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Repo! The Genetic Opera [Region 2]

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Format: DVD
Release Date: 09 March 2009
Opulently blood-spattered sci-fi gothic rock opera. In the near future, humankind is suffering a worldwide epidemic of organ failures. In the midst of the crisis, a multinational biotech corporation called GeneCo launches a finance programme for organ transplants. But there's a catch: those who miss their monthly payments are hunted down and 'repossessed' by the dreaded Repo Men, who are out to retrieve their property as quickly - and as painfully - as they can. Alexa Vega stars as Shilo Wallace, an over-protected young girl seeking answers to her own rare disease and her family's mysterious history. Will her questions finally be answered at the eagerly-anticipated, flamboyantly spectacular Genetic Opera? Paul Sorvino and Paris Hilton co-star.

Based on: The stage musical by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich
Technical Specs:
  • Anamorphic (16:9)
  • Languages(s): English
  • Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
  • Interactive Menu
  • Scene Access
  • Screen ratio 1:1.78
  • Dolby Digital 5.1

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This is a Region 2 disc. A multi-region player is required in order to play this disc in Australia.

Run Time: 98 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate UK
Region: 2
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Cast: Jessica Horn, Branko Lebar, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Nivek Ogre, Terrance Zdunich, Sarah Power, Alexa Vega
Writer: Darren Smith, Terrance Zdunich
Producer: Mark Burg, Daniel J. Heffner, Oren Koules
Audio: English
Publisher: Elevation Sales
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This is a splatterpunk gothic opera set in a dystopian future where cosmetic surgery and organ transplants have become ubiquitous, because they are cheap and available on payment plans. Part of how the prices are kept so low, however, are the savage penalties if you fall behind on said plans. Default on payments, and your new organs will be forcibly repossessed. It is a corrupt, venal and decaying society. The story focuses on one young woman, who suffers from a rare blood disease, and the traumatic and turbulent events that occur when she comes to the attention of the world's most powerful family.

So some people hate all musicals on principle, but I'm not one of them. I have no objection to songs in film, and have thoroughly enjoyed many musicals over the years.

But one thing I do insist on, in a musical, is memorable songs. Songs that stick in my head and make me hum them for hours (or occasionally days) afterword. The Little Mermaid is made of earworms, for instance, while Rent has tracks like "No Day But Today", "Tango: Maureen" and "La Vie Boheme" to hook into my brain.

After that paragraph, I bet you can guess where I think this film fails.

It's a shame, too, because there are things to like in this film. The visual design is good for one thing, with the macabre (if implausible) world of the future brought to life with real panache. The cast is one that I really want to like, and you can see they give it their all. Most of the core members have decent or better voices, too.

But the songs, oh dear the songs. The music is frequently repetitive, but never catchy. The lyrics are clumsy and awkward. The staging is mostly stiff and lifeless (there are occasional exceptions to this last point, but they tend to go too far in the opposite direction). And whoever made the ill-advised decision to have some of the dialogue "spoken-sung" needs their head examined.

One other thing to warn people about, is that under the glossy surface nastiness of the film is ... more, bleaker, decidedly not-glossy nastiness. It's not far short of High Plains Drifter levels of unpleasantness.

Still, I could probably forgive it that if it had good songs.

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