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Driving Test Success All Tests DVD 2012 Edition (Interactive DVD)
Driving Test Success All Tests DVD 2012 Edition (Interactive DVD)
Offered by AMSLTD
Price: £4.45

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, clear, helpful & ultimately vital, 9 Dec 2012
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Sooner or later, everyone will have to take that life-changing step. To learn how-to-drive. A truly daunting and arduous task as anyone who's taken the opportunity will attest, and I myself am currently learning.

Before getting behind the wheel, I took the chance to order this from the Amazon Vine Programme, and I'm really glad I did! Driving Test Success is a superb package from Focus Multimedia, containing everything that learners will need to help them in learning the rules of the road and being able to drive safely and confidently.

This All Tests DVD is a three-disc set designed to work on regular DVD players. The format of it is really versatile indeed, enabling all ages to play the discs on whatever device is compatible; DVD player, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC/Mac etc. All users and age-ranges have been taken into consideration for this, whether it be those who prefer a mouse or a remote control. All the options/menus/functions are simple to operate and very responsive. As an interactive experience, Driving Test Success is immersive and practical.

The three discs cover each of the essentials learners will have to master in order to achieve driving success. They are the Theory Test, Hazard Perception and Practical Driving. Each disc is packed with complete detail regarding each area, everything from on-screen instructions/rules/criteria to commentaries/interviews/demonstrations from professional driving instructors, car experts & police sergeants. To the beginner who maybe daunted by the prospects of driving, all the information is explained/demonstrated in a clear, concise & digestible way. This helps ease the viewer into learning everything required and when coupled with actually driving a vehicle, makes the experience most valuable.

Starting with the Theory Test, this disc will be most useful in helping learners to remember the rules of the road. For me, it really helped having a digital copy of the complete Highway Code (latest edition) on this disc. It's a great way to learn the Highway Code (along with reading the separate book) and the Practice Tests (with hints) and Mock Exams (without hints) will not only ensure the information sinks in, but also provide good preperation and experience for when you actually sit your Theory.

Other remarkable features about the Theory Test disc are that once you've completed either the Practice Test/Mock Exam, you will receive your calculated score and exact feedback on how well you did. Correct/incorrect answers will be identified to show where you will need more revision. I found this really helpful when studying my Highway Code, along with the `Show Me, Tell Me' videos which looks under the bonnet of the car, and the rest of the functions of the vehicle. Again, these videos are presented in a clear, concise manner, which will help learners in further prep for when they sit their actual Driving Test. Other features like the introduction to the whole disc, how to book your Theory Test and a brief intro into Hazard Perception make this disc the ideal place to begin.

The Hazard Perception Test likewise provides an invaluable experience for learners, as they will have to be able to identify any and all problems they encounter on the road. There're over a hundred video clips here, along with a great range of practice clips (as well as an introduction) into what Hazard Perception is all about. With this rich assortment of perfect examples (along with excellent commentary), learners will soon be able to pick up on what they should be keeping their eyes open for whilst driving. Like all other videos across this set, the footage is very good quality with nothing to badmouth.

As with Theory, there are Practice Tests/Mock Exams to indulge in (along with an introduction into what the actual exam itself will involve). Again, this provides ideal learning and will be a big help. However, due to DVD constraints, the Hazard Perception interaction will NOT disqualify you for cheating if you press the `OK' button on your remote too many times, but it will register the Hazard you've identified with the traditional `Red Flag' on screen. Scores are calculated accordingly, based on your performance, and the option to review the clips/what Hazards should've been identified is on hand also.

Finally, the Practical Driving Lessons disc. Obviously, you can't simulate/interact with an actual driving lesson on a DVD. Instead, you have tutorials with a proper driving instructor & a learner driver, covering all the basics/lessons for aspiring motorists. Safety checks, routines, controls, starting/stopping, moving off, hazards, weather conditions, roundabouts, crossroads, junctions, use of mirrors, reversing etc. It's all covered here, along with a mock exam video with the instructor & learner so you can know in advance what to expect on the big day.

If you haven't even got behind the wheel of a car yet, Practical Driving Lessons is an excellent visual for learners to know what to expect. If there are areas of driving you're struggling with, then the lessons here will help you relax. So that when you try again, you can do so with a positive attitude. All the tutorials are certainly beneficial and round off what is ultimately a vital package for learners.

Despite suffering from one or two minor imperfections (due to DVD constraints), Driving Test Success: All Tests DVD is mandatory for everyone currently learning to drive. It's comprehensive and complete, and at a tenner it's utterly worthwhile. With the Highway Code, actual lessons and THIS, learners will have a much easier time settling into the task of learning to drive. I know I did! Worth every penny.


The Dark Knight Rises- The Official Movie Novelization
The Dark Knight Rises- The Official Movie Novelization
by Greg Cox
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.16

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best novelisation of a movie I've read!, 30 Nov 2012
How did I rate The Dark Knight Rises? The same as most. I thought it was an excellent film and the ideal way to finish Christopher Nolan's epic Batman trilogy. Featuring award-winning performances from the likes of Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman & Joseph Gordon-Levitt - plus the deep, hard-hitting emotional story to resolve everything Batman Begins and The Dark Knight had established - The Dark Knight Rises ended the saga with the conclusion the films richly deserved, making Nolan's trilogy not only the greatest superhero film trilogy of all time, but one of the best film trilogies in the entire history of cinema.

Now as we all know...once a major blockbuster comes along and takes the world by storm - as The Dark Knight Rises did - tie-in merchandise is inevitable and natural to satiate fans until the movie comes out on home video. And a prime example of tie-in merchandise are novelizations of films.

This has always been a problematic marketing ploy. I mean, if you've already seen the film, why would you want to read a book that recaps the whole story word-for-word? If you HAVEN'T seen the film...why would you pay to read spoilers? It's something of a redundant scheme to make money.

So here I was opting to check out Greg Cox's novelization of The Dark Knight Rises. Probably because I was so itching to familiarize myself with the story again that I purchased the novel to satisfy myself until the film came out on DVD. It's a decision I've had absolutely no regrets about!

The story itself we have to thank Christopher Nolan for (along with Jonathan Nolan & David S. Goyer for co-writing the screenplay & story respectively). Like the plots in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the third film has many twists and turns. All the characters are colourful and develop beautifully along with the story, there are many shockers along the way, and the ending is so utterly satisfying.

The Dark Knight Rises transfers supremely well into the literary format, and it's all down to Greg Cox. Cox does Nolan's masterpiece justice with his writing style, making what's already an emotionally-invested epic into something even more engaging. Greg provides such a great insight into each of the characters' minds; their fears, guilt, thoughts and feelings regarding themselves, others and the situations they find themselves in. It's true understanding of character, and provides fans with a real opportunity to explore things that the film itself just couldn't portray.

Cox avoids the trap of most novelizations by expanding on Nolan's story. Instead of just replicating a film's events word-for-word (like most writers do when assigned this task), this writer presents the story as though it's actually an original novel that he's written himself. The attention to detail of the environments and appearances is excellent, as is the description of fight scenes & action sequences. The additional dialogue that Cox inserts is most refreshing, adding to the greatness of the original script instead of bogging events down.

Another positive boon with this novelization is the several notable references to the Joker. The only real criticism I had with The Dark Knight Rises when I saw it was that there were no references to the Joker or his ultimate fate after The Dark Knight (done out of respect for Heath Ledger, no doubt), which I felt was shunning such an important & integral element of Nolan's Batman Trilogy altogether. With this novelization, Cox raises the Joker issue and tackles the character's ambiguous whereabouts in a manner that's befitting, logical and ultimately satisfying. The writer also makes sure to stress how deeply the Joker's rampage affected both Batman, Commissioner Gordon & the people of Gotham, as they still have to deal with the deep, terrible scars.

Greg Cox deserves props for this one, most of all for his writing style and his perfect pacing. Like so many of its ilk, this novelization could've been a cheap, rushed cash-in. Instead it's a really surprising accompaniment to one of 2012's best films. To those who loved The Dark Knight Rises (and Batman fans in general), this is a novelization I would really recommend.


Red Dwarf X [DVD]
Red Dwarf X [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Barrie
Price: £6.25

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Dwarf's burning brightly again!, 15 Nov 2012
This review is from: Red Dwarf X [DVD] (DVD)
Three years after Back to Earth, the crew of Red Dwarf have returned once more, in the first full series since Red Dwarf VIII way back in 1999!

The gang's all here - except for Kochanski (ChloŽ Annett) & Holly (Norman Lovett/Hattie Hayridge), sadly - but you can once again sit back and enjoy the crazy antics of hologram Rimmer (Chris Barrie), the last human alive Lister (Craig Charles), the Cat (Danny John-Jules) and the android Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), older and none-the-wiser as they continue to combat the monotony of life aboard the oversized mining-ship three-million years away from Earth.

After 2009's successful Back to Earth (despite fan response being mixed), writer Doug Naylor has gone back-to-basics. Remembering the show's original roots, Naylor successfully returns to the core of what made Red Dwarf so special. He goes for six self-contained stories featuring the antics of four radically different companions as they try to survive the day-to-day rigours of life in deep space. By being less ambitious than he was for Back to Earth, Series 10 signifies a triumphant return to screens from the Dwarfers.

For the first time since Series 8, Red Dwarf is filmed in front of a live audience, which is really pleasing. Anytime you have Red Dwarf without the laughter track, it loses a key component of what makes it so special. The restoration of a live audience certainly drives the actors to perform to the best of their abilities, and it clearly shows throughout the series, with Chris, Craig, Danny and Robert not only settling back down comfortably into their old roles, but THRIVING as well!

Doug Naylor's writing feels sharper and fresher than it's been in years, with the man delivering some superb scripts for the episodes. He also takes the time to further develop both Lister & Rimmer's characters to great effect, fuelling some excellent episodes with great sci-fi writing and some genuinely hilarious comedy, especially through Kryten & the Cat. Although I would've loved to have seen Kryten & the Cat receive the same level of character development that the other crew-members receive, all four still provide the special antics we've come to love from the show.

A lot of things are touched upon through Series 10, such as Lister's loneliness/ongoing desire to find Kochanski and make something of his life, Rimmer's resentfulness, shortcomings & terrible family life, an off-hand reference to `The Identity Within' (the lost episode from Series 7) and finally the unresolved mystery of Series 8's cliff-hanger (which is used to creative & hilarious effect!). Aside from treading new ground, Series 10 pays homage to a lot of things that Red Dwarf has established, which is much appreciated.

Most of the episodes themselves are certainly above average, the series opener `Trojan' in particular being one that sets the overall standard. Admittedly, it's a bit of a slow-burner to begin with, but once it kicks into a higher-gear, `Trojan' becomes just as outstanding as any other episode from Red Dwarf history. Seeing Lister and the Cat going about purchase of `the Stirmaster', Rimmer reuniting with a much dreaded face from his past, encountering space-corps derelicts and rogue, sadistic Simulants and genuine hilarities aplenty; it's all true to the spirit of Red Dwarf indeed, making `Trojan' a very strong and worthy start to the series.

And the inspired comedy continues throughout the remaining (spectacular) episodes, with the only real blemish being `Lemons', which may possibly be the worst episode of Red Dwarf EVER! Big words, indeed...but for me, that's the case. On paper, the idea of actually meeting Jesus potentially could've been very controversial and entertaining, and instead...it's just not funny. Nothing blasphemous or offensive...just completely dull. A risky concept that's executed pitifully. My opinion? Ignore `Lemons' completely!

Aside from that, `Fathers & Suns', `Entangled' and `Dear Dave' are full of sharp-writing, great-plotting, terrific humour/excitement, fab development for the characters and outstanding performances all-round (watch out in particular for Craig Charles' award-winning drunk father-son conversation to HIMSELF!). And the well-titled finale `The Beginning' is such a superb finish, featuring Rimmer's long-awaited finest hour, Kryten's listing of their `armoury', more excitement with the Simulant menace, and the perfect ending which makes me feel hopeful for the future.

As with past Red Dwarf DVDs, there will doubtless be plenty of goodies to accompany the episodes, such as commentaries, documentaries, trailers and of course...SMEG-UPS!!! So once again, loyal fans can be happy in the knowledge that there's a rich assortment of extras to accompany the episodes on DVD.

Red Dwarf X is a true return-to-form for the Boys from the Dwarf. After watching (and enjoying) Back to Earth, I would've been happy if that had been the end, yet I would've loved to have seen more Dwarf. Now having seen this tenth series, I want more, and I think the show deserves another outing based on the strength of this.

Watch out, Earth! The Slime's come home! And we're LOVING it!
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WWE - Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collectors Series [DVD]
WWE - Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collectors Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hulk Hogan
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unreleased doesn't equal Ultimate, I'm afraid..., 11 Nov 2012
Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series has many selling points. The biggest obviously being it's HULK HOGAN, perhaps the greatest name in the history of wrestling (and likely to remain so forever). Another key temptation about this release is that it's a three-disc set that collects VERY RARE bouts against a who's-who of wrestling such as Bret `Hitman' Hart, Bob Backlund, Vader, Kurt Angle etc, along with some overlooked contests against long-time rivals Andre the Giant, `Macho Man' Randy Savage, Sting & Ric Flair.

Enticing, yeah? Especially if you're a Hulkamaniac (which I proudly am!). So, you'd think this would as be essential as say Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology. Sadly, that's not the case, as the Unreleased Collector's Series is something of a missed opportunity.

The biggest problem with this DVD goes back to the last big Hogan set. The Ultimate Anthology was the definitive Hulk DVD (in my opinion), boasting the greatest matches of his whole career, comments from many wrestling legends/superstars & Hulk himself, along with the hosting of Mean Gene Okerlund and Jimmy Hart. Compared to the 4-disc Ultimate Anthology, this collection feels very lacking and it's not just the sheer standard/quality overall of the Ultimate Anthology that overshadows the Unreleased Collector's Series...it's everything.

To start with the format, the presentation is the kind that was employed in Tombstone: The History of the Undertaker and The Rock: The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment - it's narration pieces between the matches explaining the circumstances and chronicling Hogan's career. There's no contributions from Hulk himself or anyone else. This is disappointing, but it is understandable given that at the time of release (back in late 2009), Hogan & Eric Bischoff were long preparing to debut on TNA, making this Collector's Series an ill-timed affair. Although the presentation is adequate, it proves problematic. A) because it doesn't compare with the richness of the Ultimate Anthology's format, and B) it feels disjointed.

For example, whenever the program cuts to either a promo from Hulk regarding his WrestleMania showdowns with Andre the Giant or the Ultimate Warrior, you'd naturally expect the epic clash to follow. But of course, it doesn't because said-bouts are on another DVD, which makes inclusion of these (otherwise terrific) promos confusing or irrelevant, really.

Now, because we've already seen the absolute best of Hulk's in-ring work on DVD, the Unreleased Collector's Series was gonna have a VERY hard time trying to match the sheer quality of the bouts contained on The Ultimate Anthology (which had all his WrestleMania main-events, historic collisions with the Iron Sheik, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, the Undertaker, Sting etc and infamous tag-title win with Edge). The only legendary matches that were shamefully excluded from Ultimate Anthology were his rare-losses to the likes of Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg, and those would be the most sensible and logical choices for THIS DVD, given how utterly major those matches were, and that they helped propel both Lesnar and Goldberg right to the top.

But alas, they're NOT included. Probably because those matches have been released elsewhere (which would be against the point of Unreleased), but it's still yet another disappointment regarding this set.

However, there ARE some forgotten gems to be discovered here amidst the flaws. The greatest being the WWE Championship match against then-champion Bob Backlund. In an old school bout, we see the powerhouse Hulk match incredibly with the shooter/mat-technician Backlund in an ultra-fine bout for thirty-minutes, proving to Hogan's critics that he could actually wrestle a straight-up pure bout instead of just performing and working the audience.

Of course, there are must-see collisions against some of the greatest workers of all time, like Randy Savage, Rick Rude and Kurt Angle. There's also a wild-bout with Triple H, a great cage match against Vader, exciting collisions with Haku, Big Bossman, Killer Kahn, Sgt. Slaughter & Sting, and various fun-filled Tag Team contests from history with the Junkyard Dog, Randy Savage, Bam Bam Bigelow & Edge against guys like Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Ted DiBiase & Ric Flair.

Sadly, it's not all good. Matches against big chaps like Kamala, One Man Gang and Earthquake fail to find the mark, a WCW title match against The Giant (a.k.a. the Big Show) starts off well before degenerating into a typical nWo beatdown, the bouts against Ric Flair (one from 1991, the other from 2002) sadly turn out disappointing, squashes against Harry Valdez, Steve King & Angelo Gomez are just chances for Hogan to flex his muscles, and what surely should've been classic - the one-and-only in-ring meeting against Bret Hart from WCW Nitro - starts out promising, and then changes halfway-through to another Hogan/Sting bout in ludicrous fashion, before finishing in a inconclusive segment to build up a Sting/Bret Hart match! Good lord...

Am I being too harsh? Probably, but I really can't help it. As I've said several times in this review, Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology was the essential purchase for Hulkamaniacs and wrestling fans. This Unreleased Collector's Series just can't compare. The rarity of these bouts is valid, and you may find some really nice surprises (the best being the WWE Title match against Bob Backlund).

On another note, it's great to see footage of Hogan's days BEFORE Hulkamania, when he was a heel and managed by Classy Freddie Blassie, and in the bouts that come without original commentary, you can be treated to the modern-day discussions of Jim Ross & Jerry `the King' Lawler which naturally makes for fab listening. There's a great collection of Hulk's promos for Special Features as well.

But overall, Hulk Hogan: Unreleased Collector's Series feels average to me. And when the subject is Hulk Hogan, that just won't do. It's good on the whole, but some Hulkamaniacs may be disappointed like I was. Get the Ultimate Anthology instead.


WWE - Hell In A Cell 2010 [DVD]
WWE - Hell In A Cell 2010 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kane
Offered by nobbysbooks
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half great, half not-so-great..., 5 Nov 2012
Hell in a Cell. Perhaps the most frightening gimmick match ever contested in wrestling. It's CERTAINLY one of the most dangerous (as many grapplers and referee Tim White will attest), one of the most historic (thanks to the likes of Mick Foley, the Undertaker, Triple H & Shawn Michaels) and truly one of the most violent.

Those attributes of this legendary gimmick have been diminished over the last few years, sadly. Ever since WWE turned PG, really. Despite a few, very MAJOR exceptions (Undertaker vs. Edge, D-X vs. Legacy & Undertaker vs. Triple H), Hell in a Cell these days is a shadow of what it used to be, due to content restrictions and being used as a selling point for the gimmick-themed pay-per-view of the same name, instead of the feud-ending climactic collision it was originally billed to be.

Since Hell in a Cell succeeded No Mercy as the annual October pay-per-view, quality has been overall average at best. It's the same with the 2010 offering, here. With a lot of great stuff going on at the time i.e. The Nexus, the Miz, Sheamus, Kane as World Heavyweight Champion, there's plenty of reason to check out this Hell in a Cell. It's just a shame that the quality's so disjointed throughout.

United States Championship Triple Threat Match (Submissions Count Anywhere)
Daniel Bryan (Champion) vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz
Now, Bryan is right in his element here, as you would imagine. And as ever, the excellent technician/submission specialist DELIVERS. But it's the CHALLENGERS who really impress me here. Morrison's spectacular, high-risk offense is on hand, but he also brings some absolutely credible submission moves to the fold, as does the Miz (his pre-match promo is awesome as usual!). Excellent technical displays, great arena-wide brawling and full-innovative use of the stipulation make this opener a diamond of a U.S. title match. High-marks all round! (8/10)

WWE Championship Hell in a Cell Match
Randy Orton (Champion) vs. Sheamus
An odd pairing for Hell in a Cell, especially given that it's for the title! Again, it's impeded by WWE's policy to adhere to PG, with the cage itself not really coming into play. However, Orton & Sheamus do manage to put on a tough, bruising encounter with some wincing spots involving a steel chair and the steel steps. The Irishman solidifies his title contention status in worthy fashion. As for Orton, good work as always. (8/10)

Edge vs. Jack Swagger
In the twilight of his career, Edge was declaring `war against stupidity' for a short time before one last world-title run. If that angle sounded really stupid and contrived, then that's because it was. After an appearance from the brilliant Alberto Del Rio and the excellent Anonymous Raw General manager, we have this unscheduled, impromptu match. Really, the crowd had every right to be dead for this one, and despite a potential chemistry between Edge and Swagger, the match never changes into a higher gear. I expected better from these two, but when there's no heat or cause for excitement, no wonder it's a dud. (5/10)

John Cena vs. Wade Barrett
(If Cena wins, Nexus disbands. If Cena loses, he joins Nexus.)
One of the best storylines in 2010 was the NXT Season 1 rookies forming the renegade stable Nexus. It really got them all noticed as top-notch talent, especially Wade Barrett whose leadership and promo skills made him an excellent heel. Nexus targeting Cena made for some great television, and this match can be considered a high-point. This is a crisp, excellent bout with Wade proving he belongs in the ring with a main-eventer like John. Great length, great interference from Nexus & the WWE roster, plus a genuinely shocking finish make this bout a true gem. Shame the creative team really mucked up the opportunity that followed, but this is still great stuff. Match of the night. (9/10)

Unified WWE Divas Championship Match
Michelle McCool (Champion w/Layla) vs. Natalya
With the terrific heels LayCool in possession of the Divas' title, Hart-Dungeon graduate Natalya was finally gonna get her shot at glory. And like too many women's bouts in WWE, the result is so brief that it hinders the result. The finish is cheap too, but both ladies display some fine chemistry and decent action in the time allowed. Layla's great at ringside too, as is the aftermath. Just a shame it wasn't allowed to be more. (5/10)

World Heavyweight Championship Hell in a Cell Match
Kane (Champion) vs. The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer)
Now THIS Hell in a Cell makes PERFECT booking sense. Aside from it being integral to the Undertaker's career and the beginning of whole Taker/Kane rivalry back in 1997, Hell in a Cell was the next logical step in this latest chapter of the legendary feud. And if this was the Attitude Era, then this could easily have been the colossal war it deserved to be. But due to PG restrictions and bad booking, all intensity and violence are sucked out. Kane and Taker do make the final result okay, with some decent action and a nice twist for the finale but this is several steps down from their excellent Night of Champions collision. Not what it should've been, and that's a real disappointment. (6/10)

Two special features here. One's the aftermath of a Randy Orton/Chris Jericho bout from Raw, and the other is a Home Exclusive Interview with John Cena. Both features are better than most you'd find on WWE PPV DVDs these days, which is rather pleasing.

End result? WWE Hell in a Cell 2010 is certainly a mixed bag, filled with some terrific contests (namely the U.S. Title opener, Orton/Sheamus and Barrett/Cena) and some disappointing offerings (Edge/Swagger & Undertaker/Kane). Not one to own, but one that you won't necessarily regret having either. Your choice.


Wwe: No Mercy 2008 [DVD]
Wwe: No Mercy 2008 [DVD]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best offerings from 2008!, 1 Nov 2012
This review is from: Wwe: No Mercy 2008 [DVD] (DVD)
Finding WWE DVDs from yesteryear at bargain prices has been a guilty pleasure of mine over the last year. And really, when you have quality events such as No Mercy 2008, it'd be very daft not to pick this up for less than a fiver.

2008 could be called a very good year for WWE, given that virtually all of its pay-per-views that year were excellent at the very least. So many great feuds and storylines were also fuelling WWE television with tremendous success, the biggest being the legendary feud between Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho. Another really notable angle was Jeff Hardy's rise to main-event status and determination to go through Triple H to achieve his dream of being world champion.

With those white-hot angles translating into equally blistering in-ring action, this No Mercy (sadly the final one due to WWE changing most of their pay-per-view names the following year) is headlined by two MUST-SEE main-events and featuring a REALLY strong undercard, which is made all-the-more special by the enthusiastic Portland, Oregon crowd in the Rose Garden.

ECW Championship Match
Matt Hardy (Champion) vs. Mark Henry (w/Tony Atlas)
As we know, the original spirit of ECW had long been killed and repressed by WWE's `vision' of the brand. However, as a breeding ground for future success on Raw & SmackDown, you could look forward to some really good wrestling indeed. And that's what Matt Hardy gave as the ECW champion. Mark Henry being managed by Tony Atlas certainly had a positive affect on his career. The result? A very solid opener showcasing an excellent technician giving Henry the best match of his life at this point. Really surprising contest. (7/10)

WWE Women's Championship Match
Beth Phoenix (Champion w/Santino Marella) vs. Candice Michelle
Poor Candice. Back in 2007, she'd evolved into an outstanding wrestler/performer. Then she suffered that devastating clavicle injury which put her out for a year and she never really recovered from it. It shows in Candice's performance here, sadly not performing with the confidence, grace & skill that she once possessed. However, thanks to Beth (and the ever charismatic Santino at ringside), this remains a spirited title match with some good action in the time that's given. Not as crisp as the wonderful series these two had in 2007, but still worth a watch. (6/10)

Rey Mysterio vs. Kane
If Rey Loses, He Must Unmask.
This feud was very illogical, and the storyline behind it was nonsensical. There's so little build-up and emotional investment in the match itself, that you're left wondering if there's even any point in the stipulation. Having said all that though, this is yet another real surprise for viewers. The right pace, some great chemistry and a boisterous audience all make for a wonderful David-and-Goliath affair. The DQ finish is annoying but the bout is certainly very pleasant indeed. (7/10)

No. 1 Contender's Match
Batista vs. John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Quite a short, smash-mouth affair. Nothing that fancy, just two tough blokes slugging it out for the right to face the World Heavyweight Champion. And you know what? It's another strong, consistent encounter on the show. Not as memorable as their infamous No Holds Barred match from SummerSlam 2005, but still great fun. And JBL's heelish promo and the segment afterwards is just pure gold. (7/10)

The Undertaker vs. The Big Show.
Hurrah! YET ANOTHER Taker-Show feud! Aren't I excited? I was shut up very quickly, though! After seeing the Dead Man and the Giant fight each other several times over the years, this particular match-up may be the best encounter they've ever had together. The action is fast, hard-hitting and really surprising. The finish is truly shocking! (8/10)

WWE Championship Match
Triple H (Champion) vs. Jeff Hardy
Say what you will about Triple H, no can deny that he played a huge role in helping to establish Jeff as bonafide main-event material. With plenty of reason to get excited about this match, the WWE Champion and the white-hot challenger simply tear the house down in an almost perfect encounter, featuring electric chemistry, seamless pacing and a story that will have you on the edge of your seat. The final moments are just so thrilling, and the finish will stay with you forever. My match of the night...by a MARGIN. (9/10)

World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match
Chris Jericho (Champion) vs. Shawn Michaels
The rivalry of 2008 equals the stuff of legend. Two of the greatest of all time had such an unforgettable feud, both in the ring and in segments, and this ladder match for the world title may just be the high-point. Both absolute pros in this environment, Shawn & Chris put on a brutal display, using the ladder to sickening and dramatic effect. Excellent main-event and one of the best bouts of 2008. (9/10)

Special Features include a Home Video exclusive interview with the Big Show and an excellent SmackDown triple-threat between Triple H (WWE Champ), Chris Jericho (World Champ) & Matt Hardy (ECW Champ) in an exclusive encounter of Champions in the final SmackDown before No Mercy. Featuring absolute-quality wrestling (the kind exclusive to SmackDown!), this is the perfect bonus to this DVD. (8/10)

WWE No Mercy 2008 has all the right stuff going for it. The two world title matches are nothing short of classic. Everything else is just great wrestling throughout. Obviously, this would be the very last No Mercy event, and like so many annual events from the WWE PPV calendar before the mass name changing, this is a show that goes out on a high. One of the best events ever for fans to own.


Scarlet Spider - Vol. 1: Life After Death
Scarlet Spider - Vol. 1: Life After Death
by Christopher Yost
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.73

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This AIN'T your Friendly, Neighbourhood Spider-Man!, 6 Oct 2012
One of the rules I've always tried to adhere to in life is this. Think positive and believe in karma. In other words, whenever something BAD happens, a GOOD must always come from it. Balance and opposites, yeah?

What I'm trying to say is this. THE CLONE SAGA. Everyone's heard it so many times before, but it remains true. A three-year mess of convolutions and gross misdirection from Marvel editors that has left a permanent stain not just on Spider-Man, but comics as a whole. One of those cases where the less said, the better!

HOWEVER...there were SOME good things that actually came out of that story. Namely, the Scarlet Spider A.K.A. Ben Reilly, a perfect genetic duplicate (created by the Jackal) of Peter Parker. Ben would struggle at first, but would ultimately create a life of his own. Both Peter and Ben would come to love each other - and fight alongside - like brothers until the mastermind of the Clone Saga, Norman Osborn (the Green Goblin) would come back from the grave and kill Ben Reilly. A tragic end to such an endearing character.

And then there was the OTHER one...

For fans who don't know, Kaine was the very first attempt of the Jackal's at cloning Spider-Man. The process was imperfect, leaving Kaine disfigured, rejected and prematurely degenerating, leaving him in never-ending pain and anger. Due to his condition, Kaine actually possessed stronger abilities than Spider-Man, and armed with a costume to slow down his degeneration, a desire to protect Peter Parker's life and happiness, and a blood oath against (initially) Ben Reilly and (forever) against the Jackal, Kaine was another deep, disturbed and tragic rogue for Spider-Man that made him so appealing.

Alas, after the whole Clone Saga mess ended, so too did Ben Reilly and Kaine (despite still being alive) more-or-less faded away into obscurity. The good had been erased along with the bad.

But after so many years, writers finally took Kaine out of the drawer and decided to put him to good use. Fresh from his prominent role in Dan Slott's Spider-Island, Kaine is now at a crossroads. Having helped destroy the Queen, and cured completely of both his disfigurement and cellular degeneration, the former assassin (after some begrudging soul-searching) has boldly decided to atone for his past by becoming the new Scarlet Spider.

Life After Death collects the first six issues of this new comic. Written by Chris Yost and illustrated by Ryan Stegman & Neil Edwards, this is a Spider-Man unlike anything I've read before. And it is SO refreshing because of it.

The primary reason why Life After Death is a triumph is because of the opportunity presented to this creative team. It's a perfect chance to `start over' with Kaine, make the character better than ever and hopefully redeem the Clone Saga mess at the same time. Yost relishes in the opportunity awarded him and explores Kaine's attitude, mindset, past & the road ahead of him through some of the most terrific writing I've come across this year.

Long-time Spidey fans may remember Kaine as being the Peter Parker who had caved in. Although he's now been given a second chance at life, Kaine is still (at heart) everything Peter Parker is not. He's ruthless, highly aggressive, violent, bad-tempered, unstable and above all else...irresponsible. If Kaine quips, it's barely, and it's black, dry humour. His desire to protect others is so perverted that he'll achieve his mission by any means necessary, especially murder.

But that's the thing that makes this new Scarlet Spider so (strangely) appealing. It's a total contrast of a Peter Parker we all know, love and have come to expect. Kaine just couldn't care less, and is the kind of man who yells at old ladies (after saving them from being hit by buses!) for being so careless instead of comforting them and being gentle. At the start of the story, he's on the run and only really looking out for himself, yet because of the Peter Parker deep inside him - burnt deep into his DNA - Kaine can't help himself but try and do the right thing. He knows he has an opportunity now to right all his wrongs, so why squander the chance if this is what he wanted in the first place? It's a most terrific dilemma, and one that's presented so skilfully.

Other things that set this Spider-Man apart from the Real McCoy - and Ben Reilly for that matter - are his powers and his environment. Though stronger and faster than Peter, Kaine's new cured status has left him without the power to inflict his feared `Mark of Kaine', his precognitive visions or a Spider-Sense of any kind. This makes him more vulnerable than before and thus provides more of a `dicing-with-death' feel than you'd get with regular Spidey. And the setting of Houston, Texas proves ideal for Scarlet. Lacking a hero of it's own and in dire need of one, the people of Houston are positively receptive of Kaine. Even when he's being a total jerk, they worship him! That plus Kaine's mishaps when web-slinging in a new town make for some really entertaining moments!

And the new costume design for the Scarlet Spider is just SO cool. It pays homage to Ben Reilly, yet is suitably revamped in a way that reflects Kaine's attitude and menace. Armed with new organic web-shooters and a variation of the old Scarlet Spider stingers (similar to the ones Spidey had in The Other), backed up by a colourful supporting cast to call his own, Kaine now looks pretty settled in his new life...and it looks like we're gonna be in for one great thrill ride.

Scarlet Spider: Life After Death is not only full of character, excellent writing and artwork, but it also features the first, riveting tales of a man possessing just as much charisma as the real Spider-Man. Like Stephanie Brown's Batgirl and Flash Thompson's Venom, Kaine's Scarlet Spider ROCKS and rocks HARD. Highly recommended.


WWE - Undertaker: The Streak [DVD]
WWE - Undertaker: The Streak [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Undertaker
Offered by filmwolke1
Price: £9.41

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hindered by a lacking documentary, but still a legendary set of matches, 28 Sep 2012
When the Undertaker finally retires from wrestling, it will undoubtedly be one of the saddest moments in the history of sports-entertainment. There are many things that the Phenom will be remembered for; his talents, his accomplishments, his storylines, his character, his evolution and perhaps most importantly...his unbeaten streak at WrestleMania.

Streaks in wrestling can mean a great deal, depending entirely on the calibre of the athlete, how they're booked and just what they achieve. The winning streaks of (say) Goldberg and Samoa Joe are truly the stuff of legend, due to how their careers thrived & succeeded and how many unforgettable memories they provided because they were booked to be unbeatable for so long. The Undertaker's unbeaten streak at WrestleMania, however...may just be the most prestigious streak of them all.

The Dead Man's mystique and WrestleMania's splendour are two auras that go beautifully together, to the point where the wrestler's streak has become one of the show's biggest attractions. In terms of storylines or in-ring quality, the (so-far) 20-0 streak is one of the many key facets of Mark Callaway's legacy. So many legends - a who's-who of wrestling - have fallen before the Deadman, to the point where the streak has taken on a life of it's own.

Long story cut short...the Undertaker's WrestleMania streak deserves celebrating. It always does. So four years after the single-disc Undertaker 15-0 DVD was released, WWE Home Video & Silver Vision decide to release an updated version to celebrate Taker's landmark 20-0 triumph (as of WrestleMania 28).

Previous Undertaker DVDs have been something of a necessity for WWE fans. After all, the Dead Man has been one of the company's biggest stars for over twenty years, and releases like Tombstone: The History of The Undertaker have proven essential for avid-wrestling lovers, due to their superb presentation of the Undertaker character, his history and the collection of his matches.

2008's Undertaker 15-0 DVD attempted to sum up the magnitude of his unbeaten WrestleMania status and collect all his bouts (at the time) on one disc. It was a great idea that was hampered by truncating several of the matches so that they'd all fit on the disc. However, what made up for this glaring flaw was 15-0's expert presentation; the superb documentary pieces chronicling the Undertaker's WrestleMania history, the importance of each particular bout, the events that lead up to them, and what happened to the Undertaker throughout the years - rather, the twelve-month `intervals' between Manias.

For Undertaker: The Streak, you have a three-disc set to commemorate 20-0. THIS time, EVERY WrestleMania match of the Phenom's is shown IN FULL. So we have EVERY reason to be happy now, right?

Uhhh...not quite.

WWE Home Video and Silver Vision have bizarrely decided to trade-off the awesome presentation of previous Undertaker DVDs in favour of showing the collection of complete WrestleMania bouts. The extensive narration pieces (interwoven with matches) was a winning formula for Tombstone and 15-0, and for it to be cruelly abandoned in this manner is just stupid.

What we have instead is a documentary, featuring a delightful array of guests such as Paul Bearer, J.J. Dillon and a selection of superstars and Taker's WrestleMania victims. Mark Callaway himself is absent again which is fine (I understand the importance of protecting the Undertaker character), and the main feature is delightfully put together, focusing on the streak, it's matches etc. And it's excellent to be given insight from the participants about facing Taker (especially from Kevin `Diesel' Nash and Jimmy `Superfly' Snuka) and what the Dead Man means to several WWE Superstars.

But the problem is is that it's FAR-TOO-SHORT!!! At a pitiful thirty-seven minutes long, this is one of the shortest documentary pieces I've ever seen from WWE Home Video. As a result, it just breezes through Taker's Streak in no time at all. Discussions are cut short and it doesn't really amount to anything. Unlike the 15-0 DVD (or Tombstone for that matter), the whole spectacle of the Undertaker and his accomplishments are severely understated. Why WWE couldn't have produced something in the same vein of Tombstone is beyond me. It really hurts the overall appeal of The Streak as a result.

Of course, the greatest strength of this DVD lies in the bonus matches (spread across all three discs). Shown in their entirety, the result is a very strong collection, giving viewers a chance to reflect on the overall quality of the streak itself. In terms of in-ring quality, the streak overall is deserving of its legacy, with the majority of matches being epic and few being total fluffs.

To get the bad out of the way, Taker's bouts against the likes of King Kong Bundy, Big Bossman, Mark Henry and the Giant Gonzales are cases where the less said, the BETTER. But these can easily be overlooked by the blistering classics against Batista, Edge, Kane, Randy Orton, Ric Flair & Triple H with the WrestleMania 25 contest against Shawn Michaels truly being the greatest. Other bouts against Jimmy Snuka, Jake Roberts, Sid, Big Show/A-Train & Diesel remain solid affairs, meaning for the large-part, you ain't gonna be disappointed. Some of the Dead Man's all-time finest work can be found here!

Undertaker: The Streak is an imperfect set when it needn't have been. More effort into the format, additional interviews, promos and genuine history infused WITH the complete matches could've easily put this on a par with the Tombstone DVD. As it stands, this is still an excellent home video, primarily due to the overall quality of the Undertaker's contests on the biggest stage of them all. For fans of the Dead Man and the streak itself, this is a DVD that will easily fit on your shelf. For newer fans who've yet to experience all of Taker at WrestleMania, this is an ideal trip down memory lane. Again though, Undertaker: The Streak could've been essential with better presentation, but with all the matches in all their glory, I'd still recommend it.


WWE - Wrestlemania 28 [DVD]
WWE - Wrestlemania 28 [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Rock
Offered by megamoviestore
Price: £11.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best WrestleMania in AGES!, 16 Sep 2012
This review is from: WWE - Wrestlemania 28 [DVD] (DVD)
WrestleMania over the last few years hasn't been as spectacular as it should be.
This year's WrestleMania however, is something of a return to the glory and splendour that makes the show what it is.

Since last year, we've had reason to anticipate WrestleMania 28, mainly because of the year-long build-up towards The Rock vs. John Cena, truly a dream-match of epic proportions. But there's also the highly-anticipated rematch between the Undertaker and Triple H (inside Hell in a Cell with Shawn Michaels as the referee!) and a much-anticipated bout between WWE Champion CM Punk and Chris Jericho. With a strong set of main-events, there's plenty of greatness to be found this year. And although there's some annoying blemishes, WrestleMania 28 definitely succeeds as a whole.

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Daniel Bryan (Champion w/AJ) vs. Sheamus
I was so angry that these two were shafted from competing on the actual show last year. So I was thrilled that at last Bryan and Sheamus could finally be allowed to compete at WrestleMania...only to watch Vince screw me, all the fans and both wrestlers all over again for the second year in a row! 18 seconds and that's it! Happy for the victor, but I see this more as another booking injustice than anything else! (3/10)

Kane vs. Randy Orton
After having a sour taste in my mouth from the opener, I was thankful to these two for producing such a solid and well-executed bout that put me back in a good mood. Instead of being tedious, this storyline was actually decent and it reflects in the ring. Orton is truly one of the best all-round workers today and it shows in his performance against Kane. Ten minutes long with nothing major to criticise really. Just a strong, pleasant bout with the right winner. (8/10)

Intercontinental Championship Match
Cody Rhodes (Champion) vs. The Big Show
Cody has done a very good job as the IC Champ, and I was glad he would get the chance to defend the belt at WrestleMania. It would've made much more sense to have him face off against brother Goldust in a title vs. career affair, but Vince instead decided on a defence against the Big Show for some daft reason. To be fair, the result is actually okay, with both champion and challenger managing to work a good match but it's far too brief to amount to anything special, and the finish is so contrived and abrupt that it gives the outcome so very little emotional appeal. (5/10)

Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos vs. Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres
Ah, the "celebrity" involvement at WrestleMania. Infused in a Divas' bout to serve as nothing more than a breather. It's something a shame, as Beth, Eve and Kelly offer some good action (the highlight being Kelly's impressive Molly-Go-Round from the top rope!), but Maria Menounos just doesn't belong here. She either should've trained more for this contest or just not shown up. Waste of time and the finish the creative team booked is just stupid. (4/10)

End of an Era Hell in a Cell Match
The Undertaker vs. Triple H
Special Guest Referee: Shawn Michaels
For the THIRD time at WrestleMania, we see the Dead Man and the Game face off. And yet again, they give spectators a CLASSIC match (inside Hell in a Cell, no less). Far from being tiresome, the match-up turns out to be absolutely epic, with Shawn once more playing the role of ref with storyline brilliance. It may not be the most violent Hell in a Cell in history, but it's certainly one of the grandest stories ever told within the structure. A magnificent, impeccably-booked match with both participants (and the ref) giving us an excellent show. The contest itself and the genuine aftermath provide perfect closure to the Taker/HHH feud and the legacies of all three men. Match of the night, and worthy match of the year candidate. (10/10)

Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny
Booker T, The Great Khali, R-Truth, Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston & Zack Ryder vs. Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, David Otunga, Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler & The Miz
Even with the high-stakes of the winning team's General Manager gaining control of both Raw & SmackDown, there's no emotional investment to be found here. The match itself is not given enough time, it's far too clustered and it's only in the last few minutes that the action elicits a genuine response (thanks in large part to Zack Ryder). The outcome is tedious also, but the aftermath is intriguing as Eve cements her promising new heel status. (5/10)

WWE Championship Match
CM Punk (Champion) vs. Chris Jericho
An excellent WWE Title match, most worthy of WrestleMania. This is a bout I'm sure many have wanted to see and it lives up to expectations. Not the five-star classic it could've been, but still a technical diamond between two of wrestling's very best. Intense build-up, great psychology, great chemistry; what more needs to be said? (9/10)

Once in a Lifetime
The Rock vs. John Cena
Wisely chosen to go on last. Again, this is a dream match of epic proportions and has been wonderfully built up over the last year. Does it live up to the hype? YES. Although it doesn't quite have the aura and magnitude of say Rock vs. Hogan, this is a real WrestleMania clash of the titans, both of whom cement their legacies in thirty minutes of exciting action. The Miami crowd are brilliant! (9/10)

Great extras include a pre-show Triple Threat Tag Team Title Match, the official WrestleMania press conference, Attitude-Era matches and interviews featuring the Rock, a video package of the Undertaker and Triple H's history and the whole 2012 Hall of Fame ceremony. Terrific extras indeed which complete a terrific package. WrestleMania 28 is a show that conquers its blemishes with the strength of some the greatest matches in history. Certainly the best Granddaddy of Them All in a long, long time.
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WWE - Extreme Rules 2012 [DVD]
WWE - Extreme Rules 2012 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brock Lesnar
Offered by megamoviestore
Price: £7.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, John! The Pain's come home!, 12 Sep 2012
Chicago has always been a special place to the WWE, what with it's electric crowd and the wonderful wrestling atmosphere it generates. Some of the greatest shows in history have taken place in Chicago i.e. WrestleManias 13 & 22, No Mercy 2007 and of course, last year's Money in the Bank.

So naturally, you can expect that same fantastic buzz to be generated by the wonderful Chicago audience and history to be made once again in Extreme Rules 2012, which is another absolutely essential pay-per-view offering from WWE that we've been blessed with in recent times.

Like Money in the Bank 2011, there was an unmissable angle going into the show. And what could be more unmissable than BROCK LESNAR? Returning to the very company that made him a huge star and a truckload of cash after EIGHT YEARS AWAY, Lesnar once again took the wrestling world by storm the night after WrestleMania. His target this time? JOHN CENA, his old Doctor of Thuganomics rival from the glory days of SmackDown, who was defeated by Lesnar way back at Backlash 2003.

Of course, much had changed since then, with Cena having become the face of WWE while Lesnar wrestled elsewhere before ultimately conquering UFC as an MMA fighter. So the match-up this time was bound to be off-the-charts, right? ALL THAT AND MORE! As for the rest of the show...well, there's plenty of excellent stuff to sink your teeth into!

Falls Count Anywhere Match
Randy Orton vs. Kane
This feud could've been absolutely terrible (like Kane's rivalries with Cena & Edge), and instead it turned out rather decent. It's been the same with the matches, with this falls-count-anywhere bout in particular being a great brawl. Orton and Kane battle out all over the arena in this splendid entertainment. Nearly as special as an Attitude Era bout and a very strong opener. (8/10)

Brodus Clay (w/Cameron, Naomi & Hornswoggle) vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero & Jack Swagger)
The more I see Ziggler work, the more of a fan I become. The man is one of the best wrestlers in the business today, getting better and better, and he just throws himself into every bout he's in. Even in throwaway matches like this, Ziggler gives it his all and makes Brodus Clay look like a million bucks. This is a highly forgettable bout, but one that although passable, manages to be entertaining. (5/10)

Tables Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Big Show (Champion) vs. Cody Rhodes.
Mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, it's decent with both champion and challenger managing to work well in a challenging environment. On the other hand, it's impeded by it's short length, and a finish that's simultaneously plausible and frustrating. Could've been much worse, though. And the outcome and aftermath are smart booking. (6/10)

2-out-of-3 Falls World Heavyweight Championship Match
Sheamus (Champion) vs. Daniel Bryan
What can I say? The whole `YES!' phenomenon has cemented Daniel Bryan's WWE main-event status forever. And at long last - after being ridiculously shunned TWICE at WrestleMania! - Sheamus and Bryan are allowed to show that they can wrestle beautifully together. This is one of the purest title matches I've seen in a long, long time, and it's an absolute joy to behold. Ric Flair & Ricky Steamboat would be proud of this one! (9/10)

Handicap Match
Ryback vs. Aaron Relic & Jay Hatton
When the former Skip Sheffield (of Nexus) was reinvented as a Goldberg clone who dresses up as Rob Van Dam, I really didn't know what to think. Time will tell whether this will succeed or fail, although the gimmick is slowly starting to grow on me. Squashing this pair of jobbers, though...you're not missing much. Just a chance for a breather, really. (2/10)

WWE Championship Chicago Street Fight
CM Punk (Champion) vs. Chris Jericho
A highly personal storyline concludes as the WWE Kingpin comes home in triumphant fashion. All the emotion and fury is here for this story and Jericho (as usual) plays the despicable antagonist to perfection. Annoyingly, the intensity does fall through mid-way, but some real hardcore moments, great involvement from Punk's sister, the crowd's electricity and the efforts of both wrestlers make this Street Fight a really chaotic one. (9/10)

Divas' Championship Match
Nikki Bella (Champion w/Brie Bella) vs. Layla
Chicago wanted Kharma. I wanted Kharma too! But Layla's return was still a pleasant surprise. She's clearly been improving her wrestling skills in the year she's been on the shelf, and she wastes no time in making an impression against the Bellas (who are less skilled and are now gone). Very brief (like most Divas' matches, sadly), but tells a story and is actually worth a watch. (5/10)

Extreme Rules Match
John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
This is without doubt one of the sickest, most physical and intense fights I've ever seen in wrestling. I wasn't expecting Brock to come out in his UFC attire or to actually incorporate his MMA skills in this match, but it works without fault. The blending of wrestling and mixed-martial arts is seamless, and the terrific booking makes this main-event one of the best we've seen in 2012. Brock is even more of a beast here than he was before in WWE, and Cena's performance here maybe the best we've ever seen from him. Have to question the outcome, but the heartfelt promo afterwards is really welcome. TRULY match of the night, and worthy of being match of the year. (10/10)

With most of the special features going to Blu-Ray these days, there's a Home Exclusive Interview with CM Punk, courtesy of Matt Striker. And as opposed to most Punk interviews, this one is rather humbling and heartfelt. A welcome (and rather touching) extra.

Following on from the excellent WrestleMania 28, WWE Extreme Rules 2012 is another memorable Chicago event. Not as classic as Money in the Bank 2011, but still got a lot of essential action for wrestling fans. One to own!
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