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"Zombieland" {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: Sony Home Video
Genre:
Horror
Release Date:
2/2/10
Special Features:

Commentary track, featurettes, Visual Effects Progression Scenes, Movie-IQ, "Beyond the Graveyard" PIP commentary track, deleted scenes, promo and theatrical trailers

Review:

It's all about Twinkies not Sno-Balls, not about Ding-Dongs or any other overprocessed foodstuff. OK, well the cause of the undead eating others IS due to hamburger mixed with a little Mad Cow disease spiced with E Coli. It's the end of the world and "Columbus" (everyone goes by where they are from so they don't become too personally involved) played by Jessie Eisenberg has put together his own rules for survival and making friends isn't one of them. When he encounters "Tallahassee" (Woody Harrelson) he at least finds someone he can hang with and he has no fear. He also has no common sense but he's a darn good shot plus he loves Twinkies and will do ANYTHING to get them including facing zombies when not necessary. ***

Their life gets complicated when they encounter a pair of con artist sisters (Emma Stone and Abigial Breslin) on a trip to a zombie free amusement park.

Image & Sound:

"Zombieland" is a bloody mess. That's a good thing. It looks very nice with dead-on colors, sharp detail and plenty of decay on view. ***

Audio sounds very nice with a DTS-HD lossless soundtrack that makes every groan, scream and the sound of ripping flesh come alive...sort of.

Special Features:

Aside from a traditional commentary track featuring Woody Harrelson, Ruben Flesicher, Jessie Eisenberg and writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. They discuss everything from the changes made in the original script when it was clear it wasn't going to be a TV pilot to a theatrical movie to ad libs. We also get a PIP (picture-in-picture) that takes us behind-the-scenes as we watch the movie including animatics and how the various physical effects were done as well. ***

"Zombieland Is Your Land" a glimpse into how the U.S. became "zombiefied" (yeah, I made the word up). We also get a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the movie "In Search of Zombieland" as well as the original theatrical promo trailers. ***

Exclusive to Blu-ray in addition to the PIP feature we get "Movie IQ" allowing you to access real time trivia on the movie. ***

Best Buy and some other retailers also have included a DVD with two featurettes. "Shootin' Zombies with Ruben Fleischer" gives the director room to talk about creating the movie, the opening sequence and other bits of info. The second featurette is "Behind the Scenes with the Cast and Crew of Zombieland" a decent featurette that expands on the behind-the-scenes featurette included on the regular DVD and Blu-ray editions of the movie. ---

Final Words:

One of the better comedies with horror overtones to come down the pike since "Shaun of the Dead" (which Flesicher and the writers fully admit inspired this film), "Zombieland" is so entertaining and so good that I honestly thought it was an adaption of a graphic novel (hey, Hollywood usually isn't THAT inspired) that I had some how missed. Clearly inspired by a variety of graphic novels, movies (including George Romero's seminal horror satire "Dawn of the Dead", "Day of the Dead", etc.), "Zombieland" is a lot of fun. I should warn you it has bad langauge, inappropriate moments and gore. Oh, and it has lots of undead people.

 

 
 
 
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