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Old 02-23-2012, 05:16 AM
Past Tense

Just like a mob of the undead, no matter how many you put down - another one pops up. This week we get locked and loaded for one of the "Resident Evil" collections (yes, plural). This PT is gonna be another big one.



"Resident Evil/Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Resurrected Edition" was released on home video on September 4th, 2007.

It streeted against "Wind Chill", "Robot Chicken: Season Two - Uncensored" and "Desperate Housewives: The Complete Third Season".

This release originally came with a cardboard foil slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. No insert(s) were issued, but there were two other items. First was a theater voucher to see "Resident Evil: Extinction" for free ($10.50 value for one; the window was September 21st to October 20th, 2007). The second is pretty damn rare, I can't remember another time this happened. The second was a certificate for the theater's concession stand ($5.00 value; the window was September 21st to December 31th, 2007). I have both, still inside the case.

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The only exclusive was from Best Buy, a bonus disc (30:53 minutes). It came in a two disc case, the third DVD inside an "EnvyPak"; think of it like a rectangular CD envelope. The top is clear plastic, only sticky on the sides on a white backing sheet. It came inside the case; same thing for the exclusive bonus disc (also Best Buy) for "Spider-Man 2" in 2004. I'm not a fan so much, they can be difficult - sometimes the edge of the disc become stuck on the glue. Anyhow, I have yet to transfer this set into a three disc case. It's on my 'to do' list, don't have a case. *nods* The collection sold for $14.99.

"The Making Of Resident Evil" is a carry over from the first DVD release of RE (2002), full screen. "Resident Evil: Extinction - Special Sneak Peek" is a non-anamorphic widescreen, behind the scenes featurette.

I had to go twice to get one. I get there shortly after the store opened, walk to the new releases table - squat. Zero copies. Sold out, already? I ask, nope, they haven't received it. I leave. At the car it hits me, I forgot to pick up season two of "Robot Chicken". As it turns out [B]Wal-Mart[B] was only selling that online. I go back to Best Buy; as I walk to the door I see a UPS truck going into the rear. Hmmm... I pick up season two and wander about for ten minutes or so. I then asked for help. Another ten minutes later a box full of the exclusive sets was carried out. I pick the one with the best looking cover (condition) and buy.

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Footnotes.

Okay.

*sigh*

This Past Tense has become more complicated than it needs to be. But there isn't detailed info for this collection.



Researching this post I made a discovery. I was under the impression that the extras were carry overs from earlier releases. No, not true. The extras are in fact new. I just played two bonuses when I bought it and put it away.

Why did I buy the "Resurrected Edition" if I thought it was nearly all repeats? It wasn't for the ticket or concession money. This set includes something different, beyond the sneek peak of "Resident Evil: Extinction" (not talking about the exclusive disc), it came with a recap of the first two movies with the missing time in between "Apocalypse" (2004) and "Extinction"... "The Evolution Of Resident Evil: Bridge To Extinction", narrated by Milla Jovovich as Alice. You don't see that happen much. There is a video online now for the "Underworld" saga setting the stage for "Underworld: Awakening" (2012), narrated by Kate Beckinsale as Selene.

I bought this for those two extras (and Best Buy disc). I suppose you could say, this was a novelty purchase; a double and triple dip combo. Some four years later, I discover, nope all new bonuses. I'm gonna be watching disc 2 in its entirely soon. A very sway realization.

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Extras:

* "The Evolution Of Resident Evil: Bridge To Extinction" featurette
* "Exclusive Sneak Scene From Resident Evil: Extinction"
* "Resident Evil: Diary Of An Apocalypse" featurette (full screen)
* Zombie Dog POV Test (non-anamorphic widescreen)
* "Undead Boot Camp" featurette (full screen)
* "Stuntman Set Tour" featurette (full screen)
* "Memory Retention Training" quiz
* "Art Department" gallery (15 images)
* "Production Photos" gallery (38 images)
* "Publicity" gallery (9 images)
* "Set Design" gallery (13 images)
* "Storyboards" gallery (29 images)
* Additional Trailer: "Resident Evil: Extinction" (2007) and "Hostel: Part II" (2007)
* Sneak Peaks: "Vacancy" (2007), "Bobby Z" (2007) , "The Contractor" (2007), "Wind Chill" (2007), promo to "Ray Harryhausen In Color" and "Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles" (2007) - video game

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Audio:

* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (both)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 (French dub, both)

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Notes.

Both films (on disc one) are presented in anamorphic widescreen and are subtitled in English and French. All the galleries are for "Resident Evil: Apocalypse".



If you want the entire extras for films one and two you need all three releases. Left to right; "Resident Evil: Special Edition" (2002), "Resident Evil: Deluxe Edition" (2004) and "Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Special Edition" (2004). And of course "Resurrected Edition".



This wasn't the first collection for one and two. Released on the same day as "Apocalypse" (December 28th, 2004) was "Resident Evil: Collector's DVD Box Set". It sold for $39.95. This was just a slipcover which held the 2004 edition of "Resident Evil" and the two disc set for "Apocalypse". I would like to get that, the slipcover - insert my titles.



Once again a collection was re-released, this time with "Extinction" now called "Resident Evil: Trilogy" (December 9th, 2008). It sold for $30.99. New extras? No it's a reduction actually, not a new pressing - a repackaging. This is a three disc set. Movies one and three are single disc titles. "Apocalypse" is a two disc release.



I do not own this, nor am I interested. The info I found online pretty much regurgitate each other (oh man, I just pictured Big Bird). So my search took me to Ebay. One of the sellers had a non-default image of the set. Photo from fellow enthusiast, Bassnbucks101.

What DO you get with the 'Trilogy'? You get the first disc for each feature. This would be the 2002 edition of the first movie. Missing is the second disc worth of extras including the fifty minute documentary for "Apocalypse". Unless you're über anal, you shouldn't pursue this - you're getting less content. You are better off buying the individual titles which would be slightly cheaper than buying this digipack.



I don't have much information on this one. The trilogy was re-released, part of Sony's "Multi-Feature" DVD compilations. I've ran into this a few times at Wal-Mart, gone now. I don't have a year or retail price. Sorry. This is pure speculation; I think this re-release is a budget version of the '08 collection, probably same set-up too - disc one of each title.

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Blue Cinema.



Back in 2007 it was reported that French pornographer, Pierre Woodman was set to make a porn parody of "Resident Evil" called "Indecent Evil", made by his studio, Woodman Entertainment. It was to be the start of a XXX trilogy.

Filming occured in the Czech Republic, but production halted in 2008. Unknown how much was actually lensed. It was a two fold decision. First was poor DVD sales of his products. Second was financing; Woodman's pay site was funding the project. There was a major dip in subscribers to his website, a twenty percent revenue loss.
Quote:
Why? Because people prefer watch for free the content I have produced and wait some bastard stole it here and put it on P2P!!! So why should I do "Indecent Evil" now?
- Pierre Woodman; July 25th, 2011

During the downtime, the star, Zilla Yoyowitch (highly improbable name) left the cast. In February of 2011 a teaser was released on YouTube. Search "Indecent Evil By Pierre Woodman" for it. It has crappy acting, poorly rendered CGI zombies and way too much green screen. It is uncertain when - if ever this movie will be completed. What was filmed includes (besides Yoyowitch) contract girls; Divinity Love, Caylian Curtis and Nessa Devil. As a porn fan, I can say... I'm not impressed with the female talent. Maybe it's a European thing.

What was shot was done in hi-def on Sony's XDCAM EX.

A shimmy and a shake away from being completed. In 2009 Pierre Woodman claimed "Indecent Evil" could get made if his website had 10,000 subscribers. I guess it never happened.

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As for last week's PT remark. There is a porn star named Stoya who looks very much like Milla Jovovich. I wanted to show a split-pix of the two. Wanted... I found many images of her, but most pictures involve the lack of clothes and action photos. So I won't post. I'll leave that to you, just Google her name, you'll find various results. If they ever do an X-rated "Resident Evil" parody, they seriously need to cast Stoya as Alice.

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