Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 22nd, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: Germany, 2015
Director: Marc Rohnstock
Writer: Marc Rohnstock
Cast: Isabelle Aring, Anja Becker, Jack van Cuusen, Robin Czerny, Roland Freitag, Oliver Krekel, Stephanie Meisenzahl, Mika Metz
BluRay released: October 25th, 2016
Approximate running times: 111 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 German, DTS-HD Stereo German
BluRay Release: Reel Gore Releasing
Region Coding: Region Free / Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $39.95
Synopsis: A diabolical doctor named Victor Wolfenstein creates a vaccine that gives those who inject it immortality. Unfortunately, in order for him to perfect his discovery he needed body parts and this upset the locales who bury him alive for crimes. Flash forward eighty years later, five teenagers on their way to a concert find themselves stranded in a village near where Doctor Wolfenstein once conducted his heinous experiments. From there things take a turn for the worse when Doctor Wolfenstein resurrects from the grave and pickup right where he left off!
The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein was written and directed by Marc Rohnstock (Necronos: Tower of Doom).
After an opening setup that takes place in the past. The narrative then takes on two parallel narratives. The first of these narratives revolves around five friends and the events which occur to them on their way a concert and the second narrative show that Doctor Wolffenstein is alive and back to his old ways. Both of these latter narratives take place during preen time.
At nearly two hours there are a few lulls along the way, fortunately these all take place during the opening act. Pacing wise the film starts to pick up steam by the time the five friends’ car breaks down and they find themselves stranded in the same village that buried Doctor Wolffenstein alive many years before. By the time the film’s final act arrives the film finally hits its stride and it is smooth sailing from there on out.
The film’s premise appears to be an homage to Universal classic monster films. When it comes to the carnage that unfolds it there is never shortage of gruesome moments soaked in blood. With Doctor Wolffenstein’s weapon of choice being a machete.
Other areas where this film delivers include, its ability to inject humor into such bleak subject matter and enthusiastic performances from the entire cast. Overall The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein is a wall to wall orgy of bloodletting that fans of hyper violent splatter films are sure to thoroughly enjoy.
The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This transfer does a great job retaining this films intended look. The image looks sharp, black levels remain strong and there no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in German and a DTS-HD stereo mix in German. Both audio mixes sound, clean, clear and balanced. Range wise both of these audio mixes do a very good job ensuring that every sound is well represented. Also, included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include, a Reel Gore collectors’ cards for The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein, a stills gallery, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 32 seconds, in German with English subtitles), a Behind the Scenes featurette (8 minutes 30 seconds, in German with English subtitles), Bloopers (5 minutes 57 seconds) and a short film titled Trapped & Stabbed (3 minutes 39 seconds).
Other extras include, trailers for Violent Shit: The Movie and Masks.
Also included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release.
Overall The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein gets a solid release from Reel Gore Releasing.