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Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008)

A movie directed by Makoto Kamiya.

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Pretty Much Just Like the DVD

  • Jan 6, 2009
The Resident Evil video game series has been around for about fifteen years. The series has spawned off several offshoots and entered other mediums, including novels, movies, and comic books. Two of the most popular characters in the series are the heroes of RESIDENT EVIL 2: Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield (sister of RESIDENT EVIL and the upcoming RESIDENT EVIL 5 game, Chris Redfield). Leon is perhaps the most popular of all the characters in the Resident Evil series (so much so that he was the hero of RESIDENT EVIL 4) but he and Claire are both back and are reunited in RESIDENT EVIL: DEGENERATION, a computer-animated movie that ties together events from the previous Resident Evil games to the upcoming RESIDENT EVIL 5.

RESIDENT EVIL: DEGENERATION takes place seven years after the horror and destruction of Raccoon City. It's also been about a year since the events of RESIDENT EVIL 4. The Umbrella Corporation, responsible for creating the deadly T-virus that brought about the destruction of Raccoon City, has fallen apart as a corporation and no longer exists. A new organization, WilPharma, has risen from the ashes of Umbrella's demise and many are fearful that the research of WilPharma will bring about another Raccoon City-type disaster. Claire Redfield has joined Terra-Save, an organization that is attempting to stop such research. While at the Harvardville airport meeting some friends who have arrived from India, a man infected by the T-virus begins attacking people and soon after a plane full of infected people crashes into the airport. Claire becomes trapped in the airport with a young Indian girl and a U.S. Senator who is a major stock-broker of WilPharma. Later a small rescue team led by special agent Leon S. Kennedy enters the airport to rescue the survivors before the airport is cleansed. After the harrowing escape, Claire tags along with Frederic Downing, a researcher at WilPharma responsible for creating a vaccine for the T-virus, to his office while Leon travels with Marine Angela Miller to hunt down Angela's brother Curtis, a known terrorist.

Hollywood has made three live-action Resident Evil movies so far, but other than the T-Virus and some cameos by characters from the games, the movies have not much resembled the games. RESIDENT EVIL: DEGENERATION is a movie made specifically for those familiar with the video game series. It is the type of movie that should have been made originally. There are several little moments thrown out that seem entertaining in themselves, but mean more if you are familiar with the universe from the Resident Evil games. However, even if you've never played a Resident Evil game, RE: DEGENERATION is a movie that you can enjoy. The animation is amazing; there are times when the characters are completely lifelike. The plot if filled with action and has all kinds of twists and turns, some expected and a few completely unexpected, and the storyline is easy to follow. There is some cheesy dialogue here and there, but that happens in most action pictures.

I can see that there might be some who will not like this movie or might even blast it because it doesn't have anything to do with Alice, the character Milla Jovovich portrayed in the live-action Resident Evil movies. Those movies are basically tied to the real Resident Evil universe in name-only. Unless something drastic happens, Alice really doesn't exist in the real Resident Evil universe. So, if you're only familiar with the Resident Evil movie, just know ahead of time that this is a different world than the one Hollywood has promoted and give RESIDENT EVIL: DEGENERATION a chance. It's an entertaining enough movie that you should probably enjoy it.

Highly recommended for fans of the Resident Evil games. People who aren't fans of the games will probably enjoy it, too.

In regards to the differences between Blu-ray and DVD, there really aren't any. Have seen the movie in both Blu-ray and DVD and I could tell no difference between the picture quality of the Blu-ray and DVD. In fact, there were moments that the Blu-ray version had a weird shimmer that was quite distracting. I've been told this is probably because of the pixel count the film was originally filmed in and what happened when it was upscaled to 1080p, but this is a problem I've seen before on other Blu-ray discs.

The extras include character profiles, the "Generation of DEGENERATION" making-of featurette, voice bloopers, a faux Leon interview that really makes no sense (I think this is a joke for the filmmakers), trailers for RESIDENT EVIL: DEGENERATION, trailers for the upcoming RESIDENT EVIL 5, and trailers for other movies. The only "Blu-ray only" extras are a pop-up trivia track and an interactive picture-in-picture. There are some Comic-Con clips available as well, but you have to have Blu-ray profile 2.0 and be connected to the Internet.

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review by . December 28, 2008
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It has almost been a little more than 10 years since the first "Resident Evil" (aka. Biohazard, Japan title) video game hit store shelves and introduced and defined "survival horror". The game became a phenomenon in the video game industry. Hollywood made attempts in bringing the franchise to life with its "Resident Evil trilogy" into somewhat reactions from the public. Now, Japanese animators with director Makoto Kamiya at the helm, re-introduces the saga in the form …
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Resident Evil: Degeneration, known in Japan as Biohazard: Degeneration, is the first full-length CG animation feature based upon Capcom's Resident Evil video game series. It was announced by Capcom and Sony Pictures Entertainment on October 29, 2007.

Unlike the previous Resident Evil film trilogy, Degeneration is set within the same universe as the original video games. The main characters are Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who appear together for the first time since Resident Evil 2. The film made its premiere in Japan on October 11, 2008 at the Tokyo Game Show, and was released nationwide one week later on October 18. The DVD and Blu-ray were released on December 26, 2008 in Japan and December 27, 2008 in North America. It was released in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2009.
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Director: Makoto Kamiya
Screen Writer: Shotaro Suga
DVD Release Date: December 27, 2008
Runtime: 97 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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