SRP $38.95 2.35:1 PCM 5.1 SONY
 
SRP $28.95 2.35:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SONY
 

SONY has released the werewolf flick, "BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE," promoting it as being from the producers of "UNDERWORLD."  In truth, as dumb as "BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE" is, it's no sillier than "UNDERWORLD" and it moves much faster.  And, the "Romeo and Juliet" theme of "BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE" works better than it does in the other film as well. Agnes Bruckner plays a young girl, and werewolf, orphaned when her parents die in a car crash. Moving to Romania to live with her aunt and uncle, Bruckner is introduced to her cousin and his werewolf friends. Unfortunately, her longing to be human brings turmoil as she falls in love with a human local, while fighting the advances of her incestuous uncle in his quest to fulfill a prophecy.

SONY has provided a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio.  It's a slick transfer, with deep, vibrant colors. Blacks are deep, providing great clarity throughout the numerous dark scenes.  The image is generally well-polished and there are plenty of scenes that pop off the screen, however, it's still not up there with the best SONY blu-ray presentations, due to grain and some scenes that fall flat in depth. The dvd version of the film is presented in the same correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement.  While colors are rich, the level of depth is noticeably different than what's offered on blu-ray, with much less detail in darker scenes. Grain is minimal.

SONY has provided a PCM 5.1 mix.  While the surrounds kick in effectively during action sequences, for much of the film, they're silent. Separation is focused to the front and the lacking of consistent ambient effects is detrimental to the film's atmosphere. Music overshadows dialogue in a few instances as well. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix of the dvd is immersive, but not as polished as on the blu-ray. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

SONY has provided a dull audio commentary for both the dvd and BLU-RAY. It's very, very slow!!!  Deleted scenes are included, but are of lesser quality than the rest of the film, and of noticeably inferior quality to the rest of the film.