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ABCs Of Death 2 Blu-ray Review

ABCs of Death 2 Blu-ray

“ABCs of Death 2” is better than its predecessor.

As a horror anthology film aficionado, the premise of the first “The ABCs of Death” really excited me. A horror film comprised of 26 short films (one for each letter of the alphabet) about death sounded like a horror fan’s dream come true. Sadly, the film itself turned out to be repugnant and thoroughly unpleasant to say the least. Luckily, the producers seemed to have worked out most of the kinks in the second installment (“ABCs of Death 2”) as talented filmmakers from various countries (such as Bill Plympton, Julian Barratt and Larry Fessenden) have contributed their art this time around.

After an introduction to the storybook wraparound and the deliciously perfect hitman centric “A Is For Amateur” short, it was clear that this sequel was primed to be superior to the first entry. Granted, there are a few clunkers like the horribly unfunny “P Is For P-P-P-P Scary!,” the creative, but flat gross-out stop motion animated bug short (“D Is For Deloused”) and the amateurish “L Is For Legacy,” but the good far outweighs the bad here.

In terms of the “good” shorts, the nature program spoof “B Is For Badger,” the crazy and creepy “G Is For Grandad,” the intriguing zombie courtroom drama “O Is For Ochiocracy,” and the positively deranged “Z Is For Zygote” (which sees a woman giving birth to a 13 year old) all prove to be worth your time. The real stand-out, however, is the fiendishly clever “W Is For Wish” which finds two kids playing with He-Man esque toys being transported into the violent universe that these characters inhabit.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Even though each short varies in style and quality, the overall transfer is solid.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? I didn’t detect any issues here. It does the job.

Extras:
* Magnolia trailers.
* The obligatory AXS TV featurette on the film.
* Commentary on every short by far too many folks to name.
* For 19 of the shorts, viewers have the option of checking out still galleries, making of featurettes, behind the scenes featurettes, and more.

Overall Thoughts: “ABCs of Death 2” is not a perfect horror anthology film by any means, but it’s still worth a watch if for no other reason than to see ‘W Is For Wish.”

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January 31, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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