'Deadliest Warrior: Season One'
(Geoffrey Desmoulin, Armand Dorian, Max Geiger, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Spike)
Overview: Finally, Spike’s newest hit show, Deadliest Warrior, has arrived on DVD! Watch as the most feared warriors civilization has ever known are pitted against each other in battle. Using 21st century science and the latest in CGI technology, each episode enlists warrior-specific world-class fighters and experts to analyze every facet of their unique skills of destruction and to answer the all-important question: who is the deadliest warrior?
DVD: I first saw this show on Spike while staying with a friend in San Angelo, TX for the weekend. I saw the battle between the Apache and Gladiator, then the episode with the Ninja and the Spartan. I later tried to watch the show on youtube, but it would only show the battles. I later saw the show on hulu and was an instant fan.
I didn't particulary agree with the battle with the Russians and Green Berets. Now, I give credit where credit is due. They had some neat weapons; like the flying switch blade, and their training was amazing; but I still believe that we, the U. S., have the best fighting forces out there. Whether it's S.E.A.L.s, Green Berets, Rangers; it doesn't matter.
The basic premise of this show is to compare the chosen weapons of each group, and then compare them to another group of warriors. So you might get the IRA- for instance- vs Al Quaeda or The Mafia vs. The Yakuza. Weapons experts discuss the various weapons used and how much damage they might do in combat. They test this using dummies, blocks of wood, pig carcasses or other targets. The match-ups can be a bit odd, sometimes spanning centuries, and so it doesn't always seem entirely fair, but It is interesting nonetheless.
After the major weapons are discussed, a combat simulation is ran pitting the two fictional warriors via computer, and the results are shown in a filmed reenactment. The results can be surprising sometimes too. The group you think might win, sometimes has an Achilles heel which fouls them up. You never can tell. [SN] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Featurette: Deadliest Warrior: The Aftermath