Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) DVD Review

September 23, 2008

ChattahBox reviews<br /> Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) on DVDNight Watch (Nochnoi Dozor)

DVD Review
Publisher:  20th Century Fox
Street Date:
US Rating: R

One of the biggest films to hit Russian cinema comes state side with the part one of the three part series in Night Watch.  The film which is an adaptation of a trilogy of sci-fi novels by Sergei Lukyanenko, was released in Russia in July of 2004.  Today we are seeing this and it’s sequel “Day Watch” hitting American televisions on Blu-Ray technology.  I am not sure there was a better visual adventure for Blu-Ray to take, Night Watch and Day Watch for that matter are fascinating visual journeys.  Created by Russian Director Timur Bekmambetov for a mere 3.5 million, Night Watch is a story about the age long battle between good and evil, or in this case light and dark.

A battle waged in ancient times resulted in an astounding body count, and at the end a truce.  A truce between the Day Watchers and Night Watchers.  Now you know where this is going, fast forward to 1992 where a child is born with a gift and that gift now puts the truce in jeopardy.  The twists and turns of the plot and story in this film I will admit, I did not follow all that well.  Perhaps that is just what the filmmakers had in mind.

The film itself retains it’s Russian roots and keeps the dialogue in it’s native Russian language which is a risky proposition when trying to find an American audience but the manner in which it was done was creative.  Rather than having the character’s voices dubbed or stagnant subtitles appear at the bottom, Night Watch moves the subtitles about the screen, keeping you watching for the next line, and eyes on the visuals rather than the text.  The titles would also mirror the emotion of the words being uttered and would convey that to the audience in a very interesting way.  In the end keeping the film in it’s original dialogue was risky but I believe kept the film’s integrity intact.

Film: 5.0

Audio: 5.0 (quality of the Blu-Ray audio was very good)

Video: 7.5 amazing visual effects and eye candy on Blu-Ray

Bonus Material:

Overall: 6.0

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  2. olivia on May 22nd, 2009 11:45 am

    This is a great movie, one of my all time personal favs, in fact.

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