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DVD Review: “Blood and Chocolate”

(Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 2007. 1 Disc. Color. Rated PG-13. Directed by Katja von Garnier.) Agnes Bruckner, Olivier Martinez, Hugh Dancy, Bryan Dick, Katja Riemann. Music by Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil.

Latest entry from the producers of Underworld is based on a popular young adult novel. Teenage girl (Bruckner), living in modern-day Bucharest, must choose between her growing affection for a young artist (Dancy, Helen Mirren’s Earl of Essex in Elizabeth I) and her werewolf heritage. Leader of the pack is Martinez (the boy toy from Unfaithful), who attempts to dissuade Bruckner from betraying her shape-shifting brethren. Heed the PG-13 rating: the film looks pretty, but is pretty tame in both the romance and violence departments. Director Garnier, veteran of German independent cinema, has a few interesting visuals, but shows her inexperience with the horror genre. Serviceable music score by Klimek and Heil. Extras include some deleted scenes.

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