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BloodRayne: The Third Reich (Unrated Director's Cut)
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07.25.2011 By: Jacob Riley
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Director:
Uwe Boll

Actors:
Natassia Malthe
Michael Paré
Clint Howard

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
I'm just going to let the back cover take this one:

"Rayne hides in the shadows slaughtering vampires and those that get in her way. In 1943 Europe, during World War II (Reviewer's Note: Duh.), Rayne faces her greatest foe, a growing army of undead Nazi soldiers led by Ekart Brand, a top Nazi official turned day-walker. Rayne must team up with a group of resistance fighters to defeat Brand and his vampire army before they reach Berlin to grant Hitler immortality."

Grab a beer, you'll need it.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Uwe f*cking Boll.

The notorious German director finally completes his BLOODRAYNE trilogy, and it is everything you are probably expecting it to be ... awful but it may just be the best in the franchise (for what that's worth). So instead of beating a long dead horse and going after what didn't work in BLOODRAYNE: THE THIRD REICH it would be more advantageous to look at what did, and there are a few aspects that make it watchable, believe it or not.

The biggest thing this movie has going for it is the time period. If you were ever a fan of the "BloodRayne" video games you know that WWII is the backdrop and the plots revolve around supernatural Nazi conspiracies, in that aspect this is the first BLOODRAYNE movie in the franchise to actually embrace the source material or at least go back to its roots. Anytime a film adaption even makes a passable effort to be true to the source material is a step in the right direction, even if it is more likely this one is more of an accidental trip in the right one it is still in the right direction.

Another saving grace of this movie is Clint Howard's performance as an over zealous Nazi scientist experimenting on Vampires and working on a serum that will grant Hitler immortality. (Yeah, a vampire Hitler ... go Team Adolph?) He was kind of all over the place, but in his acting inconsistency is one of my favorite parts about the movie. In some of the scenes he really lays it on thick and you can't help but enjoy his character but on others it's like he simply couldn't be bothered to give a sh*t about making even a passable movie and he was just reading his lines (Seriously, watch his eyes, I think he is literally just reading his lines from cue cards more than once) but it somehow oddly works in a screwball comedy sort of way. These two absolute extremes actually make him the actor with the widest range in BLOODRAYNE: THE THIRD REICH and anytime Howard is on screen you will either have a stupid smile across your face or just be completely lost and confused, sometimes both.

Another thing Uwe Boll never shies away from is gratuity, and BLOODRAYNE has all of the best kinds; language, nudity, violence, gore, did I mention nudity? If flipping through late night Cinemax is one of your favorite pastimes then BLOODRAYNE will be right up your alley. There is copious boobage, we'll just leave it at that.

Those are about the three biggest things the third (Final?) BLOODRAYNE flick has going for it. The setting is closer to that of the video game source material, Clint Howard turns in an unpredictably confounding and hilarious performance and it definitely earns its "Unrated Director's Cut" classification. Pretty much everything else goes downhill from there at an exponential rate worthy of an Uwe Boll flick.
THE EXTRAS
The best part of this Blu-ray is definitely not the movie itself but in the special features, one in particular.

Making of BLOODRAYNE: THE THIRD REICH: In this 28-minute making-of documentary you get a glimpse into Uwe Boll's filmmaking process, through behind the scenes footage and the actor's and crew's uncensored and completely candid thoughts on working with Uwe Boll. You will be laughing your ass off. I would have gladly payed for this little gem all on it's own.

Feature Commentary: The writer and, mostly, the director (Boll) talk about everything you could possibly want to know. Uwe Boll really likes the sound of his own voice ...

Interview with the Writer: A very candid sit-down with the writer of BLOODRAYNE: THE THIRD REICH. He talks about his process, what went through his head when it was confirmed Uwe Boll would be directing, working with Uwe Boll and how sometimes you just got to let go.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
It seems like hating on Uwe Boll is the hip thing to do, but the man is a prolific (maybe notorious is a better word) director and producer and he sticks to his principles, whatever the hell they are, and you have to at least begrudgingly respect that.

That said, BLOODRAYNE: THE THIRD REICH is no exception to the usual video game to film adaption and it is definitely an Uwe Boll picture. It sucks (Vampire pun? Really Jacob? Yes.) but you probably didn't need me to tell you that. It was never going to be anything stellar, but that doesn't necessarily mean it isn't a fun watch.

This schlockfest isn't a total loss if you can turn off your brain, invite a few friends over and in the right mindset this movie will be a blast. To enjoy it properly you will have to overlook craptastic dialog ("Guten tag, motherf*ckers!"), deadpan delivery, awkward fight choreography, vanishing accents, a loose plot held together by softcore pornography and gore (not complaining, just saying) and wash it all down judicious amount of alcohol.

What I'm trying to say is BLOODRAYNE: THE THIRD REICH is perfect for crappy movie night, and the making of documentary is simply priceless.

Extra Tidbit: The Nazi uniforms used in BLOODRAYNE: THE THIRD REICH were real WWII era German uniforms. One point for historical accuracy, ten points for creepy ...
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