Frankenstein’s Army [Blu-Ray] Director: Richard Raaphorst Cast: Karel Roden, Joshua Sasse, Robert Gwilym Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD A Review By: Kevin Lovell Film Rating: 7/10 Disc […]
Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein’s work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades — a desperate Hitler’s last ghastly ploy to escape defeat.
Welcome to the world of ‘Frankenstein’s Army.’ A different take on the found footage genre that focuses on a number of soldiers following the war who stumble upon a strange laboratory where a number of terrifying experiments have been conducted. Next thing they know they are fighting for their lives against a number of part human, part machine monstrosities that a mad doctor has created at the behest of Hitler in order to help him win the war.
While I’ve heard a number of people complaining about the believability factor, and even mentioning problems such as a certain film stock not being available in this time, let me just state that in order to enjoy this film you are going to have to abandon reality for the duration of it. I know this is a pretty wild concept in the world of films such as Harry Potter and the like, but if you can successfully do so, you might just enjoy this film as much as I did.
The film could have worked just as easily not being treated as found footage, but I certainly don’t believe the choice to do so was a flaw, and it worked quite well if you ask me. The action is fun, the monsters are creative and unique which is always wonderful to see these days, and the film does not skimp on the gore either. The cast is composed almost entirely of unknowns, although I felt this actually helped contribute to the found footage aspect, even if all of the performances weren’t amazing.
‘Frankenstein’s Army’ may not be the best film of the year by any means, but I found it to be a very enjoyable gory good time and would recommend other fans of the genre check it out as well.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Frankenstein’s Army’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. As is almost always the case with MPI/Dark Sky titles, the video transfer looks tremendous. Detailed, smooth and easy to discern what’s going on even with a shaky camera. Once again MPI has provided the film a very healthy bit rate which contributes significantly to the great video presentation here.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack which really gets a good number of chances to show off its chops in this film. Bullets and whining mechanical gadgets surround the viewer, and everything is discrete, properly placed and sounds great.
While this Blu-Ray release is not heavily loaded with special features, it does feature a couple bonus goodies, including a Making of Featurette, Creature spots and the films trailer.
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
‘Frankenstein’s Army’ is now available to own on Blu-Ray & DVD from Dark Sky Films & MPI Media Group.