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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 (392 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HUHBAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zodiac (Two-Disc Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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142 of 148 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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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars If interested in the events, then watch it
Boring. Story was too literal, not "Hollywood-ized" enough.
Published 9 hours ago by Brian Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 12 hours 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 15 hours 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 24 days 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 26 days ago by John Tenney
5.0 out of 5 stars I pity the idiot critics who disliked this film because it is...
It is suitably disturbing in part, but also very well acted. Intelligent script. And a true-life feel, in the manner of the very best of detective/mystery stories. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film
I really loved this, but I was also mad when watching it because of how the SF police handled this case. They did a bad job, I think. I'm so sad the case was never solved.
Published 1 month ago by Roger K
5.0 out of 5 stars A killer movie
A great movie and also a disc of special features that gives a lot of background information on the investigation.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas O'Rourke
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Movie
Flawless. Accurate. Beautiful. David Fincher at his absolute best. This is visual quality beyond compare and the story is more rich than Mark Zuckerberg.
Published 1 month ago by Colton Rhodes-Baskett
3.0 out of 5 stars scary (spoilers)...
the violence is so sudden, I didn't know the history of the zodiac killer and so didn't know what to expect beyond the fact that people were murdered. quite frightening in parts.
Published 1 month ago by Stacy Hackney (formerly customerS)
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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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