DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

The adventures of supernatural private eye, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans.

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Dylan Dog is an Americanized version of the Italian horror graphic novel character, and as far as adaptations of comics from another culture goes, this one hits the mark in expectations, where the source material got extremely dumbed down, its unique selling points dissolved into mediocrity and bastardized. Save for the trademarked coat and red shirt, director Kevin Munroe’s vision of this character became somewhat of a generic monster hunter type of film, though a plus point would be its treatment and narrative style in full detective noir, with Routh’s Dylan Dog being reluctantly pulled from retirement by his client Elizabeth to investigate the death of her father, as well as that of his assistant Marcus.

This investigative trip of course introduces the audience unfamiliar with the Dylan Dog mythos that the undead, from vampires to werewolves to zombies, all have hidden human identities and walk the Earth quite undetected, with a truce in place to keep the peace and Dylan being the only trusted human for the monsters to go to when someone crosses the line or breaks the peace. There’s a little backstory here on Dylan’s origins and the reasons behind his forced retirement, but nothing truly to wow or build upon any depth to the character, which is potential that’s wasted in giving Dylan more meat in background, becoming instead just another human detective on his rounds.

The Blu-Ray comes with no special features because it was a shelved film that bombed hard when it finally escaped into theaters during the Spring. The A/V Quality is surprisingly strong, but the transfer grows soft during darker scenes in the third act. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is pretty strong, but it lacks any support in the back channels. That’s not so much a problem as there’s very few scenes that move across the whole soundstage. If you’re a fan of the comic, avoid it. Everyone else should give it a rental.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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