Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (Blu-ray)
Dylan Dog (Brandon Routh, SUPERMAN RETURNS) is a private investigator in New Orleans, Louisiana. He’s actually a different kind of investigator who takes cases that involve supernatural beings like vampires, werewolves and zombies, all of which are living among us. When a new case is brought before him, he must dust off his detective kit and delve back into the world that he left after the death of his fiancée.
DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT is a cheesy, campy supernatural comedy that was a lot of fun to watch. Although Brandon Routh didn’t turn into the superstar we all thought he would after his role as the Man of Steel, he proves here that he is still a great actor with a fantastic screen presence. Without him in this role the film could have easily flopped as Routh was completely believable as this witty tough guy who can take down a werewolf with a single bullet. There’s a very good chance that this film will not help his career, but its definitely not going to hurt it because Routh was the best thing about this film.
There were several problems with the plot that didn’t really detract from the feel of the film, but do need to be mentioned. There is a lot of focus given to the fact that Dylan left the world of supernatural private investigation due to the fact that his girlfriend was killed during a case. This whole storyline was completely unnecessary and actually deterred from the film. If the audience could have just jumped into Mr. Dog finishing up a case involving a domestic dispute in a zombie household (or something along those lines) before he moved into the next case, the flow of the film probably would have been a little smoother. Instead, the audience is forced to deal with a holey subplot that we don’t really care about and we have to wait for Dylan to get back in the game as he puts his personal issues aside. It wasn’t necessary to have him all angst-y, but what can you do.
Another small problem with the film is that maybe it takes itself too seriously at times. The audience does get some comic relief from Dylan’s friend and partner Marcus (played by Sam Huntington who actually portrayed Jimmy Olsen in SUPERMAN RETURNS), but it’s just not quite enough. A little more zombie screen time would have been nice because zombies in this world are actually productive citizens who aren’t bent on eating everyone’s brains. A small criticism, but when a story is this farfetched it’s always good to lean a little more to the campy side of things.
So should you see DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT? I thought it was fun, but I really enjoy supernatural type of things especially when they are cheese-fests. I don’t think this is going to be a big hit with about 75% of movie fans out there, but there is a niche for these films so rent at your own risk and don’t expect an Oscar worthy piece of art.
Video: This is a dark film but the colors are still clean and clear and you can see everything that you need to.
Audio: The audio isn’t bad and the surround sound is used mostly when we hear crashes from creatures and zombie moans.
What the heck, you guys couldn’t at least include a theatrical trailer?! So lame.