Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Animation / Horror / Science Fiction
Sony || R - 96 minutes - $39.95 || December 27, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-01-04


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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: Makoto Kamiya
Writer(s): Shotaro Suga (screenplay)
Cast: Alyson Court, Paul Mercier, Laura Bailey, Michael McConnohie, Crispin Freeman


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Interactive Picture-in-Picture
  • Pop-Up Trivia Track
  • The Generation of Degeneration
  • Character Profiles
  • Voice Bloopers
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, Chinese, Portuguese, Thai, Korean, French, Spanish, Indonesian

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.::THE FILM::.

Itís time to be completely honest. Iíve been playing the horror genre of video games since I was like five. My first game for the original Playstation was in fact "Resident Evil". It came in this huge case and froze on me once a day since I played it for roughly fifteen hours a day until I beat it. Yeah, Iíve matured a lot since then and it only takes me fourteen hours to beat it now, so take that! I donít know what youíre supposed to take, but moving on. In case youíre still wondering, Resident Evil: Degeneration is a straight to Blu-Ray movie. Trust me, thereís a good reason why it didnít hit theaters.

Taking a different stride than the recent live-action films, Degeneration is a fully animated film that follows Leon (Paul Mercier) and Claire (Alyson Court) after the incidents in Raccoon City where a nuclear missile obliterated the town full of zombies. So for anyone who didnít play the video game, this takes place after Resident Evil 2.

Claire is getting off a plane into a busy airport when things go wrong from the start. A plane crashes through the airport and zombies immediately burst out. On top of that, several infected zombies are also there biting any and everyone in sight.

Word gets back to Leon about a possible zombie outbreak, and decides to go rescue Claire as well as Senator Ron Davis (Michael Sorich) who are hiding inside a V.I.P. lounge from the zombies. He takes along two other officers to back him up on this journey.

Okay, so if youíre still following alongÖ Thereís an airport full of zombies right? Obviously airports have a lot of people, who are now infected, so what does Leon bring with him? Two handguns. Yes, you read that right, two measly handguns which never run out of ammo. The police officers with him bring assault rifles, but he brings a handgun.

Not only that, every single shot of his is a headshot on the zombies. Iím all for movies being a little unbelievable, but come on, really?

The rest of the movie deals with the pharmaceutical company trying to cover up the incident and procure an antidote for the viral outbreak. Thereís a bunch of zombie shooting, tons of people die, and even a battle against a Tyrant-like monster near the end. The final fight though is a joke, and when you see it youíll understand why.

This isnít a terrible film, if you set your expectations accordingly. I went in with them too high, and as such, was disappointed with the films ending.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Annoyingly enough, the film starts off with a few trailers. They can be skipped, itís just a pain.

The Generation of Degeneration (30 minutes): Basically a making of, but the problem is itís in another language and not English. It does show how the movie is made, so fans will want to watch it but otherwise skip it.

Character Profiles: Profiles of the various characters, ranging from Leon to G. A brief description of the character and a montage of their actions in the film.

Voice Bloopers (9 minutes): This is actually entertaining. The cast uses different lines in the film to make the scenes better. Worth watching if you have some free time.

Faux Leon Interview (5 minutes): The actor playing Leon sits down to discuss a bit about the film. Itís meant to be funny, but sadly it fails.

Finally, trailers for the upcoming "Resident Evil 5" video game, Resident Evil Degeneration, and previews for various Sony movies are shown.

Blu-Ray Exclusives:

Interactive Picture-In-Picture: While the movie plays you can select from three different colored buttons on your remote and select various things. The buttons include: the storyboard for the movie during scenes, a camera that shows the animatic, and finally motion capture. While a neat feature, thereís little here to make you want to watch the entire movie again with this feature.

Pop-Up Trivia Track: The track plays throughout the movie, giving audiences some insight into the movie and characters. The text is however fairly small and difficult to read.

BD-LIVE: Your standard previews, profiles, downloads, etc.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Video wise, Degeneration is a sight to behold. Even as far as animation movies go, this one is near reference material. Presented in 1.78:1 AVC the picture houses bright, vibrant colors throughout the entire film. There is no hinting of artifacts, nor any edge enhancements. Characters look phenomenal, but a minor complaint is the contrast of the film. Some scenes, especially the plane scenes near the beginning appear darker than the rest of the flick. Otherwise, this is a stellar transfer.

On the audio scale, with a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track, this doesnít disappoint either. Surround is constantly used, and gunshots sound about as real and loud as they can get. A few scenes are reference material, such as the ending sequence which lasts a good fifteen minutes of pure pounding from speakers. The slight downfall comes from the film being a little too dialogue heavy, and at times unable to hear dialogue clearly. Background noise can sometimes become too loud and overpowers dialogue. Besides that, this is a fascinating audio track.



.::OVERALL::.

Resident Evil: Degeneration isnít a film that most people are bound to enjoy. The story is hard to follow unless you are a fan of the video game series, and even then itís not fun. The video and audio are spectacular with a few decent special features as well. But overall, it fails to live up to the video game or the past theatrical releases. I canít recommend more than a rental for this one. Watching zombies get mutilated and shot in the head is fun, as long as you arenít watching this flick.