Friday, December 3, 2010

Vampires Suck Blu-ray Review

Release Date: November 30th, 2010.
Film Rating: PG-13/Unrated
Disc Size: 32.4 GB
Region: A
The Video
Vampires Suck’ debuts on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation, including both the extended ‘Bite Me’ edition and theatrical version of the film via seamless branching.

The Blu-ray release looks quite good; the film has a very similar look to the ‘Twilight’ films on Blu-ray. This was intentional, in which colors are somewhat muted and everything looks a bit colder than your average film.

As mentioned, colors can be somewhat muted which keeps this one from being the most visually popping experience, but I was more than pleased. Blacks are solid throughout, with no noticeable crushing.

The level of details varies from scene to scene, but I was quite impressed by the overall detail found on faces, clothing textures and the various environments. Grain is present throughout, although it varies throughout the film.

The special effects look quite good in high-definition, although at times they did look somewhat outdated, with notable jaggies during certain sequences. Overall I was not very distracted by the issue; this is otherwise a great visual presentation. 7.5/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the lossless option, also included is a French 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track. Optional subtitles include English SDH and Spanish.

The high-def mix is definitely a good one, considering the material. This is a comedy, but there are plenty of action sequences throughout which do make a decent to impressive use of the surround speakers.

Dialogue is presented front and center, always crisp and easy to understand. The film’s music while fairly front heavy does have some light and fitting surround use as well. Overall this is a very solid mix and I couldn’t really expect better from the material.

The mix has some impressive moments, but generally it is just good. It is hard to be disappointed by the audio mix (especially since it is a comedy), it is far from memorable, but more than satisfying. 8/10.

The Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray Disc):

Deleted Scenes (12:35) (HD)
Nine deleted scenes are included and are presented in high-definition.

Gag Reel (3:51) (HD)
This s actually a very funny gag reel, included in high-definition.

Theatrical Trailer (1:38) (HD)
See the funniest moments from the film in less than two minutes.

Sneak Peek - Trailers (HD)
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Cyrus
Digital Copy “How To” (3:35) (HD)
Learn how you can take this terrible movie on the go!

Live Extras (BD-Live)
Preview clips and trailers are included for other Fox Home Entertainment releases via this BD-Live portal.

Disc 2 (DVD):

Digital Copy of the film
Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media.

The extras included on this release are satisfying and I actually enjoyed the gag reel. There isn’t much to see, but I didn’t expect a boatload of extras for this film. The Digital Copy is a nice addition for those that actually enjoyed the film and want to take it on the go. A lot more could have been included, but I see why they wouldn’t want to waste the time. 3/10.

The Movie
Vampires Suck’ is the latest spoof film, which follows in the footsteps of classics such as ‘Disaster Movie’ and ‘Epic Movie.’ This time around, the primary focus of the film is on the popular vampire franchise ‘Twilight.’

I always find myself intrigued by these films, admittedly I have seen them all and while they have become pretty awful, I do admit to enjoying the ‘Scary Movie’ series of films, likely more than I should. ‘Vampires Suck’ is a memorable film, just not in a good way.

The film is supposed to be semi-random, but there were so many just plain stupid moments that keep this film from even being a watchable experience. The pop culture references are notably lacking in comparison to previous spoof films, but the references here are mostly awful.The ‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘Lady Gaga’ and ‘The Kardashians’ references are ineffective and nowhere as funny as they could have been, making for ‘WTF’ moments throughout. The actors in the film are actually quite good with the material, but unfortunately the material just isn’t funny at all.

I had a feeling the film would be awful before even seeing it, but I like to go into a film with an open mind. ‘Vampires Suck’ actually could have been a stupid but funny film, which unfortunately just doesn’t deliver with so many missed opportunities and too many just plain stupid moments.

There have been some pretty awful spoof films, but at the moment ‘Vampires Suck’ stands out in my mind as possibly the worst yet. There are some mild laughs that ‘Twilight’ viewers will find funny, without knowing the material spoofed it will be an even worse experience.

‘Vampires Suck’ doesn’t go far enough to be enjoyable. I hated so much about the movie, despite a few funny jokes. The movie just feels like a huge waste of time, even for those who love the occasional stupid movie like I do. The actors in the film are actually very good (and the reason for my score), but if the material doesn’t work it just cannot be saved. 2/10.

The Blu-news Summary
'Vampires Suck' is a bad film with a good video and audio presentation. The extras are definitely lacking, but that isn't always a bad thing. While the Blu-ray release is good, I still have to suggest you 'Skip It.'

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