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Bloodrunners (2017/Speakeasy Pictures Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B/B- Sound: B/B- Extras: B Film: C

Dan Lantz's Bloodrunners (2017) is an ambitious independent feature that mixes the Prohibition era with sultry Vampiric action. While sometimes the script gets ahead of the budgetary restraints, which shows in some of the lackluster digital effects and obvious green screen moments, the story is interesting enough and the performances not bad enough to keep the stamina going.

Featuring rapper turned actor Ice-T in a lead role, the supporting cast includes Michael McFadden, Chris James Boylan, Airen DeLaMater, Petere Patrikios, and Julie Ek to name a few. While the cast is mostly comprised of unknowns, the character direction stays out point, save a few corny lines of dialogue that are crafted to reinforce the time period.

Bloodrunners centers on a turf war between a crooked cop (who desperately wants to be a film noir-type character) and a power-hungry vampire with a love of music (Ice-T) - who butt heads in a small town soaked in a laundry list of illegal activities during the height of Prohibition. During this time of corruption, adding Vampires into the mix threatens the success of both a speakeasy and a whorehouse.

This set features both Blu-ray and standard definition DVD editions of the film, with the high definition version obviously the victor. Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossy (why no lossless sound?) English Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the presentation is clean but nothing too groundbreaking due to the look and low budget nature of the film. The DVD edition is presented in standard definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 as well and a lossy English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix, which isn't bad, but not as impressive as the more detail 5.1 mix.

Special Features aren't bad for an indie and include...

Gag Reel

Deleted Scenes

Extended Scenes

Filmmaker Commentary

Official Trailer

Colliding with the home video release of Ben Affleck's Live By Night (reviewed elsewhere on this site, minus any vampires or anything supernatural) which is also set in this same time period, Bloodrunners is a quite different take on the Vampire genre and while low budget, still manages to pull of the period specific setting.

- James Lockhart



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