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Perfect Creature [DVD]

Dougray Scott , Saffron Burrows , Peter McCauley    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, Leo Gregory, Scott Wills, Stuart Wilson
  • Directors: Peter McCauley
  • Producers: Anne Dudley, Michael Cowan, Russell Fischer, Jason Piette, Tim Sanders
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TQLJAU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,745 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Perfect Creature imagines a world where vampires and humans peacefully co-exist.

The result of a genetic mutation initiated by an ancient virus, the vampires are known as The Brothers. Superior in mind and body to their human counterparts, they are the custodians of genetic science and protect humanity from disease. In return for a dedication to preserving human life, The brothers ask humanity to share only one thing: their blood.

Product Description

Horror set during the 1960s in an alternate New Zealand, known as 'Nuovo Zelandia', where vampires and humans peacefully co-exist, the bloodsuckers being the next step in human evolution. However, this delicate balance looks to be destroyed when an influenza epidemic sweeps the human population and one vampire turns to preying on humans. The church sends out Silus (Dougray Scott) to catch the renegade vampire, Edgar (Leo Gregory). Silus joins forces with a human police captain (Saffron Burrows) - and discovers that Edgar harbours dark secrets...

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires with a twist 8 Dec 2009
By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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First off, despite the vampires and blood-letting, this is not a horror movie. This is a Science Fiction film set in a parallel world where, 300 years ago, vampires were created by an early form of genetic engineering. They are born, infrequently, from human women and are all male. Rather than act as predators, they have set themselves up as protectors of humanity and have organised themselves into the highly respected Brotherhood where they function as a cross between priest and scientist, receiving voluntary donations of blood. Technologically this world is very different from ours with a technological level that echoes, sort of, the 1950s but crossed with Victorian steampunk -steam-engined cars for example. A genuinely different world is convincingly created despite a low budget and is worth seeing for this alone.

The villain is a vampire whose illegal, but unofficially sanctioned by his superiors, experiments have changed him and he's become a predator of humans. However, his real motives are far darker than mere bloodlust. It's unfortunate that he resembles Bob Geldof on a really bad day. Dougray Scott effectively plays the taciturn vampire hero who has to track the villain down. Saffron Burrows is even better as the efficient but emotionally-damaged police detective nominally in charge of the operation, which is also a coverup, and who becomes Scott's unrequited love interest. Unfortunately that also makes her a prime target for the villain. And that is just the setup.

This is an intelligent and skillfully made film which deserves to be better known than it is. It doesn't, however, work quite as well as it should, possibly because of its unrelenting grimness, not helped by being mostly set in a slum within an industrially polluted city. However, if you want to see a Science Fiction movie which attempts something different, I strongly urge you to give this a try as you may find it surprisingly rewarding.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic vampire with a twist 7 Dec 2007
By Willow
Format:DVD
This classic vampire genre film was filmed in the South Island of New Zealand and features the victorian architecture of Dunedin and Oamaru. An interesting twist is that the vampires are the good guys. Recommended for fans of the genre and anyone interested in seeing a different side to New Zealand (if somewhat digitally altered) than the Lord of the Rings style landscape.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars perfect creature 9 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
Very much in the style of Tim Burton, foreboding and oppressive relative to the mood of the new Sweeney Todd..as it features alley ways etc. Thank heavens for the rogue vampire, otherwise this would be too sedate and ramble...the scenes are good, but not enough of him. The acting is fine throughout..but paced somewhat lazily as it dwells on the pact of being good with the authorities. Bad is rather good when it comes to vampires, and more action scenes would have made this quite super..instead one can only say this is fairly good...in that it looks nice and we have vampires, even though the majority are in sombre mood throughout, leaving the rogue vampire to prove what vampires are all about, and he does not fail in that.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking heart 23 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
There is a problem when your hero must by design show very little emotion. This film fails to capture a sense of right and wrong with the situation it sets up; it dourly explains everything without betraying an interest; the main characters show no sense of connection let alone chemistry; Saffron Burrows emanates her usual mix of the tough and fragile, but Dougray Scott fails to convince in his change of heart (or perhaps it is merely the direction that renders him cold then colder), and Leo Gregory's bad brother has a great sense of menace and intensity but is let down by the most ridiculously wavy Anne Rice dictated hair cut. While the setting is convincing and fascinating, the action feels out of place, and too much of the plot feels too close to Underworld. It also feels slow. Brave attempt but feels mechanical and lacks passion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance 5 Sep 2010
By Gisli Jokull Gislason VINE VOICE
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Perfect creature is a very visual film, set in an alternate reality somewhere around 1900. Here Vampires belong to the Brotherhood, they look after the human race and are the focus of all religion. Part of the agreement is that people donate blood to the Brotherhood and do this willingly and it is a great honour. Never has a Vampire taken a human life - until now.

Again the setting is terrific, costumes are good and this alternate reality is a harsh impoverished place. For the setting the film gets top marks.

What I found troubled me is that the film is like watching a docudrama about the alternate reality because it lacked almost all suspense. It has an evil vampire but only a few scenes have much to get excited about, and towards the end there are hardly any at all.

It makes for an o.k. viewing but I really don't know how to classify it, it isn't horror, probably more like drama - with vampires. Not very good at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale Of Two Brothers 27 Jan 2010
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Nuovo Zelandia, the 1960's. Following a series of plagues that have ravaged human kind, a new race is born, a race of vampires that becomes known as the brotherhood. Humans and vampires live side by side, the humans providing blood at church ceremonies for the vampires to exist, and in turn the vampires use ancient alchemy to provide cures for the plagues that still ravage the land. This arrangement soon is in danger, when a rogue member of the brotherhood, Edgar, infected by a virus whilst attempting to alter the birthrate of the brotherhood, starts to kill the people in the slum of Jamestown. Edgar's blood brother Silus assists the police in tracking him down before he kills again, but whilst capturing him, police officer Lilly(Saffron Burrows) is bitten by Edgar. Silus saves Lilly's life with an on the spot blood transfusion, and Edgar is taken to a laboratory in the headquarters of the Brotherhood.
However, Edgar escapes, and soon the population of Jamestown have a new plague to worry about, as Edgar vows to change the world to a very different place.
This film is a flawed, but very fascinating curio. It is set in an alternate New Zealand in the 1960's, where the industrial revolution of steam and steel is still very much alive, and where vampires and humans exist side by side in a fragile state of harmony. It looks great, with huge zeppelins flying way above the city, and giant bulidings reach into the sky. Its a film about race, as Edgar's actions endanger the purity of both races and Silus' selfless actions at the end change the world for the better. The film also shows religion, but the only one on show here is the church of the Brotherhood, mainly a place where people donate vessels of their blood for the survival of the Brotherhood.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent film!
Published 13 days ago by H M Harvey
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
This is a tedious and boring film. Avoid if possible! You'll feel temted and you only have yourself to blame.YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect creature, perfect film
Sometimes a brilliant film slips under the radar and fails to be noticed by the mainstream. Today, I want to sing the praises of a New Zealand horror film called "Perfect... Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. M. Lord
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires with another hat.
The plot is unusual, and has a satisfying ending, one that, as far as I know, has not been alluded to before. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Barbara. Barron
3.0 out of 5 stars The perils of established religion...
In this allegorical take on the evils of a Church ruling unchecked over humanity,
Vampires are the ... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Persistent Gardener
3.0 out of 5 stars A very original, visually splendid film with good leading actors - but...
I enjoyed watching this pretty original New Zealandish film and I do not regret that I bought it - but it could have been a much, much better thing. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Maciej
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different, and very interesting
I know the reviews on here are fairly mixed, but I think that's due to how people like their vampire films. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jessika
1.0 out of 5 stars pile of poop
the movie reeeeeeeeeaaaaaaly dragged on, I was hoping ot be bitten by the end, coz I was just so bored, dougray scott is no good being serious, the chick that plays the detective... Read more
Published 24 months ago by pretty little shopper25
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires - but not as we know it
This is a great twist on a genre thats just beginning to become cliched (I mean how many pale faced angst ridden romantically attached teenagers can we put up with). Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing take on the vamp genre
Absolutely enjoyed this movie. Really love the idea of a commensal relationship between humans and vampires; also the "scientific" explanation behind the latter's origin is also... Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by najigil
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