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American Gladiators: The Battle Begins
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and Sunny, aka the American Gladiators. American Gladiators first premiered in January of 1989 and was hosted by Mike Adamle and Joe Theismann. In Season One, events included The Joust, The Assault, Powerball, The Human Cannonball, Breakthrough and Conquer, and the Eliminator. This 3 DVD set covers Season One, including the mid-season wrap-up episode and the subsequent 13 episodes leading up to the finals.
* Brand-new interviews.
* Original show promos.
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Raye "Zap" Hollitt- This buxom, blonde beauty (who was unceremoniously cropped from the DVD cover image) packed femininity and brawn into a relatively small frame.Read more ›
Right from the start, the name of the set is rather misleading. It sounds like it has the very first episodes ever, but that’s not true. The first season consisted of two 13 episode halves, and only the second half episodes are here. The recap episode of the first half does start things off, so we get 14 hour long episodes in this three disc set.
Each episode finds four contestants, two men and two women, facing off in a series of challenges. There’s The Wall (a rock wall climb), Joust, Assault (contestants shooting at a target while avoiding balls shot from a Gladiator), Breakthrough and Conquer (football followed by wrestling), Power Ball (dropping balls in containers while avoiding Gladiators), and Human Cannonball (swinging to knock a Gladiator off a platform). The contestants can win points along the way, but ultimately it all comes down to the Eliminator, in which the contestants race head to head through an obstacle course. The points earned earlier give one of the contestants a time advantage as they try to make it through to the next round.
Yes, this is an on going contest with preliminaries, quarter finals, semi-finals, and then the winner of the half season being crowned in the finals.Read more ›
First, it's amazing how much changed over the seasons, yet how much stayed the same. The first 13 episode recap was a good way to get past the early medieval look to the show. I thought the production values of those first episodes was pretty cheap, and I'm glad they decided to spend more money for the second half. Once you do get to the last half of the first season, things pick up.
The video quality is actually pretty good too considering how it was filmed. I was impressed with how "new" it looked. I don't know if any restoration was done, but the second half looked pretty darn good for it's age.
The one thing I really loved about this set though were the audio commentaries by the 3 gladiators. Dan "Nitro" Clark, Jim "Laser" Starr, and Raye "Zap" Hollitt. I have to say that they are better than a lot of other commentaries I've listened to, just because they are so natural and casual. The gladiators go into specific details on how the show was in it's first year, the different personalities of the other gladiators, and what some of them are up to now. Also, giving some inside info on the contestants and the backstage decisions. What I liked the most was just the interaction between the 3 of them, it was like sitting on the couch with them and just chit-chatting with friends. Sometimes I would forget to pay attention to the show, because I was listening to one of their stories. It's kind of a "fly on the wall" feeling...like you shouldn't be listening, but it's good stuff, and they are really funny. I'm also glad the production company didn't censor them...Read more ›
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Brought back awesome memories! Video quality is good. Certainly better than broadcast quality back in the day. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris Alaimo
I remember growing up on this. Loved that Shout Factory has honored the shows fans, and the show period with this release. More, more, more please.Published 6 months ago by Seeking New Things
This is actually a collection of season two episodes that play in order all the way to the championship and the grand championship (the winner of season 1 vs winner of season 2). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jarrod M Leathem
Awesome set. Sad that the first half of season one is only a recap. Other than that, totally takes me back to that time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ray DeElena
It's a shame that only half of season one has gotten any sort of home video release. Possibly because I grew up on it, I prefer this version over the 2008 version where Hulk Hogan... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alexander Tosspot