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Resident Evil: Vendetta Blu-ray Review

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“Resident Evil: Vendetta” is the best animated RE film to date.

In the CGI animated “Resident Evil: Vendetta,” the story revolves around the villainous black market bio weapon dealer Glenn Arias who is looking to get revenge on the Government after his family and wife are wiped out by a bomb. Knowing that Arias is in possession of dangerous weapons and viruses that could be unleashed, the BSAA and agent Chris Redfield are assigned to track him down. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. Eventually, Redfield requires some help along the way from a scientist and former team member (Rebecca Chambers) and the bad-ass Leon S. Kennedy, but Arias also has his eye on the brilliant Rebecca as well.

Right out of the gate “Resident Evil: Vendetta” is a vast improvement over the dull “Resident Evil: Degeneration” and “Resident Evil: Damnation.” While the film has its issues (which I will get to in a bit), this animated feature film not only captures the essence of the video game series, but is also rather exciting. The first half hour or so feels like a proper horror movie with built up suspense and jump scares, but the movie shifts gears and becomes more of an action-horror film complete with thrilling shootouts, death, gore, and epic “boss fights” if you will.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that “Resident Evil: Vendetta” also looks visually stunning. CGI animated films have certainly come a long way since “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” as everything looks so much more fluid and photo realistic. The mo-cap work for the action is equally intense and impressive here. Really, there’s negative about the overall animation at all.

As I mentioned above, the movie does have some downsides. Even though it maintains your interest from start to finish, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the film kind of plays more like a video game (or video game cut scenes) more than a movie at times. This is especially evident during the unnecessarily lengthy scenes of characters walking around. I fully understand the production team was trying to create tension, but it was overkill to say the least. The movie could have used some editing to tighten up the first half hour or so.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The CGI animation looks stunning in 1080p. I can only imagine it looks even better in 4k!

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A very effective track. From the gunfire to the jump scare sound f/x cues, this track delivers all around.

Extras: * Sony trailers. * A stills gallery. * Theatrical and teaser trailers for “Resident Evil: Vendetta.” * “Motion Capture Set Tour With Dante Carver”- The title says it all. * “CGI To Reality”- A 2 part extra that covers the creation of the creature, bike, house, shootouts and character models from concept, modeling, layout, animation, simulation, lighting, director approval, asset, sets, effect and shot. * An informative subtitled commentary by Takanori Tsujimoto, Takashi Shimizu and Makoto Fukami. * “Tokyo Game Show Footage 2016”- 13 minutes of footage from the panel. * “BSAA Mission Briefing: Combat Arias”- Video profiles of the heroes and villains. * “Designing The World of Vendetta”- A nearly 4 minute featurette about the visual look of the film.

Overall Thoughts: If you like the “Resident Evil” movies or games, seek this one out.

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July 15, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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