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Wednesday, 09 September 2009

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Directed by: Simon Hunter
Written by: Philip Eisner
Produced by: Stephen Belafonte, Tim Dennison, Peter La Terriere, Pras, Edward R. Pressman
Cinematography by: Geoff Boyle
Editing by: Sean Barton, Alison Lewis
Music by: Richard Wells
Special Effects: Graham Longhurst
Cast: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki, Sean Pertwee, Benno Fürmann, John Malkovich, Anna Walton
Year: 2008
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 101 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 16x9 1080p
Audio: English 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
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Mutant Chronicles was originally a pen-and-paper role-playing game released in 1993.  It has since become a popular franchise, producing card game, miniature games, videogames, novels, comics, and currently a new film based on the game.  The movie has now been released from the folks at Magnet Releasing and Magnolia Home Entertainment on both Blu-Ray and DVD.  Let’s take a look at the Blu-Ray edition.

The foundation for Mutant Chronicles is centered on a machine crash-landing on Earth from space, sometime during the end of the Ice Age.  The machine’s sole purpose was to change man into mutant.  A Warrior named Neachdainn and an army of men set out to overcome the machine and managed to seal it deep beneath the Earth.  Ever since, the descendants of Neachdainn, called The Brotherhood kept all knowledge of this machine in a bible type book called the sacred book of the chronicles.

Flash forward to the 28th century and the world is split into four corporations: Mishima in the East, Bauhaus and Imperial in Europe and Africa and Capital in the West.  They all battle for whatever natural resources are left.  Bauhaus and Capital are currently battling one another.  Little do they know, but between their battlegrounds sits our ominous machine waiting to be freed.  The obvious comes next and one of the attacks breaks the centuries old seal and all Hell breaks loose!  Now the world is overrun by humanoid mutants with a bone-claw-arm, similar to Baraka from Mortal Kombat.  These mutants slaughter everyone in slashing distance to varying degrees of gruesomeness.  People are disemboweled, disembodied and lacerated in every-which-way.

Constantine (John Malkovich), presumably the world’s leader, orders the evacuation of Earth.  The catch is, only select citizens are permitted a boarding pass.  Now enter Brother Samuel (Ron Perlman) into the picture.  With the permission of Constantine, he assembles an army of reluctant men on a last chance suicide mission to the centre of the Earth.  Beguiled by Earth evacuation passes for all participants, a team is assembled including soldier, Major Mitch Hunter (Thomas Jane).  Will Brother Samuel’s army of men (and one woman) be able to thwart the mutant’s Earth supremacy?

Mutant Chronicles is an epic-style piece of filmmaking.  The main cast is all genre veterans by now and fit snugly into their corresponding roles.  Much of the film is shot akin to 300, on a big scale, predominantly in front of green-screens filled with a ton of CG.  This creates a post-apocalyptic style world that really only CG could accomplish these days.  It definitely lends to the film’s believability and enhancement of the set-pieces and the like, but it does have some detractions as well.  The film contains a lot of slashing, gashing, gunplay, swordplay and other violence but what’s problematic is that the blood and gore in these sequences is so blatantly fake and cartoonish.  I don’t know if it’s from the CG itself or the Blu-Ray format, but when someone gets sliced and diced or shot with a hail of bullets the blood just pops off the scene as if telling you, “pay extra attention to how digital and fake I look.”  Aside from that objection -- which will be major to some but minor to others -- the film is still a collision of genres to behold.  There’s action, adventure, sci-fi and horror amalgamated nicely into an overall fun FX adventure.  If you’re into modern grandiose sci-fi FX driven cinema then you’ll love Mutant Chronicles .  Either way it makes for a great popcorn movie and really makes the most of the Blu-Ray format.

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- Commentary
- Making of
- Deleted Scenes
- Green Screen & Storyboard Comparisons
- Promotional Teaser Short Film
- Making of Promotional Teaser
- Interviews with Cast and Crew
- HDNet: A Look at Mutant Chronicles
- Storyboards
- Concept Art
- Visual Effects
- Comic-Con Panel Q&A
- Webisodes
- Trailers

Mutant Chronicles crashes to Earth from Magnet Releasing and Magnolia Home Entertainment.  This Blu-Ray release is presented in a 16x9, 1.85:1 aspect ratio with a high definition 1080P transfer.  The film looks stellar (aside from the blatantly digital blood, but that may or may not be a transfer issue).  The audio is presented with English 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio and sounds stellar as well.  The supplemental features accompanying this pristine release are of monster magnitude.  I don’t think there could be any more features tacked on to this release.  The extra features will have fans scanning the material for literally hours.  There’s a commentary by director Simon Hunter and star Ron Pearlman.  There are six deleted scenes running 8-minutes in length.  There is a ‘Green Screen & Storyboard Comparisons’ section running 14-minutes.  There is a promotional teaser for the film running 7-minutes which is less refined than Mutant Chronicles but has some great gore.  There are 26-minutes of interviews with the cast and crew.  Not to mention an ‘HDNet: A Look at Mutant Chronicles’ featurette, storyboards, concept artwork, visual effects, a Comic-Con panel Q&A and Webisodes which are online sections of the film.  The best supplement however, is the 108-minute ‘Making of the Mutant Chronicles’ which covers absolutely everything one would want to know about making a film of this scale.  This making of covers prosthetic FX, storyboarding, set design, read-through’s, green screen shots and more.  Rounding out this Blu-Ray are trailers for Surveillance, Splinter, Chocolate and District B13.

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