Dead Season

July 20, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

A global viral outbreak has decimated the human population, but this virus isn’t content with death. Those infected rise from the dead and are consumed to feed upon the living, which has further reduced survival rates. While the situation is bleak, there does some to be a potential safe haven ahead. Elvis (Scott Peat) and Tweeter (Marissa Merrill) have been able to survive to this point, but as the U.S. has fallen into total chaos, they need a safer place to hide out. The best chance seems to be a remote island, with the hope of minimal potential infected and defensive surroundings. In order to get to the island however, the two will have to fend off the undead and perhaps other survivors, no simple task. And once the island is within reach, even then the potential for danger is quite high. Can Elvis and Tweeter survive long enough to get to the island and if so, will it be the safe haven they hoped or will it be just as lethal as anywhere else?

The zombies have become a constant fixture in current culture, from movies to television to comic books to video games, the undead have risen in mass quantities. Dead Season doesn’t seem to want to break the mold of the zombie movie, but it has some interesting elements that help it stand out a little. The movie reminds me of the video game Dead Island, due to the locale and emphasis on non firearm weapons to eliminate the zombies. Some guns come into play of course, but the bulk of the undead combat is with tools or smaller crude weapons, which I think is cool. The movie also deals a lot with the threats from other survivors, which makes a nice change of pace from the typical zombie filler. Dead Season’s best aspect is perhaps the zombies, as the makeup is terrific and the visual designs on the undead are quite cool. The special effects were also well executed, so the production values in those areas were better than expected. So while Dead Season doesn’t break new ground in the zombie genre, it is well made and for horror fans, is well worth a look.

Video: How does it look?

Dead Season is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a rock solid visual presentation. The image is clean, with strong detail and no errors I was able to pick up on. The depth isn’t up to HD levels obviously, but detail is quite good. I found colors to be warm, but still natural and contrast is up to snuff. The lush greens come through well, while black levels are accurate and consistent. A great looking treatment all around.

Audio: How does it sound?

A Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is on deck and while not remarkable, it gets the job done. The surrounds are mostly used for atmosphere, like background environment, but it is effective. The various zombie slayings sound good too, regardless of implement used. The music sounds good as well and adds more depth to the mix, which is always good. The dialogue is clean and clear also, with no volume or harshness issues to contend with.

Supplements: What are the extras?

In addition to an audio commentary track, this disc also houes some deleted scenes, a promotional featurette, some outtakes, and the film’s trailer.

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