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Masters Of Horror The V Word (Ernest Dickerson/Anchor Bay DVD)


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



Ernest Dickerson is a great cinematographer (especially known for his work on Spike Lees early works) who has gone on to a mixed directing career. At his best (see Juice,) he can handle narrative well, but has had a mixed directing career. His installment of the highly problematic Masters Of Horror episode The V Word starts as one of the more promising, then veers off into repetition that hurts it.


Two friends (Arjay Smith, Branden Nadon) are just hanging around having a good time when they decide to have some sick fun and visit a bunch of dead corpses. Of course, this backfires and soon they are both in danger. It gets worse when one is killed, yet comes back to life. After a promising start, the episode starts to quickly tank like the few shows that began to work in all these seasons before imploding altogether. Part of the problem is that the story seems more like a zombie tale than that of a vampire and that is just the beginning of its many problems. Not even Michael Ironside can save it and then it runs on and on, not knowing when to end.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is too flat, but since Dickerson was a cinematographer at one time, we believe it is more a limit of the DVD format that a performance issue with the footage shot. Only the Blu-ray version will tell us for certain. The Dolby Digital 5.1 is lively enough with good surrounds and ambient sounds. Extras include stills, DVD-ROM PDF screenplay access, making of featurette, make-up featurette and audio commentary by Dickerson and writer/executive producer Mick Garris, who wrote this show. It is one of his best efforts by default.


If you want to see the two good shows weve seen in about four seasons of this disaster, catch The Washingtonians and Sounds Like, reviewed elsewhere on this site.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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