Zombieland appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. Though not stellar, this was a consistently solid presentation.
Sharpness was very good. Only a smidgen of softness crept into the wider shots, so the majority of the flick felt accurate and concise.
No problems with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge enhancement remained absent. In terms of print issues, no concerns materialized.
Like most modern action movies, Zombieland went with a stylized palette. Much of the flick stayed with fairly standard orange/amber and teal, but only a few brighter colors popped up at the amusement park.
Within those constraints, the hues were appropriate and well-rendered. The disc’s HDR added warmth and intensity to the tones as well.
Blacks seemed dark and tight, while shadows showed nice delineation. The HDR added punch to contrast and whites. This wasn’t a reference 4K UHD, but it looked good.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the film’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack mostly came to life during a few action sequences. These provided fairly good material from the side and rear speakers, as these scenes used those speakers to a positive effect. Wild action elements cropped up around the room and created a fair amount of nutty action.
Audio quality satisfied. Speech sounded crisp and distinctive, and music appeared robust and full.
Effects were accurate and dynamic. Low-end response showed good thump and richness. Nothing here dazzled, but the audio merited a “B+”.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Audio showed better breadth and impact, while visuals seemed smoother, more vivid and more concise. Though this didn’t become a big upgrade over the Blu-ray, it showed improvements.
This package includes a broad mix of extras, most of which appear on the included Blu-ray copy. These open with “Beyond the Graveyard”, a picture-in-picture feature that mixes raw footage from the shoot, pre-viz material and storyboards, and interviews.
We hear from 2nd unit director/stunt coordinator George Aguilar, visual effects supervisor Paul Linden, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, director Ruben Fleischer, and actors Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Mike White, Jesse Eisenberg, and Woody Harrelson. They discuss stunts and effects, characters and their traits, cast and performances, and a few general thoughts about the production.
I’ve seen some good picture-in-picture features over the years. “Graveyard” won’t land on my list of the best of these - and in fact, it’ll be on my list of disappointments.
When the information appears, we find some decent material. Nothing terribly scintillating pops up, but the segments have their moments.
Unfortunately, we find these too infrequently for them to make this a satisfying experience. I don’t expect PiP features to provide a non-stop barrage of components, but we should get those elements on a pretty consistent basis.
Here we find a lot of dead space and don’t find nearly enough material to keep us occupied. “Graveyard” is only worth a look if you’re really bored and you can’t get enough of all things Zombieland; it’s just not a satisfactory program.
Next comes an audio commentary with director Ruben Fleischer, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and actors Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg. All five sit together for this running, screen-specific take on the film’s origins and path to the screen, cast, characters and performances, story issues and editing, music and production design, stunts and effects, and sets and locations.
With noted eccentric Harrelson in tow, one might expect a loose, goofy chat. Instead, we get a very standard commentary.
That’s not a bad thing, though the result never becomes especially memorable. We find a reasonably good collection of thoughts about the production, however, and we learn a fair amount about the flick here.
Two featurettes follow. In Search of Zombieland goes for 15 minutes, 57 seconds and provides remarks from Harrelson, Stone, Fleischer, Breslin, Eisenberg, Wernick, Reese, producer Gavin Polone, executive producer Ezra Swerdlow, key makeup effects artist Kevin Prouty, and actor Amber Heard. The show discusses the project’s roots and development, cast, characters and performances, zombie design and makeup.
“Search” provides a pretty mediocre featurette. Much of it stays with basic notes, and a lot of it also appears during the commentary. I do like the info about the nature of the zombie disease/design, though, and we learn some interesting thoughts about those characters.
Zombieland Is Your Land lasts 11 minutes, 59 seconds and features Eisenberg, Fleischer, Swerdlow, Wernick, Reese, Breslin, Stone, Harrelson, and production designer Maher Ahmad.
This show looks at production design, sets and locations. Unlike the general “Search”, “Land” focuses on a pretty tight subject area. And that makes it more effective, as we learn a lot about the set design specifics in this satisfying program.
Seven Deleted Scenes occupy a total of five minutes, 27 seconds. As that running time indicates, we find no extended additions here; the longest segment lasts only about 90 seconds. A couple show more about the aftermath of Columbus’s experiences with “406”, and these provide unnecessary exposition.
Others let us learn a little more about Wichita and Little Rock, and we also see some pangs of guilt over the way they treat the guys. The clips are generally interesting, but I don’t think any of them needed to be in the final film.
Under Visual Effects Progression Scenes, we see four clips: “Washington” (0:53), “Seat Belts” (0:27), “Banjo Zombie” (0:24) and “Falling Zombie” (0:19).
Each of these silent pieces lets us see the shots in various stages; we watch the effects layers build in them. They’re a decent way to view the manner in which the movie created its effects.
Five Theatrical Promo Trailers fill a total of six minutes, four seconds. Like standard trailers, they include movie clips, but they mostly consist of zombie-related Q&A with Harrelson and Eisenberg in character. That factor makes them much more interesting than the usual ads.
A few new features appear on the 4K UHD, and
“Raised” provides a general recap of memories related to the movie from the perspective of 2019. It offers little more than happy talk that exists to promote the sequel.