Dead Space: Downfall (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Aegis 7 is a wasteland of sorts, a barren world with no life or activities to report. But a mining ship called the USG Ishimura has found a religious relic on Aegis 7, which the crew loads in. The relic is taken to Earth’s religious scholars, which creates a religious divide of sorts, even within the USG Ishimura’s crew. As soon as the relic is taken in, the personalities of those around it begin to change, while violent incidents spike to all new levels. Soon people are killing each other without motivation and even injuring themselves, with no solution on the horizon. This leads to undead necromorphs, hideous creatures with vicious intentions who begin to prey on the survivors. Now the USG Ishimura finds itself stranded in space, with no option to escape and the survivors outnumbered beyond all imagination. As the survivors prepare to mount a final assault on the undead, will anyone be left alive and if not, will this horrific outbreak continue to spread?

The video game Dead Space was simply awesome. An eerie, edge of your seat experience than few movies, let alone video games have been able to achieve. Dead Space: Downfall is a prequel to that video game, so now you can learn the entire story of how things went to hell in a handbasket. As the game is horrific and violent as can be, I was concerned this animated prequel would be watered down. As it turns out, I shouldn’t have been worried in the least. This is just as gore drenched as the game, with graphic kill scenes and enough blood to overflow Sea World. If you’re here for the undead carnage, you’re in for a treat, as this has some brutal, creative slaying action. I do wish this was as tense as the game however, but the atmosphere isn’t on the same level, so this is blood soaked, but not that scary. Even so, I had fun with Dead Space: Downfall and it is well worth a look, especially for horror fans or fans of the Dead Space game.

Video: How does it look?

Dead Space: Downfall is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a great looking visual effort, though the animation style used doesn’t allow for immense depth. When compared to the DVD however, this transfer appears more refined and sharper, which is always welcome. The colors here have been rolled back, so don’t expect vivid hues, but it all plays into the dark visuals. Those dark visuals come across well too, thanks to smooth and accurate contrast. Dead Space: Downfall looks terrific here and I think fans will be quite satisfied.

Audio: How does it sound?

A Dolby TrueHD 5.1 option is on deck and while it is rock solid, it isn’t all that memorable. The surrounds are used often and put the action right in your living room, with good power and presence. When the undead strike, the soundtrack lights up and makes all the carnage sound effective. I do wish there was more in terms of atmosphere or building tension, but this one is more loud than creative, to be sure. But some scenes do sound excellent, while others come off as bland, so it is a toss up. The music sounds great here though, while dialogue is clean and clear at all times. This release also includes subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes a deleted scene, some still photos, an isolated score option, and the film’s trailer. A second disc offers a digital copy, for use on portable devices.

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