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

Mark Ruffalo , Jake Gyllenhaal , David Fincher  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews)

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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 (376 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XCZGV8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,615 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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140 of 145 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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38 of 43 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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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
As the beginning of any new year rolls around, after awards season, there tends to be a significant drop off in quality or what you might call serious drama. Usually we're left with crowd pleasing, if not critically acclaimed comedy, or low budget horror until the kickoff of the summer season. There are a few gems that sneak in once in a while (perhaps the most notorious was "Silence of the Lambs" with its oddly timed Valentine's opening), but as a generalization--this is true more often than not. So David Fincher's "Zodiac," which make no mistake is a drama--not a thriller, is a welcome respite from traditional fare at this time of the year. Fincher, who made an artistic splash with "Se7en," "The Game," and "Fight Club," has been noticeably absent since hitting it big with the more routine "Panic Room" in 2002. Eschewing the sensationalistic approaches a film of this type might employ, Fincher has crafted a sprawling and ambitious investigative drama about the men whose lives were changed in the obsessive hunt for a serial killer known only as Zodiac.

For those unfamiliar with the story, I will borrow an excerpt from my review on "The Zodiac" (a lesser film that covers some of the same ground, but concentrating more on Zodiac's earlier murders in Vallejo). "Over a period of years during the sixties and seventies, the San Francisco area was plagued by a series of seemingly random murders perpetuated by a man known only as the Zodiac killer. Using the press and taunting the police, Zodiac became one of the more prominent "celebrity" serial killers with his need to be in the spotlight." Fincher's film focuses primarily on three major characters, although a huge cast contributes to this complex tale.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
A thriller filled with twists and turns. It made me want to be a detective, and I nearly changed my college major because of it.
Published 13 days ago by Ly Jacks
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
what a monster with a great disguise. got away with so much. lies came so easy to him. a dr jeckle to a mr hide. but very well done. Read more
Published 14 days ago by twetter
5.0 out of 5 stars ZODIAC KILLER
Published 19 days ago by Vickii D. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars very well done
not sure how ... accurate this film is, .. to actual events,

but, wow!, .. excellent casting, .. all of the actors are perfect for their roles, ..

.... IF .. Read more
Published 22 days ago by R. Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is such a great movie - one of my favorites. Thoroughly engrossing even at 3 hours long. Just don't expect the typical cop hunting serial killer approach - this movie is as... Read more
Published 24 days ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Are you the zodiac killer
This movie I first saw on tv and It has a good plot. Great actors, It's quite long but it's worth getting.
Published 1 month ago by Randy V. "Last King"
5.0 out of 5 stars creep-ee!!
all that i really need to say (or write for that matter) is that david finches directed it. beautifully shot and intensely acted; always what one can expect from mr. fincher. Read more
Published 1 month ago by im not luka
3.0 out of 5 stars THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME
This is a film about the infamous Zodiac killer. It starts in 1969 and spans over 2 1/2 hours to 1991, The film centers on Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhall) a cartoonist for the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Movie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Really pulls you in
I wasn't expecting to like this movie as much as I did. Usually, I'd much rather watch a documentary of events such as these instead of watching actors attempt to capture their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JboneCA
4.0 out of 5 stars What's your sign?
A great film for those with the patience to follow it to the end. Flawlessly shot, great actors, and the appropriate tone needed to truly do this subject justice.
Published 2 months ago by Joey Bucky
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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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