This reviewer admits to not having liked the first two "Resident Evil" films. They just didn't do anything to transcend the sci-fi/action/horror genre, or offer anything that hasn't been done before better or at least as good. With that said, although "RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION" doesn't push the envelope in any meaningful way, it's at least much more entertaining than the other films in the series. Alice assumes more of a Clint Eastwood type of loner role in "RE: EXTINCTION," before rescuing and semi-joining a group of survivors from horrific vultures. Together, they venture to Las Vegas, to stock up on supplies necessary for the long trek to Alaska, wherein it's believed there are areas unaffected by the virus that's destroyed so much of the world. Using telekinetic powers and her physical prowess, she, with the others fight against the odds in this last hope for survival.
The plot, is still unnecessarily convoluted, but, the Russell Mulcahy(Highlander)is at the helm, and the pacing is better than in the other films, and the overall atmosphere is more menacing, without relying on the crappy editing and mtv-like visuals that plagued the other films.
SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer. The image blows away the other blu-ray releases in the series, offering consistent "jump off the screen" depth in scene after scene. While color intensity varies from scene to scene, intentionally being washed out at times, the overall quality is wonderful. Blacks and grays are deep, providing outstanding clarity in every kind of lighting. A great looking transfer!
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Unlike the other films of the series, on blu-ray, this one packs a wallop throughout! It's an aggressive mix, and even with a lower bit-rate than many blu-ray releases, the balance and overall dynamic range, make this one of the better blu-ray releases to come out in a while. Ambient effects are perfectly balanced with music and dialogue to provide an engrossing 360 degree experience for the viewer throughout the entire film. While there are some great bass effects, even the smaller nuances in quieter moments are effective.
SONY has Equipped this release with Blu-wizard and the ability to watch the film alongside selected extras with picture in picture(1.1 formatted players required) offers great supplementary fun. A commentary with the director and writer/producer Paul Anderson, is much more engaging than one would have expected with Anderson involved. Also, a great documentary/featurette and deleted scenes segment, are offered in 1080i.