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Audio/Video total rating:

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91






Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 89 Minutes
Genre: Martial Arts/Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French
Starring: Gianna, Allison Miller, Liam Cunningham, JJ Field, Koyuki, Yasuaki Kurata
Directed by: Chris Nahon
Music by: Clint Mansell
Written by: Chris Chow
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: October 20, 2009







"Where evil grows she preys"



Film Synopsis:

Now that she's here...there will be blood. Demons have infested Earth, and only one warrior stands between the dark and the light: Saya, a half-human, half-vampire samurai who preys on those who feast on human blood.





My Take:

From a producer of Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon comes BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE, based on the cult hit anime series. Demons have infested Earth, and only one warrior stands between the dark and the light: Saya (Gianna). She seeks to find and kill Onigen, the oldest and most powerful demon, who is responsible for unleashing the current crop of evil infesting the earth as well as the deaths of those closest to her. She joins forces with the shadowy society known as the Council and is dispatched to an American military base where she encounters a large concentration of demons. An intense series of swordfights leads Saya to her nemesis, Onigen. In order to succeed she will have to come face to face with her past which along with a newly formed friendship holds the key to who she is and why.

I am not familiar with anime series but this isn't a very well conceived or executed film. The script is weak and character development is poor. There is very little connection to Saya and as the central character the story revolves around her. Saya is a Halfling who emotionally struggles with her past. That aspect is never completely fleshed out although the finale attempts an explanation which turns out to be inadequate at best. The mysterious Council, where they originate from and how they became affiliated with Saya is never explained. There is little to no background on Onigen (other than a few flashback sequences that she isn't even in) which might help establish more of an understanding of Saya's fervent desire to kill her. The fight sequences primarily revolve around swordplay (although the way that Saya unsheathes her sword is cool) and seem to regurgitate the same moves over and over. The special effects, particularly, the fully revealed demons, and their minions leave something to be desired. The ending was rather abrupt and did little to bring the story's fragmented elements together. Being a fan of this type of martial arts action I enjoyed watching the extended fight sequences. I thought that the trailer for this looked promising but when all was said and done it failed to live up to my expectations.




Parental Guide:

The rating is for strong bloody/stylized violence.






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.**


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

Audio: 92



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Video: 90


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Blood: The last vampire comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.2 mbps.

This high definition video presentation has a distinctive visual aesthetic that features a reserved chromatic palette which makes use of sepia tones and muted primaries. This applies predominantly to interior and darker sequences as exterior shots tend to offer more extensive use of color. Contrast and brightness are nicely balanced and blacks are deep and punchy. Shadow detail is strong which provides excellent dimension during sequences shot in low/uneven lighting. Flesh tones exhibit lifelike complexional variety and look great. Close ups offer appreciable texture with excellent delineation and subtle refinement. Wide angle shots have multi-stage depth, and crisp resolute image quality that is rarely questionable. I didn't notice any signs of compression or video related artifacts.

The high resolution DTS-HD MA audio is of reference quality and delivers the soundtrack's elements with aplomb. The higher fidelity inherent in this lossless sound mix was readily apparent. Dynamics range is extended which renders the film's action based sequences with definitive impact and energy. Dialogue is presented with crystal clear intonation, full bodied texture, and deep room penetration. The opening of the chapter 13 forest battle between Kato and Onigen's minions, exhibits excellent high level detail as the sounds of rustling leaves, a gentle breeze and subtle background ambience are clearly articulated. Once things ramp the sounds of battle fill the room and have defining presence and superlative transparent detail. The sound of swirling objects and clashing swords is reproduced with sparkling clarity. Imaging is excellent as the front and rear soundstage is integrated with precision. This is an active surround mix that intelligently utilizes the entire system. During the fight sequences the listening position is engaged by a mixture of spatial and localizable sound effects that place the sweet spot in the heart of the action. Low frequency detail is clean, well articulated and authoritative as points of contact seem to resonate with palpable bass impact. The brief battle sequence that takes place above the canyon features notable low frequency transients that bass heads are sure to appreciate. This isn't a bombastic or overly aggressive soundtrack but it's blend of intricate detail and room filling dynamics make for a great home theater experience.



Bonus Features:


  • (HD) Storyboard gallery - 3 sequences

  • The making of Blood: The last vampire - 19 minute featurette

  • Battling demons: Behind the stunts - 16 minute featurette

  • (HD) BD previews:

    1. Moon
    2. District 9
    3. The informers
    4. The sky crawlers
    5. Underworld: Rise of the lycans
    6. Resident evil: Degeneration
    7. What doesn't kill you
    8. The DaVinci Code extended cut
    9. Casino royale
    10. Close encounters of the third kind

  • BD-Live enabled
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Final Thoughts:

Blood: The last vampire is a mediocre martial arts action film that is based on the anime series/film of the same name. While I think it had potential the script didn't have enough substance to sustain the elements present in the story and the special effects were on the cheesy side. On a positive note its debut on Blu-ray Disc from Sony features rip roaring DTS-HD Master Audio lossless sound and excellent high definition video quality that should excite enthusiasts. If you're in the mood for excellent home theater entertainment and don't mind a weak story give this a rent.









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Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews





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post #2 of 29
I dig the Asian school girls chopping up vampires and demons. (Or in this case, posing as one)

Having said that, the anime one off was a visual wow, but really light on the plot to the point of being a let down.

Sounds like this film is more of the same, and I'll probably rent, not buy.
post #3 of 29
Wretched. The 2001 Blood: The Last Vampire OAV is far superior by leaps and bounds... and it comes out on Blu-ray on November 24th.

Can we get a comparative review there, Ralph?

post #4 of 29
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Originally Posted by gridbug View Post

Wretched. The 2001 Blood: The Last Vampire OAV is far superior by leaps and bounds... and it comes out on Blu-ray on November 24th.

Can we get a comparative review there, Ralph?


Greetings,

Couldn't say gridbug. If it comes my way I would be happy to compare them..


Regards,
post #5 of 29
This is a travesty. The animated movie, though lacking in plot, is vastly superior to this. The SFX in the movie are just horrible.
post #6 of 29
Blood: The Last Vampire [Blu-ray] (2009) is 35% off at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B002KX9COU
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by Mr. 568 View Post

This is a travesty. The animated movie, though lacking in plot, is vastly superior to this. The SFX in the movie are just horrible.

I concur, the animated movie is much better than this crap.
post #8 of 29
Please note that this is a live action version of the animated movie; it is not based on the anime series. That's why the series was called Blood +. It went well beyond the 45 minute animated movie.
post #9 of 29
The live action version isn't entirely unwatchable, but one can't get past the fact that the original Saya from the OVA has blue eyes and is presumably not even Asian (Japanese, Korean or otherwise). How the filmmakers from the 2009 version missed this point is perhaps the movie's biggest flaw...

post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by Sonyad View Post

Please note that this is a live action version of the animated movie; it is not based on the anime series. That's why the series was called Blood +. It went well beyond the 45 minute animated movie.

Greetings,

Thanks for the clarification Sonyad.


Regards,
post #11 of 29
good anime, top notch series but this live action was disappointing. Live from anime is like games to movies, hopefully one day someone will enhance the experience.
post #12 of 29
having not seen the movie I would tend to agree with Ralph, having seen both blood and blood + as for storylines they differ greatly, from what i've seen of live action movies based around games or the anime industry, most tend not to do well in live action adaptions case in point street fighter. initial d and mortal kombat..

the only saving graces i've seen so far is in the trailers, the fight scenes seem to be par on par with oav, sadly blood would need to be made into a series of movies to make any sense for the simple fact there is to much story dialogue that 1x 90-180 min live action movie simply can't handle..

you will also need to remember, the movie released in 2001 was meant for cinema not tv, so slight changes were bound to be made between the movie and tv series.. anime vs live action, I find you can get away with alot more in anime than you can physically do in live action, sometimes live action adaptions are so poorly done to the point they completely loose the the plot of the original storyline...

before buying the blue ray release, may i make a suggestion find a cinema that is showing the title as some times watching things in the comfort of your own home may not give you the best representation of viewing and listening experience...
post #13 of 29
From scale of 1 to 5, I rated it closer to 1, at the bottom.

Extremely disappointing plot; I 'm also jaded with the action sequence.
post #14 of 29
i'll reserve my opinion until I watch the complete movie to be sure..

going by the trailer i saw i'd give it 3/5 for effort...
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by Sonyad View Post

Please note that this is a live action version of the animated movie; it is not based on the anime series. That's why the series was called Blood +. It went well beyond the 45 minute animated movie.

It's not based on the anime series, but it is based on the anime movie that proceeded the anime series. If you have seen the anime movie, you will be down right offended.
post #16 of 29
A 91 rating for a film that is a rental as best in your opinion? I am confused a little Ralph. When I see a 91 rating I think that the disc is a must buy. The line used on another site, "Bad Filck, Good Disc" seems to apply, that type of disc should not get a 91 rating in my opinion.

That being said, I loved the Blood the Last Vampire stuff and avidly collect modern vampire films so I will most likely buy this. Despite reviews...
post #17 of 29
when comparing to other vamp pics it likely rates high, though when comparing to the anime it likely rates a 65 for watch-ability alone regardless how well the presentation looks on dvd or blue ray..
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by jedi.master.dre View Post

A 91 rating for a film that is a rental as best in your opinion? I am confused a little Ralph. When I see a 91 rating I think that the disc is a must buy. The line used on another site, "Bad Filck, Good Disc" seems to apply, that type of disc should not get a 91 rating in my opinion.

That being said, I loved the Blood the Last Vampire stuff and avidly collect modern vampire films so I will most likely buy this. Despite reviews...

Greetings,

The numerical rating is for its technical aspects. The film received a rating of 2 out of 5. All of that information can be found at the top of the review in the "Review at a glance" area for those just skimming. The My Take, audio/video and Final thoughts portions provide more detail.

The technical and film ratings do not correlate. Your post is a little surprising since I have been using this system for a number of years now and have detailed how it works before.


Regards,
post #19 of 29
Never heard of this movie before but being a big asian martial arts fan i think i'll probably get this one. Need to see the trailer but almost positive i'll most likely buy it.

Cheers
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Greetings,

The numerical rating is for its technical aspects. The film received a rating of 2 out of 5. All of that information can be found at the top of the review in the "Review at a glance" area for those just skimming. The My Take, audio/video and Final thoughts portions provide more detail.

The technical and film ratings do not correlate. Your post is a little surprising since I have been using this system for a number of years now and have detailed how it works before.


Regards,

Thanks for the information Ralph. As usual you are correct, sorry for not reading more into it. That is great to know for future reference! Sorry for not paying close enough attention.
post #21 of 29
Hhmmm, being a big Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan I have to say that the plot elements sound awfully familiar ...

Casey
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by jedi.master.dre View Post

Thanks for the information Ralph. As usual you are correct, sorry for not reading more into it. That is great to know for future reference! Sorry for not paying close enough attention.

Greetings,

No problem at all. I am glad that you asked and it has been clarified..


Regards,
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by Mr. 568 View Post

It's not based on the anime series, but it is based on the anime movie that proceeded the anime series. If you have seen the anime movie, you will be down right offended.

Did you mean to quote me? Because that's exactly what I said.
post #24 of 29
Juan Ji Hun,the famous Korea movie,I loves her movies since My Sassy Girl,IIL Mare,both were a romantic-comedy movies and remade as hollywood films both but this film,it was not like her as ususal for me,maybe she want to try something new.BTW,this film seemed like Blade to me,again for the very high scores making me to find out as BD.
post #25 of 29
I've never seen this actress before, and in the trailers I wasn't impressed. But when I saw the movie, I connected with her right away and enjoyed her portrayal.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by butsu View Post

Juan Ji Hun,the famous Korea movie,I loves her movies since My Sassy Girl,IIL Mare,both were a romantic-comedy movies and remade as hollywood films both but this film,it was not like her as ususal for me,maybe she want to try something new.BTW,this film seemed like Blade to me,again for the very high scores making me to find out as BD.

I hadn't seen her in anything else prior to this, but I do agree that she gave a strong performance here, especially in the third act (the feudal Japan stuff) though I kept thinking how awesome this movie would have been if it'd have been it's own, original supernatural action film that wasn't Blood: The Last Vampire. Instead, it invites comparison and criticism... and derision.

There is stuff to like here, it's just a shame that it had to be in an ill-advised misfire such as this, which ultimately works against it. But again, this if from a "fanboy" perspective.

post #27 of 29
Live action versions of anime are the new blight upon the movie landscape. Dragonball Evolution, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, and now this. They must really be out of new ideas in Japanese cinema if they are resorting to making awful live-action versions of anime, it's like they are turning into Hollywood before our eyes!
post #28 of 29
sadly this isn't the 1st time dragon ball has been made into a la movie and likely will not be the last time an anime to la adaptation will be made...

blood: the good and the bad of it, comparing to it anime routes is likely a bad idea as it is likely a spin-off of the more modern vampire flicks using the setting of blood using the dated storyline from the underworld series..
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by leedom View Post

Hhmmm, being a big Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan I have to say that the plot elements sound awfully familiar ...

Casey

Original director of the anime film was a fan of Buffy.

I liked this movie...
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