Blu-ray Review: BLISS

BLISS was written and directed by Joe Begos and stars Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Jeremy Gardner, Rhys Wakefield, Graham Skipper, Jesse Merlin, Matt Mercer, with Abraham Benrubi and George Wendt. The music is composed by Steve Moore.

Known for her dark and macabre artwork, painter Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison) is in a professional rut. Unable to finish her newest commissioned work, Dezzy looks to reignite her creative juices by letting loose-as in, taking every drug in sight and tearing through raucous house parties and heavy metal bars. After a few nights spent with her debauchery-loving friends Courtney (Tru Collins) and Ronnie (Rhys Wakefield), though, Dezzy notices changes within herself. On the positive side, she’s finally painting again, but she’s also developing a strange desire for blood. As someone who has never been able to control her vices in the first place, Dezzy is quickly and violently consumed by this bloodlust.

This drug-induced horror throwback follows Dezzy, a struggling artist who gets dumped by her agent because she can’t finish her latest painting. Dezzy has no drive or ambition to do anything except get messed up and this negative lifestyle choice is slowly destroying her. She’s stuck in a rut and decides to go on another wild and crazy drug binge and this is when she’s introduced to Bliss. Dezzy really isn’t a good person and doesn’t treat the few friends she has right so what’s in store for the toxic female ends up being a terrifying dose of karma that she deserves.

What happens is, Bliss ends up being just the kickstart Dezzy needs to help her get back to work on this mysterious painting that’s now slowly coming to life while she loses herself. When I say lose herself I mean she’s turning into an unhinged monster with an insatiable thirst for blood. Dezzy realizes what’s happening to her and when she confronts her friend behind this unique transformation she realizes there’s no turning back. Dezzy has to confront her beasty of a bestie in a bloody battle royale in a goretastic final encounter. She spills just the right amount of blood she needs to help her finish this haunting masterpiece that she’s feverishly been working on, but just like her victims, it’s now Dezzy’s turn to pay the ultimate price.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Bliss ended up being another wildly entertaining entry from the mind of Joe Begos who once gain pays homage to horror movies from the 80’s and this time there’s a grindhouse vibe going on. Begos burst onto the scene in 2013 with Almost Human, his own version of a sci-fi creature feature, then he followed it up in 2015 with The Mind’s Eye, his fantastic take (and my personal favorite) on the telekinetic subgenre and now he’s back with Bliss which is his own imaginative entry into the vampire subgenre. If I can even call it that? What subgenre does this movie actually fit in? One thing is for sure, it’s different! It’s an extremely colorful strange brew of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll with lots of blood and gore to go with it. The only flaw (if I can even call it that) is that the first half is a bit of a slow burn, and I understand that because the characters needed some development, but when the craziness gets going and the blood starts flowing, the second half is completely bonkers and off the charts. Begos has come up with another retro cool original and I thought the cast did a really good job with their characters plus the old school special effects all looked really good. This is a trippy mind f*ck of a horror movie is what it is! Bliss will be available on Blu-ray on November 12th.

Distributor: Dark Sky Films

Run Time: 80 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include two audio commentary tracks, a deleted scene, trailer and teaser.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Joe Begos and Actress Dora Madison
  • Audio Commentary with Director Joe Begos, Producer Josh Ethier, and the Russell FX Team
  • Deleted Scene (01:49)
  • Trailer (01:55)
  • Teaser (01:48)

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