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Solid Horror on a Good Blu-Ray,
This review is from: 30 Days Of Night [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The Film is a faithful take on a graphic novel and makes full use of the great central idea from the source material, a band of vampires attack a far Northern Alaskan town just as the sun is about to set for a full month. What follows is effectively an extended riff on the "trapped in a house" set-up of Night Of The Living Dead as a small group of survivors attempts to hide out and make it until the sun rises again. The vampires are as far away from Tom Cruise or Twilight style "gothic love interests" as they could be and gore levels are high, not a surprise given the involvement of Peter Jackson and his Weta special effects workshop (how he'd loved to have had access to these effects to play around with for Bad Taste or Braindead). That said, the messy stuff fits with the story and in the main nothing feels tacked on for the sake of it and the shock moments drive the plot.
The Blu-Ray is high quality using a top-notch film transfer. The opening long shots of a single figure walking through the Alaskan snow are especially stunning and the visuals are good throughout despite 90% of the film taking place at night. There are some reasonable extras too which are worth sitting through (not always the case), notably an interesting "Making Of".
Given the Blu-ray is at a good price this is definitely one to get as a Hi-Def disc over the DVD version.