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Zodiac (Two-Disc Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] (2007)

Jake Gyllenhaal , Robert Downey Jr. , David Fincher  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox
  • Directors: David Fincher
  • Writers: James Vanderbilt, Robert Graysmith
  • Producers: Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer, CeŠn Chaffin, James Vanderbilt, Louis Phillips
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (421 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HUHBAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,631 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Based on the true story of the notorious serial killer and the intense manhunt he inspired, Zodiac is a superbly crafted thriller form the director of Se7en and Panic Room. Featuring an outstanding ensemble cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Chloë Sevigny, Zodiac is a searing and singularly haunting examination of twin obsessions: one man's desire to kill and another's quest for the truth.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This Director's Cut Special Edition was worth the wait January 7, 2008
By Cubist
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Obsession Becomes Even Darker January 9, 2008
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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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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.

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