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UFC: Bad Blood DVD Review

“UFC: Bad Blood” is a fascinating documentary about the rivalry between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.

“Bad Blood” is a 70 minute documentary about former friends turned enemies in the ring Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. The documentary starts off by exploring the two fighter’s past, their training, their career in the UFC from their first appearance to their most recent (and in the case of Liddell, his last before retirement), as well as their accomplishments both in and out of the ring.

The documentary then shifts its focus on Liddell and Ortiz’s friendship and how that soured after Ortiz’s apparent excuses, contract dispute, and delays in taking on Liddell in the ring. From there on out, we are given the story of their two epic matches against one another as well as the lead-up to the third scheduled match that never happened.

We’ve all seen stories (factual or fictional) about friends turned enemies before, but there aren’t too many like this. What makes this particular tale so engaging is the fact that the friendship split seems to be caused by the fact that one fighter (Tito Ortiz) seems to be dodging the other (Chuck Liddell) because he knows he can’t beat him. Of course, Ortiz denies that he is not afraid to fight Lidell, but it’s clear that he is due to all of the delays and excuses. Heck, even FC President Dana White believes Ortiz is hiding his true feelings. This rift between the fighters becomes even more fascinating when they finally do get to meet up in the ring on two occassions.

Another fascinating aspect of the story to me was seeing the differences between the two fighters. Liddell is in it to win it whereas Ortiz seems to be in it for the fame and fortune. These two mindsets prove to be another reason as to why the fighters clash in and out of the ring.

Summary: Even if you already own the fights between Liddell and Ortiz, this disc is still worth picking up for the Hollywood esque story about the “bad blood” between the two fighters. 

Video/Audio:

The widescreen picture quality naturally varies in quality since the feature includes stock footage and newly shot footage for the docu. It should be noted that “Bad Blood” is also available on Blu-ray.

Likewise, the Stereo track is sufficient. The dialogue from the two fighters and fight footage sounds decent. 

Extras:
* UFC.com ad.
* The DVD comes in a booklet casing that features bios and match results of the two fighters.
* Both Chuck Liddell Vs. Tito Ortiz fights from UFC 47 and UFC 66.
* Countdown To UFC 66- A pre-fight show that previews the Ortiz/Liddell fight.

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August 28, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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