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Z for Zachariah [Blu-ray]
(Craig Zobel, 2015)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Lucky Hat Entertainment
Video: VVS / Lionsgate
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 1:37:55.411 / 1:37:54.702
Disc Size: 39,042,191,618 bytes/ 42,324,699,150 bytes
Feature Size: 28,981,721,088 bytes / 29,230,749,696 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.46 Mbps / 34.23 Mbps
Chapters: 8/ 16
Case: Standard Blu-ray case (both)
Release date: October 27th, 2015 / October 20th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 / 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1307 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1307 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby TrueHD Audio French 3073 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3073 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3514 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3514 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), French, none
English, English (SDH), Spanish
• Deleted scenes (6:00)
• Making of (11:25)
• Extended interviews - Director Craig Zobel, Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and screenwriter Nissar Modi (20:03)
• Deleted scenes (6:00)
Digital HD download code
Description: In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he's nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel.
Based on Robert C. O'Brien's sci-fi novel from 1974, Z for Zachariah follows the life of Ann Burden (Margot Robbie) in the wake of a nuclear apocalypse that has devastated life on earth. In her mysterious countryside dwelling, crops continue to grow and she has built a sustainable, albeit lonely, lifestyle. Her new reality is disturbed when a mysterious, radiation-suit-clad scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor) stumbles upon her peaceful property. Believing she was the only person left on earth, Ann is hesitant to welcome him in, but the two eventual begin an intimate relationship. Their newfound life together is challenged with the appearance of another man, Caleb (Chris Pine), creating a deadly love triangle in this post-apocalyptic tale of human relationship.Excerpt from Daniel Gelb at B+N located HERE
Directed by Craig Zobel, the film positions Ann's tucked-away farm in a
protected valley as a literal paradise on earth, unblemished by the
radioactivity that has rid the globe of all other life. The drama brims
with religious allusion and questions of how faith manifests in a world
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Z For Zachariah is an excellent modern apocalypse film and that the VVS Blu-ray is cropped, in the incorrect aspect ratio, seems unthinkable. The Canadian Blu-ray is in 1.78 and should be around 2.35:1, like the Lionsgate. What a blunder...we've seen it before with 2007's The Lookout, Fincher's Se7en, Anh Hung Tran's The Scent of Green Papaya and recently 1963's The Day of the Triffids. If that's not enough the Lionsgate is more technically robust and looks as competent as a modern transfer should - bright colors, depth and solid detail. IOt doesn't appear as you lose anything via the widescreen - the VVS was just severely cropped. Shameful.
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I really enjoyed the score of Z for Zachariah by Heather McIntosh. There are some outdoor effects - waterfall, a couple of rifle shots etc. with separation but the film is not peppered with aggressive audio. The score is gentle, some church organ and a wonderful theme. For some reason the VVS uses a weak Dolby TrueHD surround track (16-bit) for the, original, English but far more robust, and 24-bit, for the French DUB ?!? The Lionsgate is superior with a healthy DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3514 kbps (24-bit) There are optional English and French subtitles on the VVS and English and Spanish on the Lionsgate My Oppo has identified both as being a region 'A'-locked.
Both offer 6-minutes of deleted scenes, a 'Making of' plus extended interviews with director Craig Zobel, Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and screenwriter Nissar Modi. Lionsgate advance again with a trailer, Digital HD download code and a cool Postercard. Ohh... the VVS adds a second disc DVD.
VVS - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Lionsgate - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
October 18th, 2017
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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