The high school movie has played an important role in American cinema ever since the 1950s, when films like Richard Brooks’ Blackboard Jungle and Nicholas Ray’s seminal Rebel Without a Cause introduced audiences to the burgeoning concept of teenagers as a culturally significant mass movement. But the genre as we know it today really blossomed in the 1980s, when John Hughes perfectly captured the modern high school experience with films like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Both the DVD and Blu-ray have a spirited commentary with director Ruben Fleischer, stars Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. There’s also deleted scenes, a making of, a look at the production design and visual effects progression scenes. The Blu-ray also has a Picture-in-Picture track, including behind the scenes footage and storyboards, plus the BD-Live enabled feature movieIQ, which allows viewers to access trivia about the film while they are watching it.
Stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone
Director Ruben Fleischer
Format DVD & Blu-ray
Distributor Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Released March 15
Horror and comedy are two of the most difficult genres to get right on the big screen; it takes a filmmaking team of great skill to illicit terror or laughter from a wide audience. It all rests on the timing; from the dialogue to the performances, the shooting style to the cuts made in the edit suite, everything must be perfectly packaged to provoke a base emotional reaction – and, all too often, one or all of these elements falls short and the whole point of the film is lost. Not so with Zombieland. In fact, this balls-out, gun-totin’, action-packed, laugh-out-loud horror comedy is about the most fun you could have in a cinema without getting arrested.