World War Z DVD/Blu-ray Review: Gorgeous and Gruesome

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Further changing the face, and pace, of high octane zombie action from the standard slow stagger of eventual mayhem to imagery that will stay with you long after its last infectious bite.

World War Z transforms Pitt from heart-throbber to heart-lopper with an eerily plausible scenario and walls of killer scenes.

While at this point the perpetual “lone hesitant hero” who holds the single fate of the world in his hands has perhaps become a bit too contrived and convenient for any given film’s credibility, Pitt as said hero absolutely hits it home in demonstrating that his “pretty” can also be gruesomely gritty. Like the majority of zombie fare, those with a zombie plan are the most likely to pounce and lap up all of World War Z’s innards. However, this is a film with real teeth, so those with an affinity for action, suspense, and even mystery should have little problem in probing around for some juicy bits as well. World War Z may be late in pulling up to the table of corpse-munching carnage, as zombie films seem to be poised to make the slow creep back towards the dirt for another well earned rest. But with Pitt and director Marc Forster dishing out heaping helpings of coagulating bliss and fresh kill imagery, at least the crusty husks will go out not with a whimper, but with a deafening roar.

The extras menu is surprisingly sparse considering the scope and style of the film, with the zombies taking a backseat to Pitt throughout and features that only break the skin of their respective topics. The film’s source material – a 2006 novel by Max Brooks entitled World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War – is deconstructed along with plenty of Pitt collaborated information in the first feature “Origins”.  The second feature, “Looking to Science,” dually illuminates the applied scientific information supporting the film and supplies a brief tour of zombie films and culture. The production featurettes section is broken down into four parts, and provides behind-the-scenes looks at the film’s initial attack in Philadelphia, Pitt’s harrowing South Korea escape sequence, input into one of the film’s most memorable scenes, “The Wall” in Jerusalem, and lastly offers an overview of the slightly stunted final scene between Pitt and the predators in “Camouflage.”

So with scares, shocks and then some, to contend with Pitt’s handsome, World War Z is equally gorgeous and gruesome.

Studio Synopsis: Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is called upon to help stop the chaotic pandemic that has gripped populations around the world. Lane fights to keep his family safe, while searching for an answer to the outbreak before it destroys all of civilization.

blu ray world war z geek1 World War Z DVD/Blu ray Review: Gorgeous and GruesomeStudio: Paramount
Running Time: 115 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Number of Disks: 2

Special Features:

- Origins: The filmmakers discuss collaborating with renowned actor/producer Brad Pitt to create a Zombie film the likes of which have never been seen.

- Looking to Science: Explore the scientific realities of Zombie behavior in nature and learn more about Zombies in literature and film.

- World War Z: Production Featurettes:

*Outbreak: Go on set with Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster for a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s breathtaking first attack in Philadelphia.

*The Journey Begins: Delve deeper into Gerry’s fight for survival during the dramatic escape in South Korea.

*Behind The Wall: Explore the epic scene in Jerusalem and discover the incredible logistics of creating the elaborate stunts and crowd sequences.

*Camouflage: Experience the final confrontation between Gerry and the Zombies and discover the phenomenal scope of the film’s production.

Additional Resources:
Central Cast: Brad Pitt | Mireille Enos | Daniella Kertesz | James Badge Dale | Ludi Boeken | Matthew Fox | Fana Mokoena
Director: Marc Forster
Central Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan | Drew Goddard
Theatrical Release: June 21, 2013
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: September 17, 2013
Genre: Action | Adventure | Horror

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