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Resident Evil / Resident Evil 2 (DVD)
Member Name: ryanando
Resident Evil / Resident Evil 2 (DVD)
Advantages: Two great films in one pretty box
Disadvantages: The third movie isn't in it.
I'm not entirely sure why, but I do love this box set. I may be a little biased in that I have a thing for the games. It may also be that I am utterly in love with the soundtrack for both the movies which is some good old heavy rock.
I can quite freely admit that these two are not the best films out there. At times the acting isn't amazing (then again at other times it really is). The effects are nothing too fantastic, not to say that they aren't good, just to say that given a bigger budget they could have done a lot better with it. The third film is a perfect example. Unfortunatley, this pack is only the first two movies.
The action is certainly wow-inducing, nothing like seeing a full grown woman (Milla Jovovich) giving a roundhouse kick to the head of a zombie dog (even if the zombie dog did look like less like a zombie dog and more like it had just chewed up your favourite red net curtains)
The story line was actually quite well done in the first movie. Obviously its never going to be exactly the same as the games, but the first movie done this without too much trouble. A few differences here and there (none I can actually think of at the moment, but I do remember a moment or two of confusion while watching and thinking "was that in the game?!?")
The second film...now that I had more of a problem with. Give it its due, it was a great film. The story got better, the acting had improved, they threw in some new people and manged to show exactly how ruthless the people at Umbrella corp. really are. They even kept the creepy little girl (played by Sophie Vavasseur) with the English accent (why, I am not sure, but she is the creepiest thing IN the movie. Something chilling about a kid telling you in no uncertain terms that you are going to die.)
Unfortunately they messed BIG TIME with the story. There is a major plot turn near the end that just does not, could not, would not, no way, no how, happen in the game. Its crazy to the point of me cursing them for trying to put in some sort of happy ending.
I'd love to go into a lot more detail about that but I'd hate to spoil it for you people who have not seen it (even if it IS a ridiculous turn for the character in question)
Strangely this does not hurt my perception of the films so far as some great entertainment. As long as you take them for what they are supposed to be (A high tech zombie movie with plenty ass kicking and popcorn flinging jumpy bits in it) then they really are good. Cult Movie? Possibly. Good movie? Definitely!
Then it comes to the extras. Its got enough to keep anyone who's crazy about the films going for an extra hour or two, with cast commentaries, bloopers and "making of" reels. Throw in the hidden music video on the first disc and I nearly wet myself.
The box its self is very visually appealing and the menus on the discs are rather cool as well, with everything set up as if you have just hacked into umbrella's computers in your spare time.
I think these films have, by far, a very "love it or hate it" situation going on. Personally I love them and I cannot wait for the next one.
As for value for money, that depends on the person. It is quite an expensive box set to hunt down (I hear it was limited edition) If you feel the urge to collect everything Resident evil, then yes, this is a must have. If you aren't too fussed by extras then I'd recommend waiting a little longer so you can buy a box set with all three movies in.
Summary: First two resident evil films in a pretty pretty box.