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Zombieland: Double Tap

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

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  • Zombieland: Double Tap delights with humor & tech-savvy visuals despite flaws.

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  • Video
  • Zombieland: Double Tap's UHD release enhances detail, color, and contrast, offering a visually striking yet occasionally artificial appearance.

  • Audio
  • DTS:X soundtrack of Zombieland: Double Tap impresses with immersive, dynamic audio, enhancing action with clear dialogue, potent bass, and well-layered effects and music for an engaging experience.

  • Extra
  • The Zombieland: Double Tap Blu-ray and 4K UHD discs offer a comprehensive look into the making, featuring director commentary, behind-the-scenes with cast, deleted scenes, bloopers, a dive into character doppelgängers, vehicles, and a zombie film's unwritten rules.

  • Movie
  • Zombieland: Double Tap serves familiar, comedic zombie chaos with minor tweaks, offering both comfort and slight innovation without deviating from its roots.

    Video: 90

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Zombieland: Double Tap" showcases a visually striking upscaling from its native 3.4K digital shoot, finished with a 2K Digital Intermediate, to UHD quality. Despite the film's upscale to 3840 x 2160p resolution on this disc, encoded with HEVC (H.265) and supporting HDR10, the level of clarity remains impressive across various displays. This sharpness extends from detailed textures such as skin, textiles, and environmental decay attributable to a zombie-ravaged world, to the intricate visuals such as the fireworks and neon lights that punctuate the film's aesthetic. Although some optical softness can be detected along the edges, this does not detract significantly from the overall high-definition experience.

    The HDR enhances both the color palette and contrast variances, bringing a richer, more nuanced visual experience when compared to its Blu-ray counterpart. Colors are vivified, from the lush greens of untouched landscapes to the vibrant neon of an Elvis-themed motel, all without suffering from the banding occasionally visible in skies -- a minor flaw that 12-bit Dolby Vision could have potentially resolved. Black levels are deeper and more intense, offering eye-catching contrast against the vivid highlights, while shadow detail is meticulously maintained. Notably, scenes with sharp contrasts, such as intense fireworks against the night sky or headlights piercing darkness, are particularly impactful due to these improved black levels and contrast handling.

    However, it's not without its flaws. Certain scenes display an unnatural appearance, bordering on artificial due to the digital noise and occasional sharpening artifacts. This inconsistency sometimes leads to moments where details can appear slightly softened or characters slightly plasticky. Despite these shortcomings, the 4K presentation's enhancements in color depth, detail clarity, and balanced HDR rendering largely contribute to a visually appealing experience that surpasses its Blu-ray release. The attention to nuances within both high-intensity moments and quiet, detailed scenes, like the portrayal of fabrics or the slightly edgy but realistic flesh tones, ensures that "Zombieland: Double Tap" maintains a cinematic quality that fans will appreciate.

    Audio: 90

    The DTS:X audio presentation of "Zombieland: Double Tap" on its 4K UHD Blu-ray release offers an astoundingly immersive and spacious sonic experience that clearly elevates it from standard 5.1 channel mixes. Enthusiasts will appreciate the added dimensionality and depth, with overhead sound objects and height channels enriching the soundscape, particularly during intense action sequences and climactic moments like the defence of Babylon. The layered score and heightened atmospheric details throughout various scenes, like the falling Tower of Pisa, provide a rich auditory layer that pairs superbly with visual cues. The mix's ability to alternate between subtlety and high-octane intensity, coupled with precise dialogue reproduction, ensures an engaging and balanced listening experience.

    While the soundtrack excels in creating an expansive and engaging audio environment, with meticulous placement of sound effects and ambient sounds that contribute to a full-bodied half-dome soundstage, there are noted areas for improvement in low-end tightness and force. The LFE channel occasionally struggles, particularly noted in the underwhelming representation of explosions and certain vehicle effects, which lack the palpable punch one might expect. Despite these minor shortcomings, the audio mix triumphs in delivering clarity and depth across a variety of settings, whether it be in high-action encounters or more nuanced environmental sounds.

    Primary audio options beyond English DTS:X include a spectrum of languages and subtitles, catering to a diverse audience. The object-based mix excels in aggressiveness and staging of effects cues, with appreciable lower frequency heft providing a solid foundation in scenes bustling with action or music. Vocals remain crystal clear against the dynamic background, underscoring the technical prowess of the mix. Although the soundtrack demonstrates notable upgrades compared to its predecessors and rises above with its dynamic range and spatial accuracy, it slightly falls short of a groundbreaking experience due to inconsistencies in bass response and impact. Nonetheless, "Zombieland: Double Tap's" DTS:X track presents a commendably immersive auditory journey that complements the visual spectacle.

    Extra: 79

    The "Zombieland: Double Tap" 4K UHD Blu-Ray extras provide a substantial dive into the making and essence of the movie, with content distributed across the 4K disc and the Blu-ray. Director Ruben Fleischer's audio commentary, found on both discs, gives a comprehensive breakdown from both narrative and technical viewpoints, offering insights into the film’s development and execution. Meanwhile, the Blu-ray disc is packed with additional content, including extended bloopers and outtakes that offer a lighter side of production, a series of nine deleted scenes adding depth to the storyline, and several featurettes such as "The Doppelgängers" and "A Day with Bill Murray," which delve into specific character explorations and behind-the-scenes moments. Furthermore, "The Rides of Zombieland" and "Rules for Making a Zombie Film" provide thematic and practical insights into the genre, complemented by "Making Babylon" and "New Blood" which expand on set design and introduce new characters. The inclusion of a single take doppelgänger fight scene showcases the technical prowess behind the action sequences. This package is essential for fans interested in the intricate details of film production and those who appreciate the complexities of creating a sequel that respects its origins while introducing fresh elements.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Audio Commentary: Director Ruben Fleischer discusses the film's development.
    • Extended Bloopers & Outtakes: Light-hearted moments from the shoot.
    • Deleted Scenes: Includes titles like "The Beast Is Gone" and "Alternate Proposal."
    • The Doppelgängers: An in-depth look at Thomas Middleditch and Luke Wilson's characters.
    • A Day with Bill Murray: Focuses on Bill Murray’s contributions.
    • The Rides of Zombieland: Exploration of the film's various vehicles.
    • Rules for Making a Zombie Film: Insights into the movie-making process with a focus on zombies.
    • Making Babylon: A dive into one of the key set pieces.
    • New Blood: Introduction to new characters in the franchise.
    • Single Take Doppelgänger Fight: A technical showcase of a major fight scene.
    • Zombieland Ad Council: A humorous take on apocalypse preparedness.

    Movie: 79

    Zombieland: Double Tap," the much-anticipated sequel set a decade after its predecessor, navigates a path deeply entrenched in the familiar, reviving the post-apocalyptic humor and gore that fans adored in the original. Despite the passage of time, little has evolved in the narrative landscape, with the film comfortably rehashing its formula of quirky survivor camaraderie against a backdrop of increasingly smart zombies. The original quartet—Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock—find their dynamics tested as they encounter new survivors and face evolved undead threats. Their interactions, peppered with low-brow humor and high-paced action, embrace the sequel's reluctance to depart from its roots, offering a blend of comfort and predictability in its delivery.

    Director Ruben Fleischer and his team replicate the essence of the initial outing, introducing minor tweaks and new characters that inject a semblance of novelty without fundamentally altering the core experience. The inclusion of characters like the ditzy Madison and pacifist Berkeley stir the group's dynamic, while evolved zombies propose an unrealized depth to the antagonist landscape. Technical aspects, notable in its 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation, celebrate the genre's grotesque charm with crisp visuals and vehement audio that underscore the movie's spectacularly grim aesthetic. The sequel excels in its graphical fidelity and sound design, ensuring the visceral joy of zombie extermination is captured with an impeccable clarity that enhances the viewing experience.

    Contrarily, the film's reliance on established character arcs and comedic elements highlights a creative stagnation, mirroring the undead it portrays—a hunger for new territory, left unfulfilled. Despite this, "Zombieland: Double Tap" succeeds in delivering its brand of entertainment through a familiar yet engaging spectacle of splatter comedy. It revels in the recycling of its premise, leaning heavily on the strengths of its cast and the nostalgia of its audience for its predecessor. While it falters in innovation, it finds its footing in the provision of a reliably humorous, albeit predictable, continuation of its unique take on the zombie genre.

    Total: 84

    Zombieland: Double Tap," despite arriving a decade after its predecessor and revisiting familiar territory, maintains its charm and engagement through humor, gory flair, and the undeniable chemistry of its returning cast. The sequel journeys through a post-apocalyptic America, punctuated by a brief but memorable detour to Italy, showcasing its blend of comedy and horror without venturing far from its roots. The storyline might stick to a tested formula and the comedic beats may not break new ground within the broader zombie genre, however, it finds its strength in character dynamics and a willingness to sprinkle in new elements. Sony's release on 4K UHD Blu-ray stands out with its commendable technical presentation. The upscaled image radiates with bright, well-detailed visuals, strong coloring, and solid black levels. Accompanied by an engaging DTS:X surround sound track that boasts detailed audio and tight bass, the overall video and audio quality elevate the viewing experience significantly.

    Extras on the 4K UHD package might feel slightly limited but are sufficiently fan-friendly, covering essential behind-the-scenes aspects. While adhering closely to its original formula, "Zombieland: Double Tap" injects enough novelty to keep fans engaged, supported by a capable transfer that showcases the film's aesthetic and auditory merits. The packaged Blu-ray offers a comprehensive array of additional content, ensuring enthusiasts have plenty to explore beyond the main feature.

    In conclusion, "Zombieland: Double Tap" manages to overcome its narrative and originality shortcomings through its spirited cast performances, visual flair, and a high-quality 4K UHD presentation by Sony. It offers a familiar but enjoyable ride for fans of the franchise and stands as a recommended addition to the collections of 4K aficionados. While it may not redefine the genre or surpass the original's freshness, it assures an entertaining experience with its polished technical attributes and a comfortable plunge back into its zombified universe.