Blood And Chocolate

Featured In Issue 122, July/August 2007

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For violence/terror, some sexuality, and substance abuse
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Katja Von Garnier
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Able to leap her way up any building (from the outside), Vivian (Bruckner) is not your normal confectioner living in Bucharest. And that's because she's a werewoman (female werewolf), and she's finding herself smitten with a young American artist (Dancy) who happens to be visiting the city. This does not sit well with Gabriel (Martinez), the handsome leader of the pack, as he has plans to make Vivian his next mate. Blood And Chocolate is based on the book by Curtis Klause. (Jack Kelley)

Special features include commentary with Olivier Martinez and Director Katja Von Garnier; 15 deleted scenes; and previews, which are also shown in the up-front style.

The MPEG-2-encoded Blu-ray Disc still has black levels that are not consistently deep, and the imagery often looks soft. The entire presentation generally looks rather flat. (Danny Richelieu)

Dialogue sounds very forward and artificial in the Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack, often distractingly so. Effects and music sound natural, though, and the mix makes good use of a wide and deep front stage. Surround envelopment is expansive at times, but generally is limited to much lower levels than the front channels are. The rear channels are used to create impressive pans that really increase the level of realism, but the pans are created too infrequently to change the score by much. The Blu-ray Disc's uncompressed linear PCM 5.1-channel encoding improves upon the naturalness of the dialogue slightly, but the other problems with the mix are still present.(Danny Richelieu)