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Life Blood 
Written by: on November 3rd, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
USA, 2009
Director: Ron Carlson
Writer: Ron Carlson
Cast: Sophie Monk, Anya Lahiri, Scout Taylor-Compton, Justin Shilton, Patrick Renna, Danny Woodburn, Charles Napier, Angela Lindvall, Marshall Manesh, Gina Gallego, Electra Avellan

DVD released: October 11th, 2010
Approximate running time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Chelsea Films
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99

Synopsis: Two young women Brooke and Rhea, are on the run after murdering a lecherous actor. Along the way they make a deal with a supernatural being (God), who turns the two women into vampires. After laying in a dormant state the two women rise from their graves. Given a second chance will the girls use their new found powers for the good of mankind or they be consumed by their lust for power.

This is essentially a story about good versus evil. With the Rhea character representing ‘Good’, while the Brooke character representing ‘Evil’. The bulk of the film is spent with Rhea trying to get Brooke to see the error of her evil ways. The film starts off strongly and the premise is interesting enough.

Unfortunately once the girls make their transformation into vampires. And by the time the film gets ready to wrap things up neatly. The outcome no longer matters since it was settled long before it arrives. This film only asset is its two leading ladies Sophie Monk and Anya Lahiri in the roles of Brooke and Rhea, respectively. What they lack performance wise they more than make up for with their psychical attributes, a little bit of eye candy can go a long way. The film’s standout performance comes from Charles Napier (The Silence of the Lambs), in the role of a sexist sheriff.

When all is said and done, are there things that could have been done better. Most definitely. And while it is easy to look past these shortcomings. Ultimately it is this film’s inability to decided whether it wants to be a melodrama with some sort of deeper meaning or an down and dirty exploitation film. That ends up putting the fatal stake in this productions heart.

The DVD:

Chelsea Films presents Life Blood in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The image generally looks crisp and remains stable throughout. Black levels range from good to average. Colors and flesh tones look accurate.

This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes sound clear, balanced and robust when it needs to be. There are no problems with background noise or distortion.

Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, a alternate opening scene and eight alternate / deleted scenes. Overall Life Blood gets a good DVD release from Chelsea Films.

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