DeadHeads AKA Dead Heads (Blu-ray) [Blu-ray]
Blu-ray B - United Kingdom - G2 Pictures
Review written by and copyright: Samuel Scott (24th October 2013).
The Film

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Two zombie slackers, Mike and Brent, find themselves surprisingly reborn from the dead amid a disastrous zombie outbreak. After discovering an engagement ring in his coat pocket, Mike enlists his new found zombie pal, Brent, to embark on a quest in search of his lost love. What ensues is a hilarious cross-country road trip as these two reformed flesh-eating pals hitch-hike across the country as they are pursued by a team of zombie killin' bounty hunters!

Directed by The Pierce Brothers, sons of The Evil Dead special effects photographer Bart Pierce, Dead Heads wears its influences gloriously on its blood-splattered sleeve in a return to 1980s adventure movies like Back to the Future and Goonies but with its own winning combo of gory horror, action and smart humour.

It's a road trip movie to die for!

Video

G2 Pictures release the low budget independent romantic horror comedy Dead Heads onto Blu-ray for UK audiences in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which according to imdb, is the original aspect ratio. The transfer is unfortunately 1080i/50 rather than 1080p, but is slightly above average for films of this ilk.

The film takes place mainly in darkened locations or at night, yet black levels are not quite deep enough on occasion, and when they are, it results in some minor crushing. The lighter scenes feel as though the contrast is just a little high, but they show detail quite well for the most part. Shadow detail struggles to show through at times, but facial details and the make-up effects look pretty good. There is some barely noticeable combing, likely a result of the 1080i transfer, but I didn't notice any damage to the actual print such as scratches or dirt. Some minor noise was present at times, but was never overbearing or distracting.

The disc is region B locked, and the feature runs 90:59.

Audio

This release contains a lone audio track:
- English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

It's a solid track, if unspectacular. There is good use of the surrounds throughout, from birds chirping in the surrounding environment, to a car skidding to a halt, gunshots and vocal zombies. The score also makes good use of the surrounds, but is rather formulaic. LFE use is perhaps a little light, but the occasional low rumbling and blast for a gunshot adds to the atmosphere well. Channel separation and directionality isn't as strong as perhaps one would like, but is good nonetheless. Dialogue is clear at all times, and there is no sign of any damage to the track such as dropouts, scratches or background hiss.

No subtitles have been included.

Extras

Start-up Trailers:
- "Hybrid 3D" (2:07)
- "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" (2:14)
- "Hidden 3D" (1:32)
Theatrical Trailer (2:06)

Overall

The Film: B- Video: B- Audio: B Extras: E Overall: B-

 


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