Blu-ray Review: RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA

RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA was directed by Takanori Tsujimoto with a screenplay by Makoto Fukami and was produced by Hiroyasu Shinohara and executive produced by Takashi Shimizu, with music by Kenji Kawai. The voice talents include Kevin Dorman, Matthew MercerErin Cahill, John DeMita, Cristina Vee, Kari Wahlgren and Fred Tatasciore.

Resident Evil: Vendetta is based on “Resident Evil,” one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time. This third entry in the animated franchise features the return of fan favorite characters Chris Redfield (Kevin Dorman) and Leon S. Kennedy (Matthew Mercer) as well as the film debut of Rebecca Chambers (Erin Cahill), and follows the trio as they aim to stop the spread of a deadly virus that threatens to destroy New York City. BSAA Chris Redfield enlists the help of government agent Leon S. Kennedy and Professor Rebecca Chambers from Alexander Institute of Biotechnology to stop a death merchant with a vengeance from spreading a deadly virus in New York.

The story for Resident Evil: Vendetta (aka Biohazard: Vendetta) is set in between the events of the Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and stays faithful to the video games. Chris Redfield recruits the help of the reluctant Leon S. Kennedy and Rebecca Chambers to battle it out with the latest big bad to hit the block, Glenn Arias and his loyal sidekicks Maria and Diego Gomez. Arias, Maria and Diego are kind of accidental villians because they are all victims of a tragic massacre constructed by the government which leaves Arias out for revenge. There’s also a new airborne virus introduced in the movie and Arias has big plans for it. So it’s up to Chris, Leon and Rebecca to try and stop the madman before he unleashes it on the human race. Of course, standing in their way are hordes of zombies and the nearly unstoppable Maria and Diego. Ultimately, the heroes find a way to stop this latest evil threat but it looks like we may not have seen the last of at least one of these new villains.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each Blu-ray disc features its own indivual 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. Resident Evil: Vendetta features Dolby Vision high-dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos immersive audio, making it the first title from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to feature both technologies.

Bottom line is, Resident Evil: Vendetta was an entertaining entry in the animated saga that continues the adventures of Chris Redfield who once again gets the spotlight and goes up against a new threat and an entirely new virus. Redfield gets to team up with Leon S. Kennedy, another fan favorite character from the franchise, as well as Rebecca Chambers who is the newest character to join the fight. I liked the story for this one and the characters were all fun to follow but this isn’t the best entry in the animated trilogy. The most impressive part of this movie are the amazingly detailed animation that brings these characters and his deadly world to life. There are some seriously talented artists who create and animate everything. Just like the others, this movie is action-packed and features lots of blood and gore. Needless to say the horror element is definitely representing. This third installment in the CG animated franchise follows 2008’s Resident Evil: Regeneration and 2012’s Resident Evil: Damnation and releases on a 2-disc Blu-ray set on July 18th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) Region A

Blu-ray Audio: English and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin and Thai

Special Features: The extras on the first disc include three featurettes, images and some audio commentary. The extras on the bonus disc include three additional featurettes.

DISC ONE:

  • Three Featurettes (24:05)
  1. “The Creature”
  2. “Motion Capture Set Tour with Dante Carver”
  3. “CGI to Reality: Designing Vendetta”
  • Still gallery (30 sketches/designs)
  • Filmmaker Audio Commentary (in Japanese) with Director Takanori Tsujimoto, Executive Producer Takashi Shimizu and Writer Makoto Fukami

BONUS DISC with three featurettes:

  1. “BSAA Mission Briefing: Combat Arias” (05:06)
  2. “Designing The World of Vendetta” (03:31)
  3. “2016 Tokyo Game Show Footage” (13:06)

 

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