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Blu Review 52 - Dead Cert
on January 16, 2012
EAD CERT Blu-ray Review
Distributor : Shout Factory (US)
What do you get when you cross a family of East End gangsters with a pack of deadly Russian vampires? Well in this case it would appear to be a pretty entertaining (if perhaps a little silly) movie.
Take one bunch of Cockney wide boys, a seedy strip club complete with underground fighting circuit, mix in a hostile take over by a group of invading Russian Mafia and you ultimately have the basic ingredients for a pretty violent showdown. This showdown however, is set to be a little different as it soon becomes clear that the Russian immigrants are none other than a pack of bloodthirsty vampires who are determined to make the territory their own.
Starring a few of the usual Brit flick faces, the film goes from regular gangster drama to full blown horror survival movie and with bad boys versus vampires you just know the blood is going to flow in rivers.
Released practically unnoticed on Blu-ray by the distributor, the film is presented in a 1080p 2.35:1 16x9 transfer which is visually striking in detail. Skin tones appear natural, colours are warm and well defined and black levels also show a decent amount of depth. All in all this is a strong transfer which really shouldn't generate any complaints from collectors.
Audio is represented with a DTS HD 7.1 track which provides crisp and well defined dialogue. Background music and effects however do appear a little subdued at times although this is more than likely due to the way the movie was actually filmed rather than any actual audio defects.
Extras for this release comprise of an audio commentary with cast and producer, a pretty intensive making of documentary featuring interviews and on set footage and also a theatrical trailer. What is here is largely very good and it's nice to be able to gain a reasonable insight into the making of the film.
All things considered, the movie is pretty entertaining if not taken too seriously. The characters are fairly well written, enough at least to enable you to root for your favourites (however your allegiance may well change a few times as the film plays out) and special effects remain pretty decent throughout. Admittedly the film is no Goodfellas or even From Dusk Till Dawn, but for a mindless vampire action flick mixed with a twist of East End villainy you could certainly do a lot worse.
Released region free by Shout Factory, this Blu-ray makes a reasonable addition to the growing number of Brit Flicks currently hitting the market and for a film which may otherwise have quietly slipped by many collectors, this one isn't half bad.
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