8.0 Dead Space: Downfall Blu-ray Review

The Blu-ray Disc format has, in its early tenure, seen an ample selection of animated films from Pixar hits like Ratatouille to timeless classics like Sleeping Beauty. But there hasn't been anything like Dead Space: Downfall, and likely won't be again for some time to come.

Horror and gore in Downfall is a foregone conclusion given the film's tie-in to the videogame from EA (read our Dead Space review for PS3 and Xbox 360) and to a six-issue comic book. Anyone who's played the game knows to expect blood; it's the nature of the beast, both figuratively and literally.

However, the amount of gore in the movie compared to the more "survival horror" approach in the game is a bit shocking, unexpected and even a bit unnerving. There is a glimpse of full frontal male nudity, and a woman being slowly sawed in half into a perfect slice of the human anatomy you'd expect to see at Bodies: The Exhibit. Animation with this much "internal" detail would never see the light of day cinematically. Parts make Heavy Metal's groundbreaking release almost 30 years ago look like child's play. This gore holds primal entertainment value for newcomers to the Dead Space universe.

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