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Vamps Blu-ray Review

“Vamps” is enjoyable, but uneven.

“Vamps” reunites actress Alicia Silverstone with “Clueless” director Amy Heckerling. This time around, however, the comedic story focuses on two non-human killing vampires (Goody and Stacy) looking for romance in New York. The film is also cluttered with stories involving vampire hunters, an old timer bloodsucking vampire Stem (a vampire maker) named Ciccerus, a vampire group, and flashbacks to the past.

“Vamps” is an odd film in that it’s ambitious, layered, but clearly uneven. The film works really well when the snappy dialogue is at the forefront and when characters poke fun at the modern world and make clever pop culture references. I was also rather impressed with the ending that doesn’t wimp out and actually includes a few resolutions you wouldn’t normally see in a vampire film.

Equally impressive here is the cast that includes the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Krysten Ritter, Wallace Shawn, Malcolm McDowell, Richard Lewis and Alicia Silverstone. Everyone seems to be having a grand old time here especially Silverstone who hasn’t been this good on screen in years.

On the downside, the movie is a bit too busy for its own good. There are far too many stories crammed into here about everything from jury duty to a pregnancy. It almost feels like there are 2 movies worth of stories here.

The biggest drawback though is the production values. I understand this is a low budget production, but the lousy CGI and makeup work are downright distracting in spots (see the CGI bit involving a character’s head on a skeleton body

Summary: “Vamps” may fall flat at times, but it’s a surprisingly likeable movie. Give it a rent.

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 1.78:1 1080p, looks good for the most part. The rough looking CGI, however, doesn’t look very flattering in hi-def.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track does the job.

The only extras are a few Anchor Bay trailers.

November 21, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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