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Resident Evil: Degeneration DVD Review

Hey folks, Valkor here. Thanks to the folks at Sony Home, we’ve gotten the best pre-release screener, thus far, to enter the Val-Cave. Capcom has gone the Square route and have created a full-feature CGI filmed based on their best selling game series “Resident Evil”. Though not as refined as “Final Fantasy: Advent Children”, “Resident Evil: Degeneration” is still loads of fun and kicks a lot of ass. Also check out the first full color Valkor pic done by Jay Odjick (I hope I got your name right duder. awesome job! And more from him soon). You can also check out more of his work [HERE]

The Story

Degeneration takes place seven years after the events in Resident Evil 4 and reintroduces Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, as they battle it out with a zombie hoard set loose by a terrorist who has once again unleashed the dreaded “T-Virus”,this time into a crowded airport. And they’re not alone, introducing new characters Greg Glenn and Angela Miller (Two S.R.T. agents), and Senator Ron Davis, who may or may not have a hand with the virus being set loose. Also there is little Rani, but her role is not integral to the story. And who is Curtis Miller and what’s his role in the story? Together the group (minus Curtis) must find out who're the terrorists before they can unleash the virus globally or die trying. This is a film that expects you to know who the story and the players are as well as introducing you to some new characters. Because once it starts, it really doesn’t stop to explain anything to you, other than what’s affecting the story. Yea you get some back story flashes from the previous games such as Resident Evil 2, and did I see Code Veronica in there? But it’s nothing too deep as to mess with the quick pacing. Like Advent Children, this is for the fans only. However unlike AC, this is not several pieces strewn together to form a story, you get the whole she-bang.

Let’s crack this shell open, shall we?

The Good

There’s so much good, I don’t know where to begin. But when I say things don’t stop, they literally don’t because once the action starts; it’s a roller coaster ride from then on. Bullets fly, blood is everywhere, and body parts are detached from their host. You do get more gore in “Dead Space: Downfall”, but the gore doesn't overshadow the story (Which is what Dead Space does). I think, if you’re gonna go from game to film, CGI is the way to go, as going live action is just too tough to translate (Most of the time), yet with CGI, everything can carry over seamlessly, which Degeneration does. The look of the characters are spot on to their in game counterparts, as well as they should. However I do find the women to look a little to manish for my taste. Now new comers to the series may find the voice work in Degeneration a bit cheesy, however, that’s what made the games famous. The dialogue was corny, but corny in that sweet, cheddary kinda way: It’s still cheese, but enjoyable cheese. The biggest plus, which I think most reviews will skip, is the sound. Sound effects and music play a major role in Degeneration as it sets the mood perfectly. Little things like a door opening and closing, to Zombies moaning and crawling, to big explosions and bullets flying, bursts through my speakers so beautifully that if you close your eyes, you will feel like your there. And the music not only fits every scene, but it really helps to keep the action going at a brisk pace.

The Bad

I only have one gripe with Degeneration and that’s the animation: its way to stiff and the faces aren’t emoted well. Actually Leon’s face is the only one that show some serious emotion as he always looks pissed off. Also mouth movements seem a bit off; though synced well. It’s just weird to see mouths move at times when they shouldn’t and don’t move when they should.

Really. My fees, are just damn good!

The Extras

Normally this is where I put the ugly section, but I like the extras on the DVD so I’m gonna change things up a bit. First up you get the usual trailers for the film as well as two trailers for “Resident Evil 5”. You also get character profile, which gives you an image, a brief synopsis of the char and video snippet from the film. My favorite is the Voice blooper reels, which are just too damn funny, especially Leon’s “My fee, is really damn good.” They should have made more of those as a running joke. Finally you have “The Generation of Degeneration”, which looks at how the film was made, giving you a look at the motion capture procedures, artwork, and animatics. Yea there’s also the faux Leon interview with the guy who does his mocap work, but that’s just “meh.”

Oh it's on now!

We’ve only received the DVD copy of “Degeneration, however the film is also available on Blu Ray. And on Dec 27th when the film is released, definitely pick it up. Resident Evil: Degeneration is loaded with non-stop action, great characters, and a high level of suspense that’s loads of fun for fans and newcomers of the series. Out of TOV 5 stars, I’m givin it a 4.5 and it’s been Valkor tested and TOV Approved. Oh ya, comments on the Val-pic?

Email: valkor@the-other-view.com

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Resident Evil: Degeneration DVD Review
The Good: Plot, sound effects
The Bad: Stiff animation, lip synching
The Ugly: N/A
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