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(Unrated Director's Cut)

As movie adaptations of video games go, BLOODRAYNE ($27) is a decent enough little time waster for horror fans with nothing better to do, but then again, other than the leading lady’s nude scene, there is too much to recommend about this horror flick either. I will admit it is a guilty pleasure watching Oscar winner Ben Kingsley prostitute himself for a paycheck in BLOODRAYNE; although, its even more fun to watch him do that in SPECIES- plus there is a very nude Natasha Henstridge to recommend that film, in addition to better acting, directing and special effects.

The plot of BLOODRAYNE follows members of the Brimstone Society as they kill vampires and try to keep head vampire Kagan (Ben Kingsley) from acquiring artifacts that would give him ultimate power. In addition to the Brimstone Society, Kagan is also being hunted by his half-vampire/half-human offspring: Rayne (Kristanna Loken), who is intent on avenging her mother’s murder, which, not surprisingly, was perpetrated by her father. Although their motivations are decidedly different, Rayne falls in with the Brimstone Society’s on their noble quest to vanquish her father- a straightforward videogame plot, if I ever heard one. The cast of BLOODRAYNE also features Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis, Michael Madsen, Billy Zane, Will Sanderson, Udo Kier, Meat Loaf, Geraldine Chaplin and Michael Paré.

Visual Entertainment has made BLOODRAYNE available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. Image quality is quite good for an inexpensively made motion picture; most everything appearing sharp and pretty nicely defined. Colors are strong, stable and the flesh tones are appealing. Blacks are on the money, whites are stable, plus the picture has smooth contrast and more than satisfactory shadow detail. The film elements are free from noticeable flaws, while digital compression artifacts are a non-issue.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack is workman like, it gets the job done, but isn’t really going to set the world on fire. There is a good deal of activity in the outlying channels, but the mix seems a little sloppy, being loud for the sake of being loud. Dialogue is reasonably well recorded, but the other elements of the mix occasionally overwhelm the dialogue. Fidelity is more than respectable, with the music coming across well enough. An English Dolby Surround track has also been provided, as have English and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some nice extras. Director Uwe Boll, actress Kristanna Loken, actor Will Sanderson, producer Shawn Williamson, and assistant director Bryan Knight are on hand for a running audio commentary. Dinner With Uwe Boll is an informal forty-seven minute program in which the director is interviewed over Thai food. A series or Storyboards and a Theatrical Trailer close out disc one’s supplements. Disc two of the set offers the complete Bloodrayne 2 video game, which I am sure that more than a few, will prefer to the movie.

As I stated above, BLOODRAYNE ($27) is a decent enough little time waster for horror fans with nothing better to do. If you get your jollies watching good actors prostituting themselves for a paycheck, you’ll certainly get an evening’s worth of entertainment out of BLOODRAYNE. But then again, this DVD also offers a complete video game as an incentive to pick it up.



Bloodrayne (Unrated Director's Cut)(2006)



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