Friday, February 19, 2010

DVD of the Week! - Zombieland

Zombieland (2009) Dir. Ruben Fleischer

It's not far off when people say this is America's answer to Shaun of the Dead. Two men, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), find themselves in a zombie filled post apocalyptic world, and decide to ride together for a short amount of time. After running into two girls, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), the four carry on together doing whatever it takes to survive. Showing itself as not just a horror comedy, but an emotional ride through action filled character driven scenes. I saw this movie in the theater when it came out and watching it a second and third time(with commentary), it never looses it appeal. I could sit here and rattle on about how amazing this movie is, but most people already know. Then again, this isn't a movie review, this is a DVD review.

First off, is the commentary. The commentary on this movie comes from Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Ruben Fleischer, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick, and not only is is extremely hilarious, but it is also extremely insightful. When they are talking, you actually feel like you are there making the movie with them. You learn so much about the film through them discussing it scene by scene. One of the best commentaries I have ever seen.

In Search of Zombieland- this documentary short about making Zombieland starts of with an amazing montage of zombie kills with heavy metal music in the background. It has essential interviews as to how Zombieland came to be. It started off as a T.V. show that never got picked up, and the writers discuss the process to making it into a feature film. Then it takes off with a discussion about each individual character and how the creators feel then have the ultimate cast for a zombie film. Then they throw in interviews with a zombie that just cracked me up. Everyone does seem a little obsessed with Emma Stone, but then again who wouldn't be? The zombie auditions are outstanding! It is the first time I have ever really seen a DVD dive into the zombie auditions.

Zombieland Is Your Land- is more of how the movie was made, but shows more of a behind the scenes theme. A real focus is on the environment, or the sets. The showing of the fake supermarket is amazing. They show how they made the grocery store scene without actually filling the store with real groceries! Then they talk about the theme park itself in great depth.

Deleted scenes- It really sucks that these clips didn't make it into the movie. Most of these clips are amazing, but I can also see how they might have slowed the movie down a little bit. It always pisses me off when I get a DVD that doesn't have any special features, because I live for them. This DVD did not disappoint. Even the deleted scenes are not some short three second clips that really add nothing to the film. These clips are deep with emotion and story, but couldn't be kept in because they slowed the movie too much.

Visual Effects Progressions. This just shows how they developed a couple of the huge visual effects scenes of the movie. Slow and boring, but kind of interesting to see how they were developed step by step.

Woke Up Dead Episode- An episode about a guy who wakes up dead, played by Jon Heder. I looked it up, and apparently its a TV series that has had one season. I wasn't really impressed by the show, and it's small implications that it was about a zombie were almost insulting, but it still doesn't bring down the value of the DVD.

All in all, this movie is essential to every one's collection, whether you like zombie movies or comedies. I give this DVD a big ol'

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