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World War Z

by Kevin Taft
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Tuesday Sep 24, 2013
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The hit zombie apocalypse film based on the popular novel takes a bite out of home theatres this fall with the release of "World War Z." A well-made zombie picture, director Marc Forster and producer/star Brad Pitt don’t really reinvent the wheel here, but they do make a more event-driven zombie action picture than something geared toward horror fans only. This is a suspenseful action film through and through and succeeds on that level. Where it doesn’t succeed is giving us any depth to the scenario or the characters. Still, it’s a fun ride, and the zombie attacks are ridiculously inventive.

The Blu-ray comes with an extended unrated cut that makes some scenes longer and adds some gore that was missing from the PG-13 theatrical version. That said, it’s nothing earth-shattering so if you don’t see that version, don’t lose sleep over it.

Blu-ray Special Features run about 45 minutes in total and are interesting, but they tend to be repetitive.

  • Origins - The filmmakers and Brad Pitt discuss how they went about adapting the novel to the screen.
  • Looking to Science - A fascinating short featurette on the science behind the zombie infection and their swarming-style movement.

    WWZ: Production - includes:

  • Outbreak - A behind-the-scenes look at the film’s opening.
  • The Journey Begins - A look at the South Korea sequence of the film.
  • Behind the Wall - A study of the logistics of the scene behind the wall in Jerusalem.
  • Camouflage - Discussing the final sequence where Gerry injects himself with a virus in order to elude the zombies.

    The DVD features the theatrical version of the film, and some editions come with the 3D version of the film.

    "World War Z"
    Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Download Combo Pack
    $39.99
    www.paramount.com

  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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