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REVENANT, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Killed in an Iraq ambush, Bart Gregory (David Anders) has recently been laid to rest - so why is he still up and walking around? The only person Bart can turn to for answers is his best friend Joey (Chris Wylde), and before long the two pals have surmised that it's blood he needs; Bart is a revenant, a dead man returned to the living. In order to avoid disintegration, Bart requires a steady supply of it. Convinced that no one will miss the drug dealers and killers who have transformed Los Angeles into a swirling cesspool of crime and vice, the friends decide to kick law enforcement along by cleaning up the streets and collecting the precious blood needed to keep Bart from withering away into dust.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
They play it dead straight (pardon the pun) in this offbeat and devilishly entertaining comedic horror outing from the inspired Kerry Prior. From the opening sequence on a dark night in Iraq as a small group of soldiers are ambushed, we are not given the comfort of a wink to say the filmmakers are just joking. It's the best tone for a black comedy ... I hesitate to call it a zombie movie because it deviates from that genre quite significantly.

The premise of Prior's story is that Bart (David Anders) is undead - but not zombie-like. As long as he keeps up a supply of human blood, he can get around amongst the living pretty well, the only sign of his status being his dead, colourless eyes. But in LA, they have lots of sunglasses.

This premise gives the filmmakers all the opportunities they need to execute (another bad pun, sorry) their plot, in which badass gangstas who they come across become the victims and the two pals end up as the perps.

The unexpected turns in the story keep us guessing right up till the film shifts into top gear and over-the-top; it's spectacularly, hilariously crazy. All production values are great, including the bloody effects as exemplified ion that sequence. You'll know it when it comes along. Watch for the electronic dildo.

But there's more, as the screenplay picks up satirical speed for the climactic end scenes - we don't see it coming.

Clever and engaging, the screenplay maintains its tone and dynamic all the way through, delivering scene after scene filled with wry, black humour - all based on serious themes and ideas. Unique and bizarrely compelling, The Revenant has won several awards and is an audience favourite at festivals it has played. It'll be yours, too.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

REVENANT, THE: DVD (MA15+)
(US, 2009)

CAST: David Anders, Chris Wylde, Louise Griffiths, Jacy King, Annie Abbott, Senyo Amoaku, Anne Arles, Suzan Averitt, Michael J. Gonzales

PRODUCER: D. Kerry Prior, Liam Finn, Jacques Telemaque

DIRECTOR: D. Kerry Prior

SCRIPT: D. Kerry Prior

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Peter Hawkins

EDITOR: D. Kerry Prior

MUSIC: D. Kerry Prior

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Thomas William Hallbauer

RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DTS 5.1 [Also available in Blu-ray]

SPECIAL FEATURES: Director's Commentary by D. Kerry Prior; Behind The Scenes Featurette - Revealing The Revenant

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Eagle Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: November 23, 2011







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