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Dahmer – The Cannibal

Dahmer tell the story of the young man who became one of the worlds most notorious serial killers. Much like Hannibal Lecter, Dahmer liked to savour pieces of his victims. Whether it was with a nice Chianti, I wouldn’t know. The movie isn’t concieved like a biography or a cheese ‘based-upon-a-true-story’ TV drama. Au contraire, writer/director David Jacobson tells the story of Jeffrey Dahmer by using two different intertwining story- and timelines.

One storyline depicts a young teenage Jeffrey who tries to decieve his father, showing himself like a typical teenager undergoing the normal teenage troubles and social mischiefs. It is here that the movie addresses the question on how a ‘normal’ young man can turn into a ruthless serial killer. But the other storyline shows a totally different and somewhat older Jeffrey Dahmer, who is employed in a chocolate factory and … lures gay men for sex after work. It is through the eyes of one of Jeffrey’s victims -Rodney, played by Kayaru- that we get to see the evil serial killer.

Sound and Vision:
‘Huh ?’ That’s what you’ll be thinking once you press ‘play’ on your DVD player. The picture is full-frame instead of the original theatrical 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Why the studio chose this format, only they themselves will know. But it’s odd, I can tell you that.

The sound is encoded in Dolby Digital, and there is nothing particularly outstanding about it. The movie is mostly build up of dialogue and doesn’t require a muscular amplifier or surround sound system.

The DVD we received lists the following … ‘extras’:
•4:3 Full Frame
•Dolby Digital 5.1
•Chapter Selection
•Subtitles on/off

pretty neat huh ?
•Photo gallery
•Theatrical trailer

Sorry, they aren’t worth writing about.

The movie Dahmer is certainly worth watching and perhaps even owning. It’s nice to see how creative directors can get with a small budget. Unfortunatly the studio that brought this DVD to the market wasn’t equally creative with their budget.

Our Score:

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