Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Takanori Tsujimoto
Starring: Matthew Mercer, Kari Wahlgren, Kevin Dorman
Rated: R/Region A/1:78/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 3
Available from Sony Pictures
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.
If you are a fan of Resident Evil but find the live action movies to be a bit too off the source, then you may find that you really enjoy the animated Resident Evil film, Resident Evil: Vendetta. Here you will find a film that seems to be jumping right out of the video game systems and right on your screen. The animation is a CGI style of animation but leaves the door open for a cool look on the 4K (and Blu-ray) transfer, and probably opened the door to stay more true to the source and for more of a creative freedom for all involved. This movie has characters from the game and while it might not be live action I was very happy to see them on my screen in this form or any form in general. The movie does a bit of a retelling of some sorts in some parts but I think it might be a film best taken in by just kicking back and giving it a watch without putting too much thought into it. We have the zombie/infected stuff galore and that is what most people watching will be here to see and that is what you get.
I had never gotten the chance to see the two previous animated Resident Evil films but if they are like this one I’d be more than open to it. This one packs some pretty good character development and a whole heck of a lot of action. Action with animation can be an issue but that isn’t the case with this movie, as things are about as smooth as you’ve come to expect with today’s technology. Hardcore Resident Evil fans will be chomping at the bit for this type of movie while even casuals should be able to enjoy it for what it is or at least appreciate what they’ve done with the format it is one. I hope we see more animated 4K films out there soon because they aren’t bad looking at all and this one even has some storyline quality which is always a welcomed addition to things as well.
– Audio Commentary: Director Takanori Tsujimoto, Executive Producer Takashi Shimizu, and Writer Makoto Fukami discuss the film in detail, including all of the basics: story, characters, development, structure and pace, and plenty more. In Japanese with English subtitles.
– CGI to Reality: A two-part feature. The Creature and Designing ‘Vendetta’ explore crafting some of the film’s key visuals in great detail. In Japanese with English subtitles.
– Motion Capture Set Tour with Dante Carver: Carver gives viewers an intimate tour through the world of motion capture and explores how it works on the set of Resident Evil: Vendetta. Several interview snippets are included, some humorous. Mostly in English with some Japanese, all of it subtitled.
– Stills Gallery
– Theatrical Trailer
– Teaser Trailer
– BSAA Mission Briefing: Combat Arias: A detailed military ops assignment briefing (essentially a story summary) that tells Arias’ story and lays out the mission to bring him down. It also looks at villains Diego and Maria Gomez and heroes Chris Redfield and his team.
– Designing the World of ‘Vendetta’ : A discussion of the movie’s structure, characters, digital animation, faithfulness to the game series, visual effects and shot composition, and more. In Japanese with voice English translation overlay.
– Tokyo Game Show Footage 2016: The film’s creative team addresses the crowd and fields some questions about the film with a trailer kicking things off after introductions. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Quality of Transfer: 95%