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'Priest (Rated Version)'
(Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2011 / Sony Pictures)

Overview: In a world ravaged by wars between humans and vampires, a renegade priest fights to rescue his niece from the legions of bloodsuckers who seek to transform the young girl into one of them.

DVD Verdict: I loved this movie! Didn't expect to quite as much as I assumed I would, but man, this film was GOOD! Equal parts post-apocalyptic industrial and Mad Max wasteland, the bleak future on display in 'Priest' is a frightening dystopia in which mankind and vampires have waged war for eons.

When vampires slowly mount their revival amongst the scorns of humanity living outside the church-protected, walled-off cities, it's up to Priest (Paul Bettany) to do his best Van Helsing impersonation. Along with Priestess (Maggie Q) and Hicks (Cam Gigandet), Priest must stop the ultimate plan through which the Black Hat (Karl Urban), the vamp leader, plans to deliver his coven to one of the great cities for a vampire version of Thanksgiving feast.

The action scenes include on foot fighting, with plenty of sharp blades and throwing 'stars' to slice up the mindless drone vampires. If you're an action fan, this is definitely worth a rental or purchase. The action is well done and easy to follow thanks to good camera work that allows the actors space to breath. The choreography of 'Priest' with regard its fighting monsters and human vampires is simply incredible. There's also a lot of time spent on futuristic hover cycles and a great ending cycle/train chase.

Maggie Q was allowed a far greater range as another Priest with chaste love for the hero. Her roles are getting more serious, and she is finally getting a chance to show her abilities. Well, she's always gotten to show off her martial arts gifts, and she does again here too. Karl Urban also gets a well earned, central role in this one, but aside from saying that he does an excellent job in a different character from earlier roles, I can't go further without spoilers. Christopher Plummer, of course, was excellent, adding depth and power to the role of the senior clergyman and political leader in the Church. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) and comes with the Special Features of:

Commentary with Director Scott Stewart, Writer Cory Goodman, Paul Bettany and Maggie Q
Deleted and Extended Scenes
The Bloody Frontier: Creating the World of Priest
Tools of the Trade: The Weapons and Vehicles of Priest