Mutant Chronicles (2009) - Collector's Edition Director's Cut [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Science Fiction
Magnolia || Unrated - 101 minutes - $34.98 || August 4, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-10-12


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Simon Hunter
Writer(s): Philip Eisner (written by)
Cast: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 8 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Webisodes
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Itís the year 2707, and all hell has broken loose on earth. Marines are being stabbed and shot at by the enemy, which appears to be a group of mutant soldiers with knives on their arms. Earth is slowly becoming overrun by the mutants, and with the number of human soldiers decreasing by the day a group of soldiers along with a fanatic of some sort band together to stop the mutants once and for all. The group consist of about twenty or so marines, most of whose names donít matter since it is a horror film after all, but it does include: Mitch Hunter (Thomas Jane), Brother Samuel (Ron Perlman), Valerie (Devon Aoki), and many more. Alas though, this is a horror film and since they are on a suicide mission, itís probably a safe bet they wonít be making it home anytime soon.

Thatís pretty much the entire movie in a nutshell. The group sets off to Mars to destroy the machine which they believe is the cause of the whole mutant process, and of course along the way many of their troop will perish. Thatís the story for those who care, but letís get to the incredibly cool parts of the film that I love! Thatís right folks, my still patent-pending (theyíre expensive, apparently) Kill Death Chart.

Random people getting killed off? Check.

Violent film that pushes the boundaries? Check.

Marines getting their head bashed in? Check.

Crazy psycho mutants with knives that stab people? Check

Incredibly gorgeous Devon Aoki stabbing mutants? Check.

Hot chicks who kill mutants? Check.

Ron Perlman? Check.

You canít have a horror film without Ron Perlman, Iím sorry but darnet it just wouldnít be entertaining without him. His character is phenomenal and so is he in his role, as he comes off both creepy and entertaining. Mitch though on the other hand isnít as interesting, and I felt that his character was a bit too one-sided and I didnít end up caring what happened to him throughout. Aoki and the other chick on the other hand were far more interesting.

So as you can see from the chart, this movie seriously pushes the boundary on violence. I had a chance to see it when it was on television before release, and there is a crapload more of violence and blood/guts thrown in for good measure. Every kill made me cringe from it happening, so that says a lot.

This is a great horror film, with the only real major issue being the flat main character. This is one of the best pretty much straight-to-DVD films to hit shelves recently. Itís great to know that for the most part, the DVD releases are better than the actual films out in theaters.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Simon Hunter and Ron Perlman

The Making of Mutant Chronicles Documentary (107 minutes): By far the best documentary Iíve ever had the chance to watch, as this one gives you everything you want to see in one of these features. It goes through several scenes of the film, tons of cast and crew interviews, and everything else in between. Definitely worth watching when you get the free time since it is longer than the film itself.

Deleted Scenes (8 minutes): Six total scenes that didnít make it into the film but obvious as to why since thereís not a lot of material or entertainment here. These can be skipped unless you someone who has to watch everything.

Green Screen & Storyboard Comparisons (14 minutes): For the people who like to see how a movie is done behind a green screen or compared to how the writers saw the film being made, this is the feature for you. Three of the filmís scenes are shown how the writers wanted them, and then also behind a green screen to see what animation was thrown in to the film.

Short Film (7 minutes): This is basically a prequel to the movie, and since it is short I recommend watching it.

Making of Promotional Teaser Short Film (3 minutes): You can pass on this one. The writers show you a bit of how it was made and then a few interviews thrown in for bad measure.

Interviews with Cast and Crew (26 minutes): The cast and crew discuss the movie in all respects, sort of similar to the documentary. They arenít that entertaining, but they do talk about the story more in-depth than the previous feature so if you enjoy that sort of thing then by all means check this out.

HDNet: A Look at Mutant Chronicles (4 minutes): All this is here is pretty much a longer teaser for the film than trailers are accustomed to. You can pass on this.

Visual Effects (3 minutes): I was expecting this to be much longer, but alas itís fairly short and not too entertaining.

Comic-Con Panel Q&A (12 minutes): These are always entertaining to watch as the sessions are filmed live and the cast that answers the questions normally give funny answers. This one isnít any different, so if you enjoy these or havenít seen one yet then be sure to watch this and get ready for a few laughs.

Webisodes (18 minutes): These are like mini-episodes of the film that Iím guessing were available online for people to see to get hyped for the film. Theyíre similar to the film itself, so if you liked it as much as I did then be sure to watch all of these.

Finally, the filmís Trailer, Storyboards, and Concept Art can be thumbed through for your viewing excitement.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE **

BD-Live: After clicking on the BD-Live link, nothing happens. It says ďCheck back for update,Ē so if it ever updates I will repost a score for it, but as of now there are no Blu-Ray Exclusives.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Colors are really drowned out in this movie, but I think thatís how it was intended to be. Due to the rather bleak atmosphere that the film portrays, I didnít take off any points for a severe lack of color throughout. There arenít a lot of bad things I can say about this track though, since there isnít much if any grain present and the contrast is rather outstanding. The problem here does lie within the contrast portion as though the film is a pretty dark flick, which creates some problems of not being able to see the screen properly. Itís not a big problem, but more than a handful of scenes I could barely make out what was going on. I also had an issue with the flesh tones of the movie, but I didnít take off as much as I normally would since, as I said before, this is a fairly dark movie with colors drowned out.

This is a freaking engaging and loud track. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that comes with the film is incredibly ear-hurting if you listen to it cranked up like I made the mistake of doing. Surround use is perfect for the entire runtime, which sports tons and tons of action sequences where I could actually feel the people getting shot or stabbed in the head. Dialogue itself is also perfect throughout, as there werenít any problems with it being too soft or unable to hear diction clearly. The only, and I mean this, only major guff I have with this track is the fact that is indeed a little too loud for my tastes. I never had to actually tweak the volume except for the first five minutes, and that was to only lower the volume and nothing else.



.::OVERALL::.

I must say that Mutant Chronicles surprised me. I was expecting a rather low-budget film with not a lot of action in it, but instead got a phenomenal action flick with tons of brutal death scenes and violence in it. The technical package is also a great bonus since it sports both great video and audio. Tack onto that the huge special features package minus any sort of Blu-Ray exclusives and this one is easily worth a purchase. This is one film that deserves to be chronicled into your collection right away.