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April 8, 2011
Resident Evil: Afterlife Blu-Ray Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
14/10/20102/3/2011Sony PicturesPaul W.S. Anderson
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
AVC MPEG-4DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1MA15+Milla Jovovich

THE MOVIE
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Milla Jovovich returns in Resident Evil Afterlife..
With the Resident Evil franchise continuing its rein as one of the most successful videogame to movie conversions in the history of cinema it is unsurprising that Resident Evil: Afterlife (the fourth movie in the franchise) went on to become the most successful Resident Evil film yet.

Resident Evil: Afterlife reunites Milla Jovovich with the iconic Alice character from the games. Alice is still working on eliminating the Umbrella Corporation, the company responsible for unleashing the T-Virus, a weapon that has turned the population of the world into zombies. Resident Evil: Afterlife takes Alice to Japan, in a quest to eliminate Albert Wesker (played by Shawn Roberts), who works for the Umbrella Corporation.

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Resident Evil Afterlife is on Blu-Ray now.
Wesker does not go down without a fight though and he injects Alice with a recipe that eliminates all of her special powers, limiting her ability to do certain things. Months later, Alice begins to look for Arcadia, which is a small Alaskan town where the T Virus is said not to exist. Alice finds Arcadia and it is deserted, except for a hostile called Claire Redfield (played by Ali Larter), who had fought beside Alice in the Mojave desert. The two of them return to Los Angeles and find a few other survivors and have to learn how to survive.

Resident Evil: Afterlife is the ultimate popcorn film. It ends how you except, it takes you to some glorious zombie filled areas (seeing the Hollywood sign destroyed is a highlight) and there is lots of guns, lots of violence and lots of enemies. By now, we all now what to expect from a Resident Evil film, but when the end of the film pops up you wonder just how far the movie has progressed the Resident Evil storyline, the answer is that it doesnít very much at all.

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Alice is prepared for action...
VIDEO
The 1920x1080p AVC MPEG-4 transfer to Blu-Ray for Resident Evil: Afterlife is excellent, the darks are a solid black and the film looks simply brilliant, the different scenary changes look marvellous and the flesh tones are solid, the 2D transfer really delivers. Some of the slow motion shots at the beginning of the film just look phenomenal.

(Dave Here) I've managed to watch large segments of the 3D Blu-Ray version of film on a 3DTV and needless to say it is probably the most impressive 3D experience we've seen on Blu-Ray to date (which, admittedly isn't too much). There really is a great sense of depth and as the film was shot using 3D cameras rather then converted in post production, it looks fantastic with the "fake" looking moments being those CG based. All-in-all if you have a 3DTV we strongly recommend you pick up the 3D version - which can also be viewed in 2D if you so desire. (Dave Out).

AUDIO
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track in Resident Evil: Afterlife is nothing short of spectacular. The movie is filled with loud explosions, some brilliant zombie noises and some loud, proud gun shot noises. Those that have a decent surround sound setup will love this film, there is plenty of sound to keep you smiling from ear to ear for a solid hour and a half.

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RE: Afterlife is available in 3D too.
EXTRAS
There are a lot of extras in Resident Evil: Afterlife but the quality of the extras does vary a little bit.

Undead Vision: Picture in Picture (HD): This is a picture in picture special feature where special effects are discussed and there is lots of concept art shown. Very rarely is there anything not good to see in the small picture, which means this is a solid inclusion.

Audio Commentary: The audio commentary contains writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson and Producers Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer. Itís a good commentary track, but not overly entertaining, itís passable but only really worth listening to if youíre a die hard fan of the series.

Deleted Scenes (6:48/HD): There are few deleted and extended scenes, which only go for 6 minutes. None of them are overly entertaining and their omission from the film seems right.

Outtakes (4:30/HD): These outtakes are short, so they are a good special feature to watch if youíre on a time crunch.

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Things get bloody in Resident Evil...
Back Under the Umbrella: Directing Afterlife (6:43/HD): This feature is a lot shorter than we expected and features the Cast and Crew discussing Andersonís work throughout the series.

Band of Survivors: Casting Afterlife (6:39/HD): This special feature looks at the cast of the film and the characters played.

Undead Dimension: Resident Evil in 3D (7:27/HD): The cast and the crew discuss the benefits and what they had difficulty with when shooting in 3D.

Fighting Back: The Action of Afterlife (5:31/HD): This contains a super short look at the physical challenges of the filmís stunt work.

Vision of the Apocalypse: The Design of Afterlife (7:28/HD): This is not an overly entertaining feature on the importance of storyboarding and how the cast and crew chose the location.

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Running to catch a plane!
New Blood: The Undead of Afterlife (7:31/HD): The cast discusses the zombie makeup used in Resident Evil: Afterlife.

Pwning the Undead: Gamers of the Afterlife (6:11/HD): The popularity of the Resident Evil game series is discussed throughout this featurette and the cast and crew look at the link between the film and the movie series.

Sneak Peak of Resident Evil Damnation (1:10/HD): The title says it all really with a quick look at the upcoming, second, CG movie in the franchise.

Trailers (HD): Trailers for Takers, Salt, The Virginity Hit, Faster and Ticking Clock.

OVERALL
Resident Evil: Afterlife is not going to win any awards, but itís a solid film thatís great for those who want a bit of action with their movies while also getting some excellent special effects and testing their home theatre setups.

Review By: Luke Van Leuveren

THE MOVIE
7/10
THE VIDEO
9/10
THE AUDIO
9/10
THE EXTRAS
7/10
OVERALL
8/10

Note: All images in this article are Copyright© Sony Pictures. They are only indicative of the movie and not sourced from the vastly superior Blu-Ray disc format.