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What We Do in the Shadows (Blu-ray) Official AVS Forum Review



Check out our review of this smart and witty send-up that follows an endearingly unhip quartet of vampires struggling to keep up with the times.



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86



Details:

Studio and Year: Paramount - 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 85 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English, English SDH
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori-Gonzalaez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford
Written & Directed by: Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi
Music by: Plan 9
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 21, 2015


"fiendishly funny!"


My Take:

Written and directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi What We Do In the Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates being filmed by a New Zealand documentary crew. Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane—like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and contemplating where their next “meal” is coming from. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they get on one another’s nerves, squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, and revel in antagonizing the local werewolf pack.


When I read the press release for What we do in the shadows I couldn’t help but think, really? Vampires..again? Haven’t we beaten this subject matter do death? Well I guess not because What we do in the shadows is simply a hoot! The film is a mockumentary that follows this group of vampires, capturing not only the events of their daily existence but their exploits as they deal with and encounter locals. It turns the genre on its ear via a cracking good, art house flavored satire that serves up one good chuckle after the next. I won’t bother to synopsize the storyline as I don’t want to give away any of the situational gags and zany character interplay that fueled the fun.

The film’s pitch perfect deadpan humor, affable charm and lightly veiled ode to the roots of its subject are a testament to the writing. I was instantly drawn in by the likeable characters and funny bone tickling goofiness which never felt silly and made you laugh at exactly the points intended. What we do in the shadows was 85 minutes well spent. I just sat back and enjoyed myself. ‘Nuff said…

* Winner of the Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award, What we do in the shadows was also an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, and more.




Parental Guide:

The rating is for bloody violent content, sexual material and language.


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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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
  • DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA


Video: 86
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What we do in the shadows comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 34 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.3 Mbps.

Intentionally this film won’t impress with a deep, vibrant color palette or glossy, razor sharp high definition imagery. It offers fair delineation, stable sharpness and crisp definition. Colors are limited to various shades of gray, blue, and brown. Splashes of red are sprinkled throughout. This keeps it looking a little drab but not out of the ordinary based upon the subject matter. Depth during wide angle camera views ebbs and flows but this appears innate to the photography and the limited perspective offered by the dim settings used in the film. Blacks appear black in most cases and detail in low light and shadowy backgrounds is quite good. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts.


The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack had no trouble rendering clear and well-articulated dialogue. This is not a film that requires heavy use of surround sound to deliver its message but it does rely on the entire soundstage for proper atmosphere and low frequency detail from time to time. The mix does a decent job of creating the right sounds at the right levels and placing them appropriately in the sound field’s acoustic environment. Low frequency effects are used to add solidity to sound effects and the film’s music score. I thought the presentation served the source material well and sounded fine.


Bonus Features:
  • Commentary by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  • (HD) Behind the Shadows – 17 minute featurette
  • (HD) 12 Deleted Scenes
  • (HD) Video Extras (9 segments including the 27 minute original short film)
  • (HD) Interviews – (6 segments)
  • (HD) Promo Videos – (6 segments)
  • (HD) Poster Gallery





Final Thoughts:

Written and directed by Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi What we do in the shadows is a genre bending and refreshingly smart comedy that proves very entertaining. It comes to Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment featuring gratifying high definition video and crystal clear lossless sound mated with an excellent supplemental package that is worth exploring for fans. When you’re in the mood for something light and a little different when the gangs over for a few beers, What we do in the shadows is a sure bet on Blu-ray.






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Thanks for the review Ralph. It sounds good, I'll keep my eyes open.
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I've been waiting for this Blu-ray for quite a while! I backed this on Kickstarter and loved the movie, and joined the Q&A they had with Taika and Jemaine as a Kickstarter reward. Apparently a lot of this movie is improv, and they had something like 90+ hours of content by the end that they cut down to make the 85 minute movie. They also borrowed a lot of production equipment from Peter Jackson's studio after he was done with The Hobbits.
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i liked this movie. it was pretty weird and funny
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Vladislav: Leave me to do my dark bidding on the internet!
Viago: What are you bidding on?
Vladislav: I am bidding on a table.
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I had completely forgotten about this movie and that it seemed interesting, thanks for the reminder Ralph!
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Filmed on the streets around where I used to live in Wellington. Was wicked seeing all the places I used to frequent while out on the town.
Great movie.
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I saw the trailer for this a while back and it looked funny. I'll be picking it up soon.

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I laughed out loud. My wife smirked... but we both liked it.

Also, I think it's nice to see a movie with a reasonable run-time. It seems all movies these days flirt with the 2-hour mark or just roll right past it.
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I live in Wellington New Zealand and actually worked with Stu the IT guy in IT and he is really just playing himself in the movie. Great movie.
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I saw this one on Vudu a few weeks ago and really liked it...The interactions between the vampires and the werewolves were hilarious!
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Love this movie. Thanks for the review Ralph!

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Thanks for the review, Ralph. Sounds like it is right up my alley.
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