This Week In Home Entertainment: A Good Day To Die Hard, Warm Bodies And Identity Thief
Warm Bodies Blu-ray
Warm Bodies is a little slow out the gate but eventually develops into a satisfying romance and action flick about R (Nicholas Hoult), a zombie who is beginning to get his heart back after meeting Julie (Teresa Palmer), a lovely young woman who may just be falling for R, as well. Part of the problem with the film is that it’s necessary to build the exposition of the love story for audiences to make the second half of the film, which tells the tale of zombies gone rogue and reuniting humanity with its zombie counterparts, work. I’m sure most of us would still prefer to see more of funnyman Rob Corddry in the first half of the film, though.
Jonathan Levine’s directorial effort is based on a young adult novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, and largely tells the same tale. While it would be impossible to translate the beautiful prose in the novel onto the screen, Levine, who also wrote the screenplay, strives in preserving the book’s sense of humor, as well as adding his own comedic flourishes to his film.
In the theater, the first half of the story, which describes what it is like to be a zombie as well as introduces us to the possibility of young love, felt a little slow, often because R has major trouble communicating during the first portion of the movie. Upon second watch, these sequences become even more arduous. It’s not that Julie and R aren’t funny and don’t have chemistry, they do, it’s just the nature of the story that’s being told and how it needed to unfold that makes the film difficult to get through during a second watch.
The film also offers a decently expansive cast, including Corddry, who brings an added element of comedy to the film. Additionally, John Malkovich signs on to play General Grigio, Julie’s father and the leader of a human community surviving in a world overrun by zombies. Dave Franco and Analeigh Tipton also round out the cast. Because the film takes the right tone and offers a nice cast, there are plenty of reasons to invest in the quirky zombie rom com.
You can order Warm Bodies over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: Some of these extras just offer the cast goofing around, but some do offer a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a movie. If you’ve ever wondered exactly why a producer gets excited about a project or how Warm Bodies slyly references Romeo and Juliet (balcony scene, obviously), you’ll get plenty of that on this set. Oddly, the extras are also a little haphazard, as some are geared to adults that are into how films are made and some are geared toward the much more youthful teen moviegoing audience. At least there's something for everyone within the bonus features.
The deleted scenes are probably the best extras, especially if you catch them with the audio commentary. In them, Levine gets jokingly choked up about the stuff he “messed up” during filming. In some of the scenes, it’s easy to see why stuff was cut, but in other instances, we get more moments between R and Julie, and even a few instances of romance between Analeigh Tipton’s Nora and another soldier.
Other Special Features:
“Boy Meets, err, Doesn’t Eat Girl”
“A Little Less Dead”
“Extreme Zombie Makeover!”
“A Wreck in Progress”
“Beware the Boneys”
“Whimsical Sweetness: Teresa Palmer’s Warm Bodies Home Movies”
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
Shrugs and Groan Reel
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