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5.0 out of 5 stars Is there any party?, 17 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Ultimate Versus [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
When I first rented this dvd, the girl in the shop smiled and said she liked it...by the time I returned it, I'd watched it repeatedly and after I'd handed it over, I immediately scoured the dvds for sale box for my own copy.

If the story feels like they were making it up as they went along - that's because they were. It was filmed over a long period because the budget kept running out and they could only afford to film in the ski resort off peak season. The cast took turns cooking, in between takes they wrapped themselves in blankets because it was so cold, the zombies are mostly the director's friends. The acting is...well, in the commentary, the director complains about his leading man - who is sitting next to him - but you can't deny the characters have personality.

So the film is mostly about fighting. It's called Versus, it does what it says on the tin. Samurai vs zombies, escaped criminals versus yakuza, yakuza versus zombies - all of it filmed with style. And it's the sort of film which divides opinion. You can complain about the plot, the acting or you can just enjoy the craziness of it all.

So what do you get for your extra cash? You get the dub (worth listening to in order to pick out the bits they didn't dub - Japanese guys do the best evil giggles) and a better version of the subtitles - no more "you have finished with your roll" - although part of the charm of the original was imagining the buffet just out of shot. You get ten extra minutes of footage - these aren't deleted scenes - those who were available went back to the forest and shot extra bits which they then slotted seamlessly into the original. Plus they added a bit of blood here, neated up an effect there, changed some of the music...

If the film is like the original but supersized, then the extras are like getting a whole load of side orders too. There are three commentaries - including one in English and the behind the scenes shots show how much work, dedication and fun went into the making of the film. There are two shorts which are even more bizarre and even less plot, plus the main character's video diary as he goes to a German film festival - this could have been dull save for his quirky sense of humour and very nice behind.

The director has recently made his first Hollywood film, The Midnight Meat Train - if you liked the bit with Ted Raimi, or indeed The Evil Dead films, then you should check out Versus. He had a fraction of the budget and inexperienced actors but so did Peter Jackson when he made Brain Dead. And what happened to that guy?

Just enjoy Versus for the ride that it is - don't expect any philosophy deeper than "some people are better off dead". Yeah, tell that to the zombie yakuza.
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Initial post: 2 Oct 2015 22:03:08 BDT
Steve C says:
This is an excellent, informative, and pleasingly spoiler free review. Well done you.
(You should totally watch this film, EJ Woods is correct).
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