What We Do in the Shadows (Blu-ray) (2014)
|Category||Comedy / Horror||Theatrical Trailer|
|Year Of Production||2014|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English (Burned In)||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
With the success of shows like True Blood and movie series like Twilight, vampire themed shows and movies have been coming thick and fast, however this little New Zealand film is a real standout in the vampire genre, mostly because it is completely hilarious. There are six credited quotes on the front cover, all of which say "Hilarious" and all of which are completely correct. This film, What We Do in the Shadows is a mockumentary co-written and co-directed by Jermaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi, both of who also star in the film. The premise is that four Vampires of varying ages live in a share house in Wellington, New Zealand and are being filmed for a documentary about the upcoming vampire celebration, The Unholy Masquerade. The film follows their lives as they have squabbles over household duties, try to get invited into nightclubs, have trouble with their love lives, have run-ins with the local werewolf pack and more.
The first character we meet is Viago (Taika Waititi) who was a dandy in the 1700s before being made into vampire. He is 379 years old and a fussy, pedantic, clean freak who just wants the house kept nicely and blood cleaned up quickly. The next one is Vladislav (Jermaine Clement) an 862 year old vampire who is a bit of a pervert. Then there is Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), the youngest of the crowd who is an ex-Nazi and at 183 a bit of tearaway rebel. The last of the group, Petyr (Ben Fransham), is 8000 years old, lives in the basement in a stone coffin and doesn't show much interest in doing housework like Viago wants. The local werewolf leader is Anton (Rhys Darby) who is trying to get his pack to be more civilised, getting them to repeat the mantra 'We're werewolves not swearwolves'.
It is hard to tell you much of what goes on without spoiling some of the great jokes and hilarious sequences. This is obviously a low budget film with minimal special effects and shot digitally. It really doesn't matter because it is so funny. All of the lead actors are very funny in their roles and Rhys Darby is a delight as always. You need to watch right to the end as there are more scenes after the credits.
This is the standard Blu-ray edition, however there is also a Fang-bloody-tastic collector's edition which includes lots of extras available.
If you like vampire themed shows and movies or mockumentaries like Best in Show you have to see this marvellous film! Highly Recommended.
This transfer does a good job with a source which is restricted by its low budget and digital shooting. It is a mockumentary so you don't expect beautiful camera angles or sweeping vistas. Having said that it is 1080p and in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and looks good for what it is. There is some graininess here and there but generally nothing to complain about.
There are subtitles burned in for some occasional German dialogue, however no subtitle streams.
The audio on this Blu-ray is technically DTS HD-MA 5.1, however as you would expect for the style of film doesn't set your home theatre on fire. The dialogue is the main aural element and it is generally clear and easy to hear, only restricted by occasional mumbling and bad accents. There is some good separation across the front sound stage however little goes on in the rears except some atmosphere and mild effects. The music is generally incidental except for the theme. Does well with what it has.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music and scenes from the film.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This Blu-ray does not seem to be available in other regions yet.
The video quality is very good considering the source.
The audio quality is very good considering the style of film.The extras are virtually non-existent. Extra lovers should seek out the Fang-bloody-tastic special edition.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|