The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Summit Entertainment - 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 98 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Nicholas Hoult, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, Cory Hardrict, John Malkovich
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Music by: Marco Beltrami
Written by: Jonathan Levine based on the novel by Isaac Marion
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 4, 2013
An unlikely romance between a beautiful human teen and a sensitive undead slacker sets off a chain of events with the power to transform the world.
In a post apocalyptic future after some sort of epidemic turn large portions of the human population into flesh eating zombies. “R” (a highly unusual zombie) living among others of his kind in an abandoned airport encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack secreting her in an abandoned jetliner. Julie sees that “R” is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, “R” becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.
Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies is an offbeat comedy/romance hybrid about the power of human connection. Spun with a more a less teen themed demographic it is surprisingly entertaining with a light narrative that doesn’t try too hard and successfully derives the most from its shallow elements. I found the concept of integrating zombies into a teen/romance rather refreshing and appreciated the lightly interwoven levity and development of the central characters. There is not nearly enough horror here to satisfy true fans however the idea that zombies, (both good and bad) are present coupled along with a mashing of genres makes for good fun and the possibility broader audience appeal.
Leads Teresa Palmer and Nicholas Hoult are spot on as is the always funny Rob Corddry in the role of “M”, “R”s zombie sidekick. The remaining members of the cast, including John Malkovich, are much less effective but don’t detract from the proceedings. Warm Bodies is a bit of a mishmash that effectively combines comedy, romance and flesh eating zombies. Yes it’s a little warmer and fuzzier than need be but its flair for romanticism mated with a topical theme is irresistibly charming and ultimately entertaining.
The rating is for zombie violence and some language.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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Warm Bodies comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate Home entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.4 Mbps.
This video presentation has a filmic quality that doesn’t always lend itself to razor sharp images however resolution is excellent as both people and objects are rendered with clear definition that at times is meticulously resolved. The color palette isn’t a diverse one and with the exception of a colorful flashback sequence sticks mainly to tamped down secondary hues with splashes of primary colors that render a cooler overall aesthetic. Flesh tones are on the bland side but fit right in with the visual style of the video. Contrast is bold which adds dynamic emphasis to sequences containing bright elements. Blacks are dynamic and slightly crushed. Scenes containing uneven and/or dim lighting reveal discernible detail in shadowy backgrounds and darkened areas. Overall this is an excellent high definition rendering that looked terrific on my large screen.
The high resolution DTS-HD MA soundtrack delivers smooth, sibilant free treble, tonally rich, crystalline dialogue, and diffused, room filling ambience. The front channels are seamlessly integrated with the surrounds tightly infused to create an immersive, stable soundstage. This mix generates a dimensional listening experience that comes alive during action based segments or subtly involving during quiet moments. It made for a fun surround sound experience that mated perfectly with the tone of the film.
- (HD) Boy meets, ER, Doesn’t eat girl – 9 minute featurette
- (HD) R&J – 16 minute featurette
- (HD) A little less dead – 16 minute featurette
- (HD) Extreme zombie make-over – 10 minute featurette
- (HD) A wreck in progress – 15 minute featurette
- (HD) Bustin’ caps – 10 minute featurette
- (HD) Beware of the Boneys – 7 minute featurette
- (HD) Whimsical sweetness: Teresa Palmer’s Warm Bodies Home Movies – 12 minutes
- (HD) Zombie active tips with Rob Corddry – 4 minutes
- (HD) Audio commentary with director Jonathon Levine, Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmder
- (HD) 9 deleted scenes with optional commentary by writer/director Jonathon Levine
- (HD) Shrug and groan – 5 minute gag reel
- (HD) Theatrical trailer
- Digital Copy
- Ultraviolet Digital Copy
Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies is an offbeat comedy/romance hybrid that combines an age old theme with a little zombie blood letting. The result is a surprisingly charming film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video and a strong supplemental package that takes a deep look behind the scenes at the production including interviews/insights from the cast/crew. I can’t say that Warm bodies is a movie for everyone but I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend that you check it out on Blu-ray.
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