Resident Evil: Afterlife

Featured In Issue 153, January 2011

WSR Score3.5
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Based on one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, "Resident Evil: Afterlife" opens with Alice (Jovovich) on a lonely and dangerous hunt for survivors in a decimated world crawling with the undead. On her quest for the alleged safe-haven "Arcadia," she finds survivors Claire (Larter) and Chris Redfield (Miller), and the smoldering trio heats up the screen as they ravenously set their sights on taking down the evil Chairman of the Umbrella Corporation, Albert Wesker (Roberts) and hordes of the undead along the way. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Writer/Director Paul W.S. Anderson, Producer Jeremy Bolt, and Producer Robert Kulzer; the Undead Vision: picture-in-picture Bonus View; eight deleted and extended scenes (HD 06:48); outtakes (HD 04:30); seven featurettes: "Back Under The Umbrella: Direction Afterlife" (HD 06:43), "Band Of Survivors: Casting Afterlife" (HD 06:39), "Undead Dimension: Resident Evil In 3D" HD 07:27), "Fighting Back: The Action Of Afterlife" (HD 05:31), "Vision Of The Apocalypse: The Design Of Afterlife" (HD 07:28), "New Blood: The Undead Of Afterlife" (HD 07:31), and "Pawning The Undead: Camera Of The Afterlife" (HD 06:11); a sneak peek of "Resident Evil: Damnation" (HD 01:10); previews; Movie IQ; and BD-Live functionality.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture depicts a virus-induced post-apocalyptic vision of a world seized by the undead, The color palette is desaturated, for dramatic effect, yet where there is life there is color, at least in the portrayal of fleshtones. Everything else is basically dull but in stylistic character with the storytelling. Spot color is nicely saturated for highlight. Fleshtones are perfectly natural in tone. Contrast is generally good, with revealing shadow delineation. Blacks are deep and solid. Dimensionality is excellent, no doubt due to the set staging for the 3-D filmmaking. Resolution also is excellent, with revealing details, especially during close-ups of facial features, clothes, weaponry, and objects. With its video game roots, the picture is true to the genre, with visuals that are exciting. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is a loud, extremely SPL-energized experience. The Dorough 8-channel meters were often pegged at full SPL during intense action sequences! Tons of deep, solid sub-25 Hz bass penetrates the .1 LFE channels, with also substantial bass energy in all the other channels. The music score projects a wide and deep soundstage, with an aggressive surround presence. With directionalized and panned sound effects and eerie atmospheric effects, the sound is dimensionally holosonic®. The surrounds are seriously engaged, ideally requiring full-range reproduction, to optimally experience. The music score is also intense, with at times a stringent quality and a very rhythmic drum-driven pulse. Surprisingly, throughout all intense sonics, dialogue manages to stay intelligible with good spatial integration. This is a very exciting soundtrack experience that never fails to engage every channel and create an aggressive enveloping experience. (Gary Reber)