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Deadliest Warrior – Season One (2009/Spike/Paramount DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: C+



One of the most amusing (and amusingly bad) mixes of reality TV, pseudo-documentary, American Gladiator, special interest, battle competition TV and speculative programming is a series called Deadliest Warrior, a new tough guy series that offers experts and scientific measuring devise to see how various types of fighters might fare against each other.  If course, everything here is quite a stretch and Season One (2009) offers the following bizarre shows that when you start to think of each match-up, you know this show is off its rocker off the bat (and add ‘off the hook’ if you like):


1)     Apache vs. Gladiator

2)     Viking vs. Samurai

3)     Spartan vs. Ninja

4)     Pirate vs. Knight

5)     Yakuza vs. Mafia

6)     Green Beret vs. Spetsnaz (Soviet/Russian commandos)

7)     Shaolin Monk vs. Maori Warrior

8)     William Wallace vs. Shaka Zulu

9)     I.R.A. vs. Taliban



As if there were not enough wars in the world, this shows feigns historical and factual accuracy, but has plenty of errors and is more for the WWE/TapOut/UFC crowd.  Some people will find that appealing and that is why it is enough of a hit that it was renewed, but could it at least have tried to be accurate as often as possible?


Well, you’re not supposed to care about detail, just enjoy the thing, but this lazy approach actually sabotages what could have been a much larger hit and a much more interesting TV show.  Yes, the people they hire to fight at least seem to know what they are doing and are likely as lethal in real life as they seem to be here, but the show does not have the same edge and that makes it unintentionally funny throughout.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot on what appears to be 1080i High Definition video and it is not bad, even with some digital bits here and there, but it is softer in detail throughout than expected and has a little emotion blur as well.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has some Pro Logic surrounds, but not enough to make this sound better and the mix is so simple stereo that it sometimes seems older than it is.  Also, it can be harsh at time.  Extras include Producer’s Roundtable, Season One Wrap-Up and The Aftermath: Post-Fight Analysis.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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