Coming to DVD on April 13th is Lions Gate Home Video’s release of Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed, which stars Emily Perkins (interview coming soon). Brett Sullivan’s sequel brings Brigitte back as the story continues right after Ginger Snaps. Read on for my mixed DVD review.
I just got the DVD for Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed, you can check out the movie reviews by clicking here and here. Although I am a huge fan of the Ginger Snaps franchise, I was disappointed with both the sequel and its DVD. By no means do I think they are total crap, I enjoyed them, I just wish both were better.
Starting off beautifully after Ginger Snaps, we see Brigette (Emily Perkins), Ginger’s sister, whom infected herself at the end of the first film in order to stop Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) from unleashing her terror as a werewolf onto the world, taking shots of “wolfsbane” in order to subdue the effects of her transformation. This is an exciting idea because it starts Unleashed off where the first film kicked into high gear. But after a stalking werewolf looking to mate attacks Brigette – and a librarian stalker named Jeremy (the awesome Brenden Fletcher) is killed – Brigette finds herself trapped in a rehabilitation ward without the wolfsbane to prolong the changes. (more).
The DVD is very limited in extra features, and the only feature that really delivers are the deleted scenes. There were eight deleted scenes that ran around 12 minutes. I really enjoyed ghost’s funny introduction they cut out, and I cracked up when Brigitte throws up all over herself. There were two scenes that brought the involvement of Ghost’s dog into it a little more, which I wish they kept in. One of the worst deleted scenes was the alternate opening – very lame.
There were also four minutes worth of Storyboards and comparisons between the film and the artwork. They were pretty sweet and it’s always nice to have an extra goodie or two to check out when you pick up a DVD.
But here’s were I felt disappointed, they had some pages from Brigittes journal and from Ghost’s comic book about werewolves; both features only had three pages to look at. I know they only had three pages made for the movie, but I really wish they could have added some more for fun.
The lack of extra effort also shows on the DVD, which has no interactive menus, as you can see below, those are some screen shots of the menus.
The last two extras they had were both Production Commentary and Trailers for upcoming Lions Gate Films. The trailer were Cabin Fever, House of 1000 Corpses, and Serial Killing 101, which looked really entertaining! I actually can’t wait to check that one out.
I understand the movie didn’t do so well in theaters, and Lions Gate might not have wanted to put extra money into the DVD, so I am going to be generous and give the DVD 3 1/2 out of 5 skulls. The movie is worth checking out, and getting cool features on a DVD is just extra incentive to buy it or check it out. I say give this one a chance, because a lot of people really enjoyed this flick.