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Death Trance


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C



In another of the latest cycle of martial arts fantasy films with comedy, Death Trance is stuck in the usual “unknown place” and “unknown time” which is a great excuse for the makers to do less writing.  These ‘twilight zones’ make such story telling more and more generic.  In the meantime, Versus director Yuji Shimomura gives us this tale of a stolen coffin that leads to yet another pointless quest for its recovery, because just retrieving the thing and leaving it at that is not noble enough.


The thief’s name is not less grim than Grave!  Then there are many pointless, senseless swordfights and other battles that drag on and on and on and on and on…


I wondered if even the most diehard fans would really enjoy this.  Either way, the 89 minutes seem much longer as it never, ever picks up and the conclusion is that you’ll somehow find a way to enjoy it, or more likely, will fall asleep during it.  Yes, it lives up to its title in unexpected ways.  At least the production values have their moments.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft, color inconsistent and detail challenged.  The Dolby Digital Japanese and English 5.1 mixes are surprisingly weak for an action feature.  An original trailer and making of featurette are the only extras.  The latter did not clear much either.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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