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Z for Zachariah [Blu-ray]

 

(Craig Zobel, 2015)

 

Also available on Blu-ray, and a 3D Blu-ray version both from Germany:

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Lucky Hat Entertainment

Video: VVS / Lionsgate

 

Disc:

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

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 / 2.39:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

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)

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), French, none

 

English, English (SDH), Spanish

 

Extras:
Deleted scenes (6:00)
• Making of (11:25)
Extended interviews - Director Craig Zobel, Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and screenwriter Nissar Modi (20:03)

DVD

 

Deleted scenes (6:00)
• Making of (11:25)
Extended interviews - Director Craig Zobel, Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and screenwriter Nissar Modi (20:03)

Trailer (2:23)

Postercard

Digital HD download code

 

Bitrate:

1) VVS - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Lionsgate - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

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.

 

1) VVS - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Lionsgate - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

The Film:

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 without hope.

With a quiet nuance and grace, Z for Zachariah holds up science as one possible path to rebuilding, but without discounting the role of belief. And with mesmerizing cinematography that captures the feeling of paradise regained, and enchanting performances from its only three cast members, the film avoids pitting reason against faith. Instead, this postapocalyptic parable offers a muddier and far more satisfying picture of their entanglement.

Excerpt from TheGlobeandMail located HERE

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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2) Lionsgate - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) VVS - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Lionsgate - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

Audio :

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.

 

Extras :

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

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Z For Zachariah is great - I've watched it four times now. It's one of those 'Apocalypse' chamber pieces (limited survivors) with two men and one woman, like Retreat, or The Quiet Earth. Chris Pine must gravitate to this genre as he was also in Carriers - a superior Apocalypse flic. So I loved this and the review is more a warning to avoid the VVS. Those keen on this genre won't go wrong picking up the Lionsgate. Thumbs up!

Gary Tooze

October 18th, 2017

Also available on Blu-ray, and a 3D Blu-ray version both from Germany:

 

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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