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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

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1 Star

Playing more like a poor man’s episode of The X-Files, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night doesn’t have much bite in its tale of vampires, zombies, and werewolves.  It’s an interesting attempt to revitalize the darker nature of vampires upon the streets of New Orleans, but it cinematically misfires on almost every level making it only equal to an extended pilot for a new network television show.

Based on a beloved series of Italian horror comic books, Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) plays Dylan Dog, a paranormal investigator (think Sam Spade meets Ghostbusters) who protects and investigates the undead clients who hire him.  Dylan knows where to find all manner of creature in New Orleans and, due to the loss of his girlfriend, finds himself weary of continuing in that line of work.  Enter Elizabeth Ryan (Anita Briem).  Her father has been mysteriously killed by something with fur and fangs and hires Dylan and his undead sidekick Marcus Deckler (Sam Huntington) to discover exactly what happens.  Poor Dylan.  He just can’t say no to a beautiful girl.

You want to like director Kevin Munroe’s adaptation of Dylan Dog.  You really do, but there’s not much to it.  Never funny as it should be nor dark enough to generate even the lowest of scares, Dylan Dog’s only real thrill comes from the comedic quips and jabs from Huntington who steals the show every chance he can.  Routh is lifeless and vapid and has absolutely nothing interesting to do.  Even in generating sympathy, Routh can’t muster the strength for a tear.

We should care about Dylan.  He wants out.  He’s miserable and grieving over the death of his girlfriend, yet the supernatural forces keep pulling him back to the world he wants to leave.  He’s a gumshoe detective for the undead; an interesting choice of careers, but Routh still can’t draw you in to Dylan’s reality.  For all his sour spots, Routh does have great chemistry with Huntington…he just isn’t all that interesting without him kicking about.

The New Orleans atmosphere is rich and dark and full of undead wonder.  The streets are slick with humidity and rain and provide a great backdrop for the supernatural occurrences, but Munroe’s camera can’t generate an honest scare which is surprising considering the dark world Dylan works inside of.  The journey through the ‘Dead of Night’ is soiled with hackneyed writing and plodding acting and a story that is just barely average.

Bad, Dylan Dog.  Bad.

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Dylan Dog: Dead of NightMPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of creature violence and action, language including some sexual references, and some drug material.
Director
: Kevin Munroe
Writer
: Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer
Cast: Brandon Routh; Peter Stormare; Sam Huntington; Taye Diggs; Anita Briem
Genre
: Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Tagline: No pulse? No problem.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Look around you. The monsters you read about as a kid, they're real."
Distributor:
Freestyle Releasing
Official Site:
dylandogdeadofnight.com
Release Date: April 29, 2011
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
July 26, 2011

Synopsis: Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is a new horror/comedy film based on one of the world's most popular comics (60 million copies worldwide). Brandon Routh stars as Dylan Dog, world famous private investigator specializing in affairs of the undead. His PI business card reads "No Pulse? No Problem." Armed with an edgy wit and carrying an arsenal of silver and wood-tipped bullets, Dylan must track down a dangerous artifact before a war ensues between his werewolf, vampire and zombie clients living undercover in the monster infested backstreets of New Orleans.

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Brandon Routh Dylan Dog

Component Grades
Movie

Blu-ray Disc
1 Star

1 Star



Blu-ray Experience
1 Star

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Available on Blu-ray - July 26, 2011
Screen Formats: 2.35:1
Subtitles
: English SDH, Spanish
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Discs:
25GB Blu-ray Disc; Single disc (1 BD)
Playback: Region A

The 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer blisters with the blackness that surrounds New Orleans at night.  Blacks are a tad overwhelming at times and, while they don’t bleed, they tend to mute the other colors.  Grain is thick and, at times, a bit too splotchy.  This is a stylized feature and, accordingly, the colors and look of the film is stylized.  Skin tones are warm and milky and the interiors are drained of reds.  The sound is represented by a warm DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track that almost makes up for the movie’s shortcomings.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

None

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