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Blood and Chocolate
DVD disk
May 30, 2007 By: Sturdy
Blood and Chocolate order
Director:
Katja Von Garnier

Actors:
Agnes Bruckner
Olivier Martinez
Hugh Dancy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young woman attempts to ignore her werewolf heritage and her natural instincts to try and live a normal life. However, when she falls for a regular guy, her family becomes unhappy and she must embrace the werewolf inside her to save her love and her life.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Normally, Im practically the president of the I-hate-b-movie fan club, but Im a sucker for werewolf movies. I was very weary of BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE, mainly because of the aforementioned b-movie status and the incredibly bad title. However, Im pleased to say that the movie was actually an enjoyable ride and earned its place among werewolf-legend movies. Of course, thats not exactly a challenge.

I have to admit that I let out a big sigh of relief at the end of the film because it managed to avoid most of the pitfalls of b-movies. There were no worthless flashback scenes, slow motion was used sparingly and every scene actually had a purpose. In fact, if you put a couple more bigger name stars in the leads, this would have had a theatrical release.

I definitely enjoyed the film, but it did have a lot of problems. I could write a book detailing all the plot holes and the inconsistencies, but the mythology at the core is pretty good. I would have liked to get deeper into that, but they only had so much time. It also had plenty of cheese moments that took away from the story. I liked the somewhat original way of telling the werewolf story because it didnt make them out to be monsters, but instead made them out to be blessed (for lack of a better word).

One of the funniest things about BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE was the bad performance by Oliver Martinez. I say funny because hes the only real star of the film, yet he gives the worst performance. His co-stars Agnes Bruckner and Hugh Dancy actually do a pretty good job and carried the movie pretty well.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Katja Von Garnier and Olivier Martinez: Katja isnt exactly the most interesting of people and it doesnt help that Olivier is a dork. She talks in short, broken up bursts, so its hard to follow. Also, Olivier is annoyingvery annoying.

Deleted Scenes (11:34): These added to the cheese factor, so I was glad they were cut. They were also pretty short, so it the didnt make that much of an impact on the story. All in all, they deserved to be cut, so Im glad they were.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you like werewolves and the mythology surrounding them, then I think youll enjoy this telling. It has its problems and wont wow you with special effects, but the story is enjoyable and fun in a guilty-pleasure kind of way.
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