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Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 100 minutes
Genre: Action/horror

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English/French/Portuguese DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/Thai Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
Directed by: Makoto Kamiya
Written by: Shotaro Suga
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 25, 2012

"The mayhem continues…"

Film Synopsis:

United States Special agent Leon S. Kennedy sneaks into a small Eastern Europe country to verify rumors that Bio Organic Weapons (B.O.W.s) are being used in war. Right after his infiltration, the U.S. government orders him to leave immediately. Determined to uncover the truth, Leon ignores the order and enters the battlefield to end the chain of tragedies caused by the B.O.W.s.

My Take:

Based on CAPCOM’s multimillion dollar video game series and live-action film franchise Resident Evil: Damnation is the next chapter in the Resident Evil saga. After battling to stop the deadly G-Virus in Resident Evil: Degeneration, Leon S. Kennedy returns for the ultimate battle against new B.O.W.s in an Eastern European nation torn by civil war.U.S. Federal Agent Leon Scott Kennedy is dropped into East Slavic Republic to verify rumors that Bio-Organic Weapons are being used in the country's civil war. Within minutes of his infiltration, he is ordered to leave immediately through his mission support Ingrid Hunnigan. Determined to uncover the truth, Leon ignores the order and enters the battlefield to end the chain of tragedies caused by the BOWs.

The Resident evil video game franchise from Capcom is very popular and has spawned a series of films that have done quite well in their own right. This is a feature length CG animated film that falls in line with the current game universe (actually taking place before the events in Resident Evil 6 the video game) and is a sequel to 2008’s Resident Evil: Degeneration. Anyone remotely familiar with Resident Evil (films or games) will be right at home with the events that unfold here. Leon S. Kennedy is back and finds himself pitted against more than just B.O.W.s as he tries to uncover the goings on in a civil war torn country underscored by an organism outbreak that is clearly being guided but the question is by whom and to what end?

I found Resident Evil: Damnation more entertaining than Degeneration. As a stand alone animated action/horror film it works quite thanks to a decently developed narrative and well drawn characters. As you might expect from a Resident Evil production things quickly get down to business however as the building storyline adds elements that fill in the answers to earlier questions. There is a little workable melodrama that compliments the proceedings which is a nice touch. The action is what propels the film and it is fairly visceral and fun to watch. The hand to hand fight sequence that takes place in Svelana’s office is probably my favorite. The film uses performance (motion) capture along with its CG animation and the combination works well. The production elements are quite good although not perfect. The end result is an entertaining CG animated action/horror film with a nicely crafted story that necessarily doesn’t require past experience with either the game or film series.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for bloody violent content.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 86

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Video: 86

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Resident Evil: Damnation comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.2 Mbps.

The animation used in this film is reminiscent of Resident Evil: Degeneration and other similar style films from Sony. Images are well detailed with smooth but discernible texture and excellent depth. The small attention to detail such as the fluidity of blowing hair, weathered buildings or small variations in facial features/expression are reproduced with realism. The color palette isn’t diverse and sticks primarily to darker tones with neutral grays and blacks. When primary colors like blue or green are onscreen they pop quite nicely. Blacks are deep and delineated while contrast is elevated enough so that bright scenes are punchy but not at the expense of robbing whites and grays of detail. This presentation is free from compression related anomalies however I did notice minor aliasing here and there. That is a minor quibble in an otherwise solid looking high definition presentation.

The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is presented in a robust 5.1 channel mix that makes great use of the entire soundstage to create an enveloping atmosphere that is highlighted by the film’s action based elements. The surrounds are actively engaged as sounds whiz around the room in tight, discrete patterns that frequently switch vantage points but never miss a beat. The front and rear channels are neatly integrated which generates a stable soundfield. Aside from the action sequences there is plenty of ambient extension that simulates venue replicating atmospherics. Dialogue is clearly intelligible and suitably proportionate within the front soundstage. Dynamics are excellent and bass reproduction is authoritative with a punchy low end that lends gravity to the action.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD) Conceptual art gallery

  • (HD) Las Plagas: Organisms of war – 7 minute featurette

  • (HD) The DNA of Damnation – 30 minute making of featurette

  • (HD) Gag reel – 6 minutes

  • (HD) Resident Evil 6 game trailer

  • (HD) Devil may care game trailer

  • (HD) Dragon’s dogma game trailer

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

Based on CAPCOM’s multimillion dollar video game series and live-action film franchise Resident Evil: Damnation is the sequel to 2008’s Resident Evil: Degeneration and falls in line with the current video game universe. I didn’t much care for Resident Evil: Degeneration however this film featured a better storyline combined with engaging action and solid production values that kept me entertained for its 90 plus minute runtime. It comes to Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring rewarding high definition video quality, crystal clear lossless surround sound, and above average extras that make Resident Evil: Damnation worth picking up if you’re a fan. Otherwise toss it in your rental queue and take it for a spin.


Ralph Potts
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Lots of old school "in yer face" 3D setups (watched it in 2D though) which were fun, but the inspired action set pieces coupled with frequently stunning visuals are consistently done in by some wretched dialogue and stilted voice acting. Feels like one long (though fast paced) cutscene; if you've played the RE games, you know what to expect. I'd give it a solid "meh" because of the consistent bad moments unbalancing the good. I did however get a kick out of my wife getting zapped by a couple of the jump scares. An uneven feature but a fun rental.

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