I was fortunate enough to be given a review copy of the latest edition of the UFC's Ultimate Fight Collection 2012 by the good folks at Anchor Bay (the same people who allowed us to run a contest to give away one of the sets) and, having spent a good amount of time with the set, I can say that it's worth every cent of the $134.98 price tag. The 20 disc collection features 20 discs and covers every event from UFC 132 through UFC 147.
Here are some quick thoughts on the set:
- One key change in the format is that they've moved away from the special features that showed up in last year's edition. There's no special looks at pressers or anything like in the 2011 edition. I don't know that I consider this a huge loss, but I know many people really liked those features last time around.
- The only other negative I can point out is the incomplete cards. Even on 20 discs, you're looking at over 30 different cards. So you won't be getting every fight the UFC put on, and for some shows you'll get as few as four fights. Of course, the focus is on the best fights the promotion put on, so you're not losing out on any great fights. But I'm a completest so it can be a little annoying to go to look at UFC 147 and know there are only 4 fights available.
- The packaging is beautiful. While there are the same issues as last year's set in that it's a large package that won't fit on many DVD shelves, it can make a fine addition to a shelf in an office or wherever.
- The menus look really nice as well with dramatic music that serves its purpose more than standard UFC fare. No outdated heavy metal or anything like that.
- This is not a blu-ray set, which may annoy some. I compared the video quality to the standard UFC DVD releases of some of these same shows and, while it could have been my imagination, it seemed like the video was slightly more crisp on this set. I don't know why that would be, but it seemed that way.
Final Verdict: 50 hours of almost nothing but fights for under $150 (under $95 currently at Amazon) is a great deal. Even if you might be losing out on a few fights here and there, this is the best the UFC had to offer over a year long stretch and that's a great thing. There's not really anything new here if you're someone who buys every show's DVD release as it comes out that demands you purchase this as well, but buying this and the 2011 edition will give you an enviable amount of great UFC action.