Zodiac (Two-Disc Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
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(Jan 27, 2009)
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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.).Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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 (Chloë 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is well acted and lots more than jsut a serial killer story with violence. Downey is great and the story is compelling.Published 16 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Really good movie. I enjoyed it enough to watch it twice in two days.Published 2 days ago by Dean the bean
I was expecting a thriller. As it turned out, this wasn't about the Zodiac killer but about the no-name cartoonist researching and writing a book about the Zodiac killer. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Stelcy
I had put off getting this since I had the bare bones dvd. Now I'm ready to dig into the features on the 2 Disc edition. No regrets so far. Read morePublished 12 days ago by pattk77
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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
DavisDVD.com reported on July 13 that there is a 2-disc director's cut coming out in early 2008. Anyone else getting sick of studios double-dipping?
Jul 20, 2007 by Rammble | 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.
Dec 3, 2008 by K. Tucker | See all 5 posts