Movie Review: WARM BODIES (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

WARM BODIES is a unique romantic comedy with a paranormal twist. In this story about the power of human connection, Nicholas Hoult stars as an unusual zombie who forms a special relationship with a human girl as they struggle to survive during a zombie epidemic. Rounding out the all-star cast is Teresa Palmer, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich. The movie was written for the screen and directed by Jonathan Levine and based on the best-selling novel by Isaac Marion.

A funny new twist on a classic love story, Warm Bodies is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. 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.

Warm Bodies is an updated take on the classic story of “Romeo and Juliet” that takes place after the zombie apocalypse. That’s right, we’ve mixed romance and horror together and the outcome is a fun zombie movie. The movie follows R (Nicholas Hoult), an unusual zombie who ends up saving Julie (Teresa Palmer) from a zombie attack. Julie immediately sees that there’s something special about R and the two form a special relationship. The two embark on a fun (and sometimes dangerous) adventure and as the two grow closer and R becomes more human. This special trait that R possesses holds the key to saving the undead and reuniting them with the world of the living.

Okay, the zombie subgenre of horror is easily the most saturated of them all so it’s hard to come up with anything new and original. Even though this movie borrows from the classic tale of love and death, it’s a unique take on zombies and a really fun movie to watch. There’s just a small element of horror that’s mixed with just the right doses of romance and humor. All of the acting was really good and these characters were so much fun to follow. Nicholas Hoult did a fantastic job as the undead hero of the story who doesn’t have much to say (or in this case mumble) but he still gets his point across. Teresa Palmer does a really good job as the girl who kickstarts R’s heart and helps him become human again.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. 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 UHD disc features some matching artwork and the Blu-ray disc has a dark blue finish with the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this movie like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, I really enjoyed revisiting Warm Bodies which has ended up being one of my favorite zombie movies of all time. Jonathan Levine did a fantastic job bringing this unique story to life on screen and captures all the right things to make this movie something special. I’d almost call this 2013 horror-comedy a classic because it’s different from the other zombie movies and stands out among them. I’m not sure why Lionsgate is rereleasing certain movies from their catalog on 4K but I really did enjoy revisiting this one and it looks and sounds amazing in UHD. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience. Warm Bodies arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) for the first time ever on October 3rd and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English Dolby Digital 2.0 / French and Spanish DD 5.1 / EDA

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! This release includes over an hour of bonus content. There’s nine behind-the-scenes featurettes, some audio commentary, deleted scenes, a gag reel, theatrical trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Featurettes
  1. “Boy Meets, Er, Doesn’t Eat Girl” (09:49)
  2. “R&J” (16:21)
  3. “A Little Less Dead” (16:41)
  4. “Extreme Zombie Makeover!” (10:11)
  5. “A Wreck in Progress” (14:59)
  6. “Bustin’ Caps” (10:09)
  7. “Beware the Boneys” (07:04)
  8. “Whimsical Sweetness: Teresa Palmer’s Warm Bodies Home Movies” (12:38)
  9. “Zombie Acting Tips with Rob Corddry” (04;43)
  • Audio Commentary with Screenwriter/Director Jonathan Levine and Actors Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Director Jonathan Levine (11:11)
  • “Shrug & Groan” Gag Reel (05:07)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:32)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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