Monday, April 7, 2014

Outpost: Rise Of The Spetsnaz (DVD Review) - XLrator Media

Directed By: Kieran Parker
Written By: Rae Brunton
Starring: Bryan Larkin, Ivan Kamaras, Michael McKell
Color/87 Minutes/Not Rated
Region 1
Release Date: March 18, 2014

The Film
The third entry into the OUTPOST series is a prequel, showing the origins of the Nazi zombies. These undead super soldiers are stacked up against some captured Russian special force agents known as the Spetsnaz.  These experiment stage zombies aren't the final product that would be churned out by the mad German scientists but they were more than brutal and provided a hell of a match for the Spetsnaz.

OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ is admittedly my first venture into the series. I figured that starting with part three would be okay since it was a prequel. While RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ is not filled with emotional story arcs or a ton of character development it is fun enough as a simple gory action horror film to have me interested in seeing the other movies in the series. OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ is violent and quick. There's not a ton of wasted time here and it's more of a showcase of the early stages of the zombies that fill the previous two entries than it is anything else. Though, the Spetsnaz are no slouches and it is fun routing for them against the despicable Nazis.

The Audio & Video
XLrator Media gives OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ a home on DVD with a pretty solid presentation overall. The 16x9 enhanced 2.35:1 transfer looks good with the almost sepia toned photography. The image is clean and has good representation of color and details. The English audio track is a 5.1 Dolby Digital track that is full of gunshots, thuds and smacks from the fight scenes and sounds quite good. There is also a Blu-ray release of the film which I'm sure is a nice upgrade in both departments.

The Extras
A trailer is the lone extra.

The Bottom Line
If you need a fun popcorn flick to turn your brain off and have some exciting zombie action you can definitely do worse than OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ. 


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