FOX has been responsible for some unique takes on supernatural lore, with their "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER," and its spin-off, "ANGEL." Unfortunately their latest product delving into that arena, "DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT," is a terrible disappointment. Adapted from a Italian cult-comic book series, Brandon Routh plays "Dylan Dog," eking out an existence(just barely)as a private eye in New Orleans. He's living a film-noir type life, chasing down deadbeats, and adulterers, etc. In the past, he had been working with the living-dead, but put that job description aside after losing his love to werewolves. When Elizabeth(Anita Briem)calls for his help, claiming her father has been killed by a werewolf, Dylan decides to get right back into the supernatural arena. While "ANGEL," effectively managed to blend the gumshoe/supernatural genre with creative, suspenseful and even occasional winks at the audience, there's none of that here. In fact, "DYLAN DOG" feels more like one of the lesser episodes of David Hasselhoff's "BAYWATCH NIGHTS!"
As the plot unfolds, or perhaps deteriorates, various forces are searching for a magical artifact, "the Heart of Belial," and its power to transform its user into an all powerful demonic ruler. Nothing new or original with that or anything else in "DYLAN DOG!" In fact, it borrows liberally from so many other, better, sources, eg "True Blood," and more.
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this AVC MPEG-4 encoded 1080p blu-ray. Colors are intentionally subdued or pushed to extremes for atmosphere, but they appear right for the material and never problematic. However, blacks aren't impressive, and with so many scenes taking place at night or in dark, moody locations, the otherwise fine detail is often lost. Grain is consistently noticeable, but in a complimentary way that services the film-noir look of the material.
FOX encoded the entire film on a single 25gb blu-ray,(hence, the lack of any extras.) Thankfully, there are no compression-related problems.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. While the mix can't make up for the film, it does go a long way in improving it. Surrounds and discrete effects are creatively used for nuanced as well as over-the-top zombie terror effects. It's a lively mix, and those who actually enjoy the film will be even more taken with it due to the lossy mix at hand. Dialogue is always intelligible(and dumb), and free from distortion.