Flesh-eating zombies are on the march in this stylish blend of horror and science fiction, which comes to DVD in a satisfying special-edition release. Resident Evil has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, as are dubbed tracks in French and Portuguese; a Spanish-language track appears in Dolby Digital Surround. Optional subtitles in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese also appear. Bonus materials on this edition include a commentary track featuring director Paul W.S. Anderson, producer Jeremy Bolt, and stars Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez; a handful of short features on the making of the movie; an alternate version of the final sequence; filmographies for the key cast and crew members; a collection of coming attractions trailers; and more.
Alternate ending with director Paul Anderson's video introduction
Ravenous zombies - what more could you ask for on Halloween? RESIDENT EVIL is chock full of monsters, blood, gore, and actually cool, creative decapitations. Based on a popular computer game (which I have never played), RESIDENT EVIL is an entertaining monster flick for a cozy evening at home. with you're love ones
now There's just something about watching a hot babe laying the smack down on anyone and anything that gets in her way - and no one does it better than Milla Jovovich. She is, to put it mildly, a whole lot of woman. Resident Evil isn't all about Milla, though; nor is it all about the gore (actually, the movie wasn't nearly as gory as I expected). Above all, though, Resident Evil is not to be dismissed as just another video game adaptation thrown haphazardly together just to make money. This film has substance, subplots, and surprises to go along with the generally impressive special effects and, for my money, pretty good acting. In other words, while the unfortunate denizens of the Hive may be essentially brainless, Resident Evil is not.
Don't expect Milla's character to supply you with any early answers, as Alice wakes up in a ritzy-looking house with no memory of who she is. Even the shocking jolt of a stranger claiming to be a cop grabbing her just before a team of commandoes suddenly crash through the windows fails to jog her memory, but she doesn't question the special ops commander when he tells her she is one of two security agents stationed in the house to protect that particular entrance to The Hive, the mega-powerful Umbrella corporation's top-secret, underground facility devoted to all kinds of dangerous and illegal research into bioweapons and the like - and that her amnesia is the temporary byproduct of exposure to a nerve gas. By the time she and the suspicious cop accompany the group to the entrance to The Hive, Alice has met her equally amnesiac "husband" and learned that the Red Queen, The Hive's central AI, locked the whole facility down and killed everyone inside in an effort to try and contain the super-deadly T-virus from spreading outside the complex. Their mission is to get to the Red Queen. It sounds pretty simple, what with everybody down there being dead and all. As they soon discover, however, those 500-odd dead bodies have arisen as blood-thirsty, flesh-eating zombies, and the Red Queen isn't going to let anyone into her inner chamber without putting up a fight.
The majority of the movie, to no one's surprise, consists of the team members trying to survive the onslaught of hordes of zombies, high-tech computer defenses of last resort, etc. As all of that exciting action is taking place, however, we see Alice trying to sort through the memories coming back to her in intermittent waves. She is a much more central figure in all of this than even she knows early on, and she isn't the only team member with secrets to be revealed. That leads to some surprisingly effective plot twists that not only advanced the story in important and plausible ways; they were also presented very much in the context of earlier scenes in the movie. i won't give away the ending. but The special effects are well done and the eerie score really adds to the atmosphere of the film. The picture quality on Blu-ray is excellent.
This is the first of three movies on the Resident Evil series. Resident Evil is a great movie about a virus that turns people into flesh eating zombies, once you get bitten you get the virus. This is one of the best Zombie movies out there, if you love Zombie movies you will love this move, great cast of actors also.
Impressively, the Blu-ray version carries over all of the bonus features from both the original DVD release and the later Deluxe Edition reissue. Much of the content is more impressive in quantity than in quality (indeed, many of the shorter pieces could have been combined into a single longer documentary for better effect), The Blu-ray has one exclusive interactive feature, but it doesn't add any new content.. Blu-Wizard – Rather than watch each featurette one at a time, Blu-Wizard allows you to select a series (or all) of them from a checklist to watch in uninterrupted sequence. You can also choose to view them during the movie playback. However, this is not a picture-in-picture function. The movie will pause and then branch out to each video segment
When Resident Evil was first released in theaters in 2002, I was blown away by what a good zombie movie this was, and still is. Sony brings Resident Evil to Blu-ray with exceptional video and audio quality, making this a great flick to add to your collection. There's a sale on this movie every so often so I can effeminately recommend it. If Sony would release a remastered 4K + Blu-ray of this movie [along with the sequels eventually], I would definitely buy that as well.
I love the entire resident Evil franchise I already owned all 5 movies but when bestbuy released them all in Steelbook I had to buy them all again. Let me say the artwork on each Steelbook looks awesome. Another added bonus to each movie is each 1 comes with $7.50 e-movie cash to go see the new resident Evil final chapter in theaters 1/27/17 so that's another added plus
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