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COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Battle of the Damned Blu-ray Review

Created: 03/04/2014 9:26 AM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

I am a huge fan of Dolph Lundgren, and I have been since I’ve seen him in “Rocky IV.”  

Dolph stars in “Battle of the Damned” which is one of Anchor Bay’s newest releases on Blu-ray.

“Battle of the Damned” was directed by Christopher Hatton and stars Dolph Lundgren, Melanie Zanetti, Matt Doran, David Field, and Jen Sung.

I really enjoyed “Battle of the Damned” a lot.  How can you not like a film that has both zombies and robots in it?

I thought the story was pretty good and was full of action.  The movie is exciting and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

In “Battle of the Damned,” a deadly virus is released into a city and infects everybody in it.  Max Gatling (Dolph Lundgren) is hired by a very wealthy man to go into the city and see if his daughter Jude (Melanie Zanetti) is still alive and if so, rescue her.  Once Max enters the city he is immediately attacked by zombies and has to fight for his life.  He encounters a small group of survivors and Jude is with them.  While Max and the survivors are trying to get out of the city, Max discovers some robots that are just sitting around.  He reprograms them and turns them into zombie-killing machines.  It is really awesome.  Now Max must try and get Jude along with the rest of the survivors out of the city alive.

The special effects are very well done in “Battle of the Damned,” and the zombies look amazing.  They are blooding and very disgusting.  The robots also look pretty awesome.

The film looks amazing in HD and sounds fantastic in Dolby digital 5.1.

There is a special feature called “Battling the Damned” which is pretty good.  It has interviews with the cast and shows some behind the scenes footage of making “Battle of the Damned.”  

I really enjoy watching these kinds of special features because it’s fun to see how some of the effects were done and also what the actors have to say about making the movie.

If you are a fan of Dolph Lundgren like me or want to watch an action packed film that is full of zombies and robots, then you will want to check out Anchor Bay’s “Battle of the Damned” on Blu-ray.

“Battle of the Damned” is rated “R” for violence and language.

Aaron Chalich is a KSTP.com entertainment columnist.


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