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Summer Of Blood (aka S.O.B./2014/MPI/Dark Sky DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: B Film: B

Summer of Blood (2014) is a satirical look at relationships, vampirism, sex, and addiction. In many ways, the film is not unlike a Woody Allen production in that it consists of lots of dialogue in minimal locations to craft an interesting love story set in Brooklyn, New York. Written, directed and starring Onur Tukel as a monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy man named Erik Sparrow, the film delivers some good moments and is definitely an achievement in low budget filmmaking.

Dumped by his career driven girlfriend Jodie (Anna Margaret Hollyman) of three years, Erik has a mid life crisis and questions his ability to commit to a relationship. He turns to a disastrous series of online dates (we have all been there) that deteriorate his confidence in himself.

One night, he has a chance encounter with a Vampire who transforms Erik into a sex machine that is thirsty for blood and a good orgasm. Rekindling his once failed online dates and turning them all (quite literally) into the undead, he decides that the love of his life was really the one that he lost and so desperately needs for eternity. Though his ex is now dating another man and he monumentally gets fired from his job, Erik must confront Jodie and convince her that he is the man that she should marry and settle down with him before its too late.

This film delivers on many levels: its funny, original, and entertaining, features great makeup and gore special effects by Underground Horror Master Fred Vogel of Toe Tag Inc., and has enough pretty girls and intrigue to satisfy your needs. The abundance of dialogue is handled pretty well and the characters all pretty well developed which helps to make you forget about how minimal the production really is.

Picture and sound on the disc are of a high standard for DVD but could definitely benefit from a Blu-ray upgrade. Presented in standard definition and an anamorphically enhanced widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 the film is accompanied by a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track as well as a 2.0 Stereo English track. Subtitles on the disc are in English. Total running time of the film clocks in around 86 minutes - which is almost the perfect length for this type of film.

Extras on the disc are limited but very informative including:

Deleted/Extended Scenes

Commentary with Onur Tukel

Behind The Scenes

& a Trailer

- James Harland Lockhart V



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