Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 13th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2008
Director: Tony Brownrigg
Writer: Tony Brownrigg
Cast: Tony Brownrigg, Arianne Martin, Edward Landers, Miles Brennan, Christian Taylor, Cory Turner, Haven Riney, John Phelan, Mary Ann McCarty, Jenna Finley
DVD released: February 10th, 2009
Approximate running time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Red Victoria was photographed, edited, written and directed by Tony Brownrigg who also appears in one of the film’s lead roles. He also created all of the film’s special effects. Tony Brownrigg is the son of S.F. Brownrigg who directed cult classics like Don’t Look in the Basement, Scum of the Earth and Don’t Open the Door!
Red Victoria is not a horror film per say as much as it is a satire on the horror film genre. The plot centers around a writer named Jim and his reluctant in writing a screenplay for a horror film. Jim feels that by writing a screenplay for a horror film that he is selling out. Enter Victoria who not only serves as his inspiration. She is also his guide as he travels through unfamiliar terrain. The horror and the humor go hand in hand in this film. The more Jim tries to get rid of or ignore Victoria’s advice. The deeper of a hole he digs for himself. The interplay between the Jim and Victoria is engrossing and wickedly funny. The visual look and acting fare exceed the film’s anemic budget. The film’s two lead’s Tony Brownrigg as Jim and Arianne Martin as Victoria, are flawless in their respective roles. Another performance of note is Edward Landers as Carl a horror film fanatic who tries to help Jim. Ultimately Red Victoria is a fun film that perfectly mixes comedy and the macabre.
Red Victoria is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Overall this progressive flagged transfer looks colorful, black levels are strong and details look crisp throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clean, evenly balanced and there are no problems with distortion.
Extras for this release include a blooper reel (14 minutes 25 seconds), a FX featurette (10 minutes 25 seconds), a making of featurette (16 minutes 29 seconds) and a deleted scene. The main extra for this release is an audio commentary with actor/director Tony Brownrigg, actress Arianne Martin and actor Edward Landers. The extras give a detailed overview about the making of this film.
Overall Red Victoria gets a fully loaded DVD release that is highlighted by the audio commentary track and the making of featurette, highly recommended.