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Zodiac (1996)

Jake Gyllenhaal , Robert Downey Jr. , David Fincher , Gregory Hoblit  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Richard Gere, Laura Linney
  • Directors: David Fincher, Gregory Hoblit
  • Writers: Ann Biderman, James Vanderbilt, Robert Graysmith, Steve Shagan, William Diehl
  • Producers: Arnold Messer
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: 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: September 4, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R7I43G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,920 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zodiac" on IMDb

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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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Interesting, but never solved.
Published 10 hours 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 2 days 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 4 days ago by Yvonne Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie Fan
Good movie. Dark thriller.
Published 5 days ago by Wisconsin
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie
Worth watching, maybe not owning.
Published 12 days ago by Juan Cedillo
2.0 out of 5 stars If interested in the events, then watch it
Boring. Story was too literal, not "Hollywood-ized" enough.
Published 13 days ago by Brian Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 13 days ago by Wasabiemily
5.0 out of 5 stars I love a good story wrapped around a real historical figure
I love a good story wrapped around a real historical figure. I'm old enough to remember it as it was happening. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Cuzilla47
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully made, but so-so plotting
One major problem is that this is a pretty famous case, so you likely know the ending already. And while so many facets and perspectives of the investigation are skillfully... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kurt Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic film about a horrible time in San Francisco
I was a young man in the San Francisco area during the time of the Zodiac crimes, and I vividly remember life here at the time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Tenney
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