World War Z has landed on DVD and Blu-Ray and it already has one thing going for it -- it has the unrated cut, never before seen in theaters. The new edit is courtesy of director Marc Forster and delves deeper into the action and gives way more thrills.
The World War Z movie trailer teases the story of Brad Pitt and his U.N. worker who has to cross the globe in order to find out how a zombie apocalypse got started, all in hopes of putting an end to it. The film begins with Pitt’s character and his family out on what seems to be an ordinary day. How that day will finish is anything but mundane.
Before he knows it, zombies have swarmed his city, sending his family and everyone else running for high ground trying to get away from the undead who act more like rapidly moving ants than any other zombie we’ve previously seen onscreen.
For two reasons, some felt the film World War Z would not fare as well as the book World War Z. One, it is a vastly different narrative than the novel, and two, the zombies and their movement -- many thought -- would alienate the passionate fan base who devour all things zombie. Judging by its over $200 million gross domestically and international box office success, neither of those things proved to be a problem.
There is talk from Pitt about World War Z 2 and rightfully so. The way the film ends leaves much to be explained and thus a sequel would be welcome. But, before we get to a second chapter of World War Z, what is so fabulous about the home video release of the film that proved to be the highest grossing of Pitt’s extraordinary career?
The bonus features are ones to treasure, both for fans of the zombie genre and those who simply enjoyed the film. The first one that caught our eye is Origins. This doc looks at how Pitt worked with effects masters to create a zombie race unlike any film has ever shown.
To ground their story in science, and thus realistic fact, filmmakers sought to involve the help of noted scientists. The Looking to Science featurette explores the grounded-in-reality aspects of the zombie invasion that is, frankly, kind of scary! It makes you think this could truly happen in some form in the future.
The actual production of World War Z gets four features, each more compelling than the previous. Outbreak features Pitt and Forster taking viewers behind the scenes of the film’s first action sequence on the streets of Philadelphia. One truly gets the sense that if that scene does not work, so too suffers the film. It is uncanny to see how Pitt is equally a creative collaborator with Forster, and not merely the film’s star.
The Journey Begins is a chronicle into Pitt’s character Gerry and his effort to not only solve the zombie crisis, but to survive it himself while he criss-crosses the globe. Most notably, that killer sequence in South Korea is explored.
Camouflage removes the veil of movie magic from the final confrontation between Gerry and a zombie who seems innocent enough. But with painstakingly set thrills, director Forster turns a simple scene into one that is overtly terrifying.
And our favorite of all the bonus features, Behind the Wall, shows how the epic scene shown in the World War Z trailer, was shot. Jerusalem is the site of essentially what serves as the heart of our story, and as Pitt gets to the locale, he is there to see how the locals have managed to stave off the zombie invasion. Then… they breach that massive wall and attack.