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Resident Evil (Special Edition) (2002)

Milla Jovovich , Michelle Rodriguez , Paul W.S. Anderson  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (819 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey, Oscar Pearce, Indra Ové
  • Directors: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Writers: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Producers: Albert Botha, Bernd Eichinger, Chris Symes, Daniel S. Kletzky, Jeremy Bolt
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (819 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JL3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Resident Evil (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 5 exclusive featurettes: "The Making of Resident Evil," "Scoring Resident Evil," costumes, set design, zombie makeup tests
  • Music video: "My Plague" by Slipknot

Editorial Reviews

Something rotten is brewing beneath the industrial mecca known as Raccoon City. Unknown to its millions of residents, a huge underground bioengineering facility known as The Hive has accidentally unleashed the deadly and mutating T-virus, killing all of its employees. To contain the leak, the governing supercomputer, Red Queen, has sealed all entrances and exits. Now a team of highly-trained super commandos including Rain (Michelle Rodriguez - The Fast and the Furious, Girlfight), Alice (MillaJovovich - The Fifth Element) and Matt (Eric Mabius - Cruel Intentions) must race to penetrate The Hive in order to isolate the T-virus before it overwhelms humanity. To do so, they must get past theRed Queen's deadly defenses, face the flesh-eating undead employees, fight killer mutant dogs and battle The Licker, a genetically mutated savage beast whose strength increases with each of its slainvictims.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taut, effective zombie kill fest. January 27, 2004
By John IV
This was a taut, chilling, and surprisingly effective zombie kill fest. The opening with the lethal lock-down of the complex by the super-computer is at once coldly methodical, and deadly. Milla as the heroine has transformed markedly since her Fifth Element days, and does an admirable job as the anesthesia victim. This film really moves along at a great pace, the Marylyn Manson soundtrack kicks it up a notch along w/ the action sequences. A deadly virus is released in an underground research complex, the host computer kills all the scientists rather than risk external exposure of the virus. A security detail is dispatched to ascertain what went wrong, but are themselves targeted by the newly animated dead. One of the better of its breed to be sure, very polished and gritty at the same time. It works, recommended.
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie but Terrible DVD Edition September 16, 2004
It was really funny when this DVD came out because it is titled "Resident Evil: DELUXE EDITION" and in actuality there are more special features on the original release. The only thing one could label "Deluxe" about this edition is that it has a small about a 2 minute clip from Resident Evil 2.
So, if you are looking to buy Resident Evil, then its a fun movie. But if your looking for "deluxe special features", then this is most definately the wrong place.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, But Very Good May 7, 2002
By A Customer
I would rate the video game movies like this:
1- Resident Evil
2- Mortal Kombat
3- Final Fantasy
4- Tomb Raider
5- Mortal Kombat: Anilation
6- Double Dragon
7- Street Fighter
The history of video game movies has been rocky, but this one restores my faith in the genre. I saw it twice in the theatre, and I will be watching it a infinite amount of times on DVD. Something I did not like about it was the lack of gore. That is something Resident Evil [the game] had been known for. But it did not disappoint me as much as other games to movie adaptations. It starts out with a fatal mistake of a virus being unleashed in a place called The Hive. A computer then kills everyone in the building. A elite team of soldiers has been sent to clean up the mess. It's ending leaves it wide open for a sequel, which I really REALLY want to see. Mill Jovovich gives a great performance in the movie along with the other actors. This is a good movie and you will most likely enjoy it.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action, drop-dead gorgeous lead actress... March 18, 2002
This movie is based on a video game that I have never played, so I can't comment on how the movie's plot follows the game. When the movie starts, there is a really cool aspect to it. A naked woman has just regained consciousness in her shower and can't remember anything. The next few minutes are packed with action, and a team of military personnel take them to the Hive (an underground research lab). Slowly each of them get filled in on the details of the mission. What that mission is, you'll have to watch the movie (or e-mail me) for.
The movie goes along great. The plot starts to materialize and things seem all right when all of a sudden the movie got derailed. Right about the point where the first living dead is discovered is when the film started to take a downturn. From then on it starts to resemble one of John Carpenter's films (particularly Ghosts of Mars. They even have the requisite train scene at the end. If you haven't seen this. Don't.) I was disappointed by this.
What I can say is that the lead actress Milla Jovovich gave it a good performance (as far as action flicks go), on top of being HOT. Sure, being the femme fetale and kicking butt is cliche nowadays. But you should see her in action.
LEAP rating (each out of 5):
L (Language) - 3 (no unnecessary cursing)
E (Erotica) - 3 (2 scenes with close to full body nudity, but tastefully done)
A (Action) - 4 (living dead dogs were scarier than the living dead people, but their asses still needed to be kicked)
P (Plot) - 3 (plot elements were well explained, no big surprises)
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining action/sci-fi flick... December 15, 2005
By J. Lim
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I recently purchased Resident Evil: Deluxe Edition from Having never seen this film before, I realized that I played a gamble with this DVD. However, I think I did alright.

For 11.49, you really can't go wrong. This film features non-stop action, suspense, and a semi-decent plot to go with the flow of the film. Mind you, the plot has the structural integrity of a block of swiss cheese. But, bear in mind that Resident Evil is not a film that was made with the intention of getting nominated for an Academy Award.

Movies of this genre require only 2 things:

1) A beautiful female lead who knows martial arts and can manipulate a 9mm with the finesse of a Parisian street artist (that is a compliment).

2) Lots of on-screen death and destruction. Resident Evil is chock-full of "#2". Zombies are shot at, kicked at, punched at, and even head-butted at one point I think.

Grab the popcorn and Coke. Dim the lights, and turn up the sound. For 12 dollars, I do not think you will be disappointed.

5 solid stars. Not for quality, but for pure entertainment value. Do NOT expect deep, thought-provoking dialogue, and thematic material from this film.

DO expect one hell of a ride....and with Milla driving, you'll definitely be in for a treat!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not very good artwork for a great movie.
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Published 23 days ago by Mark RoBards
1.0 out of 5 stars They took a dump and this movie was the result
This movie series is an abomination and if you come across any copies please make sure to burn them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by soundstudio
4.0 out of 5 stars Resident Evil
This is my favorite movie on the self I still watch till this day. The dress she has on really makes her look amazing and Michelle in this movie is good too with great actors.
Published 2 months ago by Maurice Dejuan Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Too Shabby
This movie has been out 12 years and it's still good. The newer Resident Evil movies are better in my opinion, but I just happened to see this one on Netflix and thought I'd give... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matt
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Fan of the Games, But This Movie Is Horrible!
I'm a huge fan of the Resident Evil video game series and zombie movies. Now, while I could start off this review criticizing the movie for having almost nothing to do with the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Zencik
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
I completely love this series and need to ad all the movies to my collection!!! I love the action and it really delivers!!!
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