Released Tuesday July 14, 2015 by Anchor Bay Canada & Raven Banner, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead finally hits shelves in Canada. This is a film that I have been looking forward to checking out on Blu-ray.
“When an apocalyptic event turns everyone around him—including his wife and daughter— into marauding zombies, everyman mechanic Barry (Jay Gallagher of To Become One) arms himself to the teeth, soups up his car, and hits the road in order to rescue his sister from a deranged, disco-dancing mad doctor. Bursting with high-octane car chases in the Australian outback, crazy-cool homemade weaponry, and enough blood-and-guts gore to satisfy hardcore horror fans, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead takes the zombie flick to bone-crunchingly berserk new heights.”
As I said, I wanted to check this out on Blu-ray ever since I first saw the film last year at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Programmer Christian Burgess had been all over me about checking out Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. He sent us a screener, which Andrew checked out and reviewed here. I decided to hold off and experience the film in the theatre with the rest of the festival goers. My review of that night and the film itself is here.
So let’s talk about the disc itself or discs to be correct. This is another Blu-ray/DVD combo pack which I’m a really big fan of. They are the perfect pack for those like myself who don’t like to lend out my stuff. Too many “accidents” over the years. Having the spare disc really helps with that.
The film transfer came off rather nicely. The film was shot over 4 years mostly on weekends by director Kiah Roache-Turner and Producer Tristan Roache-Turner and there are a few shots that don’t quite match up but they didn’t in the theatre print I saw either. This was a low budget film that wears its heart and some of its references on it’s sleeve. These two brothers decided to go out and make their own epic movie of zombie fueled, car racing, gun blasting, beer drinking chaos to entertain people around the world. And we are all very thankful for that, boys.
The discs come with an audio commentary by the brothers discussing the film and everything they did to make it. It’s a great commentary if for no other reason than listening to these two discuss how bat-shit insane some of the shoot was or how they are not happy with how certain scenes turned out. Yep, they lightly bash their own work when they realize they could have done things better at points. They were learning as they went on this journey across the roads of Australia. Sure, most filmmakers probably feel this way but the brutal honesty of their commentary makes you realize just how much they put into the movie. It adds a really nice bonus for the film after you watch it.
Included also is the usual Deleted Scenes feature which does have some nice stuff that didn’t make the cut, including a great monologue that got cut from the final release. It would have been nice to have it in there still but sometimes cuts have to be made. The Story Board Photo Gallery was a nice touch but wasted on me. Others may find more enjoyment there. Also included was the video from the brothers’ post production pitch video for Indiegogo. It’s a really cool little video that shows us, if nothing else, their passion and how to make a really good crowd-funding video.
That’s it for extras which is a bit of a disappointment with this disc and indie features in general. They rarely have the resources or time to have a ton of special features like some bigger budget studio films do. It’s really unfortunate because I can only imagine had they had the time & money to have some stuff covered while shooting, they could have given us more gold. Based on the commentary there were great moments that, if captured, would have been something to really enjoy as an extra on the disc.
Overall, the disc comes off as a nice addition to any film collection, horror based or otherwise. Sure, I may have been disappointed in the lack of extras but that doesn’t change how awesome having the disc is. I am really looking forward to seeing what Kiah & Tristan pull off next. Whether it’s the rumoured Wyrmwood 2 or some other spectacle of awesome, this guy is on board to watch it. Plus based on their non-stop love Kiah & Tristan give it during the commentary, I may go check out Blue Mountain.
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is now available from Anchor Bay Canada and Raven Banner on DVD/Blu-ray.
Rating: BUY IT!
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!