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Category:    Home > Reviews > Comedy > Crime > Fighting > Animation > TV > Wrestling > No Holds Barred (1989/Image Blu-ray)/Scooby Doo!: WrestleMania Mystery (2014/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)/WWE 50 (2013/Hardcover/DK Books)

No Holds Barred (1989/Image Blu-ray)/Scooby Doo!: WrestleMania Mystery (2014/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)/WWE 50 (2013/Hardcover/DK Books)

Picture: C+/B- & C/X Sound: B-/B- & C+/X Extras: D/C-/X Main Programs: D/C- Book: B-

World Wrestling Entertainment is continuing to celebrate it half-century mark and use it to expand into new markets, even if if seems overly cynical at times.

We start with the awful, forgotten Hulk Hogan film No Holds Barred (1989), misdirected by Thomas J. Wright about Hogan as a clone of Hogan forced by an evil TV executive (hmmm) to fight a wrestler from a new rival to his league because he would not defect to that league. This makes Slim Jim commercials look like abstract art as this mess waddles on for 94 sickening minutes and from starting so bad, just gets worse and worse and worse and worse. There is no real acting or story to speak of and joined the list of horrid films that make Blu-ray before thousands of more important classics and films with a brain.

Extras sadly include (surprise?) two wrestling matches.

Even more ironic is Scooby Doo!: WrestleMania Mystery (2014) which brings together two opposite forces from the old days. Warner Bros. now own Scooby, but back in 1989, it was owner (soon to be) Ted Turner who bought Hanna-Barbera and had the one big rival league to what was the WWF. This is the worst Scooby project since the pathetic live-action films too soon ago, but this just kisses and makes up for the rivalry with Mr. Turner out of the picture. He gets the last laugh as this is the worst animated Scooby project to date and plays more like a long, long, long 84 minutes double ad placement and is the nadir of Scooby animated to date.

Extras include Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and iTunes capable devices so you cannot escape it, a short, sad Behind The Scenes featurette and older Scooby Kids episode on wrestling that was not meant to endorse the WWF or WWE and is included here as if no other franchise existed before.

Finally we get the new WWE 50 (2013) hardback coffee table book, a print companion to the program of the same name we covered at this link:


It is the best entry on here by default, but if you are not a fan of the WWE, you will find this a heavy bore. Fans might enjoy it, but I even found the text here tedious and no match for the video version. A trading card is actually included, but it has no real extras.

The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can on Holds has a print with softness that shows the age of the materials used, which somehow survived. The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Scooby is better, but despite some good color, I was surprised how inconsistent the transfer was and the anamorphically enhanced DVD version is so soft as to be unwatchable.

Both releases offer DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes, but they are dead even in being mixed affairs with inconsistent soundfields, though Holds was originally theatrical mono, so that says how sad both are and the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on the Scooby DVD is weaker still. SO much for a happy anniversary.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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