Press Play: Resident Evil: Afterlife

Press Play: Resident Evil: Afterlife

Dec 29, 2010

This week's must-see DVD/BD, and why we're lovin' it.

What? Resident Evil: Afterlife

Who? Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Spencer Locke, Shawn Roberts and Kim Coates

Why? Original director-writer Paul W.S. Anderson returns for this fourth installment in the science-fiction action series based on the popular videogames. Milla Jovovich is back as Alice, who has superhuman powers due to a favorable reaction to the T-virus that has turned most of the rest of humanity into zombie mutants. Alice storms the evil Umbrella Corporation's headquarters in Tokyo with dozens of clones of herself in an attempt to take out Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), the head of Umbrella. Alice barely escapes with her life, but she is thankful that Wesker injected her with a T-virus cure that makes her human again.

Alice takes off in a two-seater plane to find signs of life. Her first scenic stop is Alaska, where she is reunited with Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), who is suffering from amnesia. The two fly to Los Angeles and land on a high-rise prison roof downtown in an attempt to help some survivors that are flagging them down. Claire is surprised to find her brother, Chris (Wentworth Miller), inside. Together they fight the zombie mob pounding its way inside the complex and escape to the Arcadia—a ship transmitting a signal that promises safety for humans but is really a trap set by Wesker.

The Resident Evil series has always had an acute case of anticlimactic sequelitis, and Afterlife indeed ends with the door wide open for another chapter. Still, it's fantastic fun to see Jovovich and Larter team up again to tear some zombies apart, and Prison Break's Miller is a welcome addition to the dead man's party. Afterlife is the first Resident Evil filmed in 3D, so home viewers with 3D setups will want to enjoy the sequel's hyperstylized, R-rated action on Blu-ray 3D since there are precious few adult titles available in the format. No matter how many dimensions you watch it in, Resident Evil: Afterlife is arguably the best entry in the entire series.

What Else? The DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D versions all contain commentary, several making-of featurettes and previews. The Blu-ray versions contain a picture-in-picture viewing mode featuring interviews with cast and crew, deleted scenes and outtakes. You'll want to check out: A sneak peek on all versions of the upcoming animated film Resident Evil: Damnation.

Blu-ray Bob uses a 60-inch Mitsubishi 3DTV paired with a Sony BDP-S570 Blu-ray 3D player to view 3D content at home.

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