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Morituris: Legions Of The Dead (2011/Synapse Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extra: D Film: C-

Full of plenty of blood, guts, and torture to satisfy gore hounds, this film is not for the squeamish and is still to this day banned in Italy. With a nice release by Synapse, aside from the absence of too many cool extras, Raffaele Picchio's Morituris: Legions of the Dead (2011) has your typical 'Scooby Gang goes into the woods only to be hacked apart by madmen' storyline only with some stand alone scenes that are pretty grueling to watch and some pretty interesting looking slasher characters that would make even Rob Zombie shake in his boots.

Two lovely Romanian girls take a trip with three Italian men to a rumored midnight rave in the middle of a dark forest. As the gang proceeds on foot to their final destination, a mysterious graveyard is discovered, a shockingly vile plot twist is revealed and bloodthirsty undead Roman gladiators rise from the dead to torture and mutilate their victims! For the two women, an already terrifying night is about to get much, much worse, as the zombified warriors hunt down the group to tear their heads off! Will anyone survive the night?

If you're a fan of Italian horror or films like Last House on The Left, House of 1000 Corpses, Dario Argento films, or the like then this may be up your alley. The special effects are by Argento favorite Sergio Stivaletti, which is definitely another draw for fans of the genre. Too bad it does not offer more.

The film is presented on Blu-ray with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and an encompassing, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) Italian 5.1 Stereo surround track that is highly effective and loud. There is also a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) Italian 2.0 Stereo mix on the disc if you prefer, if not as wide-ranging. Synapse delivers another top-rate presentation.

The only extras are a reversible cover and the original theatrical trailer.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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