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NEW Brandon Routh - Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night (Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian comics modified by Hollywood July 26 2011
Format:Blu-ray
In the Bonelli Comics version of "Dylan Dog" (erroneously reported in another review as Bob Dylan), Dylan is a moody paranormal detective who lives in London. This version transports Dylan to Louisiana, and alters his sidekick from a surreal Groucho Marx to a wisecracking zombie. All in all, an interesting take on the material, but a significant departure from the source material. Those interested in the film should check out The Dylan Dog Case Files for a more authentic peek at a modern European comics icon.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Breakout Role for Roth July 26 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Brandon Routh is absolutely astonishing as the legendary troubadour, portrayed here as a singing, swinging gunslinger and sometime paranormal investigator whose well-meaning but relentless social conscience is forever getting him into trouble. Dylan fans will no doubt find this a fascinating study of the iconic songwriter/performer, but even the uninitiated should have little trouble getting caught up in the electric excitement generated by Routh's performance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its a fun B-movie that's worth a watch for the horror-comedy fan June 27 2011
By Erik1988 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Not familiar with the comic, I found some background info on the comic on another Amazon review:
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Like a James Bond of the occult--only not as suave or debonair--Dylan Dog manages to get himself in and out of trouble with finesse, while bedding a different lady with each adventure he embarks on. A self-styled "nightmare investigator," he takes on cases that normal PIs won't. Along with his assistant, Felix, a quip-spouting Groucho Marx lookalike, he tracks down some extremely dark persons (and nonpersons) for a somewhat modest fee.

Dylan Dog was created by writer Tiziano Sclavi in 1986. Originally published in Italy, the long-running series is set in London, where Dylan works as a supernatural investigator who (against type in a series like this) has a good working relationship with the police. Dylan is a former Scotland Yard investigator, and perhaps the reincarnation of the original Dylan Dog, who died in 1686.

Dylan Dog's mysteries have been published off and on over the past two decades, with Sclavi backing off and allowing others to interpret the character. The good-looking investigator has become a true star in Italy's comics publishing, as well as around the world.
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This movie deviates from this description:
1) Dylan isn't a Casanova, he actually has some past that keeps him pushing women away
2) His sidekick looks nothing like Groucho and works for free vs. a fee. He does it more out a friendship for Dylan
3) No mention -- that I remember -- about his relation to Scotland Yard. His history and relationship to the undead/monsters is explained very differently in the movie.
4) No finesse in the movie...he is a "tough guy" instead who is willing to punch or shoot his way through to a solution

This movie actually starts off in a Dresden Files kind of way. . .
1) We have a broke Detective letting himself do work he'd rather not do just to pay the bills
2) He relies on "old" technology and the like
3) He has contacts all throughout the monster/undead community
4) A VW bug that isn't reliable

The funniest part of the movie is how his buddy/sidekick has to deal with his. . .uh. . .new condition. He's definitely the comic relief of the movie.

Brandon Routh has a great narration voice, just like the old detective movies. He's not required to do a lot of acting though. What would have made him more convincing is if they had made him all scruffy vs. his Superman, clean-shaven look.

The makeup job on the werewolves was kinda SyFy channel quality, but considering the movie it all fits

Taye Diggs had the best acting opportunities and he delivered them very well. Great job Taye.

There seemed to be something missing with the love interest in the movie...one minute they don't know each other the next its like she's giving him pity sex, because of his situation. I didn't get any chemistry between them. But when things heat up, his narration has a great one-liner.

What also didn't make sense, is the "monster" of the story kills people one way. But both times that Dylan comes-face to face with it, there is a punching match. Uh...why? Other than to extend the scene and give us some action, I guess. Inconsistent. Too bad. :(

The final transformation of the movie was cool.

Ending was okay...for me it was a bit anticlimatic, because it had nothing to do with the efforts of our main protagonist per se.

This won't create the cult following that Army of Darkness has.
But those wanting more of Dresden, and with none forthcoming, they may like to watch this for a lot of similarities.
And the name Dylan Dog just rolls off the tongue well. :)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Movie, worth the watch July 10 2011
By M. W. Lamar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Like my title says, it is a decent movie and it is worth the watch. I won't go all gung ho like the other two reviewers about details, but the movie started out pretty good and it stayed in the good range, there was no real climax in action as it was basically all action. The ending I suppose had a sort of climax then an anti-climax/neutral area. I will say though that the movie will throw you for a loop and that's the only reason I really liked it. I didn't guess the plot at all. I also didn't know it was a comic, which I gleamed from the other reviewers review, so I suppose the fans of this comic might like or hate this movie, and if you didn't know about the comics either, then you'll probably enjoy watching it as well. It just didn't wow me, but if you like a action/horror/comedy movie, then this is worth buying. I would say rent it first, or wait until it hits the 5 dollar shelf mark.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NO PLAN, JUST BIGGER GUNS May 5 2013
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
The movie starts out great. A young girl ( Anita Briem, "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D" babe)is preparing supper for her and her dad. She is dancing in the kitchen, starting out with some good rock jams. She gets a clean plate out and sets it on the counter and then suddenly there is blood on the plate. It is dripping from the ceiling. She runs upstairs and her dad is dead. A werewolf jumps out the window...enter Dylan I. Dog (Brandon Routh), private investigator. He used to investigate weird undead things, a younger, hipper version of Kolchak, the Night Stalker. Dylan is old school. He uses snail mail. Deals with cash and checks, drives a VW Beetle (that backfires) and uses a film camera.

Dylan refuses the case until his friend Marcus (Sam Huntington) is killed. Now it has become personal. There are four werewolf clans. They operate in New Orleans like the mafia. The vampires are out to get Dylan and don't worry too much about Marcus, seems he was bitten by a zombie and becomes part of the "undead." There is a zombie support group for the recently undead. Seems all the can eat are worms, maggots and hot dogs. There is even a twist at the end.

The film has some flashbacks to a previous time/movie in order to catch the story up to date. For those who liked the old Night Stalker series, check this one out. 4 stars for adults/ 5 stars for teens

comedy/horror/mystery
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun B-Movie... You may learn a thing or two about the undead.... Aug. 10 2012
By Jonathan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I liked Dylan Dog, it was a lot better than I expected. The story was actually pretty cool and really went into detail when it came to explaining how zombies, vampires and werewolves live their lives. It was actually funny, as well; Marcus was a very funny character and had great chemistry with Dylan. The locations they went to were actually fun, like the Body shop was literally a body shop where they went to buy body parts like human arms. And the zombie support group was also a great addition. It also had a decent ending, didn't fully expect it. It did drag on a couple of times. My main complaint was Anita Briem's performance; she was very boring and bland. Most of her lines were emotionless and dull; she'd just stand around during the shots and wait to read her lines in the most tedious way possible. (like if she didn't want to be there). Brandon Routh and Sam Huntington were great though.

It's definitely not a film for everyone, but I recommend it to anyone with an open mind or plenty of free time. As of 8/10/12, this film is available on Netflix Streaming.

Dylan Dog has violence and blood.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been So Much Better Dec 15 2011
By Eric Sanberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I'm not familiar with the source material for this so I came to it without any preconceptions. This movie is a shame. Given everything I can't say it could ever have been real good but it could have been so much better.

Here's the scoop. Dylan is a private eye, in New Orleans, working on low level, grunt type cases. He's got a go-for, Marcus, who yearns to be a real partner. He gets involved in a case stuck in the middle of a war between Vampires and Werewolves. He was hoping not to work that realm again, but he gets sucked in. Seems there is a stolen relic which, when embedded in a host, will release Belial, a really evil demon who will decimate all mankind.

First off: New Orleans has a sense of mystery all it's own. It's a great setting for this type of flick, but not one character speaks with a southern accent. None of the music is of the region and they do nothing to give the viewer the flavor of the area. Not the French Quarter or the homes or the Bayou area. Attending to that alone would have raised the quality of the movie immeasurably. Then there's Dylan himself. He looks like a young Christopher Reeve and that's the problem. He looks too young for the role. And he acts too "cute." I felt the part needed way more gravity. His sidekick, Marcus, on the other hand is a hoot. He way outshines Dylan. His lines are better and he really put a stitch in me with his delivery. He makes this movie. Plus....I just didn't believe it. If Vampires, Werewolves and The Undead were that prevalent anywhere we'd all know about it. I couldn't suspend my disbelief. It might have worked in the comic, but it doesn't work here. Surprisingly, a lot of similar movies move along well only to drop the ball on the 5 yard line. This had a really good climax. It was much better than I expected given the rest of the movie.

This is not a bad watch. It's fun enough and certain things (Marcus for one) really make it worthwhile. I'm just peeved that so little more could have been done to make it so much better.
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