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PERFECT CREATURE
DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 88 minutes, two featurettes, trailers
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
Subtitles: English, French, spanish
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox/ Darclight Films/ Perfect Creature Ltd/ Spice Factory/ Roc Media/ Sensible Films
RELEASE DATE: 7-17-2007

PERFECT CREATURE is set in an alternate New Zealand where humans and vampires co-exist. The vampires are apart of a revered religious order called The Brotherhood. Influenza is still a problem, zepplins are around, and technology is a little different (vintage tech and steampunk tech mixed in). Lily (Saffron Burrows), a police detective in Jamestwon, is investigating a series of murders. She is paired up with one of the Brotherhood, Silas (Dougray Scott), when it is discovered one of the Brotherhood's own is killing people and also wants to infect the world with a gentically modified blood to create more of the Brotherhhood. The downside is twofold. One, the member of the Brotherhood is Edgar (Leo Gregory), Silas' brother. Two, the genetically modified blood carried in Edgar creates madness and death.

Saffron Burrows and Dougray Scott do as much with the script as they can. They helped hold my attention in addition to the amount of ideas thrown in (without being explored too much unfortunately). Leo Gregory is woefully miscast and his character isn't explored enough.

PERFECT CREATURE has a fascinating enviroment, lots of room to explore, and a nice amount of action and gore. the downside is the brief running time doesn't explore the world enough. The characters have only brief amounts of information known about them. PERFECT CREATURE prevents it from being a classic.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Two featurettes on the making of PERFECT CREATURE are included: MAKING PERFECT CREATURE and DESIGNING PERFECT CREATURE. A 38 second spot for WRONG TURN 2 is also on the DVD in addition to a pre-menu trailer for other Fox films like PATHFINDER and THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2. The trailer for PERFECT CREATURE isn't on this DVD, but it can be found on the DVD for PATHFINDER.

FINAL ANALYSIS: PERFECT CREATURE had a great setting that was never fully realized. It just ends up being a good cop thriller with vampires and not rise to the challenge of beinga cult classic that would be remembered for the ideas being explored.

this DVD Revies is (c)7-18-2007 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com