Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 12th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Director: Shawn Cain
Writer: Shawn Cain
Cast: Shawn Cain, Kevin Nash, Shane Douglas, Johnny Swinger, Al Snow, Dan Severn, Jimmy Valiant
DVD released: March 22nd, 2010
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: IMDFilms
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: Fresh off the success of the first ‘Ultimate Death Match’. The mastermind behind first ‘Ultimate Death Match’ concocts a even bigger and better promotion. And while there are a few minor alterations to this time around. The final match once again will be to the death.
Having immensely enjoyed Ultimate Death Match. My interest was initially peaked when I learned that there was going to be a sequel. And while sequels often pale in comparison to their predecessors. There are a handful of instances where a sequel surpasses or is at least on par with its predecessor. Ultimate Death Match 2 falls into the latter category.
Content / structure wise, Ultimate Death Match 2 does not stray too far away from the blue print that was laid out by its predecessor. With the bulk of the film taking place during the ‘Ultimate Death Match’ pay per view event. Once again the matches are well executed and there are a wide array of charismatic wrestlers, who all supply an abundance of humor during their interview segments.
The one area in which this film differs the most from its predecessor. Is how this time around there is a lot more time devoted to building up the main characters. With the scenes with Jake the mastermind behind the ‘Ultimate Death Match’ and Jimmy Valiant, who has been cast in the role of Jake’s father.
It should not come as surprise that there is an element of predictability to the events that unfold. This is a film about wrestling after all, a sport that is meticulously scripted out. If you are expecting anything more than a spectacle. Then this film will quickly wear outs is welcome.
Ultimate Death Match 2 is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Event though details generally look crisp. There are a few instances in which stock footage has been inserted and these moments are taken from a much lesser source. Also edge enhancement varies in degree throughout and there are also mild instances of combing.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio is inconsistent as dialog levels fluctuate throughout. Some of this may be attributed to the documentary feel of this film. In all there are no major issues with distortion or background.
Extras for this release are limited to a promo reel for other films also available from IMDFilms. Overall Ultimate Death Match 2 gets a audio / video presentation that is on par with IMDFilms DVD release of Ultimate Death Match.