Dagon (2001) (Umbrella Entertainment BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Stuart Gordon
STARRING: Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Meroño
RATED: R18+/REGION O/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Umbrella Entertainment
Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, Dagon tells the story of Paul Marsh. A boating accident off the coast of Spain sends Paul and his girlfriend Barbara to the decrepit fishing village of Imboca looking for help. As night falls, people start to disappear and things not quite human start to appear. Paul finds himself pursued by the entire town.
Dagon is a movie that I hadn’t actually gotten the chance to have seen before, despite me always wanting to check it out. This is a movie that combines a directing Stuart Gordon and a producing Brian Yuzna mixed in with a H.P. Lovecraft source. The results aren’t anything on a Re-Animator level, but it does tell an interesting story with some cool effects and some blood here and there to go along with it. Coming from the year this film comes from it does have some bad CGI moments here and there. This was around the time when it seemed like a lot of horror movies were experimenting with such things and as this movie shows, it isn’t always a win. The core of the movie, however, is still interesting enough and comes with some good actors, but I couldn’t help but feel like our leading man would have been better if Jefferey Combs was in that spot, but I guess they wanted to go younger. They still have him at least favoring Combs.
You get a few cool visuals here in this one and our main villain is played by a pretty easy on the eye’s actress. You certainly see an interesting world being created, even if the source seems to go in a few Lovecraft directions, not just Dagon proper. I still think you can get an easy watch out of Dagon, and it does pack some re-watch value. I’ve heard some people complain about the transfer of this one due to the missing of grain and such. Maybe scrubbing and such was used for this one, but with the story, it seems to work. I won’t call this the greatest Blu-ray transfer I’ve ever seen, but it doesn’t look awful at all to me and I think it all fits. Add in the extras and we have a solid release from Umbrella that is neck and neck with the Vestron release that also hit the stores lately. I’d say that the transfers look the same to me overall, but someone with a better eye might catch some form of difference. I, personally, can not. If I HAD to pick a difference I think we have a very slight color tone in the two but that’s about it.
– B-Roll/Making of
– Interviews with: Macarena Gomez, Stuart Gordon, Raquel Merono, and Ezra Godden
– Interviews from the set: Stuart Gordon and Ezra Godden
– TV Spots
– Short Story
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 85%