Blu-ray Review: DAY OF THE DEAD: BLOODLINE

DAY OF THE DEAD: BLOODLINE was directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens from a screenplay by Mark Tonderai & Lars Jacobson, based on the motion picture Day of the Dead by George A. Romero, and stars Johnathon Schaech, Sophie Skelton, Marcus Vanco, Lillian Blankenship, Mark Rhino Smith, Shari Watson and Jeff Gum.

A reimagining of George A. Romero’s cult classic, DAY OF THE DEAD: BLOODLINE is set in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled world where a former med school student is tormented by a dark figure from her past. The only thing is, he’s a half-human, half-zombie hell-bent on destroying her world.

The opening scene for Day of the Dead: Bloodline sets everything up when we meet the two main characters. Zoe Parker (Sophie Skelton), a promising young doctor and her creepy patient Max (Johnathon Scheach) who has a special blood type as well as an unsettling crush on his doctor. This is also when the zombie apocalypse first takes place and then the movie fast forwards five years later. Zoe is now part of a small group of survivors who are camped out in an underground bunker up in the mountains where the world is now overrun by zombies. What happens is, Zoe goes out with a small team on a scavenger mission to look for meds and supplies and guess what, she bumps into Max who is now a zombie but he still has an eerie crush on Zoe and is still latched onto her scent. I know, it sounds as creepy as it looks, too!

There’s something special about Max because he’s still able to think and do things the other zombies can’t do so he ends up quietly hitching a ride back to the compound without the rest knowing it and once they arrive back home he begins to make his rounds and biting anyone who gets in his way. The team does capture Max and Zoe quickly sees that there’s something special about Max and realizes that she may be able to come up with a vaccine by using some of Max’s special blood type. Of course, things don’t go smoothly for this small group of survivors because Max is able to escape and once again makes his rounds where he causes all kinds of chaos. The zombies on the outside of the compound also find their way in and begin chomping down on any human in site, so needless to say a lot of people end up dying and there’s a big mess to clean up. In the end, Zoe does come up with this vaccine that does give the human race some hope and a new lease on life.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual 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, Day of the Dead: Bloodline was an okay zombie movie but it doesn’t come close to Romero’s original. This reimagining takes a slightly different and more modern approach than what the original had to offer with the only familiarity being the lead zombie. They’ve traded in the slow zombies for the fast moving ravagers in this new movie. In the original it was Bub and this one it’s Max, and let me tell you, Johnathon Scheach really delivered for this character and it’s one of the highlights of the movie and unfortunately those are few and far between. I don’t know if Max will garner the fandom like Bub did but there’s definitely an eeriness to this creepy character that’s hard to forget. We’re all familiar with the story so it’s simply been updated. The military coumpund is larger this time and the movie does take the viewer outside of this isolated location a little more. We also kind of get to witness how this zombie outbreak first begins as well as see it come to an end with the vaccine. There are some creepy cool makeup effects that helps bring the undead to life so that’s another plus for the watch. Hèctor Hernández Vicens did an okay job bringing this reimagined world of Romero’s to life and I think it’s good enough for a one time watch. Day of the Dead: Bloodline will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on February 6th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There’s not much as far as the extras go but we do get a making-of featurette that includes some interviews with some of the cast and crew. There’s also a digital copy of the movie.

  • Day of the Dead: Bloodline: Reviving Horror” Featurette (14:48)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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  1. Arthur G. says:

    The movie is terrible, nothing in it is even decent. The characters suck, there “story” if you can call it that way is just not there, it’s so bad it will make you wonder why does this even exist.

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