Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 19th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: Thailand , 2004
Director: Taweewat Wantha
Cast: Suthep Po-ngam, Supakorn Kitsuwon, Phintusuda Tunphairao, Lene Christensen, Andrew Biggs, Naowarat Yuktanan, Somlek Sakdikul
DVD released: August 15th, 2006
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Thai, Dolby Digital Stereo Thai
DVD Release: Discotek
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
“We have a zombie, a bomb, and now a giant snake. This movie is really aiming for some cash!”
Thailand is the only Asian country yet to be infected with the fourth deadly strain of the Sars virus. The virus is being spread around the world via deadly cockroaches and once a victim is bit they soon become a zombie. Meanwhile a thug named Yai has just kidnapped a rich underworlds’ boss’s daughter Liu. Unable to go to the police he hires Master Thep to rescue his daughter and return her home safely. Master Thep’s young disciple Khun Krabii is given the task of rescuing Liu. Somehow the Sars virus manages to get through Thailand’s quarantine and so far it is being contained a Bangkok apartment building. This also happens to be the same place where Yai is holding Liu hostage.
Sars Wars is essentially comedy disguised as a zombie film kind of like the film Shaun of the Dead. The comedy in Sars Wars is a mixture of toilet humor most which has to do with sex and political satire. The action is fast and gory as the film doesn’t let up for one second. The addition of anime in a few sequences where racier moments occurred works well with in the structure of the rest of the film. The story is pretty standard and it has many of your typical horror film clichés.
Two moments in the film really made me enjoy the odd the humor that inhabits this film. First moment involves the Diana a doctor who accidentally shoots Master Thep with a tranquilizer that temporally paralyzes him. Too gets his blood flowing again she does a strip tease for him. The second moment is when Liu takes a bullet that was meant for Khun Krabii and as she lay in his arms dying we learn that she is not who she pretends to be. She is actually Yai who disguised himself as Liu. What makes this moment even more bizarre is when you realize that earlier when Khun Krabii was having sex with Liu he was actually sleeping with Yai. So after years of saving his virginity Khun Krabii ends up losing it to a transvestite.
The film also makes a few references to other films like when Master Thep uses his sword that mysteriously looks like a light saber from Star Wars. All the performers all look like they are having a lot of fun which is infectious and makes the film so enjoyable. When I first heard about Sars Wars It didn’t sound that interesting. Now after watching it I have to say it was not only highly entertaining it was by far and away the funniest movie I have seen in years.
Sars Wars is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Colors look lucid and flesh tones look natural and faithfully reproduced. Black levels look exceptional as details look razor sharp throughout. There are no problems with artifacts, compression or edge enhancement.
This release comes with two audio options a Dolby Digital 5.1 & Dolby Digital stereo mixes both are in Thai. There are no problems with hiss, distortion or any other sounds defects. Dialog is crystal clear and music and effects sound evenly balanced and robust. Removable English subtitles have been included that are easy to read and follow.
Extras for this release include two trailers for Sars Wars and trailers for Burst City, Electric Dragon 80,000 V and a promo reel for Discotek previous releases. Other extras include two music videos and nine deleted scenes. These deleted scenes add nothing to the film and are better left out of the finished film. Rounding out the extras is a seven minute making of Sars Wars feature that includes comment with cast and crew about the film. Overall Sars Wars is another strong DVD release from Discotek.