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Resident Evil [DVD] [2002]


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  • Actors: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes
  • Directors: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby
  • 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 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 14 April 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063W23
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,822 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A big screen version of the popular computer game. A virus has been sealed in an underground research centre, the Hive, and Alice (Milla Jovovich) and Rain (Michelle Rodriguez) are sent in with a team of commandos to destroy it. However, they have not counted on the fact that all the employees who were trapped in the Hive with the virus, and thought to be dead, have been turned into the living dead and one scratch from them can cause the recipient to become like them...

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Given that Resident Evil is a Paul Anderson movie based on a computer game which was itself highly derivative (especially of George A Romero and James Cameron films), it's probably unfair to complain that it hasn't got an original idea or moment in its entire running time. In the early 1980s, Italian schlock films such as Zombie Flesh Eaters and Zombie Creeping Flesh tried to cram in as many moments restaged from American originals as possible, strung together by silly characters wandering between monster attacks. This is a much-improved, edited, photographed and directed version of the same gambit.

As amnesiac Milla Jovovich remembers amazing kung fu skills and anti-globalist Eric Mabius mutters about evil corporations, a gang of clichéd soldiers with nary a distinguishing feature between them (except for Michelle Rodriguez as a secondary tough chick) are trapped in an underground scientific compound at the mercy of a tyrannical computer--which manifests as a smug little-girl-o-gram--fending off flesh-eating zombies (though gore fans will be disappointed by the film's need to stay within the limits of the 15 certificate) and CGI mutants, not to mention the ever-popular zombie dogs. It's tolerably action-packed, but zips past its borrowings (Aliens, Cube, Deep Blue Sea) without adding anything that future schlock pictures will want to imitate.

On the DVD: Resident Evil on disc has the expected trailers, both teaser and theatrical; a half-hour making-of; zombie make-up tests; featurettes on music (with Marilyn Manson), production design and costume. A lively commentary track features Anderson, Jovovich, Rodriguez and producer/zombie Jeremy Bolt--Jovovich upbraids Anderson for talking about different gradings of film stock over her nude scene and everyone else talks about how much she hurt them by punching them out during action sequences. Anderson mentions an alternate commentary track with visual effects designer Richard Yuricich, but it isn't included. --Kim Newman

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Pecino on 2 Dec. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Received this today. A very good transfer in my opinion. I use to own the DVD and I can tell the difference. Colours are more vivid and I can see more detail. Sound is more powerful. I have a 2.1 Philips speaker system plugged into the headphone socket of my TV.
Languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish and Portoguese.
Subtitles: French, English, Portoguese, Spanish and Italian
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Espen on 4 Jun. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This film is a classic. I haven't played the game it was based on, but watching this as a standalone film is a pleasure. If you like the sci-fi genre, you will love this film.

Technical: The menus and everything works great. The only thing is, I wished they had spend a bit more money and time on encoding the video. In dark scenes, it tends to be a bit grainy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crookedmouth HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
This film (and more generally the series of films) does seem to attract its fair share of opprobrium and, looking at the spread of ratings it's got here on Amazon, it's not even just a "love it or loathe it" film - it's pretty much fairly covered by every point on the spectrum. One fairly common theme of the "hate it" reviews appears to be that it offends devotees of the computer game from which the film series originated. Only having played RE on the PS1 once, I personally have no concept of whether the transfer to celluloid has been appalingly botched but, in any case, I think that it's a little unfair: there can't be many films that were able to faithfully reproduce the game/book/comic/etc from which it was derived. Similarly, another common theme is that it's some sort of failed pretender to the Romero throne. Again, I haven't seen any of his films (I did see the Dawn remake) so I am unlikely to be offended on that score either.

Oh well, enough of that. I am one of this film's fans. Let me say up front that I realise that it has some fairly fundamental believability problems. However, if you hang your belief on the peg at the door and accept the film for what it really /is/ and ignore the director/producer/actor waffle on the "Making of" documentary about how they loved playing the game and wanted to reproduce the experience in the cinema then there should be no reason to really hate the film. And what it really is, is a zombie flick for the 21st century. Pure, simple and unambiguous. It has all the elements.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Whitecrow on 15 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was big fan game resident evil 2 and played it for hours.
This film really does justice to the game and shows films and games can all most become one.
Milla Jovovich is perfect in roll and does good job nice acting .
Some great action sequences a good story and nice fun film watch,.
I watched mine at least 12 time in last few years .
Only thing is once you watch it you want play game again or buy next movie in series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Blu ray Info.
Region B, Running time 97 minutes approx.
Ratio 16.9/1.78:1

Trivia.
1)Paul W.S Anderson has quoted as saying he wishs to release a directors unrated cut of this movie with additional gore he was forced to cut out to obtain a R rating.
2)Milla Jovovich is married to director Paul W.S Anderson, Some guy's have all the luck.
3)Milla Jovovich character Alice is only named in the end credits.
4)Jason Issacs cameos as a surgeon in the movies climax.
5)The studio wanted a PG-13 movie but Paul W.S Anderson insisted it be R rated remaining faithful to the games.
6)Gwyneth Paltrow was offered the role of Alice.
7)George A.Romero was attached to direct but left due to creative differences on the script.
8)Professional dancers were cast as Zombies.

Movie Synopsis.
A young woman awakens in a mansion suffering amnesia until the mansion is raided by a special military unit who use a secret entrance to a boarding a train that takes them to the Hive which is a secret underground scientific laboratory owned by the Umbrella corporation.

The unit must battle a malfunctioning super computer & hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh eating zombies due to a laboratory accident or was it?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is one of the few game-movie adaptions that is worthy of it's source material as Paul W.S Anderson directs a nerve shredding tension filled zombie movie featuring a great performance by Milla Jovovich as Alice a young woman who wakes up with no memory of who she is, Jovovich makes the character believable & handles the action scenes brilliantly & is also very easy on the eye.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Thomas on 20 Jun. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Milla Jovovich is one of my favourite actors. Love watching this series on Blu Ray as their is plenty of action and the sound is great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Wyatt on 8 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
THE FIRST RESIDENT EVIL MOVIE HAS ALICE(MILLA YOVOVICH) WAKE UP NAKED !
THEN THE COMMAND TEAM ARE SENT TO CLEAN UP THE SCIENTIFIC MESS OF ESCAPING ZOMBIE PLAGUE.
THE COMMANDOS ARE HEROIC, BUT GET KILLED ATTEMPTING TO STOP THE ZOMBIES ESCAPING THE UNDERGROUND COMPLEX.
FIGHTING THEIR WAY THROUGH ZOMBIES, MONSTERS, MUTATIONS, AND SCIENTIFIC TECHNOLOGICAL DEFENCES.
EVENTUALLY ONLY ALICE ESCAPES, TO FIND OUTSIDE THE COMPLEX, RACOON CITY NOW ABANDONED !
NEXT RESIDENT EVIL APOCALYPSE !
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