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April Foolís Day (2008/Sony DVD)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C-†††† Feature: D

 

 

During the 1980s original slice-and-dice slasher cycle, Friday The 13th film series producer Frank Mancuso Jr. tried to retool and twist the trend a bit with his 1986 production of April Foolís Day, but it instead became one of the most disappointing, dumb attempts to continue/save the trend.While he went on to produce better genre fare and left his longtime home of Paramount Pictures, he has decided to revive the film as a straight-to-DVD remake with a duo of directors with a name like The Butcher Brothers.

 

The 2008 revisiting is the same prank-goes-wrong-turns-to-murder mess, but this time, it looks like an episode of a teen/yuppie Aaron Spelling (90210, Melrose Place) episode gone wrong in every respect of the word.As compared to those formula shows, the people here feel like one-dimensional mannequins, you never believe anything you see and the obsession with reproducing video (low and high def) is more like filler as if this modernizes a dumb idea.The result is a VDD quickie with some money in it.Too bad it has no script and the Brothers donít know the meaning of suspense.See the original first, if you must see this one.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is soft throughout, looks like it was shot on video (sometimes a generation or two down) and is loaded with motion blur throughout.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is weak, obviously not created to utilize multi-channel and is on the weak side.Extras include previews for other Sony DVD product.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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