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Resident Evil (Special Edition)

In the near future, the world is ruled by large corporations. One of those has created a secret underground high-tech laboratory called The Hive where all kinds of dangerous experiments are done. When a new virus escapes, the central computer’s AI, Red Queen, decides to shut down the entire complex and kill all people inside.

A team is sent out to find out what happened and when they arrive at the entrance of The Hive, they find a couple of survivors who’ve been knocked out by the Red Queen’s exterior defense systems and have temporarily lost their memory. Together with these survivors, the team enters the complex to shut down the Red Queen. By doing so however, they release all doors in The Hive, freeing hordes of zombies.

Sound and Vision:
The image is of the highest quality with good detail, color depth and balance, and contrast. Only very minor grain is present but there is no dirt, compression errors or artefacts at all. Also edge enhancement is nowhere to be seen.

The soundtrack is fabulous with hard rock music pounding very aggressively out of all speakers and good use of the surround channels while dialogues are crystal clear.

Extras:
We start off with an annoying audio commentary track with Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, director Paul Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt. Next up are a “Making Of” with the usual interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, and “Scoring Resident Evil” which highlights the music score of the movie. Good stuff.

Then we get a couple of short featurettes which check out a specific aspect of the movie, more behind-the-scenes footage, production info and biographies from some of the cast and crew. Not all very interesting as several things are also to be seen in the Making of. Last we get the trailer and a music video from Slipknot with “My Plague”.

Conclusion:
Resident Evil is based on the video game series with the same name but good observers will see the huge amounts of links to George A. Romero’s Living Dead movies and other cult movies like Cube. Still, Resident Evil doesn’t come over too much as a remake (or should we say rip-off) due to the good acting and incredibly cool music score that enlightens the atmosphere. Combine that with loads of extras, some being actually interesting, and you’ve got a DVD which is definitely worth getting.

Our Score:
8.0

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