Resident Evil Trilogy 1-3
DVD | Box Set
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 the Red 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 slain victims.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
After narrowly escaping the horrors of the underground Hive facility, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is quickly thrust back into a war raging above ground between the living and the Undead. As the city is locked down under quarantine, Alice joins a small band of elite soldiers, led by Valentine (Sienna Guillory, Love, Actually) and Carlos (Oded Fehr, The Mummy Returns), enlisted to rescue the missing daughter of Dr. Ashford, the creator of the mutating T-virus. It's a heart-pounding race against time as the group faces off against hordes of blood- thirsty zombies, stealthy Lickers, mutant canines and the most sinister foe yet. Written and produced by the visionary director of Resident Evil, Paul W.S. Anderson (Alien Vs. Predator) and directed by Alexander Witt, Resident Evil: Apocalypse is a superior sci-fi suspense sequel.
Resident Evil: Extinction
Milla Jovovich is back in the third chapter of the hugely successful Resident Evil franchise! This action-packed horror film is set in the Nevada desert and filled with intense special effects and more zombie terror!
Las Vegas means fun in the sun. Well? at least the sun is still there. Except for a few rusting landmarks, it looks pretty much like the rest of the desert - or the whole country, for that matter. The crowds are now flesh-eating zombies: the mass undead, the oozing, terrifying sludge of what remains. Here, the newly upgraded Alice, along with her crew (Oded Fehr, Mike Epps, Ali Larter, Ashanti) will make a final stand against evil - with one goal: to turn the undead dead again.
Writer & Producer Commentary
Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Fangoria Clip
Cast & Filmmakers' Commentary
Visual Effects Commentary
Scoring Resident Evil
Storyboarding Resident Evil
Alternate Ending with director Paul Anderson's video introduction
Camera Tests: Zombies
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Resident Evil really started the resurgence in Zombie movies/TV shows. When the original came out there had not really been anything in the genre for a fairly long while. And while I would not say any of the movies are as good as The Walking Dead, or even IZombie, if you accept them for what they are, and what they are not, they are enjoyable action packed movies.
Of course, the series is based on the video game of the same name. The first movie is actually a prequel to the events of the original game, where we learn exactly how the T-Virus that causes the zombie epidemic is released. The second movie is set shortly after the events of the game and really center on the effort to control the outbreak, and the third movie, Extinction, is set many years after the outbreak when the epidemic has spread.
The main character of the films is Alice, played by Milla Jovovich. The other films have rotated supporting cast and characters, but hers is the constant, and she is essentially superhuman after being exposed to the virus. She is intent on taking down the Umbrella Corporation, which created the virus, and the various levels of bad guys. You really do not need to know much about the plot from there, aside from the fact that it involves evading zombies that are becoming more and more powerful. I have never played the games, so I am not sure how much they differ or how much people who are hardcore fans of the game would be upset by what has been changed, but like I said earlier if you accept that it is an action movie based on killing zombies, and will never win any awards for acting, directing or writing, although for the genre I think all are fine in the movies, you can enjoy them.
The movies look and sound great on Blu-Ray. The special features are very similar for each movie. At least 1 commentary track on the movies, deleted scenes and a lot of behind the scenes and making of features. If you like listening to the commentary tracks, the ones Milla Jovovich does are pretty hilarious. She totally does not take herself seriously, but you can tell she was very into the movies and what she was doing. All in all you get a good hour plus of bonus features for each movie. If you are a fan of action/horror movies they are worth checking out.
As a published horror author myself, one who has little tolerance for zombie stories/films, I have to admit these films are an exception. Much of the credit goes to Milla Jovovich as Alice, the lead in all six films. The zombies are always there, but the acting is excellent and the storyline intriguing. The supporting actors are nearly all great too. Sorry Oded didn't make it to the fourth film as there seemed to be a budding love interest between him and Alice.
As to this trilogy of the first three films, the first is not in the same widescreen as the other two, but I didn't notice any difference, thus I don't regret getting the three as a set. The extras are all included for each film as well. Not to mention it's cheaper to buy the three DVDs together than separately.
This is a good deal and the movies are worth watching again, despite parts being familiar. I enjoy this series and hate to see it end. I'm sure Milla will do more good stuff, however. She is amazing! The only film she starred in that I really disliked was the Joan of Arc "bio"; Milla's acting was great, but the film is depressing, ugly, dark and miserable to sit through (not Milla's fault, however!).
This is one of the few times where the sequels keep evolving with the players. We both felt the stories and performances get better with each film, and although this review is for just the trilogy set, after seeing the fourth one I will be ordering it soon. If you are a Jovovich fan, an action fan or just a fan of the "Resident Evil" movies, I recommend adding this set to your collection. If you like a bunch of special features, however, you may want to order the separate movies with the additional DVD, the special features reels are not included in this collection.