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directed by Dustin Mills
US 2013

 

While it's easy to slam a film that exploits still recent and extremely disturbing incidents involving bath salts, BATH SALT ZOMBIES is so short, cheap - one actor plays all of the masked gang members, army officers, and SWAT team members - and over-the-top cartoonish in its plotting and digitized action that it doesn't have the time or (thankfully) the brains to court controversy. An unprecedented government crackdown on the drug known as "bath salts" has driven its manufacturers and dealers from Florida and the midwest up north to New York where a chemist (director Dustin Mills) and a savvy dealer (Ethan Holey) have hit upon a particularly powerful strain that they plan to market in cigarette form. They choose junkie Ritchie (Brandon Salkil, NIGHT OF THE TENTACLES) as their guinea pig, although they fail to actually observe him so they don't see all of the face-ripping and gut-munching when he's not hitting them up for more. They are also unaware of the concert massacre that occurred when Ritchie shared his last score with his two stoner pals. Meanwhile, Agent Forster (Josh Eal, ZOMBIE A-HOLE) is decimating the city's suppliers - including the skull-masked Dragon gang - in search of the purveyors of the strain of bath salts that has tested positive for a particularly virulent military nerve gas. When an addicted Ritchie gets hold of the undiluted chemical, he undergoes a transformation that makes him a formidable challenge to Forster and an entire SWAT team.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 19 February 2013 (USA)

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DVD Review: MVD (Music Video Distribution) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution

MVD (Music Video Distribution)

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:10:09
Video

1.73:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.24 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MVD (Music Video Distribution)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.73:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by writer/director Dustin Mills and actor Brandon Salkil
• Trailer (16:9; 1:04)

DVD Release Date: February 19th, 2013
Amaray

Chapters 7

 

Comments

MVD's single-layer, perfunctorily-authored DVD features a progressive, anamorphic transfer of a film that was heavily assembled in post (so I'm guessing that the blown-out highlights of the guerilla exteriors are part of the original photography). The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track is loud and forceful, although the dialogue is never impeded. The only extras are a trailer and a commentary with director Dustin Mills and actor Brandon Salkil that starts after the cartoon introduction (an amusing classroom scare film parody).

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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