Set to coincide with the release of a companion magazine, the latest WWE Diva DVD, "Viva Las Divas", joins the sexy ladies in the Grand Cozumel and the Grand Xcaret in Mexico. Favorite Divas Ivory, Victoria and Trish Stratus are joined this time around with a whole new crop of Divas as they shoot their individual layouts. The main feature runs an hour and eighteen minutes, and they fly by pretty quick. As usual, the WWE has put together a superb package featuring Divas from both brands (and thankfully, Ivory makes an appearance too!).
However, I really wish Vince would put as much effort into a REAL woman's division as he does for these DVD releases, since the majority of the Divas featured on this disc can't wrestle. But, based on the events that have taken (and are currently taking) place on the show, i'm thinking it's not that important of an issue. In fact, they're prepping yet another Diva contest to eat up valuable time on Raw during upcoming weeks. I realize i'm on a soapbox now, but this extras on this disc are a good example of why I think Raw is (or used to be) the superior brand compared to SmackDown!. The majority of the "matches" from SmackDown! are things like "Halloween Costume Contest" and "Pilgrim Indian Match". Don't get me wrong, I AM a hot blooded male that doesn't mind watching a "Lingerie Pillow Fight" every once in a while, but Raw used to excel because they had extremely attractive Divas who could, coincidently, wrestle too. Granted, they might not be anywhere near as technical as Chris Benoit, but they'd be pretty damn close. Christy Hemme and the rest of the nuDivas possess little to none wrestling ability or mic skills.
Okay, i'm done. I bring this up because watching the Women's Championship Match in the extras touched a nerve and made me realize how few Divas there are that capable of performing in the ring. (For the record, as of this writing, both Lita and Trish are currently recovering from injuries.) Regardless, i'm sure the purpose of the main feature of this disc is not to impress the viewer with the Diva's wrestling skill (or lack of). No, it's to feature extremely sexy ladies in gorgeous locales while wearing next to nothing. In this regard, this disc totally succeeds. Out of all the Diva segments, I thought Lillian's was the most interesting, and since she's basically a ring announcer or singer of the National Anthem on occasion (one performance is included in the extras), I didn't even consider her a Diva. I also enjoyed Trish (she's my favorite Diva and has a wicked sense of humour) and Ivory's segments too (though they really should get her back in the ring).
The main feature is divided into 26 chapters:
Since the main feature has a paltry one hour running time, the WWE has packed a TREMENDOUS amount of extras. I think it's a mandate that each DVD release contain, at the very minimum, two and a half hours of material - which definitely gives the fans more bang for their buck. All the Extras on this disc are, of course, Diva related. The chapters are as follows:
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound was crystal clear and enveloped my
living room while I was watching it. I especially enjoyed the soothing sounds of
the shore during the menus.