Directed by: Mark A.Z. Dippé
Starring: Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen
MPAA Rating: R
Distributed by: Warner Home Video
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Running Time: 98 minutes
Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I have always been a huge “Spawn” fan, even owning an original #1 comic. I always had a special place for this film in my heart even though it has a lot of flaws and some really terrible visual effects. As much as I love “Spawn”, I would have to really recommend this only to the biggest fans of the character. The film is fun but has not aged well at all. I would love to hopefully one day see McFarlane make a sequel/reboot that is a lot darker like the comic. Warner’s Blu-ray release is really a great upgrade from the last DVD release. The 1080p transfer is sharp and clear, especially since most of the film is very dark. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track is also very impressive and sounds great with the film’s action. Nonetheless Warner’s delivers a great Blu-ray presentation and that is worth the purchase alone, especially for its low cost.
The special features included are nothing new for Blu-ray but still impressive. There is an audio commentary from Creator Todd McFarlane, director Mark A.Z. Dippe, producer Clint Goldman and visual effects supervisor Steve “Spaz” Williams. It is decent McFarlane’s track should have been included on its own track. There is a very extensive six-part behind-the-scenes looks into the production, running over 70 minutes. Including a 22-minute documentary called “Making of Spawn”, seven featurettes titled “Todd McFarlane: Chapter and Verse”, five “Scene to Storyboard Comparisons” and more. I’ve always loved this film’s soundtrack, included two music videos for “Trip Like I Do” with Filter & The Crystal Method and “Long Hard Road Out of Hell” with Marilyn Manson & the Sneaker Pimps. Lastly there is a Theatrical Trailer included.
Premise: A government assassin is brought back to life as a black superhero with supernatural How can you avenge betrayal and murder? How can you fight for right in a world so steeped in evil? How can you protect those you love most from all that can do them harm? No man living – or dead – can tell you. But one trapped between both is struggling for an answer that can save the lives of his most beloved, or plunge the world into eternal darkness. The cloak and chains of Spawn explode onto the screen in a deadly tornado of untapped, unwrapped, merciless power.