(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not quite as great as some of the first Pride DVD releases, but when you compare it to the opposition (UFC, IFC, ROTC, etc.) its still miles ahead. This i believe still ranks better the the GP Finals so, if you have that (feel free to check out some of the reviews of that for contrast), make up your own mindYou will enjoy this that is for sure, some of the 8 fights in this DVD are a little one sided though, e.g. The Sakuraba vs. Ritch fight. But sometimes one sided arrangement can work out to be the most entertaining (and that was defiately the case in this instance. Other showcase fights are the Erikson vs. Herring fight (bit of a surprising conclusion), as well as the controversial Vanderdlei de silva vs. (the one kick destroyer of Gary Goodidge) Gilbert Yvel. Awesome fights all worth your investment. The list of the fights shown is below. Heath Herring vs. Tom Erikson Gilbert Yvel vs. Vanderlei Silva Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Gary Goodridge Alexander Otsuka vs. Mike Bourke Akira Shoji vs. Herman Renting Igar Vovchnchyn vs. Nobuyuki Takeda Masaaki Satake vs. Naoya Ogawa Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch Hope this helps"
A LOT OF GRAPPLING
Hoeksema | Groningen Netherlands | 03/30/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The reason i bought this DVD was because of the positive reviews i have written about this edition of pride. After watching this pride event i was a little bit disappointed. I have seen a lot of MMA events (for example Absolute Fighting Championships,World Vale Tudo Championship, Free Fights events from holland and of course the UFC). When i liked a NHB-fight whitin these events, it is because it has moments in witch the fighters are testing eachother's skills standing up on their feet and moments in witch these same fighters are on the ground.
The event of PRIDE has too many fights that lasted too long on the ground. The fights are OR relatively short and ended on the ground, for example an early arm lock, OR the fights shows fighters who are constantly or for almost the whole time on the ground.
There are however 2 fights that are an exceptions to this. First, the fight between Gary Goodridge (pay attention to the way the japanese announcer pronounce the name of 'Big Daddy' Goodridge, very funny) versus Yoshiaku Yatsu. This japanese warrior said that not he, but his fans wanted him to fight. Gary really punishes his opponent and i assume that Yoshiaku Yatsu after this fight regrets his decision to fight because of his fans. However, he did show a lot of heart, AMAZING.
The second fight that is worth seeing is Naoya Ogawa vs. Masaaki Satake, that means JUDO vs. KARATE.
The Sakuraba fight is actually not worth mentioning. It did not last long.
I you like grappling or you're a fan of submission, in that case this PRIDE may be the thing you are looking for.
If you are a fan of KO's or you are a MMA-fan that especially likes the good old days of No Hold barred contest, you may be bored with a number of fights on this DVD."