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Angel Of Death

review by Zach B.

 

 

 

In your standard thriller, detective Maria Delgado (Mira Sorvino) has limited time to catch a killer who has already commited several murders during Eastertime in the ancient town of Seville. And just what is it with those hooded people?

Fun Fact: As you probably know, Mira Sorvino won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 1995's Woody Allen comedy "Mighty Aphrodite." She hasn't hit the same career high since.

 

 

"Angel Of Death" is given the 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen treatment (so despite the theatrical trailer on the disc, this one seemed destined for DVD) and doesn't look too special. The transfer has blemishes and looks rather murky, and colors appear to be incredibly oversaturated which is often a pain (and the fleshtones don't seem to natural either). Detail is fine and there is no edge enhancement, but there is some noise. This looks a bit messy overall.

 

 

The English 5.1 Dolby Digital track is pretty soft, which is a little surprising given that this thriller is supposed to be filled with "shocking" moments. The dialogue is on the low side and often sounds hollow, while the music comes through generically. There are some decent surround effects, but nothing that packs a lot of power &emdash; these come through via the action scenes mainly, or a little touch here and there through characters moving (expect to hear some artifical panning effects). The .1 LFE is used decently, and there is some strong bass. A French 5.1 Dolby Digital track is on the disc, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish plus English closed captions.

 

 

Trailers for MGM movies and "Angel Of Death" (the latter in anamorphic widescreen).

 

 

Just by looking at the box and reading the plot description, many of you should be aware that "Angel Of Death" is far from a high quality production. The DVD lacks any real extras, and the presentation of the movie could have been a lot better. But if you're in a B-movie mood, then you may want to buy this in the 5 dollar box at your local mega chain store one day.

Studio: MGM

Retail Price: $25.98

Features: Trailers

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selections (20 Scenes)

Released: January 18th, 2005

 

 

MPAA Rating: R (Strong Violence, including a Sexual Assault and Language)

Running Time: 93 minutes

Starring: Mira Sorvino, Oliver Martinez, Féodor Atkine, Luis Lopez Tosar, Jorge Boschi, Peter Berling, Alida Vali

Screenplay by: Roy Mitchell
Based on the novel by: David Hewsen

Directed by: Pepe Danquart