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Daybreakers [DVD]

Willem Dafoe , Isabel Lucas , Michael Spierig , Peter Spierig    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Isabel Lucas, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan
  • Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
  • Producers: Chris Brown, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 May 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033ZG2WO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,251 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The year is 2019. A mysterious plague has swept over Earth, transforming the majority of the world's population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species – forced into hiding by the civilised vampires, they are hunted and farmed for consumption almost to the brink of extinction.

It’s all up to Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans. But time and hope are running out – until Ed meets Audrey, a human survivor who leads him to a startling medical breakthrough. Armed with knowledge that both humans and vampires will kill for, Ed must battle his own kind in a deadly struggle that will decide the fate of the human race.

Stylish and provocative, DAYBREAKERS also stars Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill, and was written and directed by the Spierig Brothers.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Do You Have to be a Daybreaker? 8 April 2011
Format:Blu-ray
My level of expectations before watching most vampire films that come out of Hollywood are rock bottom. Too many angsty teens, or brainless action films, for my liking. Therefore, I was not planning to enjoy `Daybreakers', but in fact I liked it - a lot. Set in an alternative near future, `Daybreakers' surrounds society that is now dominated by Vampires. The few remaining humans are either on the run, or being farmed in industrial complexes. However, with such an imbalance between Vampire and Humans the undead are about to starve, can Dr Edward Dalton, the vampire scientist, find a substitute food source, or will this be the chance for the human resistance to fight back?

`Daybreakers' is a rarity in modern mainstream genre film in that it is both intelligent and action packed. The concept of a Vampire society is portrayed brilliantly in the film, just like our own day to day monotony, but night to night. The Vampires go to the office then come home, not much has changed in society expect that people need blood to survive. With a well realised world directors Michael and Peter Spierig have a great playground to set a story in. However, despite being able to initially create a vivid environment the Spierigs are not quite able to create a storyline as good. Instead you are left with a solid action story that does not quite reach the levels of intelligence it should.

The film looks fantastic on BluRay as the format is able to highlight the darkness of city life and the pale skin of the people. The action scenes also benefit from being in HD as they come across as bloody and high powered. With a well developed world the action sequences are elevated in quality - the Spierigs remain true to the rules created.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, intriguing, but not a classic 29 April 2011
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
"Daybreakers" is based on an interesting premise that mixes the original fantasy elements of the classic vampire stories with a futuristic sci-fi setting and a curious "What if?..." basic story idea.

It's neatly executed, and beautifully shot and lit. As you might expect from a modern vampire story there's plenty of blood and guts, but generally there are only a few excessively over-the-top moments, and at times it borders on being comic- especially the way in which vampires explode so melodramatically if stabbed through the heart.

After a strong start, the story deteriorates slightly into a predictable hunter-and-chased movie in the middle, but it wraps up nicely (no spoilers). Not destined to be a classic, but a very accomplished and worth-watching movie for sure.

The Blu-ray has all the usual features you'd expect- full director commentary, behind-the-scenes making ofs, trailers, all the usual BD interactive standards that you'd expect, meaning it's well stocked for extras without adding anything too unusual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daybreakers 3 April 2013
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This film is sort of a turnaround.. where the vampires rules the days and try to make synthethic blood to stay a live ! Buy it you`ll like it !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good! 12 Feb 2014
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The world is now populated, largely, by vampires, a situation arising from the spread of a plague initiated by a single individual human being bitten by a vampire bat. The vampires, on the face of it, want to live cooperatively with humans but with a desperate need for blood what's a health-conscious vamp to do? One solution is to make synthetic blood. This is the solution that the giant corporation, Bromley Marks has invested in with top vampire haematologist, Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke), leading the research team. However, the progress the team are making in the development of the synthetic product is not fast enough to meet the increasing demand from the vampire public. The result is that humans are rounded up for `farming' in a 'Matrix style' industrial scale extraction complex while the research continues.

Naturally enough the few remaining humans take exception to this and form a resistance group led by `Elvis' Cormac, played by the always watchable, Willem Defoe, a former vampire, who was `cured' by being, one day, accidentally exposed to the full glare of the Sun and then suddenly `quenched' by driving into a handy lake! Driving home from work one day Dalton encounters a group of humans whose car has broken down and he offers them refuge from the hunter vampires in his car. As a result he meets Cormac who relates the incident that cured him. From that moment on Dalton, already sympathetic to the humans' plight throws in his lot with them.

The film looks good on blu ray, has a few gory moments when blood-starved vamps go on a feeding frenzy, conveys a key economic principle of supply and demand, and, interestingly, makes an unwitting if timely point about the bloodsucking nature of big business in the form of evil tycoon Charles Bromley, ably portrayed by Sam Neill. The disc also has, as an extra feature, a brilliant 15 minute short film called The Big Picture, which is almost worth the price of the disc alone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed 6 Jan 2014
By nanny k
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didn't think I would like this as it is my husbands type of film but must say although it made me jump many times I enjoyed it
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5.0 out of 5 stars daybreakers 29 Aug 2013
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a really good film with a great story line and excellent actors in it,great additions to any movie collection,great viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 3 Aug 2013
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Enjoyed this movie , thought the storyline was great , there are very dark scenes in some parts of the movie which is what i like about it.
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