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Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017/Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/2 Blu-rays)

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

The Resident Evil franchise continues (with very little relation to the Paul W.S. Anderson/Milla Jovovich films) with the third realistically animated feature film set in the world of the tyrannical Umbrella Corporation and its world full of the undead. The most polished of the animated installments (the first two being Resident Evil: Degeneration in 2008 and Resident Evil: Damnation in 2012, Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017) aka Biohazard: Vendetta, has impressive digital animation and an interesting story that gamers will find familiar to the tone of the video games and features a few classic characters but not much else new.

However, for Sony, this disc is something of a landmark in that it is their first title to feature both Dolby Vision high-dynamic range 12-bit color (HDR) and Dolby Atmos 11.1 immersive audio, which makes this an impressive title in terms of home theater presentation.

The creative team behind the project include director Takanori Tsujimoto with a screenplay by Makoto Fukami (Psycho Pass), was produced by Hiroyasu Shinohara and executive produced by Takashi Shimizu, with music by Kenji Kawai (the 1995 animated classic Ghost in the Shell, Sadako 3D, the Ip Man Trilogy).

The story is set between the sixth and seventh video game titles, and brings to life the Chris Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy and Rebecca Chambers characters. Invading a creepy mansion, our heroes battle hordes of zombies while trying to prevent a devious madman from unleashing a deadly virus in New York and further destroying any home that humanity has left.

The presentation here is spot on and quite immersive with a 2160p 4K UHD transfer and a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and HDR (High Dynamic Range) with nary a flaw. The sound mix is incredibly impressive with Dolby Vision 12-bit color HDR, Dolby Atmos 11.1 lossless mix and a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown as well. No doubt Sony wanted to use this film as a test to see how far they can push the limits with satisfying results.

Also included is a 1080p Blu-ray disc with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and the same audio mixes as the 4K UHD. The image isn't nearly as clear as the former, but suits the format fine.

No digital UV copy, which is a surprise.

Special Features...

Three Featurettes:

"The Creature"

"Motion Capture Set Tour with Dante Carver"

"CGI to Reality: Designing Vendetta"

Still gallery (30 sketches/designs)

Filmmaker Audio Commentary (in Japanese) with Director Takanori Tsujimoto, Executive Producer Takashi Shimizu and Writer Makoto Fukami

Bonus Blu-ray disc with three featurettes:

"BSAA Mission Briefing: Combat Arias"

"Designing The World of Vendetta"

"2016 Tokyo Game Show Footage"

These CGI Resident Evil films are animated nicely and are pretty bloody, which will please fans of the series. At some points I couldn't help but feel like I was playing one of the video games and watching the 'cinema mode' between levels, this is still fun to mindlessly watch.

The artificially created performances are at times a bit dry but its easy to be sucked in by the animation detail and eye candy.

- James Lockhart



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