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Dead Snow 2: Red VS Dead (2014/Well Go USA Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C+ Film: A

Dead Snow 2 (directed by the talented Tommy Wirkola who directed the original Dead Snow and brought us last year's Hansel and Gretel: Witchhunters) is a blood soaked romp that surpasses the original in every way and sets itself high on the list of Zombie carnage films of the past ten years if not all time. The film has a fantastic mix of gore, humor, and insanity that entertains fans of the genre as well as paying homage to the original by picking up right where it left off...

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Martin wakes up in a hospital after crashing his car while trying to escape from Colonel Herzog after finding one of the Colonel's coins in his car and placed under arrest when the police suspected that he killed his friends, laughing off the zombie explanation. The good news is that the arm he sawed off to halt a bite infection has been replaced (Evil Dead 2 anyone?) though that's kinda bad news, too, since he discovers it's Herzog's undead limb that's been attached to his missing appendage. He then escapes from the hospital and his zombified arm kills a police officer with a Mercedes star. Martin soon realizes that Herzog is coming back for revenge.

The gruesome Nazi Zombies are back to finish some 70-year-old business: completing Hitler's order to wipe out an entire town in retaliation for Norwegian anti-Axis subterfuge but Martin's not willing to die yet. En route, he gains variably competent allies in Glenn, a gay staffer at a local WWII museum, and the self-styled Zombie Squad, a trio of nerdy American siblings who've been waiting and preparing for the zombie invasion that popular media has taught them will surely come.

Things improve a bit once Martin (whose zombie arm suddenly arbitrarily starts helping the good guys) manages to revive a troop of Russian POWs executed by the Nazis for the final battle against Colonel Herzog and his Nazi Zombie battalion...

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Watching this film makes me wish that Wirkola had directed the reboot of The Evil Dead as I think his films find a good medium in creativeness, gore, and humor that could have set apart that re-imagining and made it actually watch-able. This film was made in Norway and Iceland which makes me think that its really sad that an American filmmaker hasn't come up with something lately that finds this nice balance of comedy and gore. This is definitely the best horror film of its kind I've seen since Cabin in the Woods.

Well Go USA did a great job with the transfer and sound mix on this disc! The film is presented in 1080p high definition with an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a powerful English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that doesn't disappoint. There is also the original lossy Norwegian Dolby Digital 5.1 track, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 track, and a French Dolby Digital 5.1 track on the disc with optional English subtitles.

As far as extras go, we get Død snø 2 which is the International Version of the film with either Norwegian Dolby Digital 5.1 or French Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.

Short Film: Armen

VFX Breakdown is a brief look at some of the film's special effects.

Dead Snow Comic Book


Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Tommy Wirkola

This is a MUST SEE for horror fans! Recommended!

- James Harland Lockhart V



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