Blu-ray Review: BURYING THE EX

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BURYING THE EX was directed by Joe Dante and stars Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper.

This horror-comedy follows Max (Anton Yelchin), an all-around nice guy, and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Ashley Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare.

Max realizes it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s too afraid to break up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Several weeks later, he has a chance encounter with Olivia (Alexandra Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soul mate. But that same night, Evelyn returns from the grave as a dirt-smeared Zombie and she’s determined to live happily ever after with Max …even if that means turning him into one of the undead.

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Okay, I had high hopes for this Joe Dante offering but it sort of fell short. The story just wasn’t that interesting and it reminded me of a number of other horror-comedies that have been released over the years. We’ve also gotten plenty of movies that have featured a crazy ex that just wouldn’t let go. Don’t get me wrong because there are some fun moments in this movie, just not enough to make Burying the Ex something special or even memorable. The standout for the movie is easily the talented young cast assembled and Oliver Cooper’s quirky performance ended up being the stand out here. I do have to give a nod to Alexandra Daddario because if she’s in something, I’m gonna watch it!

As far as special effects go, the movie does have some blood and gore and of course Ashley Greene’s character Evelyn looked pretty hot as a zombie. The movie features some cool undead zombie eyes, a little blood here and there, along with some gross embalming fluid being puked up by Greene, yep it’s all there. Something else I liked about the movie is the fact that Anton Yelchin’s character Max worked in a Halloween novelty shop and personally I love going in these kind of shops and checking out all the crazy stuff they have.

The Best Buy Exclusive Blu-ray packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear.

Bottom line is, Burying the Ex was an okay watch but it ended up being nothing special and it even reminded me of other mediocre horror comedies we’ve gotten over the years. It’s still fun at times and the movie does have a great cast and legendary director that will hopefully draw some fans in but just don’t get your hopes up too high for this one. Hey, it’s a good enough one-time watch but that’s about it. This Best Buy Exclusive Blu-ray releases on August 4th.

Distributor: Image Entertainment

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: None

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