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"John Dies at the End" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

It's all about the Soy Sauce, a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can they save the world in time? No...no they can't.

 

Specifications

  • 2013, Rated R, 1 hour 39 min
  • Magnet
  • AVC 1080p, 1.78:1
  • DTS-MA 5.1
  • Starring: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman
  • Directed by: Don Coscarelli
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: A congregation of topless people
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Not completely true to the David Wong book from which the film is based, I still enjoyed this strange, but fun movie. Some viewers may be put off by the bizarre nature of the film, but I found it very entertaining. The cast of characters were quirky, but interesting. Paul Giamatti (co-producer) played the reporter, Arnie, to whom this strange story is being told. It is hard to describe the plot which included a mind altering drug called “soy sauce”, a monster constructed out of meat from a freezer and the Mall of the Dead. You are never told why things happen the way they do, but in this movie you just go along for the ride. If you like dark humor and sci-fi, this might be right up your alley. Remember, “You don’t choose the soy sauce. The soy sauce chooses you” …

Technical

For a low budget film, the picture looked pleasing being shot on a digital RED camera. Sound was clear with some interesting use of surrounds. Minor crushing appears only in the very darkest scenes. Frankly, a too squeaky clean digital look would have distracted from the quirky narrative of the story.

Extras

Included are: Commentary with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli, Producer Brad Baruh, Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes, Deleted Scenes, Getting Sauced: The Making of John Dies at the End, Creature Corps: The Effects of Soy Sauce, Casting Sessions, Fangoria Interview with Paul Giamatti and some trailers.