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Based upon the 2000 horror anime of the same name, BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE ($35) is a film that is almost balletic in its carnage. Wonderfully violent and frenetically over-the-top, BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE certainly plays like a live action comic book, or live action anime that has been married to the martial arts fight sequences in KILL BILL. The premise of BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE tells the story of Saya (Gianna Jun), a four hundred-year-old half human-half vampire who hunts other vampires. Currently working for a secret organization known as The Council, Saya is an assassin, who does clean up jobs; taking out bottom feeding vampires, while awaiting her chance to face Onigen (Koyuki), the oldest and most powerful vampire. Saya’s mission takes her to an American Military base in Japan, where she passes herself off as a new student at the base’s school. Of course, the school is a hotbed of vampire activity, with the base commander’s daughter Alice McKee (Allison Miller) the latest entrée on the bloodsuckers’ menu. As expected, things at the base, quickly go to hell, which causes Saya and Alice to join forces against some common enemies, including Onigen. The cast of BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE also includes Liam Cunningham, JJ Feild, Yasuaki Kurata, Larry Lamb, Andrew Pleavin, Michael Byrne, Colin Salmon, Masiela Lusha, Ailish O’Connor and Constantine Gregory.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has made BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. All things considered, BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE comes with near demonstration quality 1080p presentation. Image sharpness, depth and dimensionality are very strong performers, although some sequences with digital elements do look a bit less resolved. In shots without digital elements, fine details, like the texture of fabrics and the imperfections in the actor’s skin, plus individual hairs are clearly visible. Additionally, the excellent transfer does reveal the weaknesses in some of the special effects work, which occasionally looks a little cheap. Colors are fully saturated and reproduced without flaws, while flesh tones come across in an attractive manner. Blacks are pure, as are the whites, plus the contrast is very smooth. The elements from which BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE has been mastered demonstrate virtually no imperfections. A fine sheen of grain is noticeable during the presentation.

BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. No surprises here, the sound design is highly aggressive and takes full advantage of all the outlying channels, which are well utilized for sound effects placement, as well as allowing for effortless pans throughout the soundstage. Fidelity is terrific for both the music and sound effects, which come across in a lively, engaging manner. The bass channel packs a wallop and shakes the ground when required. Dialogue is always crystal clear and easy to understand. No other language tracks have been included on the disc, but English and French subtitles are provided.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a couple of extras. Featurettes include The Making Of Blood: The Last Vampire (nineteen minutes) and Battling Demons: Behind The Stunts (sixteen minutes). Storyboard Galleries and Bonus Trailers close out the standard extras. BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player).

BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE is a violent and fun action horror offering. The Blu-ray presentation is just great. If the subject matter appeals, then you’ll want to check out BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE on Blu-ray.



Blood: The Last Vampire [Blu-ray] (2009)


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