Though Shout! Factory is pri­mar­i­ly known as a nos­tal­gia label deal­ing in vin­tage film and tele­vi­sion, a cer­tain per­cent­age of their out­put is devot­ed to mod­ern fare.  Dead Cert is an exam­ple of their new-release work and offers a solid pre­sen­ta­tion for this British vampire/gangster hybrid.

Dead Cert was shot in the ‘scope for­mat and it gets a nice, anamor­phic treat­ment here that makes the most of its 2.35:1 fram­ing.  One of the film’s best assets is the col­or­ful cin­e­matog­ra­phy by James Friend and this disc gives it a suit­ably vivid look, espe­cial­ly with the bright pri­ma­ry col­ors used in the club sequences.

In terms of audio, the view­er is offered the choice of 7.1 or 2.0 stereo mix­es.  The for­mer offers a few more direc­tion­al effects than the lat­ter but both mix­es are sur­pris­ing­ly sub­dued.  The cul­prit here is poor pro­duc­tion audio that affects the dia­logue lev­el in dif­fer­ent sce­nes.  Effects and music come through fine.

A few extras are offered to round out the pre­sen­ta­tion.  The first is a com­men­tary fea­tur­ing pro­duc­er Jonathan Sothcott and cast mem­bers Craig Fairbrass, Billy Murray and Lisa MacAllister.  The tone is jokey — ear­ly on, one of the cast mem­bers says “Does any­one actu­al­ly lis­ten to DVD com­men­taries?” — but Sothcott acts as a mod­er­a­tor for his wise­crack­ing cast and offers some inter­est­ing bits of into about the sup­port­ing cast and loca­tions.  He is also frank about the film’s short­com­ings and peri­od­i­cal­ly gets worth­while com­ments from the actors.  The end result is light­weight but has its moments if you’re seri­ous­ly inter­est­ed in the film.

Much more sub­stan­tial is a half-hour mak­ing-of fea­turet­te on the film.  There’s a cer­tain amount of EPK puffery going on here, par­tic­u­lar­ly when the actors are enthus­ing about the deriv­a­tive sto­ry, but the fea­turet­te also gets into inter­est­ing mate­ri­al about how par­tic­u­lar stunts and effects were achieved.  It is inter­est­ing to note that this fea­turet­te includes input from direc­tor Steven Lawson, who is curi­ous­ly absent on the com­men­tary track.  A trail­er is the last inclu­sion.

In short, this is a solid pre­sen­ta­tion of Dead Cert.  The image qual­i­ty is good, the audio does the best it can with medioc­re source mate­ri­al and, between the com­men­tary and the fea­turet­te, you get a decent amount of behind-the-sce­nes info on the pro­duc­tion.  If Dead Cert inter­ests you, this disc is a worth­while way to check it out.

To read Schlockmania’s film review of Dead Cert, click here.

Dead Cert (Blu-ray)

Dead Cert (Blu-ray)

Freddie Frankham (Craig Fairbrass, The Bank Job) is work­ing his way into the East End London big league with the open­ing of his night­club, but soon real­izes he’s made a grave mis­take by build­ing it on the sacred land of Dante Livienko (Billy Murray, Rise Of The Footsoldier) — oth­er­wise known as the leg­endary vam­pire The Wolf. Dante wants the club, but Freddie isn’t going to give up his turf with­out a fight, lit­tle real­iz­ing that he’s tak­ing on a 500-year-old leg­end of mor­tal com­bat in a bat­tle to the death …Dexter Fletcher (Kick-Ass), Steven Berkoff (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Lisa McAllister (How To Lose Friends & Alienate People) also star in this styl­ish­ly grit­ty horror/gangster mashup from gen­re spe­cial­ists Black and Blue Films that tears across the screen to deliv­er blood­ied fight action!Also avail­able on DVD!






Dead Cert (DVD)

Dead Cert (DVD)

Freddie Frankham (Craig Fairbrass, The Bank Job) is work­ing his way into the East End London big league with the open­ing of his night­club, but soon real­izes he’s made a grave mis­take by build­ing it on the sacred land of Dante Livienko (Billy Murray, Rise Of The Footsoldier) — oth­er­wise known as the leg­endary vam­pire The Wolf. Dante wants the club, but Freddie isn’t going to give up his turf with­out a fight, lit­tle real­iz­ing that he’s tak­ing on a 500-year-old leg­end of mor­tal com­bat in a bat­tle to the death …Dexter Fletcher (Kick-Ass), Steven Berkoff (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Lisa McAllister (How To Lose Friends & Alienate People) also star in this styl­ish­ly grit­ty horror/gangster mashup from gen­re spe­cial­ists Black and Blue Films that tears across the screen to deliv­er blood­ied fight action!Also avail­able on Blu-ray!