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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!

Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

November 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” is an action-packed animated film featuring two of Marvel’s well-known icons such as Hulk and Iron Man.  Featuring a storyline with non-stop action and a different kind of animated style compared to other Marvel animated films, “Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” is an animated film worth watching!

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TITLE: Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United

FILM RELEASE: 2013

DURATION: 71 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English, French and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Buena Vista Home Entertainment/Marvel

RATED: PG (For Sci-Fi Action, Violence and Brief Mild Language)

Release Date: December 3, 2013

Production Coordinator: Shaun Avnet

Script Coordinator: Ora Yashar

Storyboard Director: Tim Eldred

Storyboard Artists: Jeff Allen, Tim Eldred, Leo Riley

Main Title Design by Andy Suriano

Marvel Games Consultant: T.Q. Jefferson

CGI Animation Services by Brain Zoo Studios

Creative Director/Executive Producer: Mo Davoudian

Producers: Tammy Holguin, Lori Gloede

Technical Directors: Francis Co, Hyon Kim, Dave Hickey

Art Director: Tony Weinstock

Animation Director: Wim Beien

Featuring the Voices of:

Adrian Pasdar as Tony Stark/Iron Man

Fred Tatasciore as Bruce Banner/The Hulk

Dee Bradley Baker as Dr. Cruler/Zzzax

Robert Atkin Downes as Dr. Fump/Abomination

David Kaye as Jarvis

Marvel makes cinematic history again with the most unexpected team-up in the universe! Joining forces for the first time ever, Hulk’s pulverizing brute strength and Tony Stark’s high-tech brainpower come together to face off against the ultimate enemy.

When “Zzzax,” a seemingly invincible, energy devouring monster threatens to destroy the planet, Marvel’s unlikeliest pairing of Avengers is mankind’s only hope. Alone, neither can defeat the awesome power of Zzzax. As a duo, they just might have a chance – if they can find a way to work together without smashing heads before time runs out!

Packed with explosive action, loaded with exclusive bonus features and presented in groundbreaking Marvel CG Animation, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United is a must-own movie event that will blow you away.

They are among Marvel’s iconic characters, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk.

Two characters that were part of the original formation of The Avengers and two superheroes brought together in the latest Marvel animated film “Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” which will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by Marvel/Buena Vista Home Entertainment in Dec. 2013.

The film begins with the Hulk versus Abomination, two beings who have been exposed to Gamma radiation and two who have been longtime rivals and enemies.  But while the Hulk has beaten Abomination a number of times, this time around, the Abomination is able to knock the Hulk out with sleeping gas and takes him to a HYDRA base where Dr. Cruler and Dr. Fump are working.

As the Hulk is put into a chamber, they trick the Abomination by using the same sleeping gas and put him into another chamber.  The goal is to use the gamma radiation power of these two in order to power-up their laboratory and as the two are able to create an amazing blast, they try to harness the power but instead cause a major electrical imbalance which knocks out the power to the city.  As Hulk is able to escape the locked chamber and freeing the Abomination, the laboratory blows up.  While something from the blast has manifested and taken life.

Meanwhile, Iron Man (Tony Stark) is testing out his armor vs. the Hulk Buster Iron Man armor which is being controlled by Jarvis.  As the two are aboard a flying vehicle owned by Tony, their power is also knocked out and when Jarvis reports that Gamma radiation has been detected, Iron Man worries that it may be Hulk related and leaves.

When Iron Man arrives, he sees that Hulk is there and automatically thinks that Hulk is responsible for the damage.  But before Iron Man could let the Hulk speak and explain what happened, the two end up getting into a fight.

But eventually the Hulk is able to pound some sense into Iron Man and they enter whatever is left of the HYDRA laboratory and they are instantly attacked by the HYDRA robots.  As both easily beat the robots, they go aboard Tony’s air vehicle, not knowing that a ball of energy has snuck onto Iron Man’s armor.

While aboard the space vehicle, the energy starts to manifest and Zzaxx, an energy-devouring monster is born.  And as they try to fight this new monster, Zzaxx has control of anything electrical, taking over various Iron Man armors.

Can Iron Man and the Hulk defeat Zzaxx?

VIDEO:

“Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” uses a different animation style that I have ever seen used in a Marvel animated feature but yet, have seen on video games similar to “Killer 7” and “No More Heroes” in which the characters and backgrounds are detailed but instead but there is a certain layer that you can see over the characters.  So instead of the usual black or darken shading on a character, you see lighter shades of a color used.

Colors are well-utilized but for the most part, it’s a certain style of animation that may not suit everyone, but it is different and for those open to different type of artwork, will enjoy the character design and shading, while those used to previous Marvel animated films and are not used to this animation style, may have problems with it.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” is presented in English, French and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.  During the action scenes, there is good use of the surround channels.  One scene where Iron Man is flying and you hear a plethora of missiles and machine guns firing, the soundscape becomes quite immersive. There is also good use of LFE at times.  But for the most part, the lossless audio for this animated film is crystal clear.

Subtitles are in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” comes with the following special features:

  • Marvel “Inter-Missions” – If you hit pause during the film, you will receive a crazy twist to old-school Iron Man and Hulk animated clips.
  • Marvel Team Up with Ryan Penagos and Joe Q – (11:37) Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada and Ryan Penagos (Agent M of Marvel.com) discussing their first comic books they read and the teaming up of Iron Man and the Hulk.
  • Marvel Mash-Ups – Featuring three two-minute Marvel Mash-Ups of old Marvel animation receiving a hilarious redub. Featuring: Shield, Betty Ross and Lil’ Hulk.

EXTRAS:

“Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” comes with the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy (code provided) plus a slipcover.

As a long time fan of both the Hulk and Iron Man, it’s always a treat for fans to see these two together.

For readers of the comic book, we have seen these two heroes get into quite a few skirmishes as Tony Stark had to resort to creating a Hulk Buster Iron Man armor to fight the Hulk and when things were good, these two made a great team but things were bad, these two got into crazy skirmishes.

But these two are Marvel icons, and what we have is the intellectual Tony Stark as Iron Man and as for the Hulk, fortunately not the “Hulk Smash” brute but the more smarter but can still get angry type of Hulk.

For fans, one of the biggest plus for this animated film is to see the Hulk Buster Iron Man armor used (as well as see other Iron Man armor featured) but also an animated film with consistent action that never lets up.  Also, for Hulk fans, you can never grow tired seeing the Hulk and the Abomination against each other.

But the primary antagonist for this animated film is Zzzax, a character that first appeared in the Incredible Hulk #166 (back in 1973) and an enemy that had appeared in the ’90s “The Incredible Hulk” animated series.

The history of Zzzax is different as in the comic book, he was a result of a terrorist plot to sabotage the Con Ed Nuclear Power Plant in New York but in this animated film, he is the result of one of HYDRA’s mad scientist who was trying to contain the incredible gamma power of the Hulk and the Abomination.

While Zzzax has never registered for me as a major Marvel antagonist, to be truthful, the coolness factor of Zzzax was definitely much better on this animated film versus what was featured of the energy guzzling monster featured in the “Incredible Hulk” or “West Coast Avengers” comic books.  And it helps that the action is non-stop and how both Iron Man and the Hulk tend to antagonize each other while fighting Zzzax.  They are the ultimate odd couple when they team-up but it’s always fun to watch these two heroes together.

As for the Blu-ray, picture quality is very good on Blu-ray but it’s the animation style that I feel that people will support and those not so used to it may have a problem with it.  It’s a style I have seen a few times on some video games and I’m always up for something different artistically but it’s not for everyone.  But PQ is very good as with its immersive lossless soundtrack.  The action scenes are immersive, use the surround channels and LFE quite effectively.

And as for special features, you get the Marvel “Inter-Missions” when you pause (plays a few hilariously re-dub clips from older Marvel series featuring the Hulk and Iron Man), a fascinating interview with Joe Quesada and Ryan Penagos and more hilarious re-dubbed clips in “Marvel Mash-Ups”.

Also, the animated film is presented on Blu-ray, DVD and via Digital Copy.

Overall, “Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” is an action-packed animated film featuring two of Marvel’s well-known icons such as Hulk and Iron Man.  Featuring a storyline with non-stop action and a different kind of animated style compared to other Marvel animated films, “Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” is an animated film worth watching!

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