Resident Evil (Deluxe Edition) DVD (2002) Amazon
Director and Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
This is my first extras review so it may have to be edited at some later date. But, I have to say that it was this movie that really made me want to tell people about this Deluxe Edition of Resident Evil. There are a lot of special features:
- Alternate ending with director Paul Anderson’s video introduction
- Clip compilation: Resident Evil: Apocalypse
- Commentary by cast & filmmakers
- Visual effects commentary
- Costumes featurette
- Featurette: Playing Dead: Resident Evil From Game to Screen
- Scoring Resident Evil
- Set Design featurette
- Storyboarding Resident Evil featurette
- 6 exclusive featurettes: The Creature, The Elevator, The Laker, The Train Zombie Dogs and Zombies
The alternate movie ending in this deluxe edition adds much to the theatrical release. And I’ve watched both versions numerous times. For me (and for student filmmakers and enthusiasts alike) being able to compare the storyboards to the film is pretty cool.
I also liked the visual effects commentary by Paul W. S. Anderson and visual effects supervisor Richard Yuricich is terrific. This movie was made 10 years ago and there were lots of practical effects (especially when compared to today’s mostly digital effects) and I found that really very interesting
But, for me, the commentary featuring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez is absolutely infectious (no pun intended). I wouldn’t say they really talk about the craft of movie acting or even movie making. But the chemistry of these two really make it a joy to watch the movie and listen to their banter. It really gives you the feel of what it was like on the set of this really fun movie. Most sites really hated Milla on this commentary track but I loved it.
So, I’d say you have to check out the extras on this DVD.
I give it ★★★★☆