Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Dylan Dog (Brandon Routh) used to be a supernatural detective, the man who took the eerie, dangerous cases that no one else would approach. But thanks to the undead, he lost the love of his life, so now he is a more conventional investigator. The work he does now might be simple and rather dull, but also safer for himself and those he loves. While he thinks his days of supernatural detective work have ended, it turns out he has at least one more case to solve. A series of killings have raised tensions to insane levels and if no solution is found, things could get biblical. After all, when werewolves, demons, vampires, and the undead are at odds, poor mankind is in some wicked crossfire. While he is hesitant to get involved, the stakes are too high to remain passive, so he dives back into the darkness. But his past interactions have burned some bridges and left some worn bonds, so he has to tread lightly, but also swiftly. Can this washed up detective manage to navigate this precarious minefield and defuse the situation, or is mankind doomed to be caught in the middle of an epic, supernatural showdown?

Based on a wildly popular Italian comic book, Dylan Dog attempts to satiate the fans and uninitiated, while veering far off track from the source material. I’m not an expert on the comic, but even I picked up on numerous variances, none of which were made for the better. While that is an issue, the main problem with Dylan Dog is that it never decides what it wants to be, so it just switches tone at will. If the script were strong, this might work somewhat, but that isn’t the case. None of the elements seem to be effective, from humor to drama to action to horror, it all feels watered down. Of course, with Brandon Routh in the lead, Dylan Dog was handicapped from the start, as The World’s Worst Superman hands in yet another uninspired performance. The rest of the cast is fine, but they don’t have a lot to work with here. I wanted Dylan Dog to be good and the source is ripe with potential, but sadly this adaptation fails to capitalize. So unless you simply must witness Peter Stormare as a vampire, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night should remain buried and undisturbed.

Video: How does it look?

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen. This is not what we want from high definition. You can almost run a checklist on all the unwanted stuff that pops up here. The colors shift and not in a small spectrum, black levels are wildly inconsistent, and detail is mediocre. Some scenes look good, which is what makes this hard to swallow, as most sequences look downright bad. This movie has a ton of dark scenes and since the transfer chokes when it comes to black levels, that is a recipe for disaster.

Audio: How does it sound?

This DTS HD 5.1 soundtrack sounds good, with more power and presence than I anticipated. That said, the surrounds are not pulsing with intense presence, but there is good activity when it needs to be there. When the action heats up, the surrounds do as well and that enhances the experience. No issues in terms of dialogue, which always sound clear and clean, while the music is well placed and sounds good too. This disc also includes English and Spanish subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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