Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 27th, 2017
BluRay released: October 24th, 2017
Approximate running times: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $32.98
Content wise, this film is best described as a supernatural slasher film. With an emphasis on the supernatural.
From a production standpoint, the visuals do a very good job setting and maintaining a foreboding tone. This film’s absurd premise is well executed and the deaths scenes are sufficiently gory.
This film’s narrative can be split into two distinctive halves. With the first half of the film often being bogged down in setting up who everyone is and the evil that awaits them. The second half of the film, things pick up considerably and it is during this half of the film that the majority of the bloodletting occurs.
Ultimately, though Blood Beat has many of the elements, that have become synonymous with the slasher film sub-genre. To simply pigeon hole this film within the slasher film sub-genre. Would be doing this truly unique film a great disservice.
Blood Beat comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. This release has been flagged for progressive playback and the film is presented in its intended 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The source for this releases transfer was newly scanned and restored in 4k from the 35mm original camera negative. There is disclaimer before the film, that details limitations of the source used for this transfer. With that being said, this is another solid transfer from Vinegar Syndrome.
Extras for this release include, reversible cover art, an introduction before the film with screenwriter / director Fabrice A. Zaphiratos (16 seconds), a stills gallery, Blood Beat: Silent Version (featuring Nervous Curtains and Horror Remix) (28 minutes 8 seconds), an interview with cinematographer Vladimir Van Maule (18 minutes 44 seconds), an interview with Fabrice Zaphiratos (18 minutes 4 seconds), a short film written and directed by William Zaphiratos titled L.U.N.C.H. (13 minutes 54 seconds) and an audio commentary with Fabrice Zaphiratos.
Topics discussed in the interview with Vladimir Van Maule include, his origins as a cinematographer, Blood Beat, the screenplay, how the film was in Wisconsin and shot on 35mm, onset memories, the visuals, special effects, Fabrice Zaphiratos and how he has never seen Blood Beat.
Topics discussed in the interview with Fabrice Zaphiratos include, his father’s background as a filmmaker, his thoughts about fantasy cinema, Marvel comics, background information about Blood Beat and his thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, the origins of the film, why he decided to shot the film in Wisconsin, the visuals, background information about the cast, other production related topics and his thoughts about the film.
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Blood Beat gets an excellent release from Vinegar Syndrome.
Note: The first 2,000 copies sold through VinegarSyndrome.com will include a double-thick embossed limited edition slipcover designed by Earl Kessler.