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Embrace of the Vampire (2013) Blu-Ray Review
Oct 09 2013 08:56 AM | mattCR in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
- Studio: Anchor Bay
- Distributed By: N/A
- Video Resolution: 1080P/AVC
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
- Subtitles: English
- Rating: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 Hr. 31 Min.
- Package Includes: Blu-ray, DVD
- Case Type:
- Disc Type: BD25 (single layer)
- Release Date: 10/15/2013
- MSRP: $26.99
The Production Rating: 3/5Anchor Bay, seeing an opportunity decided to re-imagine the original film with a new cast and a more graphic approach to the sex scenes. I normally take a lot of shots to include in a review, but let me just say: I’d have to put a lot of pasties and black bars over graphics if I included too many stills of key scenes.
Embrace of the Vampire (2013) keeps all of the key campy elements of the original. With Chelsey Marie Reist, Tilo Horn, CC Sheffield and Sharon Hinnendal filling the role Alyssa once occupied.
Hinnendal plays Charlotte, a young girl coming into college from an all-girl Catholic high school. At night, she finds herself tortured with images of death, blood and gore.. as well as ghastly dreams of wild sex romps by her roommate.
Over time, Charlotte discovers that she is in the presence of a vampire.. a vampire who has been hunting her lineage for years hoping to bed her for her virginity, an act that would free him of the inner demon and curse her to eternity in hell.
Let’s just say the storyline sticks together only as a means to go from sex scene to sex scene. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the case is very attractive and the sex scenes at moments are at least imaginative. But that connecting tissue contains scenes that are acted horribly – like an elongated act of initiation in a fencing team that serves to get everyone drunk and into bed.
This movie is campy and over the top and at times the setting and dialogue are TERRIBLE. But it is because of those facts that I found myself laughing ridiculously and clapping along, imagining the kind of drinking games you could play with a film like Embrace of the Vampire (2013). This is a film that most will write off – a remake of a film with 13% at Rotten Tomatoes? Get out. But if you hang tight for the ride and you go with the campy nature of it, you might find the laughter is worth the price of admission.
Video Rating: 4.5/5 3D Rating: NA
Presented in 1080P, AVC @ AWBR of 28.5Mb/s, this is a clean digitally produced film that has a very crisp look on my digital displays. There are a few great shots presented throughout of the landscape, especially the mountain views which really stand out, but we can also definitely say that skin tones are correctly captured.