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Nymph aka "Mamula" or "Killer Mermaid" or "Nymph - Mysteriös. Verführerisch. Tödlich." [Blu-ray]

 

(Milan Todorovic, 2014)

 

 

   

  

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Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Viktorija Film

Video: Splendid Film/WVG

 

Disc:

Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:34:13.875 

Disc Size: 24,157,473,555 bytes

Feature Size: 18,941,485,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.96 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 30th, 2017

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 2071 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2071 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2071 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2071 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

 

Subtitles:

German, Dutch, none

 

Extras:

• 8 trailers (none for the film)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: There is a lot of interest in mermaids lately. I think they one of the few untapped monsters that still hold interest for us. I'm actually quite surprised that they haven't gotten more exposure over the years since they are a fascinating creature. Director Milan Todorovic attempts to right this wrong with his Island based horror film Killer Mermaid and does a decent job for the most part breathing life into the legendary siren and her alluring song.

Excerpt from ComingSoon located HERE 

 

The Film:

What has Disney done to mermaids? Even in Hans Christian Andersen's time, they had a darker symbolic weight, but today Western horror fans are reacting to Killer Mermaids as if it has come up with a playful twist. Not so in Eastern Europe, where it was made and where it's set. There mermaids have remained sinister, closely related to the Russian rusalka, the spirit of a murdered girl who lurks in lonely waters waiting to drown men who pass by. In this film they are also connected with the Greek sirens, legendary creatures who lured sailors to their deaths with their beautiful song, feasting on the bodies as ships smashed against rocky islands.

Perhaps it's because of that cultural difference that this film has experienced so much difficulty. Previously known as Nymph and Mamula, it enjoyed brief success on the horror festival circuit before disappearing into obscurity.

Excerpt from EyeForFilm located HERE

There is an attractive self-awareness about NYMPH, a knowing kitsch which, I assume, informed that choice of Nipplepeople. It’s a trait that appears most prominently in the film’s dialogue. When the American pair first meet Boban on a boat, they chat before he shows them a trident-like spear. ‘Sorry, I need to catch my lunch,’ he states before hurling himself into the blue ocean. A Roger Moore of the Adriatic Sea. Similarly, the number of times one of the posse tells the others to ‘go this way’ in the myriad chase sequences is another idiosyncratic verbal highlight.

It’s thanks to director Milan Todorovic’s forensic understanding of the genre that allows him to play with its conventions. In the opening sequence a couple of lovers are quickly killed, seemingly paving the way for an hour and a half of senseless maiming. Except this does not happen. Kelly, Lucy and the gang are not merely monster fodder, but are well-rounded and, more interestingly, likeable protagonists, engagement helped by having a select cast, so when the Grim Reaper does come a-splashing there is no joy to be found in their jeopardy.

Excerpt from SCreenRelish  located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Nymph was shot in HD and comes to Blu-ray from Splendid in Europe.  The 1080P image show impressive detail in close-ups and wonderful waterfront scenery (Montenegro?). It's a shade clunky in-motion but no noise or artifacts. This single-layered Blu-ray is in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and seems a solid replication of the original HD-shot production as far as we can tell.

 

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Audio :

Splendid offer an uncompressed DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track at 2071 kbps (16-bit) - both in English or a German DUB - with a few instances of notable depth in creature growls (and siren songs) as well as a few underwater sequences. The score is by Nikola Jeremic plus some modern, pop, tunes (dance music) and Dark Sea Adventure performed by Omny Style. The music doesn't advance the film much and, frankly, can seem inappropriate at times. There are optional German and Dutch subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.

 

 

Extras :

Nothing on the film - just 8, mostly horror-related, trailers.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Nymph isn't the type of creature-feature homage that I usually gravitate to, but it did realize the concept well in a modern sense. Great to see Franco Nero (Django to Lancelot) back as he was also in John Wick: Chapter 2, and is slated for a pile of forthcoming projects - 75 and going strong. There are some weaknesses to Nymph, but I liked the atmosphere, sexy gals and irresistible-siren angle. The, bare-bones, Blu-ray is probably worth a spin or two to those keen on this type of amusing, superficial, horror flic. It's superior to most of the similar low budget efforts. 

Gary Tooze

August 3rd, 2017

 

   

  

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About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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