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Resident Evil: Retribution Blu-ray Review

Resident Evil- Retribution Blu-ray

The “Resident Evil” franchise hits an all-time low with ‘Retribution.’

“Resident Evil: Retribution,” the fifth in the ongoing video game based sci-fi/horror franchise, is a bit of a mess story wise. The core story involves Alice and company battling against the Umbrella Corporation again (specifically the Red Queen), but there are plenty of subplots and side stories thrown in as well. Expect to see clones, Alice’s child, character cameos from past film, and creatures such as the Las Plagas zombies and a giant Licker.

After a tantalizing ending in ‘Afterlife,’ ‘Retribution’ feels like a let down (not that expectations are high for this series). While the backwards opening is a stunning achievement, the rest of the film feels like a step backward for the series as writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson really made this film feel like a glorified video game. It’s hard to shake the feeling that Anderson is just making stuff up this time around as everything seems to revolve around action set pieces. As you can imagine, this structural design makes the film become a repetitive bore rather quickly.

On the plus side, Anderson does cater to fans quite a bit here by incorporating elements of the video game (I won’t spoil what specifically) as well as the past films. I will say that RE fans should be pleased to see familiar faces both human and non-human.

Summary: Since ‘Retribution’ ends with a final shot that is more interesting than the entire movie, there is hope that the eventual sixth film could be fun. As for ‘Retribution’ though, it’s only for hardcore fans of this series.

Video/Audio:

As weak as the film may be, it certainly looks gorgeous in 2.40:1 1080p. From the bright colors to the slimy creatures, this transfer is a winner.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track does not disappoint as it sounds like a loud action video game (which is what the movie essentially is).

Extras:
* Ultraviolet digital copy.
* 4 ½ minutes of outtakes.
* Capcom and Sony trailers.
* “Evolving Alice”- A featurette on the journey Alice’s character has taken through the series.
* “Resident Evil: Reunion”- A featurette that delves into the familiar faces that reappear in ‘Retribution.’
* “Design And Build: The World Of Resident Evil: Retribution”- A featurette on the special and practical f/x.
* “Drop (Un) Dead: The Creatures Of Retribution”- A featurette about the monsters of ‘Retribution.’
* “Code: Mika”- Actress Mika Nakashima and other cast members talk about the character of J-Pop Girl.
* “Maestro Of Evil: Directing Resident Evil: Retribution”- This featurette covers all manners of director Paul W.S. Anderson from his marriage with star Milla Jovovich to his directorial choices and vision.
* A more serious and technical commentary with Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt that goes into story, filmmaking, sets, cinematography, a car chase, visual f/x, and so forth.
* 5 deleted/extended scenes.
* “Resident Evil: Retribution- Face Of The Fan”- A fun little extra that shows an RE fangirl who won a contest to become an extra in the film.
* “Project Alice: The Interactive Database”- An interactive Blu-ray feature that offers text and photographic character information and movie clips.
* “Resident Stuntman” has the cast and crew chatting about the stunt work and fights.
* A humorous and self congratulatory commentary by Paul W.S. Anderson, Milla Jovovich, and Boris Kodjoe. The group gleefully chats about set experiences, shots, things they love, visual f/x, etc.

December 24, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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