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Product Description

From the producers of THE GRUDGE Franchise comes this terrifying new thriller starring Lucy Liu! Sadie (Liu) is an investigative reporter who stumbles upon a dark underground cult that is attracting young Los Angeles hipsters. Lured in by the promise of wild parties, these kids start turning up dead, and when Sadie tries to get to the bottom of their gruesome murders, she becomes a victim herself. She awakens in the morgue, neither dead nor alive, a vampire, consumed by an overwhelming craving for blood. Trying desperately to fight off her thirst, Sadie prowls the dark city streets, armed with a crossbow and hell-bent on slaying the twisted vampires that made her this way. Detective Rawlins (Chiklis) is sick with rage and grief after his only daughter becomes another victim of the vampire cult. He crosses paths with Sadie in his investigation, and the two join forces, stopping at nothing until they've exacted their revenge.

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Sadie Blake (Lucy Liu) dies and comes backs to life several times in Rise—Blood Hunter, which gives this revenge tale impetus to continue perhaps longer than it needs to. At over two hours long, this film, written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez (Snakes on A Plane), is beautifully filmed and acted at times but drags due to the drawn out story of a LA Weekly reporter who seeks revenge on her murderer, the vampire head of an underground blood-sucking cult. This handsome monster, Bishop (James D'Arcy), charms women, kidnaps them, and slits their throats with his claw-shaped necklace, stumping the entire LAPD minus Clyde Rawline (Michael Chilkis), a hard-drinking policeman who eventually teams up with Blake to hunt and destroy the vampiric ringleader. The scenes depicting initial doses of violence, like when Blake wakes up in a metal casket at the morgue, or when she's originally killed in Bishop's bed, covered in black trash bags to avoid bloodstains, feature crisp film footage awash in blue and red, setting a semi-poetic mood. Mostly, Rise—Blood Hunter operates on the vampire tales' conflation of sex and death, taking a sexy tone throughout, especially when Sadie or her fellow vampire, Collette (Cameron Richardson), feast on blood then strip off their sullied clothing. Blake's vengeance underpins her rebellious attitude, as she shoots her crossbow at each person she meets on the trail to Bishop. Though Rise—Blood Hunter is not a classic in the genre, it is enticing to add Lucy Liu to the list of gorgeous vampire slayers. —Trinie Dalton

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lucy Liu, Michael Chiklis, Mako, Carla Gugino, James D'Arcy
  • Directors: Sebastian Gutierrez
  • Producers: Greg Shapiro, Sam Raimi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UDGOC0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rise: Blood Hunter (Unrated Undead Edition)" on IMDb

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By Margaux Paschke VINE VOICE on February 26, 2008
Format: DVD
Hence, the four stars. I'm going out on a limb here and I know I'll get booed but I liked this movie and thought it very good for it's genre. I realize people don't like it when you go against the popular vote but I wanted to provide another voice. I'll skip summarizations as that has been already been provided but give my thoughts (for the two cents they're worth) instead.

I gather the Amazon Review person didn't watch the same movie because there are a lot of errors in that summary. I'm also confused over the starring roles listing. Robert Forster was on screen for maybe two minutes - a nice cameo by him and a few others. Marilyn Manson played a bartender without all the make-up (it took a while to recognize him) and Nick Lahey plays a small time crook who doesn't think about the whole picture (working for a vampire cult is never a good idea). All of acting was good, even the minor characters, with two main characters standing out. Sadie Blake (Lucy Lui), a supposed unwilling victim and The Bishop (James D'Arcy), an Englishman who charms his way past a woman's barriers. These two are the ones to watch and scenes containing them sizzle. The cinematography is amazing with it's color washes of reds and blues upon black. It's nicely filmed by a master.

There were nice twists here with the innocent turned against her will into vampirism.... or was she? We learn that Sadie's will to survive was so strong that not even The Bishop's feeding could kill her - that Sadie's survival instincts took over and that's what made her a vampire, not another vampire. She was lead in that direction but Sadie herself ultimately choose her path. I found this to be an interesting character development. As the Alchemist points out, no one is really innocent.
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If you're a reporter and you're given the choice between doing a story on a strange Goth Cult that act like vampires or doing a story that puts you deep in a war-torn area in the middle of fierce fighting...choose the latter.

After what pretty much amounts to a straight to DVD release in the US, I was surprised to see that Rise - Blood Hunter had some pretty popular stars: Lucy Liu ( Charlie's Angels / Charlie's Angels Full Throttle ), Michael Chiklas ( The Shield - Seasons 1 - 5 ) and a group of other actors that you'll say, "hey, I just saw that guy in...." However, after watching the movie, I was more surprised that this group of actors even took roles in what was more like a fair-at-best Blade Trilogy spinoff.

Rise - Blood Hunter (aka just "Rise") is one of those films that starts with a teaser-glimpse of the end, then the movie unnecessarily jumps all over from past to present throughout the flick. This made for a more discombobulated story flow than it did for an interesting way to tell a story. The plot (after much back-story) surrounds the plights of a rogue vampire (Liu) that crosses paths with a cop looking for the cult (or person...or thing) that killed his daughter.

Rise has its tense moments, but they are few and far between, and the film is a tad bit predictable. It's also sexy at times...kinky even. But even Lucy Liu hanging upside-down naked couldn't get a big enough...er...um..."Rise" out of audiences to keep this movie out of the straight to DVD crossbow sight.

Rise is no collector's item.
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So I took a chance on this one: B001HY4TIW

I am happy to report that this Blu Ray is region free and plays on my Sony region A player here in the United States. Also, the description lists the language as French, but upon loading the disc you able to select English or French menus and the audio tracks are offered in English 2.0 and 5.1.

The video, as mentioned, does play on USA Blu-Ray players and is formatted to fit a 16x9 screen edge to edge. This is a crop from the original 240:1 in theaters, which can be had on the Unrated DVD, but hey it makes for a great viewing experience. I have seen both and the Blu Ray has much better video quality than up-converting the Unrated DVD, if you can live with the 16x9 crop, which I can but some cannot.

Quality is great, image is great, audio is great, story boards are great, cast is great and the movie is great. AAA+++ if you are a Vampire, Lucy Liu or Michael Chiklis fan.

Rise: Blood Hunter on Blu Ray that you can watch on your American region A player. Woo hoo!
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How many great movies have we seen, that had this beautiful actress in it? At least a half-dozen, right? Miss Liu always brings something special to any movie she plays in. What would Kill Bill have been like without her? Or Charlie's Angels?

Liu is a fantastic co star, playing with some of the reqlly great actresses and actors, Mel Gibson, James Kahn, Jackie Chan, and Owen Wilson. I'm a big fan of hers, and always have been, so I went on and gave her four stars for this low budget film in which she plays the lead. Okay it wasn't a blockbuster, but I think she did her part very well.
In this tale of revenge, Liu plays as a reanimated woman that brings righteous retribution down on the people that murdered her. Waking up in a morgue three days after her demise, she BLASTS her way out of a refrigerated tomb. The sweet and innocent person that she was before her murder is now, long gone. If you've never seen this classic before, I would highly recommend that you do so, I've watched it at least three or four times since it came out in the mid nineties. so, the next time your searching for something decent to stream, give this one a try. I would suggest getting SD, because HD was not perfected yet at the time; it was very expensive to own a device that could play HD, and the budget RISE had to work with did not have the super digital powers that ...well...almost EVERYTHING is shot in now.
So, in a nutshell, Miss Lucy takes a limited situation and does a decent job. Bravo Miss Lucy!! Oh, and if you ever decide that you don't want to be in the Hollywood Hills anymore, I would be most happy, and honored to enlighten you about life in the peace and beauty of the hills of Mammoth Cave Kentucky!
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