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DVD Review: “Resident Evil (Resurrected Edition)”

(Screen Gems/Sony. 2 Discs. Rated R. Color. Widescreen.) Resident Evil. 2002. 101 minutes. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. With Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy. Music by Marco Beltrami and Marilyn Manson. Resident Evil: Apocalypse. 2004. 94 minutes. Directed by Alexander Witt. With Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Thomas Kretschmann, Sandrine Holt, Jared Harris. Music by Jeff Danna.

I was prepared not to like these movies, but I have to confess I experienced a certain level of entertainment from these popular entries in the sci-fi/horror video-game genre. To catch up: Under Raccoon City, a massive underground bioengineering facility known as The Hive has accidentally unleashed the deadly and mutating T-virus, killing all of its employees. A team of highly trained super-commandos, including Alice (Jovovich), must battle zombies, mutant killer dogs, and something called The Licker. Yeah. High production values plus the appeal of Ms. Jovovich and her don’t-mess-with-me female sidekick (Rodriguez in the first movie, Guillory in the sequel) make the silliness watchable (if you can handle the zombie body count…hard to keep track of, since they’re already dead). Fun featurettes on the second disc. Included is a bridge scene to the next entry in the series, Resident Evil: Extinction, due in theaters on Friday 9/21. Jovovich seems to be building her own Alien-like franchise; any similiarities are purely intentional.