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Night Angel aka "Deliver Us from Evil" [Blu-ray]

 

(Dominique Othenin-Girard, 1990)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Emerald Pictures

Video: Kino Lorber

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 1:28:05.280 

Disc Size: 24,746,956,906 bytes

Feature Size: 18,132,492,288 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.92 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: October 24th, 2017

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1562 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1562 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

Audio Commentary with director Dominique Othenin-Girard, moderated by filmmaker Heather Buckley
Audio Commentary by Paul Corupe of Canuxploitation.com and Film Historian Jason Pichonsky
Interview with Star Isa Jank (19:49)
Interview with Screenwriter Joe Augustyn (12:54)
Interview with Steve Johnson (Special Makeup Effects Designer & Creator) (9:40)
Night Angel Tests (37:05)
Head Erosion Tests (3:17)
Chest Grab Tests (1:26)
Animated Behind-the-Scenes Image Gallery (1:39)
Original Theatrical Trailer (1:58)

 

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Description: A terrifying centuries-old evil has awakened in the form of the wicked, voluptuous Lilith (Isa Anderson, Real Men). Lilith uses her beauty and her insatiable lust as a potent lifeforce which spreads death and destruction to all who dare to succumb to her charms. Posing as a cover girl for a fashion magazine, Lilith becomes the object of insane desire for all who brave her seductive gaze. Only true love can withstand her awesome powers and only one man (Linden Ashby, Mortal Kombat) is strong enough to test them in a frightening test of will and death tango with Night Angel, the mistress of hell. The supporting cast includes Debra Feuer (To Live and Die in L.A.), Helen Martin (TV's 227), Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth) and Karen Black (Burnt Offerings). Night Angel was directed Dominique Othenin-Girard (Halloween 5, Omen IV: The Awakening) with a screenplay by Joe Augustyn (Night of the Demons, Night of the Demons 2) and Walter Josten (Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog).

 

 

The Film:

An executive at a fashion magazine (Melrose Place co-star Linden Ashby) is enjoying his nice exotic yuppie life when the sudden appearance of a She-Devil (Isa Andersen, a flash in the pan from Germany) turns everything upside down. No, when I say She-Devil I'm not talking about Roseanne, I'm talking about an uber-gothic busty babe with long black nails and a supernatural pull over everyone she comes across. Pretty soon, the magazine's entire staff is bewitched by the monotone wench from hell, and the place is overrun by zombie-like individuals working feverishly to put their mistress picture on the cover. I realize that doesn't sound very far from reality (have you seen the way people fawn over Naomi Campbell?) but go with it.

So the only two not beguiled by Lilith the super devil chick are executive boy and his fashion accessory whiz girlfriend (TV movie actress Debra Feuer). And of course, that means Lilith will do anything to get them, so we begin a zombie chase through the woods and mucho special effects. Truth be told, this is a really well made flick. I mean, the premise is ridiculous, but the professionalism that's gone into putting it together would at many stages rival that of Hollywood. There's plenty of demons, gore, cadavers and scares, a helping handful of nudie scenes to keep things light, and a surprising amount of truly horrific imagery.

Excerpt fromeFilmCritic located HERE

Othenin-Girard creates some occasionally worthwhile images – photos that come to life and beckon, Lilith’s appearance to hero Linden Ashby spitting an Alien (1979)-like snake out of her mouth. The best sequence is a trip into Hell filled with sweaty rutting bodies, people kissing who turn to reveal their faces stuck together, a woman who lifts her breasts to reveal they are living heads, severed heads kissing and so on. However, upon every occasion, Othenin-Girard overplays the effect and it becomes heavy-handed. Othenin-Girard also fails to generate much in the way of eroticism, at most a sort of torridness, achieved largely through the use of coloured lighting. Isa Andersen makes a fairly sizzling presence but the performance she gives is arch.

Excerpt from Moira located HERE

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

The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Night Angel looks acceptable and consistent in 1080P. It is, no doubt, significantly superior to the VHS viewing how most saw the film in the 90's. A modest bitrate but nice textures. It's in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Some depth but not overly remarkable but the film has some exciting visuals. This Blu-ray gave me a very watchable viewing in regards to the picture quality.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1562 kbps (16-bit) in the original English language. Effects abound - although they are more pedestrian than effective. There is a score by Cory Lerios with some 80's sounding techno-pop contributions by Bold Montgomery, Jon Cells, Mindy Jostyn, Barrence Whitfield and The Savages, Shelley Speck and others. The dialogue was relatively clear. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

Twin audio commentaries; the first with director Dominique Othenin-Girard, moderated by filmmaker Heather Buckley and a second with Paul Corupe of Canuxploitation.com and film historian Jason Pichonsky. I only sampled the latter but wasn't blown away by the insights - predictably more light than analytic. Fans who appreciate the genre will probably get more out of it than I did. There is a 20-minute interview with Isa Jank who talks about being a model in New York and getting cast in the film. There are also interview with Screenwriter Joe Augustyn - for 13-minutes and with Steve Johnson (Special Makeup Effects Designer & Creator) for about 10-minutes. The latter not taking the production too seriously in terms of its cinematic reach discussing the 80's fashion, style and feel of Night Angel. There are some odd 'tests' for special effects etc. and, in total, they run over 40-minutes but I think few will indulge. Lastly, is a animated Behind-the-Scenes image gallery and an original theatrical trailer.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Despite being 'released' in 1990 Night Angel is pure 80's video fodder. An over-effect produced erotic horror with not enough of either to make it worthwhile. Great concept though - kinda Invasion of the Bee Girls meets Brian Yuzna's Society. Poor Karen Black. The Kino Lorber
Blu-ray pulls out all the stops with the multitude of supplements and those keen on this period/genre will probably appreciate the effort. Recommended to that niche ~  NOTE: At the writing of this review it is 37% OFF at Amazon.

Gary Tooze

October 23rd, 2017

 




 

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