Undead Or Alive (2007)

Actors: Leslie Jordan, Chris Kattan, Matt Besser, Navi Rawat, James Denton
Directors: Glasgow Phillips
Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Enhanced, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Image Entertainment
Run Time: 91 minutes



A zombie comedy Western! Think Shaun of the Dead meets The Good, the Bad & the Ugly and you'll have an idea of what to expect of this straight-to-DVD release.

Two cowboys (James Denton and Saturday Night Live's Chris Kattan in an occasionally grating performance as the comic sidekick wearing the fruity shirt) are two cowboys fleeing a zombie sheriff and his posse of the undead. Along the way they meet the legendary Geronimo's niece, Sue (Navi Rawat), who somehow seems to have read Guns, Germs & Steel, Jared Diamond's dissertation on why some cultures are ?superior? to others, more than a century before it was actually published.

Not all the elements in Undead or Alive always gel. Some of the attempts at humor will make you roll your eyes, which is surprising considering that some South Park alumni worked on the movie. The horror elements aren't that scary either, but as a light-hearted adventure comedy romp as part of a double bill one night Undead or Alive is better than the trailer lets on. There are also some decent gags, plus some okay gore and splatter effects.

What really elevates the material at hand its crisp, high quality 16x9 widescreen photography which, when you think about it, is the only aspect ratio in which any Western should be shot ? even if it is one featuring zombies.

Add some decent costumes, settings and sets, and you'd be pleasantly surprised if you only rented Undead or Alive at your local video shop because everything else was already out . . .



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