Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) 4K UHD – Movie Reviews
Follow Resident Evil
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Duration: 100 minutes

Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director: Alexander Witt
Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Duration: 94 minutes

Resident Evil: Retribution
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Duration: 95 minutes

Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) 4K UHD – Movie Reviews

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6.9
Good: Fun to revisit the series, Proper rereleases
Bad: No idea why some of the movies didn't get the proper 4K treatment as a whole set, Movies were never really that good to begin with
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We’ll first start off with the massive elephant in the room here, and that’s the fact that the Resident Evil movies are considered rubbish, garbage, not properly in sync with the games, disrespectful to the source material and many other even worse things. Nonetheless, even for us, as reviewers, to each their own, and if you’re considering buying these movies in their expensive 4K forms, you’re probably a fan of the movie series. As with our previous 4K rerelease review, we will not be doing an in-depth review on the movies themselves,  but mainly discuss the relevance of buying these (cult?) classics on 4K UHD. There’s only one thing we don’t get, namely why only three movies received this 4K treatment, with the third and fourth movie being skipped.

Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil takes us somewhat back to the beginning of the video game series, where we get to see how the virus originated and slowly spread across the globe. It has to begin somewhere, and we see Umbrella’s secret lab, which is located under a seemingly normal mansion, where the AI went on a rampage and murdered everyone inside the compound. A tactical team gets sent to the mansion to access the lab, hoping to find out what happened. We see Milla Jovovich take the lead in this live-action Resident Evil universe as Alice. The story starts off fairly mild in this first iteration, revolving around the initial T-virus outbreak in Umbrella’s underground lab, of course setting the stage for future films.

The 4K UHD release only brings a theatrical trailer to the table, which is of course better than nothing, but nothing really worth mentioning. This first movie is actually still a fairly fun beginning of the somewhat long-winded Resident Evil movie franchise, that still showed how the series could have gone in every possible direction.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Apocalypse takes us the Raccoon City, where the zombie outbreak is clearly reaching a certain peak. The city is on lockdown, with Umbrella soldiers killing everyone who tries to escape. Alice and a few others find themselves in the midst of the chaos trying to rescue the daughter of one of Umbrella’s lead scientists. This movie also introduces Nemesis, which was already hinted at in the first Resident Evil film. We have to commend the filmmakers on creating a nemesis that respects the source material.

The flow of the second movie already left a lot to be desired, but it still follows the formula of the 2002 film. Nonetheless, we see a few new characters being thrown into the mix, some actually paying tribute to characters from the actual games. This 4K UHD release comes with two different trailers, still not adding that much to the value of owning a physical copy.

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

For some reason we skip eight years into the future for the next release, ignoring the third and fourth movies altogether. Nonetheless, the world has become a very bad place to live in, all thanks to the Umbrella Corporation. The movie throws us in yet another of Umbrella’s facilities, where simulations are being held to see how the T-virus would spread in different environments. Alice finds herself in said facility, trying to escape. It’s quite weird when eventually it’s Wesker that helps her to escape.

We have to say that the special effects in this penultimate entry have improved so much over the first movie(s). There are a lot of nice sceneries to behold, as well as some true ghoulish monsters, some again subtly winking to the initial game franchise. Sadly, we hardly find any special features on the 4K UHD release of this Resident Evil film.

Conclusion

As stated above, reviews of the actual movies are somewhat pointless and thus we take a look at the quality of the 4K UHD release. The editions are nice, especially if you’re a 4K collector and the image quality is certainly worth it. We have to say though that the audio quality fluctuates badly, where voices are sometimes barely audible but the environmental noises or gunfire are both so loud you cannot properly adjust the volume to find a proper in-between. That being said, these are still reasonably nice releases and we hope the other movies in the franchise also get a proper 4K treatment. We would have loved to see a bit more extras on the discs, but even so, a Resident Evil collector will appreciate these rereleases.

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