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   This disc is identical worldwide.

Summary

    Hell Yeah is a fun look at Steve Austin's more recent career. The Video quality was surprisingly good, and much better than what I had expected. The Audio was great and the extras rounded off the package nicely. Overall, this is a very good presentation in a decent case. And that's the bottom line... 'Cause Andrew S said so!

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Andrew Siers (I never did my biography in primary school)
Friday, November 24, 2000
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