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Resident Evil Degeneration (2008/Sony DVD)

 

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

 

 

After selling endless videogame variations, three live-action feature films and endless tie-ins, Capcom and Sony have finally decided to do an entire feature of the killer zombie franchise in the computer animated world. That usually-a-wasteland-world is the scene of Resident Evil Degeneration (2008), which tries to continue the story of how the Umbrella Corporation would itself become an agent of the living dead in this prequel that is meant to be serious and graphically so, but is instead an unintentional howler when it is not boring and dull.

 

With the last live-action film being the best by default, the comment that the live-action cartoon might as well be a real one does not apply here, but seeing this does make one feel the owners of the franchise are getting bored doing it and it shows. Of course, the whole zombie thing is so bad that just about all the films are dead on arrival in the worst way, at a ratio of one good one for a few thousand disasters. That is why this is so funny when it is funny since this is the first graphic animated zombie feature I can think of. No make-up troubles here, though it is well known the hacks making most zombie messes sometimes digitally enhance the final make-up with digital work. This is like watching the overpriced Final Fantasy feature Sony made a few years ago with very slightly faster animation and more carnage. See for yourself.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is on the soft side, is limited in color and depth can also be an issue. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is underwhelming, not using the bass or surround possibilities very much. Maybe this would look better on Blu-ray, but that is hard to imagine. Extras include a preview for Resident Evil 5 Video Game, Voice Bloopers, Faux Leon scene, Character Profiles, trailers for this release and a making of featurette.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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