(2014/Lionsgate Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray 2D)
Picture: A 2D Picture: B+ Sound: A Extras: B Film: B
was a January release movie. In other words, it's by no means
considered by most moviegoers as good
but it's sole purpose is meant to sell a few 3D tickets during the
slow time on the movie calendar where all the big Oscar movies have
run their course and there's nothing fresh until Valentine's Day.
The 90 minute film was panned by critics and most audience members.
Me however? Saw it on opening day in the theater and am now excited
to have it on disc. I'm a sucker for movies like Van
Helsing, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
and the Underworld
movies. I know that they are not everyone's cup of tea but for me
they are mindless popcorn munching eye candy that feature outrageous
monsters and terrible digital effects. For a film that features a
war between Gargoyles and Demons, you know that this movie is going
to be fun.
is a fun film full of beautiful production and costume design and has
a very distinct look to it. There are cathedral gothic temples,
broken stained glass windows, and dark cloudy skies. The main issue
is digital fire effects (which look super duper fake), of course the
dialogue and practicality of Adam (played by Aaron Eckhart), the
Frankenstein monster being able to be such
a good fighter if he is a stitched together being. Throw away all
your senses of realism out and you're good to go!
pours right out of the gate at its very strongest with the
silhouetted image of Adam who is carrying the dead body of his master
through majestic snowy mountains and beautiful New Zealand-like
scenery. It goes on to tell the story of Adam's creation and how he
was banned by his maker Victor Frankenstein and cast out for dead.
In anger, Adam takes vengeance on Frankenstein by killing his Wife.
When the Mad Scientist takes revenge on the monster, he ends up dying
in the cold and snow before reaching the creature, which brings us to
the present where Adam is burying his Master in a dark cemetery. The
next scene brings us some of the worst digital effects of recent
memory with a multi battle between 2 Gargoyles, 4 Demons, and Adam.
One reveal that has always disappointed me is the model
look that the Gargoyles have when in their human form. I would have
went with a more rugged and war-torn look. (They also seem to have
great hair stylists and gym trainers in this fantasy world.) The
plot thickens when the Gargoyle Order apprehends Adam and try to
figure out why the Demons want him so bad. Adam is temporarily
accepted into the group and is told of the secret world that
Gargoyles fight around humanity unseen and thought of as mere
is given some bad ass weapons by the Gargoyle Order and goes
his own way.
The Gargoyle Queen Lenore has taken Victor Frankenstein's diary and
is keeping it in safe keeping (do you think it will go into the wrong
hands later?) Adam walks into the wilderness and spends 200 years in
seclusion avoiding the ongoing war. Just when he thought Niberious
(the Demon God) had forgotten about him, he sends three Demons after
him in the wild. After he kills them in Sin
fashion, he goes back into the Gargoyle/Demon world and hunts those
who hunt him. We soon meet a Scientist, Dr. Wade (the beautiful
Yvonne Strahovski) who is on a mission to become something of a
Frankenstein herself with the successful reanimation of a mouse in
her futuristic science lab - which is the ultimate experiment of
Niberious who hopes to have an army of Frankenstein monsters
possessed as demons at his disposal.
realize soon [SPOILER] that Bill Nighy is the Dark Prince Niberious
and that he is aware of Adam's second coming. Lucky for our hero, he
is snatched up again by the Gargoyles and they lay into him the
severity of his purpose in the war. As predicted the journal of
Adam's creation finds itself in the wrong hands and Adam must get it
back to find out the key to his creation. The Demons unleash upon
the Gargoyles and an epic battle is fought! Will humanity stand a
chance? Find out when you watch I,
1080p digital High Definition widescreen (2.40:1 aspect ratio) is
fantastic as is the wonderfully loud and powerful English 5.1 DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) lossless track. Also on the disc is a Spanish 5.1
Dolby Digital Audio, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles.
far as 3D movies go, I,
is definitely stronger with the added effect. The Blu-ray 3D version
is great and the characters and flying gargoyles pop and fly all
around you, immersing your living room. The 3D is MVC Encoded full
resolution for the Left/Right eye.
Features include two audio commentary tracks: one with
Co-writer/Director Stuart Beattie, the other with filmmakers Gary
Lucchesi, Richard Wright, James McQuaide & Kevin Grevioux,
13 minute Creating
a Monster featurette,
Also From Lionsgate, and
would have liked a special feature showing more of the production and
an origin story of how this whole thing came to be.
James Harland Lockhart