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07-20-2002, 02:13 PM
just wondering if anyone has seen anyone of these movies? Is it worth spending the extra money to pick up a copy.......I believe the release date on dvd here in Canada is on July 23.
07-20-2002, 05:44 PM
I have not. I will though especially Time Machine
07-20-2002, 07:42 PM
I liked Resident Evil and will buy it on DVD. It followed the game quite abit and that suprized me. I am a huge fan of the game series. Plus being a horror buff - classic zombie flick with KILLER soundtrack. July 30th
Time Machine - did not see but read the reviews for dvd and the picture/sound quality should be close to reference quality. DD and DTS sound. Other than that heard the movie was pretty dull and boring especially the first 45 minutes tyring to drive the plot setup. Lots of great looking CGI. But I WILL diffenately check it out for my self. July 23
07-22-2002, 11:13 AM
Haven't seen either, but will be the first in line to pick up The Time Machine tomorrow.
07-28-2002, 02:01 PM
Iv'e had Resident Evil on back order since 6-19 it is on the way. didn't see it at the movies. looking forward to seeing it. Let you
know what I think. As for the Time Machine I think you should rent
it first. I changed my mind about buying it.
07-28-2002, 05:44 PM
thanks guys! I be waiting for your reviews...........................
07-29-2002, 10:56 PM
Resident Evil: Special Edition
Columbia/Tri-Star // R // $26.98 // July 30, 2002
Review by Aaron Beierle | posted July 20, 2002
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The video game market is equal to - if not bigger than, at this point - the movie industry. Given that fact, I don't blame studios for attempting to cash in on the rapidly increasing popularity of the gaming industry. However, I think many will agree that the quality of these films have often been lackluster; "Tomb Raider", a mostly personality-free movie with the exception of Angelina Jolie's spirited performance, was certainly one of the better ones prior to this feature.
When I heard that Paul Anderson (not the "Boogie Nights" guy) was going to direct a film based on the "Resident Evil" series, I could really think of few directors better suited to helm the film. His "Event Horizon", while not exactly high art, achieved a rare balance of being beautiful in appearance and terrifying at the same time. It was a sleek techno-thriller with remarkable atmosphere. Anderson brings the same sensibility to this film and even takes the stylized appearance of his work up another notch.
Certainly, "Resident Evil" doesn't waste any time getting started. Minutes into the movie, a terrible virus in the Umbrella corporation has been released and all of the workers have been taken out by the security system. A group of soldiers - including a tough chick (Michelle Rodriquez of "Fast and the Furious") and one woman in a red dress and sporting no memory (Milla Jovovich), break into "The Hive", the secret underground lab where the virus was spread.
What do the soldiers eventually stumble upon? Zombies, of course, which are what the workers have become after the virus was spread. Not only do they have to deal with the zombies, they also have to contend with the Red Queen, the Hive's security system. Much action ensues. There's really little story involved, as the film is powered along by visually impressive - and occasionally quite gross - action sequences. I was a little irritated by some exchanges of dialogue that seemed to state simply what was currently happening in the film, but I never felt this was too major a problem.
The film is, basically, a decent popcorn movie that I found fairly fun at times. However, I thought it could potentially have been more involving than it is. Anderson was working with more commanding actors in Sam Neill and Laurence Fishburne in "Event Horizon"; while that film wasn't working with the greatest material either, the actors sold the material well and the scares were more unpredictable. Essentially, "Event Horizon" pushed the atmosphere and quiet wonderfully, adding to the tension before a scare. There's little quiet to be found in "Resident Evil". There's not much to the characters, either, making it a bit difficult to be completely involved.
More often than not, I was satisfied to simply admire the craft involved. David Johnson's cinematography is not as sleek as Adrian Biddle's marvelous work in "Event Horizon". I was a bit surprised that this film wasn't shot in 2.35:1, as "Horizon" was - I think the 2.35:1 frame would have been more effective for this picture. Still, as with even Anderson's lesser pictures, the production design and art direction are top-notch and most of the special effects are fine (although a few are not.).
Overall, I found "Resident Evil" a basically entertaining picture, but it lacked enough character development and detail to make it memorable. Not bad - but I sensed a better film could have been made from the story. While "Resident Evil" didn't do enormous business at the box office, a sequel is still already in the works, with Anderson directing. The series of games also continue to be produced.
VIDEO: "Resident Evil" is presented by Columbia/Tristar in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The presentation is certainly one of the best that I've seen in quite some time, with only a few little concerns to keep it from perfection. Sharpness and detail are remarkable, as the picture remains impressively detailed and well-defined, with solid depth to the image for the most part.
One of the most pleasing aspects of this transfer is the complete lack of edge enhancement, making for a remarakbly smooth and "film-like" appearance. Pixelation is also absent and the print is nearly perfect - aside from a series of small specks that I spotted in a couple of scenes. The film's color palette, vivid at times and subdued at others, appeared accurate and well-saturated throughout, with no smearing or other faults. Black level also remained solid. Although Columbia/Tristar has a reputation for terrific image quality, this is really one of their best efforts in recent memory.
SOUND: "Resident Evil" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. As I certainly expected from such an action-heavy film, the soundtrack is very aggressive. The surrounds are used consistently, intensely and occasionally very creatively. Not only is the soundtrack intense, but there's also some remarkable power behind it, too. Audio quality is excellent, as the score, sound effects and dialogue are clearly reproduced. A pretty superb soundtrack that adds greatly to the experience.
MENUS: Nicely animated main menu, complete with transactions between main and sub-menus.
EXTRAS: Director Paul Anderson has discussed the fact that an additional special edition of "Resident Evil" is in the works, although nothing has been announced yet. Possibly another DVD edition will be released along with the sequel, which is reportedly to be released in 2003. Still, it's definitely not as if the studio skimped on the supplements for this edition - there's clearly quite a bit to browse through:
Commentary: This is a fairly silly commentary from director Paul Anderson, producer Jeremy Bolt and actresses Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriquez. Anderson obviously wants to share some technical information about the making of the picture, but the two actresses often pop up with some fun stories from the set and generally entertaining chatter (especially a few moments from Jovovich early on).
Featurettes: Five fairly short featurettes are included: "Making Of Resident Evil", "Scoring Resident Evil", "Costumes", "Set Design" and "Zombie Make-up Tests". A play-all option would have been nice, but these are still interesting pieces, especially the "Scoring" and "Set Design" ones.
Also: Slipknot music video and filmographies.
Trailers: Lotsa fun trailers, all of which have excellent 5.1 audio: trailers for "Resident Evil", "Men in Black II", "Formula 51", "Spider Man", "XXX" and "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" are included.
Final Thoughts: I appreciated the craft involved in the production, I liked what the two lead actresses did with limited material and the film moved along rapidly enough. Still, I thought "Resident Evil" lacked enough character detail and unpredictable scares to make it memorable. Those who are fans of the movie will certainly enjoy this DVD, which offers solid supplements and excellent audio/video. Those who haven't seen the film may want to try a rental first.
08-01-2002, 11:49 AM
This film is trash, but fairly well-done trash, and I liked it. It keeps things moving, has decent acting, looks & sounds good, & is largely unhindered by superfluities like "redeeming social values" & "the mysteries of the human heart". Plenty of gore, but a distressing lack of nudity (I don't count the minimal glimpses). Good decision to have Milla run around in skimpy outfits instead of a uniform or biohazard suit. The script & plot have a healthily cynical view of global corporations and the military-industrial complex, but these things do not get in the way of the fun. Thankfully, the "love story", thanks to memory loss, plays very little part in the film. I liked the first two Roger Corman-produced "Carnosaur" movies & hated "Jurassic Park". I like my trash from people like Corman & Brian Yuzna (director of "Reanimator", "From Beyond", & "Revenge of the Living Dead, Pt 3"), not Spielberg. Not trying to put down Spielberg, but I don't think he's the right guy for "B" movies anymore, if he ever was. With some real nudity, even Joe Bob Briggs might have liked this movie.
08-01-2002, 02:17 PM
The outfit she wears is right from the game series. For big fans of the game this movie was just not some Hollywood B zombie flick. Anyway 1 to 5 stars.
08-01-2002, 03:30 PM
I think it's a compliment to the folks involved that you don't have to know squat about the game to like the movie. I say B movie in a favorable sense. In the wrong hands, we'd have been subjected to an xtra 15 minutes of love interest melodrama & perhaps some long soliloquies on the responsibility of scientists to make sure that their creations aren't misapplied. Spielberg would've added at least an hr of people "gazing in wonder" in an effort to give the flick a feeling of "profundity".
08-04-2002, 02:59 AM
I give it two thumbs up...
08-10-2002, 11:40 PM
the movie was good but it is a 1 time olny movie ti perdictable but the lead atress is hot i whis she could have my babys yeah
08-15-2002, 10:55 PM
On the dvd...the menu...my whole house was shaking!!
08-28-2002, 05:55 PM
Resident Evil and people said Battlefield Earth was bad, this is pure crap. What a waste of 1.5 hours. The best part was Milla's bever shot at the end.
No more for me, every single slasher/horror movie I've ever seen has sucked ass, this is no different. I'm done with this genre.
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