3D Blu-ray “Resident Evil: Retribution 3D”

Actors: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillroy, Kevin Durand, Boris Kodjoe
Directors: Paul W.S. Anderson
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: December 21, 2012
Run Time: 95 minutes

Film: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 4.5 out of 5 stars

When I went to the theaters to see “Resident Evil: Retribution”, I had no idea it was going to be one of my favorite movies in the series, nor my favorite of the year.  My expectations were completely blown away with this film.  It is hard to believe that the 5th film in the franchise will surpass the film’s before it…but it sure does! “Resident Evil: Retribution” takes what is amazing about this franchise and amps to to 11 (and above)! It doesn’t get old watching Milla Jovovich in skin-tight leather kicking zombie ass.  It reminds me of Kate Beckinsale in “Underworld” but between me and you Milla does it better.

In this fifth film, there are tons of return characters, despite being dead (that doesn’t mean they are zombies either – see the movie to known what I mean). Michelle Rodriguez comes back in her role of Rain Ocampo from the first “Resident Evil”, as well as another character also. Colin Salmon or better known as “One” also from the first “Resident Evil” comes back with in this installment. My favorite return is Sienna Guillory aka the sexy Jill Valentine comes back, this time as a baddie.  She is mega-hot and also kicks some mega-ass.  Oded Fehr from “RE: Apocalypse” and “RE: Extinction” comes back from the dead but not the way that you would think. We find out what happened to Luther West (Wentworth Miller) as he returns as well. Lastly, and probably fan favorite Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts) is back and very helpful to Alice – or is he?

What I liked about the opening of this film is that you do not need to see the first five films in order to enjoy this.  It literally goes back and covers all the important ground.  Now if you have seen the previous film it only makes better, like the end scene from “Afterlife” being played backwards in slow-motion. Perfect way to start the movie. The 3D effects in the film are the best that I have seen throughout the entire year! Seriously! There is tons of in-your-face moments and also adds to some great jumps. The depth added throughout and it really works with the films’ action.  Speaking of the action, from the moment it starts, this film is a 90+ minute rollercoaster ride.

Official Synopsis: The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, ALICE (Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

Sony is releasing this film in a very nice 2-Disc Combo Pack, including the Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, and DVD, as well as UltraViolet™ digital streaming copy.  The film works well in 2D but it looses a bit of its charm.   The 3D in the theaters was great but I have to say that the 1080p transfer on the Blu-ray is really sharp and draws you in so well.  The film literally plays like a video game, which is the way it should be and works best with the transfer.  The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sounds beyond amazing.  Since the film is literally a 90-minute roller coaster ride, the sound is constantly  pumping giving the surround system quite the workout.

The special features on this release is nothing short of stunning just like the film itself.  I am nothing but 100% satisfied that there are actually 3D special features.  Sony is getting a name for doing this after “Men in Black III” and “The Amazing Spider-Man”.  It is not much but there are still deleted & extended Scenes and Outtakes in 3D that are exclusive to the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray. On disc two there are also six exclusive featurettes, each better than the next. “”Maestro of Evil: Directing Resident Evil: Retribution”” looks into Anderson returning to the franchise as the director of the film. ““Resident Evil: Reunion”” looks into this huge cast reunion as I described above. “Evolving Alice”” show about Jovovich keeps playing Alice fresh. “In “Design & Build: The World of Resident Evil: Retribution” looks into creating the gigantic sets for this gigantic film. “Resident Stuntman”” gives a look into the action stunts with stunt coordinator Nick Powell. Lastly, “Code: Mika” is a short look with star Mika Nakashima, as she reprises her role as “J-Pop Girl”.

The rest of the bonus features include various cast, director and producer commentary tracks. They each provide different perspectives from the production.  There is also on final featurette ““Drop (Un)Dead: The Creatures”, which is a look into the various creatures from the franchise with the cast/crew. There is also an interactive map called ” Project Alice: The Interactive Database”,” which will allows you to investigate the living, the dead and the undead of the “Resident Evil”. I would also like to note that “The Complete Series: Resident Evil 1-5” will also be available on Blu-ray with UltraViolet starting December 21st, including each 2D feature film in the Resident Evil franchise.
 

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Blu-ray Review “Resident Evil: Damnation”

Directed by: Makoto Kamiya
Starring: Matthew Mercer, Dave Wittenberg, Courtenay Taylor, Val Tasso, Robin Sachs, Wendee Lee, Salli Saffioti
MPAA Rating: R
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: September 25, 2012

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 4 out of 5 stars

“Resident Evil: Damnation” is the CGI animated sequel to “Resident Evil: Degeneration”. I wasn’t a mega big fan of “Degeneration”. I thought they could have done much better with the “Resident Evil” franchises’ first trip to CGI animation. Well “Damnation” is the answer that “Resident Evil” fans have been looking for. It follows the continuing efforts of special agent Leon Kennedy as he tries to reveal Umbrella Corporation evil-doings.  My only issue with the film was that it was a perfect specimen for 3D.  I have no idea why Sony didn’t put this out as a 3D Blu-ray release, it would have been amazing.  Nonetheless, the film is action packed and packed with some amazing effects.

Sony’s official synopsis: “Kennedy sneaks into a small Eastern Europe country to verify rumors that Bio Organic Weapons (B.O.W.s) are being used in war. Right after his infiltration, the US government orders him to leave immediately. Determined to uncover the truth, Leon ignores the order and enters the battlefield to end the chain of tragedies caused by the B.O.W.s.”

Sony’s release delivers a combo pack including the Blu-ray of the film, as well as the Ultraviolet digital streaming version of the film. The 1080p transfer looks absolutely perfect and is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio.  I was literally blown away with the video presentation. But like I said this would have been 10x better it was delivered in 3D.  The audio track is also amazing packing a sharp Dolby TrueHD 5.1.  The film is major action packed and literally gave my surround sound a run for its money.

The special features are good but not amazing. There is a behind-the-scenes featurette called “The DNA of Damnation”, which dives into the production but is a little short. “Las Plagas: Organisms of War” looks into the creatures that were created in the film. There is a funny gag reel included on English version, I always love it when CGI films show their faux funny side. Lastly there is a conceptual art gallery, which is actually quite impressive since this showed the origin of where these designs started.

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The wildly successful film franchise adaptation that has grossed nearly $700 million worldwide to date returns in its highly anticipated fifth installment, RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, in state-of-the art 3D.

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, ALICE (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

Miss Hannah Minx’s evil twin chats about working on “The Devil’s Carnival”

Miss Hannah Minx is an American vlogger known for her Kawaii anime look.  She is well-known on YouTube for her extensive cosplay in Japan, her informational videos about Japanese culture, and her JWOW (teaching a Japanese Word of the Week)/JPOW (Japanese Phrase of the Week). You can check out her YouTube page here.  Media Mikes had a chance to chat with “Miss Hannah Jinx,” who is Miss Hannah Minx’s evil twin, who starred in The Devil’s Carnival to discuss her role in the film and her twin’s YouTube popularity.

MG: How did you get involved with the film “The Devil’s Carnival”?
HJ: It was a match made in HELL! \m/

MG: Tell us about your role and your work on the film?
HJ: I played a “Woe Maiden.” There are three, including me, in total. The other two WoeMaiden’s, Captain Maggots and Contessa Create, are the Bloody Crumpets in Emilie Autumn’s band. Emilie Autumn is the “Painted Doll.” Together, we torment others in hell. I am psyched to work with them again in another upcoming installation of The Devil’sCarnival.

MG: What do you enjoy most about being considered a YouTube sensation?
HJ: Ooooouuuhhh, a sensation…that word says it all.

MG: What do you enjoy most about teaching Japanese through Jinxy JWOW (teaching a Japanese Word of the Week) & Jinxy JPOW (Japanese Phrase of the Week)?
HJ: They’re a lot of fun because I always teach BRUTAL words like the word for “Devil!” \m/

MG: Your nice twin sister was featured in an iPhone app, “Dress Minxy”, can you tell us what you think of that?
HJ: Gota love your twin–I’m so proud of her—it’s super Minxy. It’s an app where you get to dress up Miss Hannah Minx in all of her outfits! Check it out in the app store!

MG: How does it feel to have a manga based on your nice twin sister Miss Hannah Minx, being released at Comic-Con this Summer?
HJ: It’s gonna be awesome!! I can’t wait to go to Comic-Con this year!

MG: Miss Hannah Minx recently did cosplay with Elvira, please tell us what you think of Elvira’s response.
HJ: I LOVE Elvira!! Elvira’s video was totally hilarious! Check it out:

MG: Do you have any plans to cosplay any celebrities?
HJ: Miss Hannah Minx did a cosplay of SNL’s Gilly. Check it out:

As far as myself, I would love to cosplay some Anime characters soon!

MG: Do you have any plans for more film work?
HJ: Yes, there are several more movies in the works, but you’ll have to keep checking back on the youtube channels or on my website (www.misshannahminx.com) for updates on roles.

MG: What is your all-time favorite anime character?
HJ: Gaara!! \m/>_<\m/

Blu-ray Review “Twins of Evil”

Directed by: John Hough
Starring: Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, David Warbeck, Madeleine Collinson, Mary Collinson
MPAA Rating: R
Distributed by: Synapse Films
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Running Time: 87 minutes

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 4 out of 5 stars

When it comes to Hammer and vampire films, nobody has done it better…ever!  Hammer is known for their blend of horror with erotic undercurrent throughout their films. Synapse Films deserves an award for really being a pioneer for releasing these amazing horror classics.  They continue to out due themselves with each release.  This is not your basic “just-covert-and-put-out-in-HD” release.  “Twins of Evil” includes an all-new 1080p high definition transfer.  Synapse also does not play around when it comes to extras, this film includes some really amazing exclusive special features.  If you are a fan of Hammer and classic 70’s vampire films, you don’t need my recommendation, this is a no-brainer to sink your teeth into.

“Twins of Evil” is the third film of “The Karnstein Trilogy”, based on the vampire novella “Carmilla” by Sheridan Le Fanu. Hammer released this classic horror film in 1971 and stars Peter Cushing (Hammer alumni) and real-life twins and Playboy Playmates, Mary and Madeleine Collinson. They star as Maria and Frieda, recently orphaned teenage girls, who move from Venice to Karnstein in order to live with their uncle Gustav Weil (Cushing). Their Uncle Weil is also the leader of a witch-hunting group. When Frieda comes under the power of local Count Karnstein, who is also a vampire. Frieda now needs to hide the fact she has become a vampire from her sister, while escaping her uncle’s hunt.

Synapse is just a company that aims to please its fan, they are not releasing these movies just for the hell of it.  They are releasing movies that they want to see on Blu-ray and they make sure that it is done right. The 1080p transfer is beautiful and looks so crisp in its widescreen 1.66:1 ratio.  The audio tracks are even better (if that is possible).  There is an amazing DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono track.  But that is not all there is also an amazing DTS-HD MA isolated score & effects only track, which I really enjoyed.  Hammer films are known for their music and this is a great way to showcase it.  This release also comes in a combo pack with a DVD copy of the film as well.  The only thing I looked for with this release and didn’t see was a reversible cover, which Synapse is known for but it already has amazing cover art so it wasn’t even a problem.

Let’s finally get to these amazing special features.  Firstly there is an 85 minute amazing  feature length documentary called “The Flesh and the Fury: X-posing Twins of Evil”.  It explores the background on Hammer’s classic “Karnstein” trilogy and ranges from the origin of Carmilla to the making of “Twins of Evil”.  This is a feature not to be missed and is worth the purchase of this release alone.  “The Props That Hammer Built: the Kinsey Collection” featurette looks into the amazing design that went into creating these amazing Hammer films.  There is short deleted scene included as well.  Lastly there is a Motion Still Gallery and Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots included to top off this great release.

Bruce Campbell chats about “Evil Dead” Remake and “Burn Notice”

Bruce Campbell is one of my favorite actors of all-time. His films like “The Evil Dead” series have such a cult following behind them. Bruce is also a series regular on the hit show “Burn Notice”, entering its six season this summer. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Bruce again about the upcoming “Evil Dead” remake to “Burn Notice” to hanging out on Twitter.

Mike Gencarelli: We are all anxious for a sequel to “My Name is Bruce”, what is the current status of “Bruce Vs. Frankenstein”?
Bruce Campbell: On hold. Not sure if I want to make another “meta” movie. I think fans want real action, not “fake” action.

MG: You mentioned it would be the “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World of horror”, can you let us know who are looking to get in the film?
BC: If we make it, I would try and get as many old/new horror icons as possible.

MG: Season 6 of “Burn Notice” is expected to begin Summer 2012, what can we expect from Sam Axe?
BC: More of the same bad ass action. I don’t know the upcoming plots, but the basic stuff I have been told is really cool.

MG: Anymore spin-off movies planned after “The Fall of Sam Axe”?
BC: Not sure. None planned now, but the ratings were great, so…

MG: Tell us about your experience working on “Cars 2” voicing Rod ‘Torque’ Redline?
BC: It was very enjoyable working directly with John Lasseter, but very short. I just did one session since, technically I get killed off early.

MG: We all know that “Ash” isn’t going to be in the “Evil Dead” remake, why did you decide to assist in producing the film?
BC: I’m a producer on all the Evil Dead films, so it’s only natural. This way, we can stay involved and make sure the fans dig the end result.

MG: Will you having a cameo the film in any sense?
BC: Can’t say.

MG: Since joining twitter as @GroovyBruce, what do you enjoy most about using the social network?
BC: It’s a great way to see who’s out there, what they like, what they want to know – and it’s also a way to let them know what’s coming up.

MG: Tell about your involvement with Oregon Cultural Trust?
BC: I’m just a big fan of Oregon and a big fan of culture, so it seemed like a good fit.

MG: Can we expect you to make a cameo in Sam Raimi’s latest film “Oz: The Great and Powerful”?
BC: Heck yeah – filmed it last fall. Stay tuned on that!

“Evil Dead” Interview Series

Who doesn’t love “The Evil Dead” series? Since 1981, these films has changed the way that horror films where made and have become a few of the biggest cult classics of our time. This also formed the birth of Ashley J. Williams aka Ash played by Bruce Campbell. Media Mikes has been interviewing various members from “The Evil Dead”, “Evil Dead II” and “Army of Darkness” over the last few months to bring you this amazing series. Please enjoy and leave comments.


Betsy Baker

Bruce Campbell

Danny Hicks

Theresa Tilly

Timothy Quill

Tom Sullivan

Blu-ray Review “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil”

Directed by: Eli Craig
Starring: Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Chelan Simmons
Distributed by: Magnolia Pictures
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 88 minutes

Overall Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Usually when you mix horror and comedy together it is either hit or miss. This definitely falls into the hit category. It delivers some great laughs, good suspense and great gore. In fact, the gore is very over the top and has tons of it. This is not your typical horror movie and that is why I think I really enjoyed it. It is very unique and is really fun to watch especially after numerous viewings. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine delivers a great performance as the clueless hillbillies and play off each other really well. If you are looking for a great time and some great laughs, be sure to check out this film.

The story is about two hillbillies, Tucker and Dale, that are heading to their recently purchased cabin in the woods summer home and while doing they have a run in with a pack of college kids doing the same thing. While fishing the hillbillies end up save one of the girls who gets injured and take her back to their house to help her but the rest of the college kids take it as her being kidnapped. That is when all things get out of out of control and the college kids wage war on the hillbillies. Tucker and Dale finds themselves in deeper that then can handle.

The video on the Blu-ray is sharp and very impressive. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is also impressive also and worked well with the action. The special features on the Blu-ray release are worth checking out. There is a very funny but also insightful audio commentary with director Eli Craig and stars Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk. “Making of Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil” is a decent featurette that covers behind- the-scenes footage and key interviews. “Tucker and Dale ARE Evil: The College Kids’ Point of View” is a really funny shortened cut of the film turned around from the kids POV. There are quite of bit of outtakes from this film and they are FUNNY! There are just shy of 100 storyboard drawings also included. Like all Magnolia Picture releases. there is an “HDNet: A Look at Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil”, which is a short version of the making of featurette. Lastly there is a theatrical trailer for the film and also previews from Magnolia Home Entertainment Blu-ray.

EXCLUSIVE News: Tom Sullivan Get His Own “Evil Dead” Documentary, “Invaluable”

We recently interviewed Tom Sullivan known for his work on the “Evil Dead” series.  The full interview will be posted in mid-August during our “Evil Dead” interviews series, including Danny Hicks, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly and Timothy Quill.

Following our interview with Mr. Sullivan, he said  he had a little news that we could break for him as a MovieMikes exclusive:

Ryan Meade, a friend of Mr. Sullivan and a filmmaker, is finishing up a documentary film about Mr. Sullivan called “Invaluable.” The title comes from the word Fangoria Magazine has used to describe Mr. Sullivan’s involvement in the “Evil Dead” films. The film covers Mr. Sullivan’s art and film career and includes interviews with some of films biggest stars, including, of course, the cast and crew of the “Evil Dead” films. The film will also feature a lot of behind the scenes looks at the “Evil Dead” films.

Here is an official quote from Tom:
“It’s official. There’s a documentary about Tom Sullivan. The Evil Dead FX Guy, Tom Sullivan. Not the other ones. Although they would be worthy subjects of well made documtarys too. Except for maybe that one Tom Sullivan but we won’t talk about him. But it’s shaping up to be a lot of fun and I learned a lot about Tom Sullivan. The Evil Dead one. And it’s by Ryan Meade.”