Resident Evil: Vendetta 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review
Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of the Resident Evil franchise in any form, whether it be the video game or the live action movies. On top of that, I’m not a big fan of CG animation, so I’m clearly not the target audience for RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA. That said, I’m not exactly sure who is the target audience. The film doesn’t fit into the timeline of the movies and doesn’t seem to be an offshoot of the series either. I understand there are two other Resident Evil CG films, but this feels like an origin story or at least a prequel to other events. So in that regard, maybe this works better as a standalone film.
We follow Chris (Dorman) as he tries to take down Arias (John DeMita), who has created a virus that turns people into zombies. Except his zombies seem to have some sort of awareness about them. Chris fails in the beginning and later teams up with Rebecca (Cahill) and Leon (Mercer) to stop Arias before he can carry out his evil plan. So it’s similar to what Alice was trying to do in terms of stopping Dr. Isaacs in the live action Resident Evil films.
The efficiency of the story and various plot points is hard to judge because human emotions just don’t come through in this form of animation, at least not for me. I respect it as an art form, but it gets tough when you start trying to depict a wide range of emotions in a fact that can’t really show them. So the plot and the character development was kind of a wash, leaving us with the action, which was actually pretty decent. There’s plenty of zombie killing violence and I’m guessing that’s what people are going to show up for. In that regard, Chris is a cool character that’s fun to follow as he’s mowing down zombies.
I have the utmost respect for the CGI animators and fans of the art form, just like I respect the lasting stability of the Resident Evil franchise. But RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA didn’t work for me. I’m not sure it could have done much more, but I would have liked some insertion into the existing movie storyline. But fans of CGI animation that are looking for some fun zombie violence will not be disappointed.
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW
Video: All animated films look great on 4K and RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA is no exception. And as with most animated films, there’s not that much of a difference between the 4K presentation and the Blu-ray. There’s some slight improvements in color definition, especially during the darker scenes, but overall the differences are minimal.
Audio: The Dolby Atmos track is pretty impressive. For whatever the film lacked, it definitely went all out with the audio track.
This title was reviewed using a Samsung UBD-K8500 with a Sony XBR75X850C TV.
The 4K UHD does not contain any exclusive features, but it does include a Blu-ray of the film, which includes the following special features:
Commentary with Takanori Tsujimoto, Takashi Shimizu and Makoto Fukami: These guys sound like they’re giving a lecture at a university and delivery a very straight forward, technical commentary that covers everything you’d want to know about making it.
CGI to Reality (24:05): There are two parts to this featurette, which goes into detail on the CGI process.
Motion Capture Set Tour with Dante Carver (11:02): This is a fun featurette that looks at how they did the motion capture.
Bonus featurettes (21:43): There’s an extra disc with three featurettes on it. One is more of a deleted scene, another feels more like a fluff making-of feature and the other follows the filmmakers at the Tokyo Game Show.