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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Blu-Ray Review


  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles:English, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • Blu-ray Release Date: July 26 , 2011
  • List Price: $29.99

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Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)


The Film

[Rating:2.5/5]

In the tradition of comic books turned into movies, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night introduces a character created by Italian writer Tiziano Sciavi, and translated into English by Dark Horse comics. In this film, Dylan (Brandon Routh, a Christopher Reeve clone), and his side-kick Marcus (Sam Huntington), are not overly successful private detectives in New Orleans. When they are called to investigate the murder of an upper crust importer, the gig quickly spirals into adventures with night creatures: vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghouls and other endangered species. The dialogue is campy, (“You know what they say about werewolf hair—it doesn’t lie) and the plot is predictable with Dog taking on the dark world in an effort to obtain justice. The usually reliable Taye Diggs who plays the lead vampire is undercut by terrible dialogue and the love interest (Anita Briem) falls well short of the “Kill Bill” vendetta-driven heroine. The dark and exotic urban venue of the Big Easy is squandered since, with few location exceptions, the sets could have been shot in Bangkok.

Video Quality

[Rating:3/5]

For a recent film, this print’s resolution is acceptable but not outstanding with a surprising amount of grain. Because most of the action is shot at night, your display’s ability to handle blacks will make a big difference in how much detail will get recovered. However, I found that no adjustment of my BD player or plasma display did much to improve the murky blacks on this disc. Otherwise, the daylight scenes are decent and close ups are detailed without being etchy.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3/5]

Surround effects would have gone a long way to increasing the atmosphere and numerous fight scenes in Dylan Dog. Outside of adding some depth, with the occasional surround channel noises on, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, does not do much to enhance the viewing experience here.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0/5]

There are none.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:2.5/5]

Dylan Dog:Dead of Night is one of those frustrating films with the potential to be a gory thriller-diller but is seriously undermined by a complex story line and uncertainty of direction. Is it a dark comedy, a suspenseful monster flick, or none of the above? Harkening back to “An American Werewolf in London” which, thanks to John Landis’s direction and Rick Baker’s special effects, is a great watch, Dylan Dog is a slow moving detective picture with hackneyed dialogue and undistinguished special effects. The predominantly dark scenes are not aided by cinematography with mediocre blacks. Even the fiery ending with death and destruction cannot save a pretty dismal hour and three quarters voyage to the netherworld of New Orleans. Vampire devotees, werewolf wannabes, zombie zealots, and ghoul groupies will need to look elsewhere for the ultimately satisfying undead experience.

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BestBuy.com:
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night - Widescreen Subtitle AC3 Dolby Dts

Purchase Dylan Dog: Dead of Night on Blu-ray at CD Universe

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Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0/5]

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