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DVD Shopping Bag: Frankensteins Army Blu-ray

Is it insane or brilliant?

By Robert T. Trate     September 10, 2013
Source: Mania.com

There comes a time, Maniacs, when one gets giddy with joy. It can come from a clip for a film or even just a title. As titles go, Frankenstein’s Army got me curious. Then, I saw this (clip below) and got giddy. 
 

 

Suddenly, my mind began to run with the possibilities. As someone who loves killing zombies in any one of the Call of Duty Nazi Zombie games as well as being an avid reader of Mike Mignolia’s  B.P.R.D., this premise seemed perfect. I had to find this movie. I had to watch this movie. Well, Maniacs, I have seen this movie... and it does not disappoint. 

Thanks to Dark Sky and XYZ Films, Frankenstein’s Army has now arrived on Blu-ray. Now, if you have seen the trailer (linked at the bottom), you will know that the whole film is shot from a first person perspective. Yes, it is in the style of The Blair Witch Project. Now, before you roll your eyes and start grumbling... the premise of the story is the reason for shooting the film in this manner. It also creates a bigger challenge for the filmmakers, too. 

Frankenstein’s Army features a Soviet Army Unit looking for their lost comrades. The camera man, Dimitri (Alexander Mercury), has orders to capture footage of the heroic Red Army as they liberate the people from Nazi tyranny. What he and the unit discover is the lengths at which the Nazis are willing to go to win the war. The proverbial shit hits the fan with the clip above. 

The film is not without its flaws. The first and foremost being that it is shot in color. There is a remark made by one character that the camera is new and that sound is actually being recorded. However, most of the film looks as if it was shot through an Instagram filter. Not a bad thing, but many people, myself included, do not think of WW2 footage as being in color. Initially, I thought this would hurt the film. Too often we are showing everything in beautiful high definition. A black and white film would allow colors to be swallowed up by the shadows. This would create a less-is-more atmosphere and allow my mind to fill in the blanks. On completion of Frankenstein’s Army, I found myself longing to tear into the special features. How did they do that? Can I see more of the laboratory? Are there close ups of each Zombot? With this being a first person perspective, there was no long cut or wide take revealing the incredible detail and horrific creations of Frankenstein. Instead, we are left with over the shoulder glances and blurry images that swing and swat at our camera man. “WTF was that?” is a phrase you will say more than once in Frankenstein’s Army. Thus, an incredible and horrific nightmare transpires in the washed colors of war and horror. 

I won’t ruin the film for those of you that I have hooked in the mouth already. Trust me, it’s a fantastic ride. Thankfully, a lot of my questions were answered in a thirty plus minute “Making of” that went into the production of the film. Concept drawings are revealed as well as full on production of the Zombots and their puppeteering. Still, this wasn’t enough as there were so many details that I just wanted to see. Would this ruin the illusion of the film and the story? On the contrary, I was in awe of everything this production accomplished. So much so that I have already watched it twice and plan on having people over to watch it again closer to Halloween. 

Frankenstein’s Army asks the question, “Is it insane or brilliant to do this in war?” After seeing it, you will ask yourself, “How insane and brilliant was it to bring these to concepts together for film?” Frankenstein’s Army is out, now, on Blu-ray.
 

 

Top 5 Picks of the Week:
1. Frankenstein's Army [Blu-ray]
2. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
3. Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
4. Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
5. The Fly [Blu-ray]

ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

An American Hippie In Israel (Limited Edition/Blu-ray/DVD Combo-3 Disc Set)

The Contractor

The Doll Squad / Mission: Killfast [Blu-ray]

Jennifer Eight [Blu-ray]

Sliver [Blu-ray]

Snake Eyes [Blu-ray]

Talented Mr Ripley [Blu-ray]

ANIME

Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing - Season Two, Part 1 (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]

Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing - Season Two, Part One (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing, Season 2, Part 2 [Blu-ray]

Patlabor TV Collection 2 [Blu-ray]

Patlabor TV: Collection 2

This Boy Caught a Merman

Yu-Gi-Oh Classic: Season 1 Vol. 1

Yu-Gi-Oh Classic: Season 1 Vol. 2

Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic: Season 1

CARTOONS

Bleach Volume 18 [DVD]

Dcu: Justice League - Flashpoint Paradox

Digimon Frontier: The Complete Fourth Season

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - 20th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)...

Pokemon: Black & White Rival Destinies Set 1

Scooby-Doo: 13 Spooky Tales Run for Your Rife

Smurfs, The: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow

The Smurfs Christmas Carol

CLASSICS

Count of Monte Cristo / Man Friday DF (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)

Criterion Collection

La Cage aux Folles (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

HORROR

28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later [Blu-ray]

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage [Blu-ray]

The Black Waters of Echo's Pond [Blu-ray]

Blood Thirst / Thirsty Dead

The Corrupted (Purge Mankind) (2013)

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)

Death Force / Vampire Hookers

The Fly [Blu-ray]

Frankenstein's Army [Blu-ray]

Frankenhooker

Gamera: War of the Monsters

Jeepers Creepers 1 & 2 [Blu-ray]

Jennifer's Body/Buffy The Vampire Slayer [Blu-ray]

Joy Ride [Blu-ray]

Lizzie

Mole Man of Belmont Avenue

Mirrors/Shutter [Blu-ray]

Roger Corman Monsters

Scare Zone (A Conjuring Halloween Tale) (2013)

Scanners II: The New Order / Scanners III: The Takeover (BluRay/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]

Wrong Turn/The Hills Have Eyes [Blu-ray]

MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY

Marathon Man [Blu-ray]

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY

Arthur C. Clarke Collection: Mysterious Universe

Arthur C. Clarke Collection: Mysterious World

Astronaut: Last Push

Delete

Dollman [Blu-ray]

Electric Man

Hammer of the Gods

Star Trek I: The Motion Picture

Star Trek I: Motion Picture / Star Trek II: Wrath

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Star Trek III: Search for Spock / Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier / Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek VII: Generations

Star Trek IX: Insurrection

Star Trek X: Nemesis

Star Trek IX: Insurrection / Star Trek X: Nemesis

Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)

TV LAND

Army Wives: The Complete Seventh Season

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Sixth Season

Blue Bloods: The Third Season

Castle: The Complete Fifth Season

Chicago Fire: Season One

Homeland: The Complete Second Season

Luther 3rd Series

Star Trek: The Original Series - Origins [Blu-ray]

Star Trek: Stardate Collection [Blu-ray]

Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season

Wanted: Dead or Alive - The Complete Series - Special Edition

BOX SETS

Dick Tracy Box Set

Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] (arrives on Friday the 13th!)

Frankenstein’s Army Red Band Trailer

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Tevii 9/10/2013 9:29:53 AM

Last Exile has a season 2??? I did not know that. Thats great, i loved Last Exile

CyanideRush 9/10/2013 12:18:23 PM

 I may have to borrow this one from you, Bob. Looks fun. 

VTGamehendge 9/10/2013 2:07:59 PM

Adding it to my Netflix queue.

blankczech 9/11/2013 10:44:08 AM

 Sometimes I think I've become so jaded over the years that no movie can give me the creeps and then something like Frankenstein's Army comes along. I'll see this somewhere (Halloween sounds like a good time)...but I may have to watch Kung Fu Panda the next day, for spiritual cleansing.

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