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6 Degrees Entertainment

'To Your Last Death' [Blu-ray]
(Morena Baccarin, William Shatner, Ray Wise, Bill Moseley, Dani Lennon, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (2019) 2020 / Quiver Films)

Overview: After emerging as the sole survivor in a deadly revenge game set up by her father to punish his children, Miriam receives an offer from a supernatural entity to go back in time and try again.

Now, Miriam must survive both her father's blood lust and the Gamemaster's ever-changing rules to save her siblings as she relives the worst night of her life.

Features the voice cast of Morena Baccarin, Ray Wise, Dani Lennon, Bill Moseley and William Shatner.

Blu-ray Verdict: Whilst not knowing quite what to expect from the off, as doing too much homework can sometimes ruin the entire viewing experience, I have to say that I genuinely found this film to be a very intriguing, and highly enjoyable hour and a half of viewing material.

Chock full of well crafted detail, whether it be the forefront or background scenery, the character expressions and mannerisms themselves, or even the, at times, sumptuously delivered one-liners from Morena Baccarin's 'Gamemaster' role, it is obvious that a lot of care, attention and devoted love for the art was put into making and producing 'To Your Last Death.'

Opening with a voice-over monologue from the one, the only William Shatner as 'The Overseer,' he introduces us to 'Miriam DeKalb' (Dani Lennon) as she escapes a building by smashing her way through a door window with a fire axe!

Miriam is, of course, immediately taken to a hospital where a 'Detective Lang' (Tom Lommel) questions her about the incident. Miriam informs him of something rather unbelievable (and heinously gruesome) that had just taken place, causing her to run, but he does not believe her in the slightest.

All alone, feeling unstable, and with nobody believing her story, she is visited by 'The Gamemaster' (Morena Baccarin). Wherein The Gamemaster gives her the option to go back (in time) and this time, knowing what she knows now, have another crack at it; this time with some external rules in play.

Confused, and more than a little wary, Miriam agrees when she is shown proof that her current predicament is actually way worse than she had first realized!

With the animation, to my mind, that moreover of an artsy comic book styling, complete with sharp edge work, and defined facial features - that truly highlight all the full on blood and gore scenes to a tee - it also embraces early colorful Japanese animation too.

With a defined, and equally spread balance of dark humor combined with the aforementioned blood, gore and overall sense of pulsating, yet at times, confused dread, I just cannot see how fans of animated gore, or even fans of "real filmed" movie gore cannot come together on loving this film to bits!

Shatner as 'The Overseer,' which when he speaks gives you the feeling, if you shut your eyes for a few seconds, that you are listening to an audio book, is in cruise control here, but still remains at his usual Shatner best, and aside from the brilliant aforementioned Baccarin as 'The Gamemaster,' it's Ray Wise as the demonically angered, and always ready to implode 'Cyrus DeKalb' that steals the show here!

In closing, and alongside some rather strikingly stellar animation, the script flourishes along with its imbued characters, and complete with a few plot twists (and some red herrings, so beware), it all comes together with an honest, well-developed and satisfying depth of enjoyment.

This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and as for the extras, they include a Director's Commentary with director Jason Axinn, and a Zoom panel with Axinn, star Dani Lennon and others, an Interview with star William Shatner, Interviews and behind the scenes with stars Morena Baccarin, Ray Wise, Bill Moseley, Dani Lennon and Florence Hartigan, a Behind The Scenes reel, Comic Con Panels, an Animation Demo with lead animator Mohammad Ali Sharifpour, Unused Artwork and Animation, Crowdfunding highlights, Featurettes on the development of the film, and more!

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