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Dead & Breakfast


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



Ok, think of something entertaining.  Now, think of what it would be like if something had no entertaining value whatsoever and you can pretty much sum up Dead & Breakfast, a recent addition to the endless parade of tired splatter horror films.  Oh wait, I almost forgot, this is actually one of those horror/musical/comedy/thriller films that crosses so many genres and violated just about all of them with insulting zest.  What bugs me most about films like this is just the fact that while having campy horror fun, they seem to miss the point.  You can still have a fun campy film and yet have some redeeming qualities, rather than resting on clichés and tired material that has been done over and over again.  Not only that, but rather than rest of the standard conventional tricks of the game, why not excite the audience with some moments of randomness or uniqueness to make the film stand out as more than just a routine and by the numbers rehash. 


It’s likely that there will be fans of this film, and if so, this DVD from Anchor Bay is most likely going to please them as it’s loaded with extras.  Before we get to that, let’s quickly recap the film.  If you’ve seen Evil Dead II (also available from Anchor bay in a nice Divimax version), then you can skip down to the next paragraph of this review, if not then you can read on.  A town.  Six friends.  Two people found dead.  A local sheriff.  Evil Spirits.  Enough said?  I thought so too!  


Technically this DVD is on par for a film of its caliber.  Anchor Bay did what they could with the material, which is quite sufficient.  The film is presented in a 1.85 X 1 anamorphic transfer with a 2.0 Dolby Digital and 5.1 mix.  Both the audio and video seem fairly good with only minimal drawbacks.  The image could be a bit sharper and more pronounced, but this could be the fault of the overall production, although the film was shot in 35mm.  The 5.1 Dolby mix essentially takes the 2.0 and boosts it up a bit with a bit more dimension as some minor sound effects are then retranslated into the split surrounds.  This is the preferred listening mode, as most would imagine. 


The extras on this disc are terrific if you are into the film.  There are two commentary tracks, one by the director Matthew Leutwyler with some of the actors in the film, and the other by the director again only joined by the special effects director.  This allows for just about total coverage of the film from a details standpoint as well as some fun moments.  There are also some funny bloopers as well as deleted scenes, which I wish more films would use the branching modes to allow the viewer to access these deleted scenes while watching the film and see them in their respective places.  The trailer and some stills round out the extras category and make this one sweet edition, regardless primarily on your disposition on the film, fans should relish the moment.



-   Nate Goss


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