3D Blu-ray Review THE HTF 3D ADDICT: Resident Evil: Afterlife

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    What can I say?  I love 3D!  From the moment I began watching 3D content in my home I quickly discovered that I needed more content.  I suspect that those of you just purchasing your first 3D hardware will acquire the same ferocious appetite.  That's why I became the HTF 3D ADDICT.  I personally love images that pop off the screen and come inches away from your face without becoming overly gimmicky.  However, I certainly appreciate the nature documentaries that offer beautiful depth and separation.  These are not necessarily reviews of the film themselves.  I am not going to concentrate on story or supplements -- you can find the 2D reviews elsewhere on this forum.  My job is to let you know exactly what kind of 3D experience to expect from the titles that are being released.   As I will be receiving a handful of new product from the studios expect to see more title coverage.






    Resident Evil: Afterlife



    Studio: Sony

    Product Release: December 28, 2010

    Ratio: 2.35:1

    Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1, English; French & Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

    Running Time: 96 Minutes

    Rating: R



    ON A SCALE 0-5

    Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 5

    3D Separation: 5

    3D In Yo' Face Factor: 3



    Right out of the gate I have to say that I am no

    fan of the Resident Evil franchise.  I have only

    watched one of the films, Resident Evil: Degeneration,

    and it wasn't by choice.  It actually was screened for

    us at Sony Studios a few years back and as much

    as we were appreciative of the screening, I think most

    felt that perhaps its subject matter wasn't appropriate  

    for the diverse audience in attendance.


    So, you can imagine the apprehension I had going

    into this review.  Fortunately, within the first few

    minutes of the film, my fears greatly resided.  

    Thank God!  Here was a live action film instead

    of one that was animated. Furthermore, there 

    seemed to be some encouragement early on that

    this might actually turn out to be somewhat entertaining.


    From the film's opening moments we quickly learn

    that a worldwide epidemic has turned everyone into

    zombies thanks to a virus unleashed by the Umbrella

    Corporation.  There are few untouched survivors left

    on the Earth who spend their days running from the

    mobs of undead who are waiting for their next human



    Enter our hero Alice (Milla Jovovich), who has been

    hunting down those at the Umbrella Corporation, the

    same company responsible for inoculating her with a

    virus that provides elevated levels of strength and agility.  

    In the first few minutes of the film, Alice is able to infiltrate

    and destroy Umbrella, but not before losing all her super

    powers in the process.  


    As Alice treks up the northwestern coast she comes upon

    a survivor named Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) whose memory

    has been completely erased but is slowly revealing the events

    leading up to the present.  Now, on their own, Alice and

    Claire seek to find the last survivors holding out in the ruins

    of Los Angeles against hordes of flesh-eaters who are becoming

    more impatient by the minute.


    It seems that Resident Evil: Afterlife falls somewhere 

    between a horror and action movie though it never really

    exceeds as either.  As a horror film, there's certainly not

    a lot of scare factor here other than a few "gotcha" zombie

    scares.  The effects are very reminiscent of John Carpenter's 

    The Thing, so really nothing groundbreaking almost 30 years

    later.  And if that's not bad enough, it seems the filmmakers

    felt the need to rip-off The Matrix with a lot of the stop-motion

    action sequences.  What I also found offsetting was the inclusion

    of Wentworth Miller of Prison Break who's character here is

    no stretch from that of what he played on the television series.  

    So, for me, sometimes this film seemed like an episode of

    that show.


    All this being said, I felt somewhat entertained throughout.  

    The film essentially works as a B-rated action flick with the

    usual assortment of clichéd characters and action sequences.

    You have seen it all before and if not for the 3D, there would

    be nothing inspiring about it.


    Speaking of the 3D, I had heard a lot of fans praising the

    quality of this disc when it came to donning the glasses.


    I have to agree that this is assuredly one of the best live

    action 3D titles on the market as of this date -- though that's

    not saying much when you consider there are probably just

    two others (Avatar and Step Up 3D).  There is a well defined

    sense of depth perception here though sometimes the process 

    gets lost in the darker indoor sequences that include basement

    rooms and underground tunnels.  


    Thanks to its remarkably crisp, unflawed and stable image

    quality the 3D really comes across most effectively.  Since

    the same camera equipment developed for shooting Avatar

    was used here, it should come as no surprise that the level

    of detail and separation is as good as it gets.


    19 minutes into the film there are breathtaking shots of a plane

  2. tbaio

    tbaio Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm a little surprised by this review when it comes to the 3-D "in your face" quality. I found this film to be very good at convincingly throwing things into the audience. In fact, when watching the commentary, I was surprised at how much more in your face debris I saw after a second viewing! Shotgun-blasted coins, pointed guns, spraying water, blood spatter , sparks & as mentioned, a flying hammer/axe are extremely well done here. In fact, this is probably the best use of 3-D (for the current 3-D format) for a live action disc in my opinion. I agree again that only Step-Up 3-D stands a chance next to this one. Also in my opinion, I believe that the more movies like this that are made & so well transferred to 3-D disc, the better chance of winning more people on the fence about bringing 3-D equipment to their homes. I hope more people are of the same opinion because I'd like to see much more of this type of thing being produced.
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    Hi Thomas!

    I was hoping for all that, but found that most of it remained

    within the screen instead of leaping out.
  4. tbaio

    tbaio Stunt Coordinator

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    Wow. It looks like we watched the same thing but were affected differently; which is nothing new among movie-watchers.
  5. Hank

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    I may pick this up. At first I dismissed it, I'm no fan of the franchise but this one is intriguing to me for 3D and audio.

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