Synopsis from Image:
When world wrestling champion Rip Thomas (WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan) refuses to join a competing network, an evil executive creates a new program, "The Battle of the Tough Guys," where rules don't exist and men engage in an all-out brawl for money. After a murdering ex-convict by the name of Zeus (Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, The Dark Knight) comes out on top as the toughest man, an ultimate title match with Rip is the TV network's best chance for big ratings. But when Rip refuses the challenge and his brother is roughed-up as a consequence, the world champion has no choice but to teach Zeus a lesson in a final ‘No Holds Barred’ fight to the finish.
Things that need improvement... we need more WWF superstars in this release. I just never understood why we couldn't get EVERYBODY on board. I loved the WWF cartoon as a kid because of all the personalities and a movie filled with them all would have been truly special; a time capsule. Also, some of these scenes just go on forever. How many times can we watch Hulk Hogan kick a limo door or watch rednecks fight in a makeshift ring in a redneck bar? Pacing. For as well orchestrated as the WWF was during this period, the movie was a sludgey drudgey slow mover.
The transfer looks good and the disc sounds good. The packaging is fairly standard. The movie contains way too many unskippable trailers and that is friggin' annoying. Not being able to hit the menu button is the Blu-ray equivalent to prison. Do not hold us captive to every single WWE release, please. We like your product. We will seek out the others. Note: 1080p HD 1.85:1; DTS HD Master 5.1 Audio.
Bonus features include a photo gallery and two very important matches. The Summer Slam Match featuring The Macho Man Randy Savage (The Macho King really) and Zeus with Sensational Sherri versus Hogan and Brutus the Barber Beefcake with Miss Elizabeth is great. You'll love it. It's full frame which surprised me until I remembered that it would be full frame since it aired on TV in the 80's. Hogan's music is that shit show synth instead of Real American which absolutely pisses me off. I understand this concept as to why you can't necessarily include it due to obtaining and paying for rights to theme songs, but this is friggin' Hulk Hogan. Just do it. Do. it. Stop this silliness. Tack $.50 on the cost of Blu-ray. The second match is the reprise, No Holds Barred Match in a steel cage with the same contenders. I love that damn blue cage.
You can order No Holds Barred now. Available April 1st.