Vampire mythology has always been a subject that Hollywood loves to cover, from Blade to Underworld audiences tend to clamor to any vampire film. Ever since the phenomenon Twilight came out there are vampire stories seemingly popping up on everything, from books to television to feature films (I'm personally loving the TV series True Blood, it's superb - Dave). Well, Daybreakers is another movie that focuses on vampires, but the movie is much more than just a vampire tale.
Daybreakers throws a few vampire conventions on its head. The film is set in 2019 and the human population is close to extinction due to a pandemic disease. The dominant breed is now vampires and human numbers are dwindling, which means that the supply of blood is also dwindling. Humans are captured and harvested and blood is a controlled market.
The film essentially tells the story of humans trying to survive and find a cure to turn people back into humans and it succeeds... mostly. There are a few flaws that keep the film back from being a must see (even for vampire fans); the storyline can be a bit haphazard at times and while the acting from Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe is acceptable, it was difficult to feel too involved with the movie and the characters in it.
It must be said that the audio in Daybreakers really is impressive. The film has a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (16-bit/48Khz) track which is a rarity on Blu-Ray discs, but very much appreciated. The film has an excellent audio mix that will utilise every speaker in your home, from subtle noises that just keep the atmosphere intense to the loud shots of the tranquilizer darts. The vampires are very softly spoken, which does mean you'll need to listen to the film very carefully though.
This disc only contains the English audio option. As well as that there are English and Spanish subtitles, but that is unfortunately all, which seems very limited.
Bonusview Storyboards / Animatics: This featurette actually starts the film and allows you to watch some of the differences between the storyboarding and the final film. It's interesting, but we would have rathered choosing a few select screens rather than launch into the whole film.
The Making of Daybreakers (121:38/HD): This is the crown jewel of the special features. The Spierig brothers have documented every single thing they have done while making Daybreakers and this featurette is an extremely meaty look at the entire process, and with a runtime of over 2 hours it's even longer than the actual film itself. It is possible to just select the parts of development of the film to focus on too, rather than having sit down and watch the entire making of.
Poster Art Gallery: It's possible to view seven theatrical posters on this special feature.
Theatrical Trailer (2:21/HD): I had actually never seen the trailer before so it's quite an interesting look at the film in a short snippet.
Review By: Luke Van Leuveren