Monster Brawl (Blu-ray)

June 23, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The rumors of underground fights have been around for decades, the kind of epic battles that result in blood, guts, and even a death or two. But now the rumors have transformed into a real, live pay-per-view event, but on a level that no one could have ever imagined. In a graveyard built on cursed soil, five of the most brutal, insane clashes of all time will go down. The combatants include Frankenstein, a Cyclops, the Mummy, a Zombie, and other demonic entities of the darkness, all determined to send their rivals back into the pits of Hell. With colorful ringside commentary, beautiful card girls, and of course, a good old fashioned wrasslin’ ring, Monster Brawl promises one unique night of combat.

If you ever wanted to see Frankenstein battle a zombie in a professional wrestling match, Monster Brawl is an answer to your very prayers. The film disguises itself as a full fledged pay-per-view program, with all the elements you’d expect, from color commentary to the tale of the tape. The concept is quite cool and while it has some issues, I think Monster Brawl works well. The movie really does feel like a live event, thanks to all kinds of small touches and attention to detail. The matches prove to be fun as well, with blood soaked action that does these horror legends justice. So this isn’t just guys in monster suits wrestling, this is all out mayhem with the kind of gore you’d expect from the genre. The designs on the monsters are impressive, with only minor flaws, so the effects team did some terrific work here. A unique concept, some great production design choices, and well crafted creatures ensure that Monster Brawl earns a solid recommendation.

Video: How does it look?

Monster Brawl is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen. This transfer has a few small issues creep in at times, but overall the movie looks quite good here. I found detail to be strong, as all the of the little touches on the costumes really stood out, while depth is more than solid. The colors look just as they should, a little on the dark side, but colors seep in where needed. The visuals are on the darker side, so thankfully the contrast performs well. As I said, some small issues pop up here and there, but on the whole Monster Brawl looks great.

Audio: How’s it Sound?

All of the insane sounds of two creatures killing each other come to life in this DTS HD 5.1 soundtrack. The monsters all have their own signature sounds and in this mix, they all sound excellent. The fights tend to be the most potent scenes, with all the impact and visceral sound design you’d expect. The color commentary shines through as well, so you won’t miss even a single one liner as the action unfolds. This disc also includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, as well as English and Spanish subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The extras here include an enthusiastic and candid audio commentary from the director and producers, some outtakes, and a behind the scenes featurette. The film’s trailer is also included.

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