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Unrivaled (2010/Lionsgate Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: B-     Extras: C-     Feature: C



As part of a deal with the Tap Out franchise, Lionsgate is producing narrative features and William P. Sodona’s Unrivaled (2010) is one of the first.  Hector Echavarria (Death Warrior) is a fighter who can barely survive on the fights he has and early on, gets beat badly when his rival cheats fair and square, but he keeps punching away, though there are people who seem to also want to use him and kill him.


Then he gets the chance to fight the champion of a professional league in what would usually be a suicide match, but he takes it because he feels he has nowhere else to go.  Sounds like Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man (reviewed elsewhere on this site), but it is light years away and the attempt after all the brutal violence to go Rocky rings false as well.  This is just a bad formula script that had the potential to be something better, but the writer should have tapped out and let someone else take over the screenplay.


The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image has some motion blur, but has more stability and more clear shots than most lower-budget productions of its type, which helps the fight scenes.  The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is not as impressive showing the limits of the budget, a lack of soundfield and sound effects that are just overdone.  Extras include trailers, Tap Out promos, four featurettes and interviews segment and commentary by Sonoda and Producer Sean Buckley.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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