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Blood Angels 
Written by: on January 5th, 2007

Theatrical Release Dates:
Canada, 2004
Director: Ron Oliver
Cast: Lorenzo Lamas, Leah Cairns, Siri Baruc, Fiona Scott, Sonya Salomaa, Moneca Delain

DVD released: March 22nd, 2005
Approximate running time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Screen Media Films/Universal Studios
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $5.98

Mr. Jones (Lorenzo Lamas) is a vampire who has assembled a harem of beauties who he has made his thralls. These thralls are not fully vampire and yet they are not human anymore either. In order for these women to transform from thralls into full blown vampires they must perform a ritual on summer solstice and only then can they become full vampires. Can the thralls complete the ritual and become vampires or will their former master Mr. Jones have other plans for them?

Yet another movie about vampires and the plot travels familiar ground. The bulk of the film takes place at an all night rave during summer solstice and for the bulk of this time very little happens in the way of gore or action. The girl’s running the bar kind of look like they are working at the Coyote Ugly and not at a rave. The look of the film resembles that of the something one would expect to see while watching music videos on MTV. There is one area where director Ron Oliver shines and that is during the flashback scenes which are shown is almost entirely white backgrounds and sets. This adds to the dream like quality of these moments and they look beautifully photographed.

Some things that made this film more enjoyable are the Asian wannabe rapper named Doughboy is played by Kevan Ohtsji. The Doughboy character is whacked out as he talks about women in derogatory terms like “Bitches” and his never fading self confidence despite being rejected time and again. Then there is the ever reliable Lorenzo Lamas who does what he does best hamming things up as he chews through the scenery. Lorenzo Lamas despite getting the top billing is unfortunately prominent during the beginning and ending of the film. Finally is doesn’t hurt when virtually all the female cast it really attractive. Eye candy is always a plus.

A few things that hurt his film include the leap in logic that advances the initial plot when the thralls first escape Mr. Jones. To the films credit they do give a good explanation how their escape was so easy later in the film and when this moment arrives you kick yourself for not seeing it coming a mile away. The long lost sister part of the plot is dull and only further slows down the plot. The films cliché and predictable ending is also hard to swallow. I did like a lot how they left it open for there to be dare I say a sequel. Ultimately most will find little if any enjoyment in this film and those who embrace this film with little or no expectations will get the most out of it.

The DVD:

Blood Angels is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The image looks detailed and colorful and there is no noticeable print damage. The source material used for this transfer is in great shape overall.

This release comes with one audio option an English audio mix which is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo. There are no problems with distortion or any other sound defects. Music and effects sound full and evenly balanced. Dialog is clear and easy to understand. Removable Spanish subtitles have been included.

Extras for this release consist of two trailers Evil Remains and The Life. Both of these films are also currently available on DVD via Screen Media Films. Blood Angels is far from a masterpiece; still it would have been cool to hear from the director and the cats especially Lorenzo Lamas about making this film.

If you are looking for an interesting time waster then look no further then Blood Angels which has plenty of action and a bevy of vampire beauties. This DVD’s ridiculously low retail price is just icing on the cake that makes this film all that more enjoyable.

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