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Pride Fighting Championship: Bushido, Vol. 1
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Manufacturer: Bci / Eclipse
Starring: Pride Fc
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5

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Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0787364628599
Format: Closed-captioned
Label: Bci / Eclipse
Legal Disclaimer: Warranty does not cover misuse of product.
Manufacturer: Bci / Eclipse
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Bci / Eclipse
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2005-07-12
Running Time: 202
Studio: Bci / Eclipse

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Editorial Reviews:

The word "Bushido" translates from the Japanese as "the way of the warrior." More specifically it refers to the principals and moral code that developed among the samurai class in Japan. Today in that same spirit Pride Fighting brings you the way of the warrior with its mixed martial arts event Bushido Volume 1. Featuring a mixture of elite fighters as well as young up and coming talent Bushido presents the entire spectrum of weight classes from lightweights to heavyweights. With big-time knockouts and punishing submissions you don't want to miss the drama spectacle and excitement of Bushido!System Requirements:Running Time: 202 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: SPORTS/GAMES/FIGHTING UPC: 787364628599

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Summary: Great start for the Bushido series
Comment: This is a great start to the Bushido series. The Japan vs Gracie set is decent and the Newton vs Renzo fight is unbelievable.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: Gracie clinic
Comment: I disagree with most of the reviews on this site. What do they want? What do they expect? There aren't any bad fights on this dvd. There isn't one boring fight. I don't know what these people are objecting to. The Gracies don't just lay on their backs like turtles. What absurd nonsense. Rodrigo, Ralph and Ryan laying on their backs like turtles? What is this guy, nuts? Does Tank Abbott lay on his back like a turtle? If anything, the opponents of the Gracies would sometimes fight defensively to avoid getting submitted.

This was billed as a competition between five Gracies and Team Japan. Three of the Gracies win, and only one Japanese fighter wins. Carlos Newton is one of the world greats, and he gets a reasonably close decision over Renzo. Renzo is a gem. His sportsmanship makes you smile. When one of the judges awards the decision to Renzo, Renzo is shaking his head as if to say it should have been unanimous for Carlos Newton. What class! I love Renzo's smile. He is such a kind gentleman. I met him at his school in Manhattan and he interrupted his extremely busy schedule, running a tournament, to stop and say hi to me and my 6 or 7 year old daughter. He didn't know either of us. He just wanted to say hi, and chat a moment. What a hospitable, friendly guy.

My copy of the dvd didn't have all the fights on it. I was unable to see Alex Emilianenko or Kharitonov. No Russians on my copy. When I tried to have the mouse point to those fights, it wouldn't move. I don't think those fights were on the dvd I had.

I do have to agree with one of the other reviewers who complained about the Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic fight. He fought a newcomer, and he simply kicked him in the head with his shin, and that was that. You can break a baseball bat with your shin.

One of the reviewers ridiculed the announcers. That was uncalled for. The announcers are okay. The reviewer was bragging that he knew that one of the fighters hurt his knee. So what. I watched the replay several times, and it was really hard to tell if the man hurt his knee or not. It wasn't obvious at all at the point of contact. So stop showing off.

I really regret that Rickson Gracie didn't fight for a world championship. I believe that he would have been a great champion for years. The sport really missed a lot by not seeing the greatest of the Gracies win a world championship and defend it. Even today, in 2006, I don't think many fighters could beat him. Fedor Emilianenko, Andrei Arlovski, those guys would have to be favorites to win, but I wouldn't be in a hurry to bet on Chuck Liddell or Mirko Cro Cop to beat Rickson Gracie right now. And Rickson is not a heavyweight.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5
Summary: Yawn.
Comment: I tried really hard to like this event. The first two fights were fantastic but the rest simply blows. What the hell was up with the main event anyway?? I really love to watch Pride, but it bothers me when they throw scrubs at their cash cows like this. Putting a WWF style 'wrestler' in his MMA premier fight against Cro Cop is kind of like putting an amature boxer against Oscar DeLahoya for his first fight. It looks good on the highlight reels because it will end up the way it is supposed too... in a brutal KO. Lame.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: Don't let this be your first exposure to MMA
Comment: Extremely good event. Excellent exibition of "Busido - the Warrior Spirit". Lots of stage effects as usual for Pride. A little less drama on the introductions of fighters (thank goodness) Film quality, sound, music all first class. 5 Gracies! All the Gracie's showed lots of class. Renzo vs. Carlos Newton: outstanding JJ fight, lots of submission attempts and reversals (Rhetorical Question: How does an Afican-Canadian fight for Team Japan?). Daniel Gracie is great to see...the only HW Gracie, the guy he fought is quite good. Ralph Gracie..got to love his intensity. Ryan is a bad-a$$. Rodrigo fight was okay, his opponent doesn't have the best record. A little disappointing that 4 out of the 5 Gracie fights went to decision. Good (non-fighting) appearce of Royce. The Cro-Cop fight is devastating. I watched it 3 times. Also includes an early fight of Shogun Rua against a so-so Japanese fighter. Rua is awesome. Alaksander Elimineko's -Fedor's brother- first fight (according to Sherdog) is here too. The Extra's on the tape or okay, like most Pride tapes, nothing too exceptional. This tape isn't the most exciting Pride event ever, but if you are a Gracie fan or a hard-core MMA fan, it is a must see. If you are new to watching MMA, pick a few other Pride or UFC events first. You will appreciate this one much more watching with a more experienced eye

Customer Rating: Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5
Summary: Subtract Gracies, and you got a really good DVD
Comment: After watching these fights, I would never train under the Gracies. If you have a x2 PLAY button on your DVD, USE it.
All the Gracies spend about 90% of the fight on their backs, and do absolutely Nothing when on top. It's almost like they are stunned to realize they are in a good position.
Watch the first 30 seconds of any of the Gracie fights, and you get the idea. Then, x2 or x4 if you got it.

The other fights are a lot better, and worth watching.
A long time ago, the Gracies were unstoppable, but now..... Any standup fighter with more then 6 months of ground
training could beat them. Main method of attack: Lay on your back like a turtle, wrap your legs in the guard, then hope your opponent gets tired of hitting you, and passes out. I would never even pay a regular rental fee for this one.

Also, the commentary is only good when the fights start. The Japanese put on a spectacular show, before the fight, but it's ruined by not having a translator or subtitles, and then having the commentators just saying over, and over, and over again "Wow........ Wow. I wish you were here. Wow. This is like a movie. Wow..... I can't believe this..... wow...... This is amazing.."

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