Zombieland: Double Tap appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The film boasted fine visuals.
Sharpness worked well. While the occasional wide shot betrayed a sliver of softness, the majority of material appeared accurate and concise. No issues with moiré effects or jaggies occurred, and I saw neither edge haloes nor source flaws.
Like most modern action flicks, we got a mainly teal and amber palette here, though not one that went to extremes, as it stayed fairly subdued. Within the stylistic constraints, the Blu-ray reproduced the colors in a favorable manner.
Blacks came across as deep and dense, while shadows – important in such a dark series – appeared smooth and well-developed. The movie offered pleasing picture quality.
Just as good, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio also satisfied. Music showed nice stereo presence, while effects added immersive material. The action sequences boasted fine use of the side and rear speakers, all of which brought us into the wild story well.
Audio quality seemed strong. Music was full and rich, while dialogue seemed natural and distinctive.
Effects offered clear elements, with warm, tight lows. I liked the soundtrack for Tap.
We find a nice array of extras here, and these open with an audio commentary from director Ruben Fleischer. He offers a running, screen-specific look at story/characters and the development of the sequel, sets and locations, cast and performances, photography, effects, stunts and action, music, and some Easter eggs.
Because the first movie’s commentaries included the screenwriters as well as two of the stars, I initially felt disappointed that only Fleischer appears here. However, the end result proves more effective, so perhaps this becomes addition by subtraction.
Fleischer provides a strong look at his movie, as he keeps up a steady stream of information through the whole track. Fleischer brings us an engaging and informative chat that works very well.
With Extended Bloopers and Outtakes, we find a four-minute, 52-second compilation. These tend toward pretty standard goofs and giggles, though a few improv lines add value.
Nine Deleted Scenes occupy a total of 12 minutes, 42 seconds. Expect a few good clips here.
For instance, we get a revelation about Tallahassee’s vehicle-owning past, and we find a glimpse of how various lives might have worked without the zombie apocalypse.
Not all the clips entertain, but most seem pretty good, and we learn a bit more exposition along the way. This turns into an above-average collection of cut scenes.
Featurettes follow, and The Doppelgangers gives us a seven-minute, two-second piece with notes from director Ruben Fleischer and actors Thomas Middleditch, Luke Wilson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Woody Harrelson.
We get notes about some of the movie’s new characters. It lacks depth but it gives us a few fun notes.
A Day With Bill Murray goes for three minutes, 11 seconds and features Fleischer, writer Paul Wernick, and actors Bill Murray, Lili Estefan and Al Roker. We get a few thoughts about the return of the first film’s major cameo in this short but enjoyable reel.
Next comes The Rides of Zombieland, a four-minute, 14-second reel that involves Harrelson, Wilson, Middleditch, Eisenberg, writer Rhett Reese, production designer Martin Whist, and actor Rosario Dawson.
As expected, “Rides” looks at some of the movie’s vehicles. It delivers a decent overview.
Rules for Making a Zombie Filmspans nine minutes, 10 seconds and brings comments from Fleischer, Reese, Wernick, Harrelson, production assistant Jeremy Ward, unit production manager Will Greenfield, assistant on-set greens Deven Bromme, craft service assistant Georgia Belcher, stunts Nancy Thurston, special effects makeup department head Tony Gardner, special makeup effects artist Laura Dandridge, property master Don Miloyevich, and actors Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin.
“Rules” brings a general look at the production. Though it feels loose and superficial, it gives us a smattering of useful notes.
After this we find Making Babylon, a five-minute, four-second clip that includes remarks from Whist, Miloyevich, Fleischer, and actors Victoria Hall, Victor Rivera, Avan Jogia, and Devin Mojica.
With “Babylon”, we learn about elements related to one of the movie’s main sets. It turns into a worthwhile reel.
New Blood takes up four minutes, 51 seconds and features Stone, Dawson, Reese, Fleischer, Wernick, Breslin, Jogia, and actor Zoey Deutch. They discuss new characters in this fairly fluffy piece.
Raw footage arrives via the two-minute, 18-second Single Take Doppelganger Fight. We get to see the unedited, pre-effects version of this scene in this fun extra.
Finally, Zombieland Ad Council brings a 32-second promo. It offers a cute promo, albeit one for a government agency.
The disc opens with ads for Spider-Man: Far From Home, Men In Black International, Jumanji: The Next Level, Bad Boys for Life and The Grudge (2020). No trailer for Tap appears here.
Nothing about Zombieland: Double Tap breaks new ground, and it can feel a bit like a rehash of the original. Still, the franchise boasts enough comedic juice to remain mostly entertaining. The Blu-ray comes with very good picture and audio along with a nice set of bonus materials headlined by an informative commentary. Though a bit of a disappointment, Tap still offers a mostly engaging tale.