Video: **** 1/2
Article first published as Blu-ray Review: Best Buy Exclusive ‘WolfCop’ - Written and Directed by Lowell Dean on Blogcritics.
When making a film as outlandishly titled as WolfCop, the
movie had better deliver. And writer/director Lowell Dean does. Full of
one-liners, gory practical effects, and nods to wolf-related material
both written and filmed, WolfCop is better than just another
contribution to the direct-to-video variety. It may not have seen a wide
release — what low budget Saskatchewan film does? — but with the right
marketing, it might have. At least WolfCop is now available on Blu-ray — as a Best Buy exclusive until May 12 — so that we can revel in the twisted hilarity.
Garou (Leo Fafard) is nothing short of a deadbeat, alcoholic cop in the
small Canadian town of Woodhaven. With crime on the rise — including a
missing pets problem — Terry Wallace (Ryland Alexander) thinks it’s time
for a change and is running for mayor against incumbent Bradley
(Corrine Conley). One night, Lou is called out on a complaint in the
woods and finds Terry dead, hanging upside down from a tree.
After getting hit on the head, Lou wakes up the next morning with a
pentagram carved in his chest, along with heightened senses, and body
hair that just won’t stop growing. Lou has been turned into a werewolf
and must join forces with fellow officer Tina (Amy Matysio), slutty
bartender Jessica (Sarah Lind), and town looney Willie (Jonathan
Cherry), to keep his transformation under control or give in to become
the world’s first WolfCop.
From a review standpoint, RLJ Entertainment has delivered some pretty
stellar looking discs. However, they’ve also shortchanged a few titles
by putting them on 25GB discs causing a few compression issues.
Thankfully for WolfCop they’ve chosen to go with a 50GB disc,
allowing the film the room it needs to breathe, especially considering
the wealth of special features. As for the image, you couldn’t ask for WolfCop
to look any better. It only cost $1 million to make and looks and
sounds that way too. The fact that they filmed in a whirlwind 17 days
makes it even more surprising. This is one classy looking image.
Blacks never result in crush, noise is never an issue, and I never
detected even the slightest banding. Detail is also razor sharp, helping
to add an extra level to the practical effects. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master
Audio track is also top-notch for being so low budget. Every line of
dialogue, claw slash, ripping skin, and the occasional explosion or
gunfire are brought to life with nothing drowning out the other. Bass
also keeps the film’s energy bumping as the action starts to pick up.
English SDH subtitles are also available.
You want special features? WolfCop comes armed with enough to make any fan howl at the moon and then some. “WolfCop Unleashed–Behind the Scenes Featurette” (45:51) kicks things off and covers everything you could ever want to know about WolfCop
but were afraid to ask. Broken down into six sections — “How It
Happened,” “A Million Different Parts,” “Somewhere Between 1986-1992,”
“A Practical Way to Make Movies,” “A Ton of Hard Work,” and “We’re Not
Done Yet” — tackles everything from the film’s original inception to the
announcement of the sequel. A “Film Commentary with Writer/Director
Lowell Dean and Special Effects Artist Emerson Ziffle” is a really good
listen, providing plenty of behind-the-scenes anecdotes and they point
out some of the more subtle references.
“The Birth of WolfCop” is a behind-the-scenes look at the
film’s evolution through the Cinecoup contest: “Cinecoup–Year in Review”
(1:16), “Cinecoup–Cineplex Promo” (:54), “Mission Videos 1-6” (11:31),
and “Cinecoup–Banff Be Brave–Final Reveal” (1:52). It’s a lot of fun —
particularly an awesome Jaws reference — taking a sneak peek at the contest; it’s kind of like an episode of Project Greenlight.
A collection of “Film Outtakes” (3:11) is packed with tons of hilarious
penis jokes provided by Matysio. A collection of trailers round things
out including the “Theatrical Trailer” (1:39), “Original Concept
Trailer,” (2:20), “Sky Dive Promo” (0:37), “Trailer Park Boys Shout Out” (1:26), and a “Special Thanks” (1:01).
WolfCop is the kind of film the Machete series wishes
it could be. Full of jokes, references, and awesome practical effects —
something of a rarity in any kind of film these days — it’s a
horror-lovers dream film. With a stellar video presentation, excellent
audio, and a wealth of special features, WolfCop is worthy of a
blind buy, so run on out to your local Best Buy and pick up a copy
before the next full moon, you won’t be sorry.