Navy Seals v Demons Blu-ray Review

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Blundering

The demon on the cover art for Navy Seals v Demons isn’t in the movie. With darkened reptilian skin, outstretched claws, and bony horns, the design is, if nothing else, marketable and attractive.

What’s in the movie is a selection of pig-faced monsters, some of them sporting minimal make-up at best, or wearing motorcycle helmets to hide their facial features entirely. Yes, demons ride motorcycles. Everyone in this movie seems to, supernatural powers or otherwise.

This is deep Texas, Jack County specifically – God, guns, navy seals, tobacco, and an undercurrent of racism. Staying as hard right as possible, Navy Seals v Demons takes potshots at liberals and believes three American gunmen can silence an infestation of Satan’s henchman. In-between, the Seals check out a sleazy bar to peek at pointless nudity and toss some vulgar jabs at one another in a macho display of hardcore toughness.

Numbing dialog and Z-grade action scenes…

Cut off the slow-rolling end credits and Navy Seals v Demons cracks 76 minutes (barely). It feels like three hours. Numbing dialog and Z-grade action scenes clumsily stumble over a background of government drone surveillance. Seems like an awfully wasteful aerial operation, or maybe that’s Navy Seals v Demon’s anti-government point.

No one has fun in this movie. Preachers spout the bible’s gospel deadpan, military vet and star Mikal Vega uses real world tactics against monsters without a wink, and the virgin-hunting creatures play themselves straight. For a film with such a deliberate, direct title, the potential for Z-grade fun never comes to play. The plodding script has no oomph to play to drama or tension. A nod to Sean Connery/Nicolas Cage blockbuster The Rock in the closing moments is almost wishful. The Rock this is not.

Video

For most of Navy Seals v Demons, the digitally sourced images provide crisp, well rendered detail. Stacks of close-ups pop with stunning facial detail, clean and free of noise. The cleanliness of the video, at least in portions of the film, is surprising.

A chunk of the presentation still deals with bothersome noise. That’s of little surprise given the b-movie origins. There’s also heavy banding, a rather consistent problem with the number of flashlights peering through darkness. Footage of a jet taking off (likely stock) suffers from pitiful compression, blocking up the screen with excessive artifacts.

Black levels weave in and out, sometimes striking in their power, other times lost in a murky gray. The first act employs heavy sunlight, enough to bleach some of the detail. Likewise, a small touch of crush hinders the nighttime scenery.

Audio

The 5.1 Dolby Digital option offers no surround use. Instead, the score overlaps the dialog, rendering numerous lines hard to hear. There’s a reason the 2.0 mix is the default, a better choice with less interference, plus no expectations of anything bombastic. Outside of the droning score, few moments in either mix warrant discussion. Stock gunfire sounds and a predominant use of silencers keep activity to a minimum.

Extras

Nothing.

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