Magnet Releasing has given us several options for Mutant Chronicles on home video: a single-disc DVD, a two-disc DVD set, and a Blu-ray. Both DVD versions feature a pleasant 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation that brings out the best in the film’s dreary look. Both DVDs also contain a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack that gets the job done. Oddly enough, no English captions are included — the only subtitle option is Spanish.
An audio commentary with director Simon Hunter and actor Ron Perlman can be found on either release. Mutant Chronicles: 2-Disc Collector’s Edition features a second disc devoted entirely to special features. Included on it are a documentary, deleted scenes, a promotion teaser short film (with optional commentary), interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes, yada yada yada — you get the idea. I think it goes without saying that fans of Mutant Chronicles and this particular type of genre in general will probably want to go for either the two-disc edition or the Blu-ray release (which has all of the bonus material).
As far as acting and writing goes, Mutant Chronicles could be a hell of a lot better. But, in many ways, it’s the execution of both that again add to the appeal of this film. Personally, I found it to be a charming (and very bloody) way to escape from reality for 101 minutes.
And besides, how else will you ever hear Davon Aoki shout, “Put it in the hole! Any hole!”?