Over zealous cop, Hoshino, has been hidden away in a provincial cold case team as punishment for his over eagerness and inability to let go of crimes until he has solved them. Failing to take the hint to chill out and be as unexceptional as his colleagues, he investigates the murder of a young maid several years before at the mansion of foxy Aya Sugimoto. Surprisingly, the winsome Ms Sugimoto tells him straight out who was responsible for the deed and a love triangle of exsanguination, nibbled necks and near immortals consumes our honest cop.
There is a basic tension between a police procedural and a vampire fantasy which is never exploited well or simply reconciled, and this means that whilst Hoshino is seemingly earnest and down to earth, the objects of his enquiries are ethereal and surreal by contrast and no real reason can exists for why Hoshino and his vamp lover are together. All of the attempts to explore fantastic imagery are rather too obvious with erotica set in candlelight, and moody lighting deployed in spare sets for atmosphere. Sugimoto does convince as a sexpot vampire, but the men around her lack a third dimension and any believable background.
Technical SpecsPresented in a letterbox with standards conversions issues, Blood looks quite dreadful at times. Supposedly striking visuals lack confident contrast, colours smear across the screen and there is a basic softness which hides detail. There are instances of combing, compression artefacts and a basic weakness in fleshtones that result in a very weak presentation. After reviewing this disc and others from the same company, I do need to say that MVM seem to constantly offer transfers that are both badly converted and incorrectly presented in letterbox format.
Special FeaturesGiven a region two encoded single layer disc, Blood offers a cheap looking static menu with extras of other MVM trailers and various TV spots and trailers for this film. Visual quality on these extras is pretty weak with the same combing and dodgy contrast as the main film albeit with much lower bitrates.
SummaryA poor transfer of a rather unsuccessful film. I enjoyed the director's previous film Shinobi and approached Blood with high hopes which were never in danger of being met.
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