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  • Actors: Christopher Lambert, Corey Sevier, Irena A. Hoffman
  • Directors: Jenö Hodi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MTI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003P6PWAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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While researching the legend of the Blood Countess, in the wilds of the Carpathian Mountains, three young Americans pick up an attractive stranger who will take them on the journey of their lives. From a mountain fortress, they must outwit and elude the Vampire and supernatural forces closing in on them. As the fast-paced, horrifying action accelerates, the pieces of an ancient puzzle begin to fall into place.

Customer Reviews

This was just bad.
Amanda Pike
The film had some interesting elements that made it different from other horror movies, but overall I just wasn't impressed with this vampire romance film.
Compay
Character development, cliched and nonexistant.
K. Gardner

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Compay on September 28, 2010
Format: DVD
Metamorphosis is about what you would expect from most straight-to-DVD horror flicks. The film follows the story of a young American writer researching a centuries-old legend in Europe, and the mysterious stranger that his friends pick up along the way.

Pros: The film was shot primarily in Hungary, and the setting is amazing. Terrific forest and mountain shots, and scenes shot in real castles and monasteries add to the authentic vibe of the film. The cast features a wide variety of experienced Hungarian actors, and a mix of others from Germany, America and the UK. While not particularly talented, the amazingly beautiful Romanian actress Irena Hoffman makes a welcome addition as the mysterious woman the Americans encounter.

Cons: Low production value, weak CGI effects, and sub-par writing. Kudos to director Jenö Hodi (who makes a cameo) for not wanting to make a "typical" vampire flick, but Metamorphosis comes off like a bad soap opera. The film's focus is that vampires have feelings too, but it's displayed through overdramatic dialogue. Christopher Lambert of Highlander fame plays a vampire that is so chatty that it becomes annoying after a while. The jokes in the film are dry, and there's an awful lot of overracting.

There's very little blood in the film, and nuances like Deja Vu moments are never really explained. There's a twist by the film's conclusion, but even that doesn't fully answer the viewer's questions about the story.

The DVD extras include a featurette on the making of the film, with interviews of the main cast. There is also a video for "Route 66", by Hungarian rapper Döglégy (Zolee Ganxsta) who appears in the film as Igor the Russian traveler.

The film had some interesting elements that made it different from other horror movies, but overall I just wasn't impressed with this vampire romance film. Rent this one from Redbox and form your own opinion before you decide to buy the DVD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James Gardner VINE VOICE on August 12, 2011
Format: DVD
"Metamorphosis" has almost no redeeming qualities, apart from the beautiful and captivating Irena A. Hoffman, a former model. Hoffman has been in more than a dozen films since 2004 and guest starred on several TV series

The film's star is Christopher Lambert (1957), best known for his "Highlander" films (1986, 1991, 1994, 2000). Though born on Long Island, he moved to Switzerland at the age of 2. His first few films were French, and "Greystoke" (1984) was his first English film. He made a number of other English speaking films (e.g., "The Sicilian" in 1987, "Mortal Combat" in 1995) but most of his subsequent work has been foreign, primarily French. He won the Cesar Award (French Oscar) in 1986 for "Subway", a Luc Besson film. Though he is the "star" of the film, Lambert barely gets any screen time for the first half, and what time he does spend in the second half he probably wishes he hadn't.

For a vampire film there isn't all that much blood and not that much Vampire "lore". The best part of the film is the lovely landscape in Hungary.

This was the last film for writer/director/producer Jeno Hodi.

Bottom line - considering how many excellent Vampire films are out there, there is little here to recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Pike on August 7, 2011
Format: DVD
This is one of the worst vampire films I have ever seen. The dialogue was so cheesy I practically winced. Some of it didn't make sense. WHY did Christopher Lambert's character (who was British) call Elizabeth Bathory's daughter a tourist while they were IN Hungary? WHY are people able to bleed IN purgatory? What was with the vampire hunter?

The main character is what many call a Gary Stu. A Gary Stu is the male equivalent of the Mary Sue, a very flat, two dimensional protagonist designed to be an ideal that the audience members are supposed to relate to. He's the sort of character that is frowned upon in role playing games for being uncreative and contrived.

The more you think about it, the less sense the film made and it over explained simple things like the term clinically dead. This was just bad. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. This felt like a Syfy original movie, that's how bad it was. I can't even put into words how much I disliked this movie. On the list of bad vampire movies this goes up there with the Twilight films, Dracula 3000, Queen of the damned and the Fright Night remake, just bad.

If you want an interesting vampire romance just go watch Bram Stoker's Dracula. This was awful.

The plot of Metamorphosis: Okay, so it begins with the sad, misunderstood ...Elizabeth Bathory (yes, the woman who bathed in virgin blood) as her daughter (also named Elizabeth) is ripped from her arms. He comes off as a cheesy villain. "Mwahaha! You'll never see your child again! Mwaaha!" And flings her over a horse (obviously a doll at this point because her head bobs up and down way too fast as they gallop away). Apparently the daughter grew up, cursed God for what became of her family and became a vampire.

Cut to modern day Hungary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Gardner on February 4, 2012
Format: DVD
Besides, I couldn't find the remote, was working on my laptop and didn't want to get up to go hunt for it. Also, I thought, man.. this is beautiful scenery. And it's Christopher Lambert - The Highlander! Lord Greystoke! He wouldn't be in a horrid film. It has to get better.

He was. And it didn't. It only kept getting worse. It was seriously so bad, I kept thinking maybe it was the Monty Python edition.

Dialogue.. ugh. Character development, cliched and nonexistant. Acting was nothing short of pathetic.

Nothing. Made. Sense. Who made this film and why? A hundreds of year old strong immortal gets sidetracked by a girls boobs and gets "staked" by a 20 year old? Are you kidding me? Now.. if you can watch this for FREE, and have a bottle of booze, make it a drinking game. That might be fun. But if you "drink" at "any ridiculous part", you'll be schnockered 1/4 way through.

Good for a laugh, nothing more.
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