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Warner took over Paramount's loss.
on February 9, 2013
A few weeks back, the only way you could buy Zodiac on blu-ray was by laying down an easy $70 for Paramount's 2009 out of print edition. Now, thanks to Warner, the film's back on shelves with a much lower price tag. Co-productions sometimes work great and this is the case here. Do not fear of finding a different cover than before, Warner only re-printed the exact same set and the only real difference is a sticker on the plastic sleeve over the bar code.
The film itself is a masterpiece. It's a superb analysis of obsession in just about every character the picture finds, times passing by and much more themes than can be listed. Jake Gylenhaal is a wonderful actor cast as the Zodiac-obsessed cartoonist Robert Graysmith, surrounded by top-talents of Robert Downey Jr., Mark Rufallo, Brian Cox, Chloë Sevigny and more. The film itself takes its time to explore the true events and Fincher's eye for detail (visual AND narrative) makes for a very eerie film. So much so that I suspect even the actual survivors may have a hard time watching it. After Seven, The Game and Fight Club, you can finally add Zodiac on your blu-ray shelf without killing your wallet first.
In terms of audio and video qualities, the main soundtrack seems a bit dull, the only real flat point on this edition. Background action sometimes overwhelms the characters speaking, which is the main problem here. As far as video presentation is concerned, it was flawless even for a 2007 film. The colors, textures and many details are spotless, even though I'm far from a professional, it suited my tastes from frame 1 to final credits.
Special features, here we go: Warner thought it good to include ALL of the second disc again, which is another good idea. You will find two commentary tracks on disc 1, but disc 2 contains the meat of the supplements:
- Zodiac Deciphered: making the film (approx. 55 minutes) HD
- Visual FX of Zodiac (approx. 15 minutes) HD
- This is the Zodiac Speaking: documentary on the actual events (102 minutes) HD
- His name was Arthur Leigh Allen (approx. 42 minutes) HD
- Theatrical Trailer (2'33'') HD
All features showing HD means it's in high definition.
It would be hard to ask for more complete or better special features and this edition doesn't disappoint in any regards.
For such a bargain price, Zodiac is now a film you can add with confidence to your library. No longer out of print, you can stop looking for over-priced items on eBay or on Amazon and thank Warner for their very intelligent move. I didn't regret it so far.