The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: 20 Century Fox - 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 108 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Taye Diggs, Anita Briem, Peter Stormare
Directed by: Kevin Munroe
Music by: Klaus Badelt
Written by: Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 26, 2011
"Living investigator. Undead clients. Zombie partner"
Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) stars as Dylan Dog, a supernatural detective who will go where the living dare not facing friend and foe alike in the monster infested backstreets of New Orleans. Armed with an edgy wit and an arsenal of silver and wood-tipped bullets, Dylan must solve a series of murders before an epic war ensues between his werewolf, vampire and zombie clients. Based on one of the world's most popular comic books (over 60 million copies sold), this inventive horror comedy will slay you with humor and genuine frights.
Going into this review I had never heard of Dylan Dog or the comic book series and quite frankly I didn't hold out much hope for this film. After watching it I would say that my expectations were met although it had its share of moments. Dylan Dog: Dead of night is a multi-genre mishmash based on a private eye story theme that combines supernatural crime fighting/action in a tongue-in-cheek style narrative that includes elements of horror/humor. The premise about a modern day private detective that serves as a go between maintaining balance in the hidden war/world among werewolves and vampires is fine but the jumbled and derivative script tries too hard and feels stale. The action is rarely rewarding and Brandon Routh's performance is simply too robotic to be taken seriously. Sam Huntington's Marcus provides the comic relief which is probably the film's most obvious bright spot. I am generally a pretty easy sell when it comes to werewolves, vampires, zombies and detective stories but this one, despite its few redeeming moments, never completely drew me in. I suspect that fans of the comic may have a deeper appreciation for it but my guess is that they will ultimately find Dylan dog: Dead of night disappointing.
The rating is for sequences of creature violence and action, language, and drug references.
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)
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This is a dark film both in tone and visual design and this video presentation capably conveys that. The use of muted secondary colors gives the film a stark visual aesthetic that coincides with the dreary subject matter. When brighter elements such as shades of red, blue or yellow are present, they have a vivid and pleasing quality. More often than not fleshtones lean toward lighter/pale looking complexions however I noticed livelier tonality during several sequences that utilized warmer accent lighting and deeper color emphasis. Detail in dark areas and low lighting is above average which provides discernible but limited visibility within backgrounds. Blacks are respectable but not definitively rich in contrast. High definition resolution is satisfying as close ups are well delineated and long range visuals are reasonably sharp. While not among the best high definition offerings on Blu-ray I found little to complain about with the overall quality of this video presentation.
Films like this rely heavily on their soundtracks to help build suspense and drive the action. The DTS-HD Master Audio sound mix handles this very well through the use of robust dynamics, deep bass extension, and high level detail. This is a crystal clear encoding that renders excellent reproduction of the soundtrack's elements which augments the presence of low level off camera sounds as well as punctuating those that are meant to be in your face. The action is coupled along with aggressively mixed low frequency effects that resonate with palpable authority. Dialogue is appreciably textured with discernible tonal character and good room penetration. The surrounds are appropriately engaged to heighten the experience. This doesn't apply solely to the more active segments as there is plenty of atmospheric ambience and directionality that provide envelopment. I found this to be an entertaining audio presentation that accents the film's elements.
There are no bonus supplements included.
Based on the popular comic book series Dylan Dog: Dead of night has a few things going for it (I appreciated its wit and whodunit style interplay) but is hampered by a derivative/overworked script and a robotically ineffectual performance from lead Brandon Routh. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox featuring satisfying high definition video and a decent DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. I suspect it will only find an audience among diehard fans of the genre and comic book series but might be worth a rental if you're in the mood for a bit of mindless entertainment.
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