DVD Review: Disney’s ZOMBIES

Disney’s ZOMBIES was directed by Paul Hoen and stars Milo Manheim as Zed; Meg Donnelly as Addison; Trevor Tordjman as Bucky; Kylee Russell as Eliza; Carla Jeffery as Bree; Kingston Foster as Zoey; and James Godfrey as Bonzo.

Disney’s “ZOMBIES” is a music- and dance-filled story set in the fictitious world of Seabrook, a cookie-cutter community brimming with perky conformity 50 years after a zombie apocalypse. Today, the zombies pose no threat, but are required to live in Zombietown, an isolated, rundown community infused with their unique creative spirit. When zombies are finally allowed to enroll in Seabrook High School, the charming, charismatic zombie Zed, who is determined to play football, meets freshman Addison who dreams of being a cheerleader — the ultimate form of status in Seabrook. Addison takes a lot of flak for befriending Zed and his zombie friends, but comes to learn that zombies and cheerleaders aren’t so different after all. Zed and Addison work together to show Seabrook what they can achieve when they embrace their differences and celebrate what makes them a community.

Disney Channel’s newest original movie is filled with music, dances, and high school woes – plus zombies! Set fifty years after a zombie apocalypse, zombies are finally allowed to enroll in Seabrook High School. The charming zombie Zed, who is determined to play football, meets freshman Addisonwho dreams of being a cheerleader — the ultimate form of status in the community. Zed and Addison work together to show Seabrook what they can achieve when they embrace their differences and celebrate what makes them a community.

Okay, don’t worry about the zombies being too scary or anything like that because half the characters in it are undead and these walkers are as harmless as they get. As far as the makup and special effects go, don’t expect too much because it’s all pretty basic looking. You know, because the pretty girl in high school can’t be attracted to an ugly zombie! There’s also a little cheesy humor to go along with the musical numbers and all in all it wasn’t that bad of a watch.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Disney’s ZOMBIES follows the long line of popular Disney Channel original movies like High School Musical, Camp Rock and Teen Beach Movie and it pretty much follows the same basic formula – make a teen comedy and throw in some catchy tunes and dance numbers throughout the watch. The story deals with bullying and tolerance and we all know how rough things can get for kids in school. I thought the young cast did a really good job with their characters that were all fun to follow. This movie focuses on Zed, a popular zombie in school who plays on the football team, and Addison, the pretty cheerleader who has been living with a secret for her entire life. The two end up likng each other but of course this kind of stuff is frowned on in society so they have to rebel against the rules and in doing so they break down the walls that have been keeping humans and zombies separated for so long. This wasn’t as good as some of the previous Disney originals but it’s still a fun watch that’s geared towards the tween/teen audience out there. Disney’s ZOMBIES is now available on DVD.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: G

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff!

  • Zombie Blooper Reel (DVD Exclusive)  – Laugh out loud at the Cast of ZOMBIES in this compilation of the funniest bloopers and outtakes from the making of the film.  TRT:  3:53
  • The Zombie Survival Guide To High School (DVD Exclusive) – This piece uses a visual motif of a Zombie Survival Guide, with styled infographics and hosted by the talent.  We go down the list of some of the most important survival tips for Zombies and humans on how to get along and make the best of high school.  TRT:  2:24
  • Dance Tutorial – Join Meg Donnelly (Addison), Kylee Russell (Eliza) and ZOMBIES Choreographer, Christopher Scott, as they show you how to dance along to the ‘BAMM” Music Video. TRT:  3:38
  • Deleted Scene #1 (DVD Exclusive)  – It’s a Cheer-tastrope  TRT:  :57
  • Deleted Scene #2 (DVD Exclusive) – New Jacket, New Name TRT:  1:09
  • Audition Tapes (DVD Exclusive)
  • Milo Manheim Audition TRT: 1:16
  • Meg Donnelly Audition TRT :57
  • Music Video – “BAMM” TRT 3:39
  • Lyric Video – “BAMM”  TRT 3:23
  • Trailer #1  TRT:  2:20
  • Trailer #2   TRT 1:50

 

 

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