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ULTRAVIOLET (Unrated Extended Cut)

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 94 minutes, actor audio commentary, 4 part making of featurette, and previews

STUDIO: Screen Gems/ SPHE

RELEASE DATE: 6-27-2006

ULTRAVIOLET is a failed vision. ULTRAVIOLET is a film that could have been as great as Kurt Wimmer's previous directorial effort, the classic EQUILIBRIUM.  It shows that a great movie is in there somewhere, but somewhere along the way some of that magic was lost.  ULTRAVIOLET does pack a punch with great action sequences, music, production design, and costumes. Knowing the history of the film's post-production to a point, I wish the vision of kurt Wimmer wasn't taken away from him because I would love to see a director's cut of ULTRAVIOLET since a few things are missing. The extended cut adds not much, but still I wait for the day SPHE will allow Kurt Wimmer to make a director's cut for DVD.  However, ULTRAVIOLET does play better on DVD.  My favorite sequence is the shoot out in the library.

ULTRAVIOLET is about Violet (Milla Jovovich), a Hemophage about to die (her 12 years are almost up), who gets a mission to trasnsport a kid carrying a very lethal virus inside him (that will kill him in eight hours). She bounds with the kid named Six (Cameron Bright) and refuses to let her fellow vampires kill him or the evil Mormon bad guy, Vice Cardinal Daxus (Nick Chinlund), have Six. So the stage is set for a film with lots of action, visual eye candy, and some character development left on the cutting room floor.

VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

The transfer is fantastic. It captures the look and detail of the film as I saw it in the theater back in March.

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English

Great surround track and the dialogue is easy to hear too. The only misprint on the back of the case art is that the film has a French subtitles option, but only English subs are available.

SPECIAL FEATURES: The audio commentary with actress Milla Jovovich provides a few insights into the making of the film, but mostly the commentary is filled with dead space or Milla saying how cool this looks or the flat space technology was a cool idea. She is less of a pain in the butt than she was in the previous commentaries she did for the Resident Evil films. Skip the commentary.

UV PROTECTION is a four part making of featurette that has interviews with almost everyone except for writer/director Kurt Wimmer (you see him in archive footage directing the film) which everyone praise his vision for the film during the interviews in UV PROTECTION:

THE BEGINNING- How the film came together from Kurt writing the screenplay for Milla and Shanghai being chosen as the place to shoot the film.

TURN OF THE WHEEL- A look at the special effects of ULTRAVIOLET

THROUGH THE LENS- production design and costume design of ULTRAVIOLET

FIGHTING STANCE- the fights and stunts of ULTRAVIOLET

In 31 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and clips from the film, the featurette isn't bad, but it should have been so much more than just teasing at it and be a little better than promo fluff.

PREVIEWS: FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN, MIRRORMASK, MARILYN HOTCHKISS BALLROOM DANCING AND CHARM SCHOOL, THE FOG, THE BENCHWARMERS, TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY

No trailer for ULTRAVIOLET

FINAL ANALYSIS: ULTRAVIOLET plays better on DVD, but it is still a frustrated piece of work that one day that one hopes the director's cut will be made of this film.

Related review and article:

ULTRAVIOLET Movie Review: http://enterline2.tripod.com/ultraviolet2.html

ULTRAVIOLET article: http://enterline2.tripod.com/ultraviolet.html

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