Evil: Vendetta (2017/Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/2 Blu-rays)
A/B+ Sound: A Extras: B Film: C+
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
for Sony, this disc is something of a landmark in that it is their
first title to feature both Dolby Vision high-dynamic range (HDR) and
Dolby Atmos 11.1 immersive audio, which makes this an impressive
title in terms of home theater presentation.
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).
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.
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 mix
and a Dolby True HD 7.1 mix as well. No doubt Sony wanted to use
this film as a test to see how far they can push the limits with
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.
digital UV copy, which is a surprise.
Capture Set Tour with Dante Carver"
to Reality: Designing Vendetta"
gallery (30 sketches/designs)
Audio Commentary (in Japanese) with Director Takanori Tsujimoto,
Executive Producer Takashi Shimizu and Writer Makoto Fukami
Blu-ray disc with three featurettes:
Mission Briefing: Combat Arias"
The World of Vendetta"
Tokyo Game Show Footage"
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.
artificially created performances are at times a bit dry but its easy
to be sucked in by the animation detail and eye candy.