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  • Zombieland's UHD upgrade delights with humor, improved visuals, and sound.

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  • Video
  • Zombieland's UHD upgrade offers modest clarity, richer HDR colors, with some resolution and encoding flaws, preserving a good, if not revolutionary, visual enhancement.

  • Audio
  • Zombieland's Dolby Atmos mix excels in clarity, immersion, and balanced sound enhancements, offering a lively and spacious audio experience.

  • Extra
  • Zombieland's Ultra HD release features new and exclusive insights and retrospectives, alongside carried-over content in Blu-ray, ensuring a comprehensive dive into its making, effects, and behind-the-scenes action.

  • Movie
  • Ralph Potts reviews 'Zombieland's UHD debut, highlighting its mix of comedy, horror, and technical enhancements like 2160p resolution and Dolby Atmos, in a zany cross-country road trip through a zombie apocalypse.

    Video: 84

    Zombieland's transition to 4K UHD Blu-ray, as captured by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, presents an intriguing case of modest yet noticeable enhancements juxtaposed with the limitations of its original production method. Originally shot primarily on 35mm film in Super 35 format and utilizing advanced digital cameras for certain sequences, such as the Phantom for innovative slow-motion effects, the movie was finished with a 2K Digital Intermediate. This upscale to 4K does offer a discernible improvement in image sharpness and detail, particularly visible in character close-ups where textures like facial hair and clothing materials exhibit greater clarity. However, it's paramount to acknowledge that these enhancements are incremental, refining rather than revolutionizing the visual experience of Zombieland. The film's photography, while occasionally presenting softly in scenes due to its mixed media origin, benefits overall from the 4K treatment, making elements like the deteriorated urban landscapes and the vibrant, chaotic amusement park scenes pop with a bit more life.

    The HDR color grading brings about a tasteful deepening of the film's palette, enhancing the depth and vitality of colors without veering into oversaturation. This treatment excellently befits the movie's unique blend of horror and comedy, elevating the visual impact of its goriest moments and the nocturnal amusement park setting, where lights shimmer more brightly against darker skies. Though the color scheme tends to stay true to the original's slightly desaturated, muted look — a creative choice that complements the film’s post-apocalyptic setting — the HDR application ensures that when colors do show, they're richer and more nuanced. Nevertheless, it's observed that colors like reds are significantly deeper, contributing to a more visceral visual experience of the bloodshed that defines Zombieland's zombie encounters.

    On technical grounds, this 4K presentation is not without its faults. Instances of minor aliasing and a tendency towards a darker overall picture can sometimes obscure finer details, particularly in lower-light conditions. Moreover, while contrast levels are generally improved, bringing about truer blacks and more vivid white hues, they can be inconsistent, with some scenes appearing slightly over-contrasted. These issues, likely tied back to the limitations of its source quality and upscaling from 2K, do not entirely detract from the viewing experience but are worth considering. What stands out is the overall richer shadow detail and slightly improved luminescence in brighter areas which, when combined with the aforementioned color enhancements and refined detail, make for a worthwhile upgrade over its Blu-ray counterpart for enthusiasts seeking the best visual quality for their home cinema setup.

    Audio: 88

    The Dolby Atmos soundtrack of "Zombieland” on 4K UHD Blu-Ray presents itself as a significant upgrade over the traditional 5.1 mixes, offering an expanded soundstage that enhances the viewer's immersion into the comedic horror realm of the undead. The audio mix utilizes the overhead sound objects effectively, creating a dynamic and atmospheric listening experience that varies from subtle enhancements to more pronounced effects depending on the scene's requirements. This object-based track brings out the nuance in low-level details and atmospheric cues, such as insects buzzing and road noise, which contribute to a richer, scene-specific environment. Action sequences, from gun battles to zombie snarls, are rendered with pinpoint precision and clarity, though there’s feedback suggesting that while gunshots exhibit excellent directionality, they lack the desired low-end impact that would otherwise lend more realism to these moments.

    Despite its capability for overhead engagement, the soundtrack maintains a disciplined approach, avoiding an excessive reliance on overhead channels, which allows for a balanced and comprehensive audio experience. Ambient sounds and music tracks are given space to breathe, enhancing engagement without overwhelming the core audio elements. The soundtrack is adept at moving sounds smoothly across the stage, with atmospheric effects and dialogue remaining clear and well-prioritized throughout. The low end is described as more robust than previous audio mixes, adding necessary weight to action sequences and the film’s score, though some may find it underwhelming in relation to gunfire.

    In contrast to its achievements, the Atmos mix has been critiqued for not fully maximizing its potential in creating an utterly enveloping soundscape, particularly noted in quieter moments and in its handling of certain action elements. Despite these limitations, the audio presentation is praised for its warmth, fidelity, and the spatial positioning of sound elements, which altogether provide an enjoyable and enhanced revisit to “Zombieland.” This auditory experience, complemented by a vast array of language and subtitle options, seems tailored not just for fans of bone-crunching zombie action but also for aficionados of detailed sound design aiming for a mix of clarity, depth, and atmospheric immersion.

    Extra: 82

    The "Zombieland" 4K UHD Blu-ray dazzles with a mix of old and new extras that cater to both die-hard fans and newcomers. At the forefront, the UHD disc introduces 'Raised from the Dead: Zombieland A Decade Later', a fresh look back at the film's impact, featuring insights from the cast and crew alongside a tantalizing glimpse at the sequel. This is complemented by 'Shootin' Zombies with Ruben Fleischer', a technical deep dive into the iconic opening sequence, revealing the intricacies of high-speed photography. While some content like 'Behind the Scenes with the Cast and Crew of Zombieland' and the theatrical trailer add more familiarity to the set, they ensure a well-rounded coverage. The inclusion of a Movies Anywhere digital copy and legacy features on the Blu-ray disc, such as an engaging audio commentary and behind-the-scenes explorations, makes this release a comprehensive package for enthusiasts looking to delve into both the cinematic and technical aspects of "Zombieland".

    Extras included in this disc:

    • ALL-NEW: Raised From the Dead: Zombieland A Decade Later: Cast and crew reflect on the original film's legacy and share insights into its making.
    • Shootin' Zombies with Ruben Fleischer: Director Ruben Fleischer discusses the creation of the movie's opening sequence.
    • Behind the Scenes with the Cast and Crew of Zombieland: A glimpse into the film's production, including set pieces and actor experiences.
    • Theatrical Trailer: The original trailer for "Zombieland".

    Blu-ray Disc Extras:

    • Beyond the Graveyard Picture-in-Picture Track: An immersive viewing experience offering additional insights.
    • Audio Commentary: Commentary track featuring key members of the cast and crew.
    • In Search of Zombieland: A featurette exploring the making of "Zombieland".
    • Zombieland Is Your Land: Focuses on the film's locations and sets.
    • Deleted Scenes: A collection of scenes not included in the final film.
    • Visual Effects Progression Scenes: Breakdowns of how visual effects were integrated into the film.
    • Previews: Trailers for additional Sony titles.

    Movie: 86

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation of "Zombieland," a comedic gem melding horror and laughs with an irresistible road trip narrative, shines brightly in its latest home entertainment release. Ruben Fleischer's directorial debut, which has cemented its place as a cult favorite since its debut in 2009, receives a spectacular upgrade. With an enhanced 2160p resolution that brings the post-apocalyptic landscapes to vivid life, HDR color that deepens the visual impact of both gore and dark comedy alike, and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack that immerses viewers in the zany yet perilous world, this edition is a testament to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's dedication to quality. The legacy content from the 2009 Blu-ray release is seamlessly carried over, ensuring that fans don't miss out on any familiar extras, while also introducing several new features to the UHD disc.

    Diving into the heart of "Zombieland," its storytelling prowess is palpable, weaving the tales of Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), a rule-bound survivor with a knack for avoiding zombified fates; Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a Twinkie-seeking tough guy with unmatched zombie-killing expertise; and the cunning sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). Their quest across a zombie-infested America in search of family, indulgence, and an ephemeral sense of normalcy encapsulates a unique blend of humor, horror, and heart. The film’s script deftly combines smart satire with a spoof on horror tropes, bolstered by outstanding performances that bring depth to the eclectic cast of characters.

    This UHD version does not merely elevate the technical viewing experience but also enriches the narrative's emotional and comedic impact. The sharpness and clarity of the picture accentuate the film’s detailed production design and special effects, making the zombies more terrifying and the action sequences more exhilarating. The Atmos track adds an additional layer of engagement, placing viewers squarely in the middle of the chaotic yet hilarious skirmishes with the undead. "Zombieland" on 4K UHD Blu-ray not only serves as a much-needed upgrade for long-time fans but also as an attractive entry point for newcomers to experience the film’s clever blend of laughs, scares, and heartfelt moments in unmatched quality.

    Total: 87

    Zombieland," a beloved horror-comedy, stakes its claim in the 4K UHD Blu Ray arena with a release that leaves fans both satisfied and intrigued. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has brought this cult classic back to life with an Ultra HD video restoration that doesn't over-exaggerate but finely tunes its visual presentation, maintaining the film’s original charm while enhancing its eerie yet comedic aesthetic. The audio experience is elevated through a complimentary Dolby Atmos track, further immersing viewers into the chaotic world overrun by fast-moving zombies. This release not only caters to long-time fans with its technical upgrades but also aims to welcome newcomers before diving into the long-awaited sequel, "Zombieland: Double Tap."

    True to its reputation, "Zombieland" shines as an inventive horror-comedy, skillfully blending explosive action and raunchy humor with a surprisingly heartfelt narrative of companionship amidst chaos. This UHD edition is marked by an upgrade that is more evolutionary than revolutionary, presenting a mild yet appreciable enhancement in video quality through HDR10, adding depth to the visual horror and comedic antics alike. The movie asserts itself as an ideal watch in Ultra HD, especially for those looking to experience it in its best form before the sequel. Additionally, the inclusion of both new and legacy bonus supplements makes this package a comprehensive celebration of the film’s influence and enduring appeal.

    In conclusion, while the 4K UHD release of "Zombieland" might not boast dramatic enhancements over its Blu-ray predecessor, it presents a refined viewing opportunity that is highly recommended for enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Its blend of superior sound quality, particularly the Dolby Atmos track, and modest visual improvements, alongside valuable supplemental material, makes this version a worthwhile addition for collectors and fans awaiting the next chapter in this zany apocalypse saga.