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Zodiac: The Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition) (2007)

Mark Ruffalo , Jake Gyllenhaal , David Fincher  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mark Ruffalo, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.
  • Directors: David Fincher
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XCZGV8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,162 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zodiac: The Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Zodiac Deciphered: An exhaustive behind-the-scenes documentary
  • The Visual Effects of Zodiac
  • Previsualization: Split-screen comparisons between animatics and finished film
  • This is the Zodiac Speaking: All-new feature-length documentary covering every aspect of the investigation
  • His Name was Arthur Leigh Allen: The truth about the prime suspect in the Zodiac case from people who knew him and the police who investigated him.

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

The special edition of David Fincher's riveting true-crime movie is called the Director's Cut, although the extra footage in the film itself is not the main attraction. In fact, just 4-6 minutes' worth of previously unseen material is here on display, hardly changing the effect or impact of the film. (No, the extra footage doesn't reveal who the real killer was.) The set is loaded with background to satisfy both hungry film nerds and true-crime buffs, which is the real reason to buy this edition. On the film front, two commentaries yammer away during the movie, one from Fincher himself, the other from a tag-team group including stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr., and, intriguingly, novelist and Black Dahlia obsessive James Ellroy. An hourlong making-of feature and a pair of technical documentaries give abundant details about how the film was made: painstaking location work in real Zodiac haunts, plus some mind-boggling green-screen special effects. (You can also witness Gyllenhaal's exasperation at Fincher's take-after-take perfectionism.) On the real case, two rather remarkable documentaries not only recount the facts but seem to stir up new controversies: This Is the Zodiac Speaking is a 102-minute account of the crimes and their initial investigation; Prime Suspect is a 42-minute portrait of the man many sleuths think is the culprit. (His name is given on the DVD box in an alternate title for this doc, which might be a spoiler for first-time viewers, so beware.) All exhaustive stuff for a movie that gets under your skin. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Based on the actual case files of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation’s history, "Zodiac" is a thriller from David Fincher, director of "Se7en" and "Panic Room." As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.

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142 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Director's Cut Special Edition was worth the wait January 7, 2008
By Cubist
After the technically accomplished but ultimately hollow thriller Panic Room (3-Disc Special Edition), director David Fincher returns to familiar subject matter with Zodiac, a dramatization of the murders perpetuated by the infamous serial killer known as Zodiac that terrorized the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1960s and early 1970s. With Seven (New Line Platinum Series), Fincher seems like an obvious choice to direct this film but those of you expecting a rehash of that film will be disappointed. With Zodiac, he faces the daunting challenge of making an exciting thriller that runs two hours and forty minutes long where the killer was never caught. He does this by focusing on the people who investigated the case and how it affected them.

This is a film that shows people talking and doing research - hardly, dynamic, cinematic material but Fincher makes it fascinating with strong performances from his talented cast and a solid screenplay to anchor the film. Like Michael Mann's equally obsessive serial killer movie, Manhunter (Restored Director's Cut Divimax Edition), Fincher spends a lot of his movie showing offices buzzing with activity as the case heats up and we see people hard at work as the police, FBI, the Chronicle and even the CIA all try to decipher the Zodiac's code and solve the case. He also show the minutia of their methods while also reminding us of the limits of technology at the time (no personal computers, no internet, no DNA testing, etc.).
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79 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Symbols March 2, 2007
David Fincher, director of the fascinating, impeccably composed, cerebral "Zodiac" has not heretofore been known for his subtlety though his "Fight Club," "Alien3" and "Seven" are filled with Life and a doomed even ugly sense of reality. But "Zodiac," the story of the Northern California serial killer, who was more aware of his reputation and celebrity than any Hollywood starlet, gives us a subtler, more rational Fincher than his previous films would suggest. There is very little of the trademark Fincher violence and brutality here and more of a psychologically astute and emotionally cognizant one.
"Zodiac" is a story of Men working together for a common goal: that of capturing the Zodiac killer. There is the Police primarily consisting of San Francisco PD Homicide, David Toschi (a remarkably committed and persuasive Mark Ruffalo) and William Armstrong (stalwart and dedicated Anthony Edwards) and the San Francisco Chronicle reporters Paul Avery (intelligent, pathetically alcoholic Robert Downey) and Robert Graysmith, who would go on to write the book about the Zodiac murders portrayed by the excellent and wounded, ultimately crazed-by-the-case, Jake Gyllenhaal.
As a rule, in most movies of late dealing with serial killers, the serial killer is merely a jumping off point for brutal and disgusting slash and dash murders. But here Fincher has stepped back, adjusted his sights and telescoped on the psychological and emotional effects of the killings, the endless procedural details of the investigation (handwriting experts, the "2500" suspects), the letters sent to the SF Chronicle by Zodiac and the detritus of a 20+ year investigation that wears down and whittles away at any kind of normal life for Toshi and Graysmith.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Obsession Becomes Even Darker January 9, 2008
ZODIAC is director David Fincher's finest film to date. All of the preparatory exercises in violence and horror he served so well in such films as FIGHT CLUB and SEVEN now are even more terrifying because of the manner in which he internalizes the events of the infamous Zodiac killer of the 1960s and 1970s and allows us to see how the murders and lack of proof of the perpetrator destroyed the personal lives of those bound to reveal Zodiac's identity. The story of course is true, as documented in Robert Graysmith's book (adapted extremely well for the screen by James Vanderbilt), and the history is so well known that rehashing it in a review is pointless. But on to the production.

Filmed in the Bay area the film has that peculiar light known to artists of the region but rarely captured so well as it is here by cinematographer Harris Savides: the sunlight (when visualized is brilliant and the night portions are dank not only form the seeming constant rain but also form the seediness of the story's message. The acting is of the highest caliber: newspaper cartoonist Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal, in a standout role), police inspector David Toschi (Mark Ruffalo, in one of his finest performances), news writer Paul Avery (Robert Downey, Jr.), Melvin Belli (Brian Cox), Inspector William Armstrong (Anthony Edwards), Graysmith's long-suffering wife Melanie (ChloŽ Sevigny), down to the more minor roles are all pitch perfect.

What makes this film work so well is the emphasis on the human aspect of how violence, especially random and uncontrolled, alters the psyches of people. The breakdown from the stress of the fruitless and frustrating investigation by each of the primary characters is heart wrenching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars For A Really Well Put Together/Presented Movie.
This movie is as much about the people who worked to try and catch the Zodiac as much as it is about the killings. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The BD transfer sparkles. Well done.
Published 5 days ago by Mark Martucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful Upgrade to High-Definition to a Classic Film.
Published 8 days ago by John Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great BR
Arguably David Fincher's most mature film, and easily his most underrated, tracks the parallel narratives of the infamous serial killer's reign of terror, the frenzied... Read more
Published 13 days ago by gatotsu911
2.0 out of 5 stars So much promise, such bland execution
Fell asleep during this in the theater, then twice while watching the video at home. This movie has so much potential with great actors and storyline; I'm not sure where it misses... Read more
Published 19 days ago by JenH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies!
Published 23 days ago by Jazzmeire
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see!
My husband and I really enjoyed this movie. It had us on the edge of our seats. Good job guys!
Published 29 days ago by Trisha Shakespeare-Carr
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Interesting, but never solved.
Published 1 month ago by Sieni
5.0 out of 5 stars watch this in the dark
Living in the San Francisco Bay Area this is almost a necessity movie to watch. It's a great story and still to this is never been solved. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NapaFamily
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy good! Highly recommended
Creepy good! Highly recommended! Love Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal of Robert Graysmith, and Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. were equally terrific. Highly recommended!!
Published 1 month ago by Yvonne Smith
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Out of print?
So after some poking around about these versions, it appears that all releases of the Director's Cut have all the same Special Features. However, the main difference is that the US release has the features on disc 2, whereas the UK edition has the movie and features all on one disc. Also, the... Read More
Apr 2, 2012 by Ross J. Raniere |  See all 7 posts
Why doesn't Amazon warn customers that HD-DVD isn't compatable with dvd...
youd have to be a moron to think otherwise.
Dec 24, 2007 by Ben Kjolhaug |  See all 16 posts
bonus materials?
Looks like they are screwing the fans the first release delayed already at that should have the bonus material you are asking for but nope. It's just the bare bones edition so why the delay you can bet they will release a special edition down the road the studios just plain suck I was looking... Read More
Jun 24, 2007 by Jason Adamczyk |  See all 7 posts
directors cut vs. theatrical release
There isnt much of a difference. i personally enjoy the extended scene with the DA on the phone and Toschi and Armstrong laying out there case to get a search warrant for Allens trailer. The biggest reason to get the DC DVD over the theatrical are the xtra features. The theatrical DVD is a bare... Read More
Jan 22, 2010 by J. Alessandro |  See all 3 posts
Is H. D.Format dead
Terrible punctuation. Really, it hurts my head to read.

"D.V.D.;s are,but"
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