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Underworld: Blood Wars (a J!-ENT 4K Ultra HD Review)

April 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A worthy continuation of the “Underworld” film series that leans very heavy on the action, if you are looking for an all-out action film with vampires vs. werewolves, “Underworld: Blood Wars” will definitely appeal to you!

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TITLE: Underworld: Blood Wars

DATE OF FILM RELEASE: 2017

DURATION: 91 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 2160p Ultra High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio), English Dolby Atmost (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible), French 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English Audio Description Track 5.1 Dolby Digital, SUBTITLES: English, English SDH, French

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: R (Strong Bloody Violence and Some Sexuality)

RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2017


Based on the Characters by Kevin Grevioux, Len wiseman, Danny McBride

Directed by Anna Foerster

Screenplay by Cory Goodman

Story by Kyle Ward, Cory Goodman

Producer: David Kern, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Len Wiseman, Richard S. Wright

Co-Producer: David Minkowski, Jackie Shenoo, Matthew Stillman

Executive Producer: James McQuaide, Ben Waisbren, Skip Williamson, Henry Winterstern

Music by Michael Wandmacher

Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub

Edited by Peter Amundson

Casting by Julie Hutchinson, Maya Kvetny, Suzanne Smith

Production Design by Ondrej Nekvasil

Art Direction by Bryce Tibbey, Martin Vackar

Set Decoration by Beatrice Brentnerova

Costume Design by Bojana Nikitovic


Starring:

Kate Beckinsale as Selene

Theo James as David

Tobias Menzies as Marius

Lara Pulver as Semira

Charles Dance as Thomas

James Faulkner as Cassius

Peter Andersson as Vidar

Clementine Nicholson as Lena

Bradley James as Varga

Daisy Head as Alexia

Oliver Stark as Gregor

Sveta Driga as Amelia


In the next installment of the blockbuster franchise, Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.


With the success of the “Underworld” films, the fifth film “Underworld: Blood Wars” continues the storyline about the war between the vampires and the Lycans (werewolves).

Directed by Anna Foerster (“Outlander” TV series) and as screenplay by Cory Goodman (“Priest”, “The Last Witch Hunter”), the film is a sequel to the fourth film, “Underworld: Awakening” and features the return of Kate Beckinsale as the immortal vampire Selene and Theo James as David.

The film also stars Lara Pulver (“Edge of Tomorrow”, “Da Vinci’s Demons”, “The Special Relationship”), Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”, “Casino Royale”, “Atonement”), Daisy Head (“The Last Seven”, “Guilt”), Clementine Nicholson, Charles Dance (“Ghostbusters”, “Alien 3”, “Game of thrones”), James Faulkner  (“Downton Abbey”, “Da Vinci’s Demons”, “Game of Thrones”), Bradley James (“Merlin”, “Damien”, “Dis/Connected”) and Oliver Stark (“Into the Badlands”, “Luther”, “MindGamers”).

What is “Underworld” about?

“Underworld” takes place during a time where the vampires and the Lycans (werewolves) are at war.  In the past, the Lycans were used as slaves for centuries by the vampires but rebelled courtesy of their leader Lucian and have been in war since.

In the first film, Selene who has fought and killed Lycans believing that they were responsible for her family’s massacre learned from Kraven that Viktor was responsible for her family’s death.  With Michael near death due to the silver nitrate in his body that was shot by Kraven, Lucian (who was revealed to have started the war because he was in love with Sonja, a vampire and daughter of Viktor and was killed by her father to stop the relationship between a vampire and Lycan) tells Selene that in order to save him, she must bite him.

Selene has bitten Michael and transforming him to half Lycan/half vampire and both killed Viktor.  Meanwhile, the next elder vampire that is in line to be revived is Marcus and because Singe was killed near Marcus’ tomb and his blood has dripped into his tomb, that Marcus will now be revived early.

The first film would with Selene knowing that she has changed the course of the war by converting Michael by making him half vampire/half Lycan and because she aided a Lycan, she will now be hunted.

“Underworld: Evolution” begins with the three vampire elders: Marcus, Viktor and Amelia in the year 1202 A.D.  Viktor and Amelia capture William Corvinus (brother of Marcus who happens to be a powerful Lycan).  As Marcus tries to defend his brother from being harmed, Viktor has William imprisoned in a secret location for eternity.

Fastforward to the present, Selene hides Michael in a safehouse but returns to the vampire coven to confront Kraven.  She knows that Kraven has plans to eliminate Marcus and wants to stop him before he does.  But because Lycan blood is what has dripped into Marcus’ tomb, Marcus has now reawaken as a Vampire-Dominant hybrid.

Selene also learns the true reason why Viktor spared her from death when her family was massacred and why they were massacred.  And because of that reason, Markus is wanting to get to her as well.

Alexander Corvinus has given Selene his blood and thus given immortality.

Since then, both Selene and Michael have been on the run trying to protect each other from both vampire and Lycan who want them dead.

Because creators of the “Underworld” films wanted to explain how the feud between the Death Dealers and the Lycans started.  “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”, a prequel to the first two films, was created and released in theaters back in 2009.

With the fourth film, “Underworld: Awakening”, after the events of “Underworld: Evolution”, the world now knows that vampires and Lycans exist.  And there is a massive cleansing (known as “The Purge”) as humans now try to exterminate vampires and Lycans.  Survivors have now moved underground, while both Selene and Michael have become the hunted.

Split off from each other, both try to come together during a standoff with the authorities but as Michael is shot and falls into the ocean, Selene goes after him and tries to save him.  But in the process, both are separated by a detonator.

Fast forward, 12 years later and during this time, “The Purge” has now been concluded as 95% of the vampires have been annihilated and the Lycans are considered as extinct.

Selene is being kept inside a cryogenic suspension by the medical corporation known as Antigen, which are trying to create an antidote for the virus which creates vampires and Lycans

Known as “subject 1”, someone has broken into the lab facility and have released Selene.  As Selene awakens and puts on her leather costume, she looks for Michael but is not sure where he is kept and thus she escapes Antigen facilities.

eanwhile, murders are occurring in the city and while the normal judgment by police is to think that the vampires had committed the crime (since Lycans are thought to be extinct), Detective Sebastian (played by Michael Ealy), looking at how the body was murdered, doesn’t think so.  And he spots Selene, who quickly disappears.

But also spotting Selene is a young vampire named David (played by Theo James).  He goes to track down Selene, who is trying to find answers of where Michael may be.  When David tracks her down, he tells her the truth that the Lycans have been forced to live underground, no food, diseased and something has riled them up in order for them to go back up to the surface.  And he thinks Selene knows the answer to why the Lycans are back.

But Selene starts to see images, images that usually come from the bond that she has with Michael.  Thinking that Michael is in trouble and is being hunted by the Lycans, she and David fight them off but instead of finding Michael, she finds a young girl named Eve (played by India Eisely).

Why does girl have this power and why is Selene reacting to it?  As the three are pursued by the Lycans, Eve tells Selene that she was Subject 2 at Antigen and was responsible for setting her free.  She also revealed that she was in a chamber next to her mother…which would be Selene.  Needless to say, Selene is shocked because 12 years ago, she was with Michael.  Now when she awakens, instead of finding Michael, she finds out that both had a daughter.

This now leads us to the fifth film in the “Underworld” series, things are not looking good for the vampire covens as they are nearly wiped out by the Lycans.  Both groups are seeking out Death Dealer, Selene (portrayed by Kate Beckinsale) for the deaths of Viktor and Marcus and the Lycans, wanting Selene in order to find her daughter Eve (who has the blood of vampire-werewolf) and want to create an army of vampire-werewolf hybrids.

Because of the threat of either side looking for Eve, Selene’s daughter was taken away from her to an undisclosed location in order to protect Eve.  That even Selene has no idea of her daughter’s whereabouts.

Semira (portrayed by Lara Pulver), a council member of the Eastern Coven wants Selene to be granted clemency, so she can train the Eastern Coven’s neophyte Death Dealers.

And as Selene arrives to the Eastern Coven with her protege, David (portrayed by Theo James), while training the Death Dealers, Semira’s lover Varga (portrayed by Bradley James) betrays Selene and kills all the Death Dealers as planned by Semira.

Semira drains Selene’s blood and will drink it in order to gain her power, but when vampire elder Thomas (portrayed by Charles Dance) and David arrive, a battle begins with Semira and Varga.

And in order to save their lives and buy time for David to rescue Selene, he sacrifices his life in battle.

As David and Selene head to the Nordic Coven, pursuing them are Marius (portrayed by Tobias Menzies) and the Lycans who are intent in finding out where Eve is located.  But also pursuing Selene is Alexia (portrayed by Daisy Head), a death dealer from the Eastern Coven and the lover of Marius, the Lycan leader.


VIDEO:

“Underworld: Blood Wars” is presented in 2160p High Definition (2:40:1). The film is presented in 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray.

Picture quality is fantastic as closeups show amazing detail and the film maintains its cool, dark look with blues, gays and blacks.  Black levels are nice and deep and for the most part, the film looks great in 4K Ultra HD!

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: To watch 4K Ultra HD, you will need a 4K UHD TV with HDR and an Ultra HD Blu-ray Player + a high-speed HDMI 2.0A Cable.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Underworld: Blood Wars” is presented in English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English-Audio Desription Track 5.1 Dolby Digital.

I was so pleased with this soundtrack and just hearing constant immersive audio coming from front channels and also the surround channels for the many action scenes throughout the film.  The music soundtrack also is utilized for the surround channels as well.  Also, great use of LFE.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH and French.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Underworld: Blood Wars” comes with the following special features on the second Blu-ray disc:

  • The Evolution of Selene – (8:09) A featurette about the main protagonist, Selene and interviews with Kate Beckinsale and producers of the film.
  • Old & New Blood – (6:15) Cast and producers discuss the Nordic Coven featured in the film.
  • The Evil Evolved – (6:07) A featurette about the Eastern Coven and the Lycans.
  • Building a Blood War – (12:01) Director Anna Foerster and producers discussing of bringing back the look of the original but creating something fresh and new.
  • Underworld: Blood Wars – The Official Movie Graphic Novel – Darkstorm Comics graphic novel.  Using your remote, you can cycle through each page of the comic book.

EXTRAS:

“Underworld: Blood Wars” comes with a slipcover, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray discs and an UltraViolet Digital HD code.


With the original “Underworld” trilogy, there was a good focus on the storyline between the vampires (Death Dealers) and the Lycans (werewolves) and balancing it out with the action.

While I have always looked at the “Underworld” films as your vampire vs. werewolf popcorn action film series.  With “Underworld: Awakening”, the writers were moving away from the “Twilight” mushy romance (or Romeo & Juliet romance, as I called the first two films).

With “Underworld: Awakening”, the film became more action-heavy and as far as the storyline was concerned, the romantic element was eliminated and became more of a focus on Selene’s daughter having vampire/Lycan blood, making her a target for both sides.

Selene had become the hunted, as both sides want to know where Eve is located and that storyline continues with “Underworld: Blood Wars”.  And once again, you get a popcorn action film with actress Kate Beckinsale once again donning her tight black leather uniform that fans have come to love about the “Underworld” films.

But I’ve felt the film has taken a step into the direction of popcorn action with a forgetful storyline that seems like it would be appropriate more for a video game than a film. But giving the film the benefit of a doubt that writer Cory Goodman is trying to setup a connection for the next film, I can’t help but feel bad for director Anna Foerster.

Having loved what she has done with the “Outlander” series which feature episodes that are character and story-driven, Foerster is left with trying to create a film that revolves around chaotic action.

But despite the forgetful storyline, I did enjoy the film for its connection to the series as I enjoy the “Underworld” storyline.  I just wish there was more of it to enjoy because the characters are important and while it’s new to take adventures to a different coven and focus on the war with the Lycans nearly wiping out the vampires, you just feel that there should be more.  Considering the original trilogy was story-driven, you just want to see a good story go along with that chaotic action and not have the action dominate so much of the film.

So, considering how I enjoyed the original trilogy and knew that the fourth film “Underworld: Awakening” was heading to a different direction than the previous films, “Underworld: Blood Wars” remains consistent with the last film with no engrossing story, just a film with plenty of action and visual effects.  But yet, the final minute gives us a tease of something for fans of the film to look forward to when the sixth film is released in the future.

As for the 4K Ultra HD release, picture quality is magnificent and the darkness of the film with the use of blues, grays and blacks are still continued with this latest film.  Close-ups show great detail and Lycan transformations look great.  And similar to the last film, the lossless soundtrack is magnificent and immersive.  And considering the amount of action in this film, audiophiles should be quite thrilled to see how immersive the action sequences are and the use of the surround channels and LFE.

And as far as special features go, you are given a good number of special features including the official movie graphic novel and a few featurettes on a second Blu-ray disc.

Overall, while “Underworld: Blood Wars” is not a film that focuses on a deep storyline and fans of the previous film can expect to see a lot of fighting, a lot of deaths, non-stop action and Kate Beckinsale continuing to look awesome and also kicking a lot of arse!

A worthy continuation of the “Underworld” film series that leans very heavy on the action, if you are looking for an all-out action film with vampires vs. werewolves, “Underworld: Blood Wars” will definitely appeal to you!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

May 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is an entertaining, fun film with an ensemble cast. It’s just not a good zombie film. Despite zombies being in the title, this is less of a horror film and more of a action/drama that you will enjoy much more. If you want horror and tense and frightening zombie scenes, you’re not going to get that with this film. Otherwise, if you are entertained by the concept of a mashup of a classic novel and a zombie infestation, then “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” may be worth watching.

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TITLE: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

FILM RELEASE: 2016

DURATION: 107 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 2:40:1 Aspect Ratio, English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English – Audio Description Track, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, SUBTITLES: English, English SDH, Spanish

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: PG-13 (Zombie Violence and Action, and Brief Suggestive Material)

Release Date: May 31, 2016


Directed by Burr Steers

Screenplay by Burr Steers

Loosely Based on the Quirk Books Novel by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith

Produced by Marc Butan, Sean McKittrick, Brian Oliver, natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Allison Shearmur, Tyler Thompson

Co-Producer: Stephen Meinen

Executive Producer: Sue Baden-Powell, Kimberly Fox, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Phil Hunt, Nick Meyer, Compton Ross, Lauren Selig

Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin

Music by Fernando Velazquez

Edited by Padric McKinley

Casting by Des Hamilton, John Papsidera

Production Design by David Warren

Art Direction by Steve Carter, Will Coubrough, David Doran, Ashley Winter

Set Decoration by Naomi Moore

Costume Design by Julian Day


Starring:

Lily James as Elizabeth Bennet

Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy

Bella Heathcote as Jane Bennet

Ellie Bamber as Lydia Bennet

Millie Brady as Mary Bennet

Suki Waterhouse as Kitty Bennet

Douglas Booth as Mr. Bingley

Sally Phillips as Mrs. Bennet

Charles Dance as Mr. Bennet

Jack Huston as George Wickham

Lena Headey as Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Matt Smith as Parson Collins

Emma Greenwell as Caroline Bingley

Eva Bell as Louisa

Aisling Loftus as Charlotte


A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all.


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As mashup storylines have become popular in the last decade, one of the more intriguing parody novels was released in 2009 by Seth Grahame-Smith and combining Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel “Pride and Prejudice” with a zombie infestation storyline.

And sure enough, the Quirk Books Novel would receive a British-American film adaptation in 2016 directed by Burr Steers (“17 Again”, “Charlie St. Cloud”) and also produced by actress Natalie Portman.

The film would feature an ensemble cast which includes Lily James (“Cinderella”, “Downton Abbey”, “Wrath of the Titans”), Sam Riley (“Control”, “Maleficent”, “On the Road”), Bella Heathcote (“Dark Shadows”, “In Time”), Ellie Bamber (“The Falling”, “The Musketeers”), Millie Brady (“Legend”, “Mr. Selfridge”), Suki Waterhouse (“Insurgent”, “Love, Rosie”), Douglas Booth (“Jupiter Ascending, “Noah”, “LOL”), Sallpy Phillips (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”, “The Decoy Bride”, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”), Charles Dance (“Last Action Hero”, “Alien 3”, “The Imitation Game”), Jack Huston (“American Hustle”, “Outlander”, “The Longest Ride”), Lena Headey (“300”, “Game of Thrones”, “300: Rise of an Empire”) and Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”, “Terminator Genisys”, “Womb”).

The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in May 2016 courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is set in 19th century England which has been under siege by a zombie infestation.

Colonel Darcy (portrayed by Sam Riley) has traveled to the home of a wealthy family to investigate rumors of a newly-infected zombie and taking out his vial of carrion flies, the flies would detect the undead.  And sure enough, the flies finds its target and Colonel Darcy kills it immediately.

But as the family assures that no one is infected and Colonel Darcy leaves the home, it is realized that one of the niece has been infected and is feeding on the servants and it begins attacking a family member.

The film then introduces us to the Bennet family.  Mr. Bennet (portrayed by Charles Dance) and his wife (portrayed by Sally Phillips) are strict parents of five girls: Elizabeth (portrayed by Lily James), Jane (portrayed by Bella Heathcote), Kitty (portrayed by Suki Waterhouse), Lydia (portrayed by Ellie Bamber) and Mary (portrayed by Millie Brady).

Each of the daughters were sent to China by their father to learn the art of weaponry and martial arts.  But as the wealthy Bingley family will be throwing a ball, Mrs. Bennet wants her daughters to be married off to a wealthy suitor and hopes one of them will attract the young Mr. Bingley (portrayed by Douglas Booth).

But unlike the majority of the daughters swooning over marriage, Elizabeth doesn’t want a husband and happy the way she is.

As the Bennet family attends the Bingley ball, Mr. Bingley immediately falls for Jane.  But as the ball becomes festive, Elizabeth accidentally knocks over a wine bottle which shatters.

Embarrassed, Elizabeth runs out and sees a zombified Mrs. Featherstone (portrayed by Dolly Wells), who has come to her to tell her something.  But her head is blasted off by Col. Darcy and a horde of zombies begin to attack the party.  The Bennet sisters showcase their martial arts and weaponry skills by dispatching all zombies, while Colonel Darcy begins to have an attraction towards Elizabeth.

The following day, the Bingley sisters invite Jane for tea, but as Jane goes alone on horseback, an ongoing storm and a zombie scares off her horse.  As Jane tries to use her gun, it backfires injuring her hand.  As she dispatches the zombie, she then sees a zombie mother and baby, which comes towards her.

We find out that Jane has been confined to a room at the Bingley residence and there is fear by Colonel Darcy that she may have been bitten.  As Elizabeth goes to check on Jane, Darcy releases his flies to see if Jane is an undead, but immediately Elizabeth kills all of Darcy’s flies and returns each of them back to him.

But as Colonel Darcy is attracted to Elizabeth, other men try to win her over such as Parson Collins (portrayed by Matt Smith) and a solider named Wickham (portrayed by Jack Huston), who has bad history with Colonel Darcy for some reason.

As these three men try to win the heart of Elizabeth, can she find true love when England is being attacked by zombies?


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VIDEO:

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is presented in 1080p High Definition and in 2:40:1 aspect ratio.  The film features the talented cinematographer Remi Adefarasin (“About a Boy”, “Elizabeth”, “Johnny English”, “Match Point”, “Band of Brothers”) who manages to capture the beautiful settings, costume design and even the well-done zombie make-up effects.

Adefarasin manages to capture beauty and action with efficacy and picture quality looks fantastic in HD.  Skintones look natural, costumes show amazing detail and for the most part, the film looks fantastic on Blu-ray!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English – Audio Description Track and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital.   Dialogue and music are crystal clear through the front channels and the surround channels do a great job in picking up the action.  While not an immersive film, the lossless soundtrack is good.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” comes with the following special features:

  • Gag Reel – (1:38) Featuring a short gag reel.
  • Deleted Scenes – (9:55) Featuring eight deleted scenes.
  • The Badass Bennet Sisters – (3:59) A featurette about the actresses who play the Bennet sisters and how the learned to fight and did their own stunts for the film.
  • Courtship Class and Carnage: Meet the Cast – (6:54) The cast talk about their initial impressions about the script and more.
  • From Austen to Zombies: Adapting a Classic – (6:00) A featurette about adapting the Quirk Books Novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” to a film.
  • Creating the Unmentionables – (3:30) A featurette about the costume and makeup design in creating the zombies for the film.
  • Mr. Collins Line-O-Rama – (2:35) Improvisation scenes featuring actor Matt Smith as Parson Collins.

EXTRAS:

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” comes with an Ultraviolet code.


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When it comes to mashup films, similar to mashup music, you either be open to it or avoid it.

While music was something I could easily accept, for films, I have to admit that “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter” was somewhat of a surreal experience.  But I felt it worked in an unusual way.

When I heard about “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, the first thing that came to mind was, Jane Austen would probably wake up from the grave and go after those who would desecrate her popular classic novel.

But of course, there is that other side of me that has to chuckle and give the film the benefit of the doubt and see it for myself, as I have a hard time even imagining zombies in the “Pride and Prejudice” setting.

But lo and behold, as unusual of a concept that it is, I found the film to be rather entertaining and it helps when you have a talented ensemble cast with the likes of Lily James, Lena Heady, Matt Smith, Sam Riley to name a few.

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” does a good job of establishing the history of England and how the zombie infestation began.

But it’s the introduction of the Bennet sisters that catch your attention.  Sexy and lethal, Lily James, Bella Heathcote and the other actresses do a wonderful job in their fight scenes.  Having trained for the role and performing their own stunts, it was no doubt great to see this collective ala femme fatale dispatching zombies.

Actor Sam Riley does a wonderful job as the stoic Col. Darcy, Douglas Booth as the handsome gent after Jane’s affections and Jack Huston does a good job playing the man who would create the friction between Elizabeth and Darcy.

And of course, the film benefits from having talented, well-known celebrities such as “Game of Thrones” actress Lena Headey and “Doctor Who” actor Matt Smith.

The film also receives that extra touch with a solid budget, wonderful costume design and make-up, set design in order to recreate 19th century England and also adding to the “Pride and Prejudice” visual allure.

In many ways the film does a good job of balancing the romance and drama of “Pride and Prejudice” and of course, zombies.

But the film’s problems are mostly based on expectations on zombie infestations.  The film plays out too serene and more towards the drama that the antagonists are less about the zombies, but similar to the original storyline, George Wickham.

While I commend the makeup design in making the zombies look terrifying, the actions are not.  There is no true horror in the film, there really is no major gore or ripped limbs or anything that you can find usually terrifying in other zombie films, videogames or a “Walking Dead” episode.  The film doesn’t take enough risks in becoming a true zombie film and those coming in and are expecting one, will surely be disappointed.

And it feels very unusual to say about a zombie film, that I loved the romance, the love triangle, loved the elegant costume design, loved the makeup, location shots, loved the sisters kicking zombie butt but yet not having anything to say about the horror or the frightening aspect of this zombie film because there are none.  Sure there is peril, but it doesn’t feel frightening enough and that is a shame.

And so that is where “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” fails as a zombie film.

As for the Blu-ray release, picture and lossless audio quality were good and you get a good number of special features included.

Overall, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is an entertaining, fun film with an ensemble cast.  It’s just not a good zombie film.  Despite zombies being in the title, this is less of a horror film and more of a action/drama that you will enjoy much more.  If you want horror and tense and frightening zombie scenes, you’re not going to get that with this film.

Otherwise, if you are entertained by the concept of a mashup of a classic novel and a zombie infestation, then “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” may be worth watching.

CHARLES DANCE ROUNDS OUT CAST OF SYFY AND SKY MOVIES HD’S NEVERLAND

October 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

4-HOUR MOVIE EVENT, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY NICK WILLING AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY ROBERT HALMI, SR., CURRENTLY SHOOTING IN GENOA, ITALY AND DUBLIN, IRELAND

NEW YORK – October 4, 2010 – Emmy-nominated actor Charles Dance (Alien3, Bleak House, Gosford Park) has joined the cast of Syfy and Sky Movies HD’s 4-hour movie event Neverland, it was announced today by Robert Halmi, Sr. of RHI Entertainment. The project, a prequel to author J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, is written and directed by Nick Willing.

Dance will play the role of Dr. Richard Fludd, a 400-year-old former alchemist to Queen Elizabeth and the genius who holds the key to the “bridge” between our world and Neverland. He joins previously announced cast members Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, Bob Hoskins, Raoul Trujillo and Charlie Rowe. Currently in production in Genoa, Italy and Dublin, Ireland, Neverland is slated to air in 2011.

Neverland is produced by Dublin-based Parallel Films on behalf of MNG Films in association with Syfy and Sky Movies HD and will be distributed by RHI Entertainment.

Sweeping in time from the turbulent seas of the pirates of the Caribbean to the back alleys of Dickensian London to a world of pure imagination, Neverland is the inspired origin story of one of the most cherished characters of all time… Peter Pan.

Peter (Rowe), along with his pals of young pickpockets, have been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Ifans) to snatch a magical orb which transports them to another world – Neverland. Filled with white jungles and imposing cities formed out of trees created by Dr. Fludd (Dance), this mysterious realm welcomes unknown friends and enemies snatched from time. These include power-mad Elizabeth Bonny (Friel) and her band of 18th century pirates who search for the answer to eternal youth, a secret guarded by a Holy Man (Trujillo). As the fight to save this strange and beautiful world escalates, Peter and his crew consider that growing old somewhere in time could be less important than growing up—right here in their new home called Neverland.

RHI Entertainment (NASDAQ: RHIE) develops, produces and distributes made-for-television movies, miniseries and other television programming worldwide, and is the leading provider of new long-form television content in the United States. Under the leadership of Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr., RHI has produced and distributed thousands of hours of quality television programming, and RHI’s productions have received more than 100 Emmy Awards. In addition to the development, production and distribution of new content, RHI owns rights to more than 1,000 titles, or over 3,500 broadcast hours of long-form television programming, which are licensed to broadcast and cable networks and new media outlets globally. For more consumer information visit www.rhitv.com.

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About Sky Movies

Sky Movies offers UK television’s widest choice of films, giving customers choice and flexibility over what they watch, when and how – whether on TV, on PC or mobile. It shows over 300 different films every week across 22 multiplex screens including 11 HD screens.

About Sky+/Sky+ HD:

Sky+ and Sky+ HD enables viewers to: pause and rewind live TV; Record hours of TV with no tapes, timers or fuss and record an entire series at the touch of a button.

About Remote Record:

Remote Record lets you send a recording request to your Sky+ box using a mobile phone or via your online My Sky account, perfect if you realise you want to record a show but can’t get to your Sky box. To use Remote Record, you need a Sky+HD subscription – if you’re not the subscriber in your household, ask their permission before you start.

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