Ok, so it is the first "Full Moon" Puppet Master film of the past 10 years. We’ll disregard the awful Sci-Fi original flick.
Taken from the DVD Jacket - In a stateside hotel during the height of World War II, young Danny Coogan dreams of joining the war effort. Following the murder of hotel guest Mr. Toulon by Nazi assassins, Danny finds the old man’s crate of mysterious puppets and is suddenly thrust into a battle all of his own.
Ok, I’ll admit, I have waited years for this flick, I’ve loved the Puppet Master franchise for as long as I can remember, going to "Video World" and grabbing each VHS was every week was an awesome experience! How did this movie hold up? Surprisingly well! The effects are not really that horrible, and there was little to no CGI that I noticed. The story is up front, and actually interested me. I’ll admit, it’s nothing like Full Moon’s features of the early 90s, but it’s a fun movie none the less.
Video - I bought the Blu-Ray version, but from what I notice, I think I made a poor mistake. You notice everything in this version, from make up to puppet strings. I also noticed some shimmering, and the black levels weren’t that great. Also, I might add that the special features are not 1080i resolution, but 480p.
Sound - I have no sound system installed, so I can’t really tell you much on this one, I noticed some hissing, and sometimes I mistook the music as tires squealing.
Bonus Features -
The Making of Evil - 13 video casts from China. These were all done during the making of the film, and they’re somewhat enjoyable. They total to over an hour, and something that I actually see myself watching again. Well worth it.
No Strings Attached (Making of the first Puppet Master Movie) - Very informative, but if you’ve seen the original, you’ve probably already seen this material.
All 9 trailers for the other Puppet Master flicks.
All in all, this one was worth [...] bucks. It’s a fun way to waste 80 minutes, and surely you’ll get something out of the experience.
About Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010)
Starring: William Hickey, Peter Frankland, Andrew Kimbrough, Erica Shaffer, Ada Chao, Mike Brooks, Aaron Riber, Zhang Xiangfu, Gu Yingfeng, Levi Fiehler, Xiangfu Zhang, Jenna Gallaher, Taylor M. Graham, Tom Sandoval, Jerry Hoffman
Director: David DeCoteau
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