Perfect Creature

Perfect Creature - 2006

Darclight Films/Perfect Creature Ltd/Spice Factory - 88 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 024543450030; 9315842033736; 5051429101217; 8715664042663; 0024543450030; 8715664042656
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 8715664055021(NL); 8718546520174(NL)

Cast: Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, Leo Gregory, Scott Wills, Stuart Wilson, Craig Hall, Robbie Magasiva, Lauren Jackson, Peter McCauley.
Screenplay: Glenn Standring; Director of Photography: Leon Narbey;
Original Music: Anne Dudley; Art Direction: Nick Bassett, Robert Bavin; Set Decoration: Milton Candish;
Editing: Chris Blunden; Costume Design: Kirsty Cameron; Production Design: Philip Ivey; Producers: Michael Cowan, Russel Fischer, Jason Piette, Tim Sanders, Haneet Vaswani; Director: Glenn Standring.

Set in "Nuovo Zelandia", the vampire myth is given a 1960ish treatment, where a human cop partners with a vampire cop to stop a vampire bent on creating a war between the two "separate but equal" races, when an influenza epidemic begins to sweep the human population. More Sci-Fi than horror, this UK/NZ co-production took nearly four years to make, from first draft. One feels that more time should have been given to this "world" and its history to make for a more rounded story. Shot in Auckland and Dunedin, much is convincing mainly due to capable cast performances. Recommended.

Censor Rating: R16 - Review rating: B-

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An R1 NTSC can be purchased from various North American sources for about $15us or $20ca. An R2 PAL version is available from UK sources with a selling price of about 10#. Australia sources are selling an R4 version for about $30au and New Zealand sellers for under $35nz.

The feature is presented 2.35, enhanced for 16:9. There is a 5.1 dolby digital English track or, in the case of the R1 version, a 2.0 Spanish one. The R1 version also has English, French and Spanish subtitle options.
Special Features: A short (12 min.) "Making of" featurette; An even shorter (9 min) featurette on "Designing the Perfect Creature" plus two unrelated trailers.
There is a Blu-ray version, originating from the Netherlands, that is a 1080p All Regions disc with both DD 5.1 and DTS-HD Master 5.1 English language tracks and Dutch subtitles. The only extras include a 75 minutes documentary, 'The World of Perfect Creature' and five unrelated trailers. It is selling for about 15eur.

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2008 - Qantas Film and Televison Craft Awards - Best Production Design (Phil Ivey); Best Costume Design (Kirsty Cameron).

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