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Netherbeast Incorporated 
Written by: on January 3rd, 2009

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2007
Director: Dean Ronalds
Writer: Bruce Dellis
Cast: Darrell Hammond, Judd Nelson, Dave Foley, Steve Burns, Amy Davidson, Jason Mewes, Robert Wagner

DVD released: January 6th, 2009
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98

Horror/Comedy hybrids are often more miss than hit because they often have trouble finding balance between the two genres. Netherbeast Incorporated is one of those rare examples where the Horror and Comedy blend perfectly together. Netherbeast Incorporated started out as a short film before it was eventually expanded into a feature length film.

The plot is about a group of human beings known as Netherbeast, who were born with an anomaly which allows them to live well beyond a normal life span. The plot quickly fills in their back-story. The plot after we get to know the players shifts its focus towards their fear of being exposed and their quest for survival. For years they have kept their secret by keeping to themselves at a company they own called Berm-Tech Industries. The film’s big twist involves two outsiders, a new employee named Pearl Stricklett and a consultant named Steven P.D. Landry. As the story progresses these two outsiders play an important part in the fate of the Netherbeast. One of the more interesting aspects of the Netherbeast mythology/back-story is how President James Garfield and Alexander Graham Bell are involved.

Without a doubt this film’s greatest asset is its superb cast that includes Darrell Hammond (Saturday Night Live), Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Dave Foley (News Radio), Steve Burns (Blue’s Clues) and Amy Davidson (8 Simple Rules). Another performance of note is Robert Wagner who has a brief cameo as President James Garfield. Ultimately Netherbeast Incorporated is a fun film with its refreshing and inventive spin on familiar themes.

The DVD:

Well Go USA presents Netherbeast Incorporated in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This progressive flagged transfer boasts nicely saturated colors; healthy looking flesh tones and details look crisp throughout.

This release comes with two audio options a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix and a Dolby Digital stereo. Both audio mixes are in English. Both audio mixes sound clear, evenly balanced and at times robust.

Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, Nether photo gallery (33 images), a three minute clip/interview with Brian and Dean Ronalds. Also include with this release is the original five minute short film which this film was based on. Other extras include twenty seven minutes of behind the scenes featurettes with comments from the cast and crew. The main extra is an audio commentary with director Dean Ronalds, producer Brian Ronalds and screenwriter Bruce Dellis. The audio commentary is filled with interesting and insightful comments from the three participants. Overall Well Go USA gives Netherbeast Incorporated a fully loaded DVD release that leaves no stone unturned, highly recommended.

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