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Resident Evil: Vendetta (a J!-ENT 4K Ultra HD Review)

July 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are a fan of the “Resident Evil” series and loved the video games and the previous two animated films, I can easily say that “Resident Evil: Vendetta” is the best animated film of the three so far, storywise and also awesome CG to go along with the story.  Definitely an animated film that I recommend for RE fans!

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TITLE: Resident Evil: Vendetta

DATE OF FILM RELEASE: 2017

DURATION: 97 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 2160p Ultra High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio), English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Compatible), Arabic, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish VO, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish 5.1 Dolby Digital, SUBTITLES: English, English SDH, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish (Castilian), Spanish (Latin America), Swedish, Thai, Turkish

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: R (Bloody Violence)

RELEASE DATE: July 18, 2017


Directed by Takanori Tsujimoto

Screenplay by Makoto Fukami

Adaptation/Dialogue: Joe McClean

Producer: Hiroyasu Shinohara

Co-Producer: Kei Miyamoto

Executive Producer: Takashi Shimizu

Supervising Producer: Hiroyuki Kobayashi 

Associate Producer: Kosei Sugimoto

Music by Kenji Kawai

Art Direction by Hiroaki Ueno


Featuring the Voices of:

Kevin Dorman as Chris Redfield

Matthew Mercer as Leon S. Kennedy

Erin Cahill as Rebecca Chambers

John DeMita as Glenn Arias

Fred Tatasciore as Diego Gomez

Cristina Valenzuela as Maria Gomez

Arif S. Kinchen as D.C.

Arnie Pantoja as Damian

Kari Wahlgren as Nadia

Alexander Polinsky as Patricio

Jason Faunt as Arron

Karen Strassman as Kathy White

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Zack White


BSAA Chris Redfield enlists the help of government agent Leon S. Kennedy and Professor Rebecca Chambers from Alexander Institute of Biotechnology to stop a death merchant with a vengeance from spreading a deadly virus in New York.

Directed by Takanori Tsujimoto with a screenplay by Makoto Fukami (Psycho Pass), RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA was produced by Hiroyasu Shinohara and executive produced by Takashi Shimizu, with music by Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell).


In 1996, Japanese video game developer and publisher, CAPCOM released its survival horror video game for the Sony Playstation.  Since then, the video game has become one of the best selling titles from the company and many games have been released since then including  six live-action films (with a reboot being developed) and a three animated films.

“Resident Evil: Vendetta” was released in 2017 and is directed by Takanori Tsujimoto and a screenplay by Makoto Fukami.  Taking place between the “Resident Evil 6” and “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard” video games, this latest animated film features Chris Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy and Rebecca Chambers.

And now the film will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD.

The film begins with BSAA agent Chris Redfield and his fellow BSAA agents traveling to Mexico to infiltrate a mansion after their undercover source, Cathy White and her son Zack had vanished.

When the group arrives, they are ambushed by zombies and Chris discovers that both Cathy and her son have been infected and have turned to zombies.  Unfortunately, with deadly traps all over the mansion, the agents are killed with Chris being the exception.

Chris comes into contact with the person responsible, Glenn Arias, a death merchant who wants revenge against the U.S. government for killing his family and wife on the day of their wedding.

As the two fight, Glenn defeats Chris and leaves with Cathy (zombie) and his select crew, while Chris vows to get his revenge on Glenn.

The film then shifts to Rebecca Chambers, a former officer in the Special Tactics and Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.) who worked with Chris as a member of Bravo Team.

Rebecca has since traded her badge and gun to become a scientist working in a university laboratory, using her knowledge of medicine to develop cures for viruses.  But not long after she creates an antidote, zombies have invaded the laboratory and her fellow scientists are killed.

As the zombies go after Rebecca, she is rescued by Chris and Rebecca reveals to him that there are three components to the virus, which is the base virus, the trigger virus and the vaccine.  And because Rebecca administered the antidote on herself, she was not affected when Arias’ assassin, Maria releases the virus in to the laboratory.

Wanting to get back at Glenn, Rebecca joins Chris and team but Chris needs Leon S. Kennedy’s help.  But when they come to visit him, Leon has been drinking a lot, since his team was killed during the incident involving the BSAA source.

Can these three work together in hopes to track down Arias?


VIDEO:

“Resident Evil: Vendetta” is presented in 2160p (1:78:1 aspect ratio) and the visuals show great detail especially when compared to the last animated film “Resident Evil: Damnation”.  The motion capture is fantastic as the expressions and mannerisms of a character are well-captured. But the detail of facial characteristics is remarkable and with the realistic movements, show how far motion-capture has come in a few years. There is a lot of detail that can be seen with the characters, as well as the monstrous beasts. Overall, the CG for “Resident Evil: Vendetta” looks fantastic 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:

Audio quality is equally impressive. Presented in English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Compatible), Arabic, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish VO, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Turkish 5.1 Dolby Digital.  Considering that this animated film has a solid number of action sequences, the lossless audio utilizes the surround channels. Dialogue and music are crystal clear, while action sequences sound magnificent through the surround channels.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish (Castilian), Spanish (Latin America), Swedish, Thai, Turkish

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Resident Evil Vendetta” on 4K Ultra HD comes with the following special featured on two discs:

  • CGI to Reality: The Creature & Designing Vendetta – (24:05) Featuring two featurettes on how the CGI was created .
  • Still Gallery  – Featuring 30 sketches/designs
  • Filmmaker Audio Commentary – Japanese audio commentary with Director Takanor Tsujimoto, Executive Producer Takashi Shimizu and writer Makoto Fukami (English Subtitled)
  • Walk-Around on Set (Motion Picture) with Dante Carver – (11:01) Dante Carver gives a tour to the set in Japan where motion captures and production are taking place.
  • BSAA Mission Briefing: Combat Arias – (5:05) Introduction to the antagonist, Arias and his operatives.
  • Designing the World of Vendetta – (3:31) A featurette on the evolution of “Resident Evil” and designing the world of this latest animated film.
  • 2016 Tokyo Game Show Footage – (13:04) The screening of “Resident Evil: Vendetta” at the Tokyo Game Show.

EXTRAS:

“Resident Evil: Vendetta” comes with a slipcover, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray disc and a bonus disc.


Since the release of the first “Resident Evil” game for the Sony Playstation back in 1996, I have been a fan of the series purchasing the many games that have been released on various consoles, portable consoles and have also enjoyed the live-action films, despite the differences with the video game series. As well, as enjoying the first two CG films, “Resident Evil: Degeneration” and “Resident Evil: Damnation”, as a fan, you can’t help but feel giddy that Chris Redfield is reuniting with Rebecca Chambers and also joining the two is popular character Leon S. Kennedy.

The storyline continues the terrorizing details of how the virus is being utilized and now, you have the virus in the hands of Glenn Arias, a death merchant who wants nothing but revenge against the US Government for slaughtering his wife-to-be and his entire family during his wedding day.

This time around, we see a Leon S. Kennedy who is distraught and getting drunk after the slaughter of his fellow agents and we see Rebecca Chambers, last seen as a member of S.T.A.R.S. in the first video game and now a scientist developing a cure for the virus.  Having created an antidote which she has used on herself and seems to have worked.  Chris Redfield is always your heroic gung-ho character wanting to kick butt, so his character remains consistent.

But as Arias is getting his revenge, he also wants Rebecca because she is the spitting image of his deceased beloved.

In the last film, there were times where I felt this film was more “visual eye-candy” and for the most part, this is an all-action film that is no doubt looks awesome in 4K Ultra HD.  But I feel there is a much better storyline this time around and you get a good balance of storyline and visual eye-candy.

The 4K Ultra HD release looks magnificent and the lossless soundtrack is also immersive.  You get special features on the Blu-ray disc as well on the bonus disc provided.  Unfortunately, no UltraViolet HD code was provided, which was surprising but still, you do get three discs included.

Overall, if you are a fan of the “Resident Evil” series and loved the video games and the previous two animated films, I can easily say that “Resident Evil: Vendetta” is the best animated film of the three so far, storywise and also awesome CG to go along with the story.  Definitely an animated film that I recommend for RE fans!

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (a J!-ENT Children’s Blu-ray Disc Review)

January 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

An enjoyable, fun and safe family film! The sequel is geared more towards a younger audience but it has a storyline that would interest parents and adult viewers. If your children enjoyed “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and also enjoy Disney’s “Buddies” or “Santa Paws” films, they will definitely enjoy “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2”.

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TITLE: Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

FILM RELEASE DATE: 2011

DURATION: 84 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1), English, 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: G (All Ages Admitted)

RELEASE DATE: February 2, 2011

Directed by Alex Zamm

Written by Dannah Feinglass, Danielle Schneider

Characters by Jeffrey Bushell

Produced by David Hoberman, Brad Krevoy, Todd Lieberman

Executive Producer: Mike Callaghan, Sara E. White

Music by Chris Hajian

Cinematography by Robert Brinkman

Edited by Marshall Harvey, Heath Ryan

Casting by Cathy Sandrich

Production Design by Richard Holland

Art Direction by Charles Daboub Jr.

Set Decoration by Don Diers

Costume Design by Kristin M. Burke

Starring:

Marcus Coloma as Sam Cortez

Erin Cahill as Rachel

Susan Blakely as Aunt Viv

Lupe Ontiveros as Mrs. Cortez

Castulo Guerra as Mr. Cortez

George Lopez (voice of Papi)

Odette Yustman (voice of Chloe)

Miguel Ferrer (voice of Delgado)

Ernie Hudson (voice of Pedro)

Zacharary Gordon (voice of Papi Junior)

Chantilly Spalan (voice of Rosa)

Emily Osment (voice of Pep)

Madison Pettis (voice of Lala)

Delaney Jones (voice of Ali)

Tom Kenny (voice of Sebastian)

Loretta Devine (voice of Delta)

Bridgit Mendler (voice of Appoline)

Alyssa Milano (voice of Biminy)

Jon Donahue (voice of Antonio)

Jon Huertas (voice of Alberto)

Elaine Hendrix as Colleen Mansfield – Appoline’s Owner

Brian Stepanek as Mr. Kroop

Morgan Fairchild as Female Commentator

French Stewart as Male Commentator

From the creators of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, everybody’s favorite talking Chihuahuas are back in a comedy that’s a pack of outrageous fun for the whole family. Puppy mayhem turns the lives of newlywed Chihuahua parents, Papi and Chloe, upside down when their playful puppies present one challenge after another. But, when their human owners find themselves in trouble, the tiny pups will stop at nothing to save them—because in good times and hard times, the family always sticks together. Papi, Chloe and the puppies embark on a heroic adventure, proving once again that big heroes come in small packages.

Mud Slide

French Poodle


The Beverly Hills Chihuahuas are back!

Papi and Chloe return for another adventure in the sequel to the popular children’s movie “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”.

Since the ’90s, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has successfully bringing talking (voice-over) canines to live action films which began with the “Air Bud” films to its “Buddies” and “Santa Paws” films and the fun continues with this direct-to-video film which features the return of many of the canine characters from the first film.

In the sequel, both Papi (voiced by George Lopez) and Chloe (voiced by Odette Yusman) have just gotten married. Hardcore dog lover, aunt Viv (played by Susan Blakely) has thrown a luxurious party to celebrate the wedding of both dogs and now Sam Cortez (played by Marcus Coloma) and Rachel (played by Erin Cahill) are talking about marriage.

But with aunt Viv and Rachel planning a trip to the rainforest, Sam and Rachel can discuss it later but for now, the celebration is for the marriage of Papi and Chloe.

Four months later and we see that Papi and Chloe are parents of five young chihuahua: One boy, Papi Jr. and four girls, Rosa, Pep, Lala and Ali.

Chloe is starting to get upset with Papi because he acts more like a playmate to his kids than a father and she wants him to show authority, since the kids are starting to pick up on their father’s bad habits.

But Papi feels that being a father is quite difficult but he’s ready to try, in order to make Chloe happy.

Sam then takes Papi, Chloe and the kids to meet with his family in Los Angeles to meet with his parents and their dog Pedro (voiced by Ernie Hudson).  Upon arriving, the little ones are afraid of Pedro because of his menacing smile but Papi let’s them know that his brother is a nice dog.

As for Sam, he finds unpaid bills at his parent’s home and is very concerned.  Mr. Cortez tells Sam that they are unable to pay their bills and now they are in danger of being evicted.  Because Mr. Cortez threw his back, he is unable to work and through the landscaping business, and with the economy so bad, the only employee left is Sam.

Unfortunately, the Cortez are behind by $40,000 and if they don’t pay it, they will lose the house. At first Sam considers asking Viv (because she is wealthy) but Mr. Cortez will not allow it because it is a family affair.  And if they lose the house, Sam’s parents would have to move to Arizona to live with Mr. Cortez’ sister.

Meanwhile, as for Papi, Chloe and their kids, Chloe is starting to get upset that Papi tells them stories and the kids acting out on it.  As Papi loves telling the stories of the chihuahua warriors, Papi Jr. jumps on the window ledge to pretend his fighting a snake.  But he falls off the ledge and before he crashes down on the pavement, he is rescued by a familiar friend, the German Shepard Mexican police dog, Delgado (voiced by Miguel Ferrer).

Delgado has come to Los Angeles in hopes that Chloe can help him out.  Delgado tells her a story that he had two children but while on a case, a criminal threatened to kills his two German Shepherd pups and in order to prevent them from getting hurt, Delgado took them to the LAPD and dropped them off anonymously and to save him from being hurt, he never said goodbye.  His two pups have now grown up to become part of the K-9 division of the LAPD and he just wants to talk to them, but his two dogs are still hurt about their father abandoning them.

As Sam and his family try to get the bank to give them time enough to raise money to pay for the house, unfortunately the bank won’t wait.  As the bank visits the house the next following day, they try to inspect the house but Papi and friends will not allow it.  They prevent the employees from staying in the house and it angers the bank rep even more and tells them that instead of getting two weeks, now they are expected to leave immediately by nighttime.

Stressed and not knowing what to do, Sam gets a call from Rachel and he explains to her the problem but Sam will not allow her to help or talk to her Aunt Viv.  Sam tells her that it is a family problem but Rachel tells him that she is family as they are supposed to get married but still, Sam won’t allow it and Rachel is heartbroken.

Not sure what they can do, Chloe sees her rival Appoline in the newspaper and reads that there is a dog show that night and the winner can win $50,000.  More than enough money for the Cortez to save their home.

So, Papi, Chloe, Delgado and Pedro decide to take part in the dog show to win the money and Sam and the Cortez are hoping one of them will win.

Can they win the dog show and get the money needed to save the Cortez’ home?

VIDEO:

“Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio) and the PQ is great!  The colors are vibrant and while the costume design are not as super-detailed like the first film (as there was impressive costume designs in the previous film), the sequel still manages to hold up by its frequent daytime shots.  Colors really pop out for this film and the detail on the chihuahua is well-done.

It’s important to note that as the last film would focus on many locations, the primary focus of this second film is inside the home of the Cortez family or at Viv’s mansion ala indoors.  While the outdoor shots are typically outside of the home until you get to the dog show and with the puppies roaming around Los Angeles.

Blacks are nice and deep, the flashbacks show effective lighting and skin tones, pigmentation, stubble, fabric, grass, dirt to the hairs of the dogs are well-detailed.  There is a good amount of grain, but you tend to see some low-light noise at ties.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” is presented in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital.  The film is primarily center channel and front channel driven.  There are times during the film especially the scene with the dog show in which you hear crowd ambiance, cameras taking pictures of the dogs but the film is primarily center and front-channel driven, dialogue is absolutely clear while the film also tends to showcase quite a bit of music.

Subtitles are presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” features the following special features:

  • Music Video: “This is My Paradise” By Bridgit Mendler – (2:37) The star of “Good Luck Charlie” and “Wizards of Waverly Place”, Bridgit Mendler sings “This is My Paradise”.
  • Blooper Faux Paws – (3:22) Bloopers from “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2”.
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua Challenge – interactive game show led by Papi.  A Q&A multiple choice game in which you use your Blu-ray remote (or keyboard) to select the right answer.
  • Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure Sneak Peak – (1:57) A sneak peak of Ashley Tisdale’s “High School Musical” spinoff film.

EXTRAS:

“Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” comes with a slip over case plus a DVD featuring the film and the special features.  The DVD is presented in widescreen (1:78:1 – enhanced for 16×9 televisions), audio is presented in English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital.  Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French and Spanish.

“Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” is a fun and enjoyable family film!  If your children loved the first film or if they loved Disney’s “Buddies” or “Santa Paws” films, they will definitely enjoy this sequel!

There was no doubt that there was going to be a sequel to “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”.  As the first film grossed over $29 million in its opening weekend and $117 million worldwide, similar to the “Air Bud” films from Disney during the the late ’90s, you pretty much knew there would be direct-to-video sequels and to capitalize on the future of original film and have future installments, the main characters would have to produce children and sure enough, similar to how “Air Bud” spun off to having “Buddies” films, I wouldn’t be surprised if we started seeing films starring these little chihuahuas.

While the first film had star power, the direct-to-video does feature a good number of talent especially the return of George Lopez and Odette Yustman to provide the voices of Papi and Chloe, as with Miguel Ferrer returning as the voice of Delgado.  We have a new Aunt Viv, a new Sam Cortez and a new Rachelle for this sequel and for the most part, these three do a good job and one can only hope that for future installments, to keep things consistent, hopefully Disney uses these same talents for the next film.  It was one thing about the “Air Bud” films that would get out of hand, you had the same kid but always different talents playing the parents or sister.  Hopefully, we see Marcus Coloma, Erin Cahill and Susan Blakeley return in the near future.

Also, what makes this sequel different aside from one having a larger budget and was a film as opposed to a direct-to-video release, the first film tend to balance a storyline between Sam and Rachel’s growing relationship and Papi and Chloe’s relationship to appeal to both parents and children.  While “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” does tend to focus more on the dogs, especially the puppies and thus targeting a younger demographic, there is a storyline for adults that is relevant and that is how the downward economy is hurting family’s and in this case, Sam’s parents are losing their home.  So, while children may not understand this, it is a storyline that adults can understand and also share interest in this film, so “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” appeals to audiences of all ages.  But this sequel is definitely more geared for the younger children.

As for the Blu-ray release, parents will get the best of both worlds as the Blu-ray release does come with a DVD, which is perfect for family’s on long commutes, especially before Spring Break and the Summertime.  This film will definitely keep children busy.  Picture quality is very good for this Blu-ray, as the lossless audio is very good but not too immersive but still clear and understandable.  And there are a few special features which are once again more targeted for a younger demographic.

Overall, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” is different from its predecessor but still family-geared.  While I do enjoy the first film much more (primarily because it was a film, higher budget, various locations and had a romcom storyline between Sam and Rachel, I do feel that the younger audience and their parents will still enjoy this film.

The sequel is more geared towards the young viewers and if you have children who enjoyed the first film, the “Buddies” or “Santa Paws” films, they are definitely going to enjoy this movie as well. In fact, I recommend this film to parents who are looking for a safe family film to watch with their children.

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