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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
28 January 2012
Excerpt: Dylan Dog (Brandon Routh) used to be a supernatural detective, the man who took the eerie, dangerous cases that no one else would approach. But thanks to the undead, he lost the love of his life, so now he is a more conventional investigator. The work he does now might be simple and rather dull, but also safer for himself and those he loves. While he thinks his days of supernatural detective work have ended, it turns out he has at least one more case to solve.
Excerpt: What the hell happened to Brandon Routh ? The answer, I guess, is “ Superman Returns ” (2006). Routh’s short tenure as Clark Kent/The Last Son of Krypton in Bryan Singer ’s misunderstood (if also misguided) love letter to Richard Donner simultaneously launched and then – when the movie failed to recoup its bloated budget – promptly wrecked his assent into superstardom.
Conclusion: I wanted to love 'Dylan Dog: Dead of Night,' but I ended up just sorta liking it...somewhat. It has some elements that work to its favor greatly, while others keep knocking it down a couple pegs at a time. It's a never ending battle between quirky cinema and piss poor direction ruining anything positive that happens. The Blu-ray release of the film has moderate video and good audio qualities, but less extras than a Woody Allen Blu-ray, and that's saying something.
Excerpt: The Movie Tiziano Sclavi created the Italian comic book series Dylan Dog and much has apparently been lost in translation to the big screen for last year's feature film Dylan Dog: Dead of Night . It's a competent directorial effort by Kevin Munroe ( TMNT ) certainly but the contrivances and the dialogue are so corny and utterly out-of-step with modern sensibilities, Dog almost assumes that we've never seen another movie before.
Pros: Actors: Brandon Routh, Anita Briem, Sam Huntington, Peter Stormare, Taye Diggs, Director: Kevin Munroe, Audio Format/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English), Subtitles: English SDH, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Number of discs: 1, Rating: PG-13, Studio: Fox, Release Date: July 26, 2011, Run Time: Approx. 108 minutes, List Price: $29.99
Conclusion: Dylan Dog bombed at theaters--recouping less than $5 million of its $20 million budget--and it's not hard to see why. I imagine poor word-of- mouth kept comic book film fans away in droves, and the Blu-ray will likely suffer the same fate, perhaps generating a few sales this week but quickly tapering off. If you have to see Dylan Dog , you'll probably be able to find it in a bargain bin in no time. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: Based on the popular international comic book created by Tiziano Sclavi, "Dylan Dog: Dead of Night" is a monster movie trapped inside an exposition hurricane. It's a winded movie of relentless explanation, eager to guide newcomers safely into a world of the comically undead, absurdly underlining every single move it makes. The thoughtfulness is commendable but the storytelling is atrocious, wrecking a perfectly low-fi creature feature.
Excerpt: Though virtually unknown in the United States, Dylan Dog has been one of Italy’s bestselling comic books since the 1980s. It’s an open question whether there’s anything about the nation’s mood or character to be read into an attraction to stories involving an eccentric, world-weary private eye with a tendency toward tragic romances, a specialty investigating the supernatural, and a sidekick who looks like Groucho Marx.