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(aka "[REC]³ Génesis" or "[REC 3]")

 

directed by Paco Plaza
Spain 2012

It's the day of Clara (Leticia Dolera, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BED) and Koldo's (Diego Martín, SOCCER DAYS) wedding, and Clara's trepidation when she discovers that she is pregnant will soon turn out to be the least of her worries when Koldo's veterinarian uncle Victor (Emilio Mencheta) turns up with a bite on his hand from a rabid dog and soon starts infecting the wedding party and hotel staff with a demonic contagion. Koldo and Clara are separated in the ensuing panic, but they are both willing to go to bloody extremes to reunite. Respectively brandishing sword and chainsaw, Koldo and Clara separately lead their bands of survivors through the expanding demonic zombie hordes.

The original [REC] - co-directed by Juame Balaguero (FRAGILE) and Paco Plaza (ROMASANTA: WEREWOLF HUNTER) - was a fresh, effective, fast-moving shocker (the remake QUARANTINE was not). The pair's [REC] 2, on the other hand, took things in a ludicrous direction by revealing that the demonic contagion was possession rather than zombification (which made the previously unstoppable zombies vulnerable to crosses and holy water). Whether Plaza (going solo this time) had this sequel in mind already - or they were trying to make the best of what part 2 had wrought - the elements that made the second film ridiculous work here for the most part. The main characters are also more likable than the insufferable ones in the first sequel. Plaza also does away with the first person camera approach of the first two films. The twenty-minute first act is presented at 1.78:1 and shot with shaky, panning, and zooming camerawork, which is then replaced with more objective and attractive 2.35:1-framed cinematography for the remainder of the film. It's not particularly scary, and the uneven horror-comedy elements take the bite out of both the zombie threat and the drama. Plaza does wring out the most suspense early on after the audience makes the link between these characters and the first two films and awaits the rabid outburst. Some bits of excessive gore feel even more gratuitous than some of the forced jokes. While it may disappoint viewers hoping for a return to the intensity of the original [REC], the third instalment is a reasonably entertaining and diverting experience. Balaguero is currently working on the fourth instalment, which is supposed to be a prequel to the first two films (hopefully he'll find a way to work in an appearance for Manuela Velasco).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 30 March 2012 (Spain)

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DVD Review: eOne Entertainment (screener) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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eOne Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:16:57 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: unknown mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Audio Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: eOne Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• REC: GENESIS - Preparing A Bloody Wedding
• Outtakes
• Deleted Scenes


DVD Release Date: September 2012
Amaray

Chapters 20

 

Comments

Entertainment One's anamorphic feature-only screener features both 5.1 and 2.0 Spanish audio and optional English subtitles (hopefully the final product does as well). The twenty minute pre-credits sequence is framed at 1.78:1 while the rest of the film is framed at 2.35:1 (this is a deliberate choice). Extras will include REC: GENESIS - Preparing A Bloody Wedding, Outtakes and Deleted Scenes.

A Blu-ray (HERE) will also be available.

  - Eric Cotenas

  


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