British actor turned director Richard Ayoade follows up his sublime debut Submarine with the altogether different – but equally as excellent – The Double. His adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1846 novella, co-written with Avi Korine, swaps the bleak suburbs of Swansea for the anonymous streets of small town USA and, while protagonist Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) may suffer from the same lack of confidence as Submarine’s Oliver (Craig Roberts, who appears here in cameo), this literal identity crisis is less coming of age social comedy and more dystopian neo-noir.
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.