Plot: What’s it about?
For over three hundred years, mankind has lived in peace with a vampiric race known as the Brotherhood. The Brotherhood was created in genetic experiments, a stronger, faster, and more resistant race. But those positives come with a price, as they need to drink human blood to survive. In exchange for voluntary donations of blood from the humans, the Brotherhood protects mankind from disease and infection. But now one of the Brothers has broken ranks and killed a human for blood, an act that threatens the fragile union between the groups. Brother Silus (Dougray Scott) has vowed to capture his brother Edgar (Leo Gregory), the one responsible for the attack and restore the peace once again. But soon it is learned that Edgar’s blood is tainted and as he feeds, he is spreading a lethal virus that is spreading like wildfire. Can Brother Silus manage to track him down and take him out, or is too late to salvage the union of man and vampire?
The concept in Perfect Creature has a lot of potential, as does director Glenn Standring’s vision for the story, but sadly, the movie itself fails to fulfill that potential. The story never gets out of first gear and drags on at times, this movie is almost all exposition with little action to mention. The conclusion seems to promise a payoff of blood and violence, but even then, there is minimal action and the finale doesn’t satisfy. The road to the end is so slow and even tedious at times, you just know the end will pay off, but it doesn’t and that is a disappointment. As I said, there are some good ideas here and the style is interesting, but the execution is poor and this movie never takes off. I don’t need non stop action and a frenetic pace, but this is just too slow and the sci/fi and action elements never come to fruition. So I can’t recommend Perfect Creature to everyone, but if you’re in the mood for vampires, a rental might be in order.
Video: How does it look?
Perfect Creature is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a very dark, visually complex movie and with a moderate budget involved, I had doubts about this transfer. But this treatment holds up very well and delivers the goods, so the visuals come through just as intended. The colors sometimes take on natural hues,but tend to be subdued in most scenes. The black levels are sharp and that’s vital, as the film is draped in shadows and bathed in darker hues.
Audio: How does it sound?
The included Dolby Digital 5.1 option isn’t reference level, it’s an above average track. The eerie atmosphere is enhanced by some solid, subtle use of the speakers. The more reserved scenes have a nice amount of depth and of course, the power kicks on when some extra juice is needed, like in the few action driven sequences. The musical soundtrack is clean and well placed also, while dialogue is clear and never hampered by volume troubles, not even for a second.This disc also includes Spanish and French language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes two brief behind the scenes featurettes.