Genre: Romantic Comedy, Horror
Year of production: 2013
On 4K Blu-ray SteelBook: February 7, 2023
Running Time: 98 minutes
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, Cory Hardrict, and John Malkovich
Writer (screenplay): Jonathan Levine
Writer (based on the novel by): Isaac Marion
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Produced by: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and Bruna Papandrea
Composers: Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
SYNOPSIS: What happens when a beautiful teenage girl and a sensitive undead
An unlikely romance between a beautiful teen girl and a sensitive undead couch potato strike up a romance that ignites a world changing set of events.
Condensed review of the film
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to date that perfect man and then find out he’s the undead? WARM BODIES is a romantic comedy with just that premise. In a world where zombies and humans both exist, Julie (Teresa Palmer) has a chance run in with the zombie known as “R” (Nicholas Hoult). At first, she’s terrified and little by little she discovers this zombie is unlike any other. Their unlikely connection turns into a romance that is bound to shape the world around them.
WARM BODIES offers a unique and funny take on the whole zombie genre. The audience gets to see inside the mind of a zombie while also noting that just because he’s undead; it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have feelings. The chemistry between Holt and Palmer is undeniable. Even in a post apocalyptic world, the charm of their romance shines through.
The pacing and direction by Levine is perfect and doesn’t feel rushed or too short. This is also a brilliant little comedy film with many things to love about it. Who would have thought a zombie movie would hit the audience right in the feels? That’s exactly what WARM BODIES does in spades.
Supporting cast Rob Corddry and John Malkovich give some of their best on screen work in the film. Both performances don’t feel like cheap little celebrity cameos. Director Levine uses both actors wisely and frequently enough to help move the story along. There are zombies, humans and “The Bonies”. These Bonies have ripped their flesh from their bodies and will attack humans and zombies alike.
This 97 minute film oozes with fresh thoughts, actors and a engaging story that never feels forced. It’s a standout film amongst many of the undead flesh eatting films before it.
4K DISC Review
The transfer for this 4k disc is impeccable. With a decent bitrate, the colors pop. The only issue that arise come when the CGI “Bonies” show up. They really look like dated effects to the point of being comical. The make up holds up, especially for a pre- ultra-high def film from 2013. They present the film in 16×9 (2.40:1) with Dolby Vision.
Presented in English Dolby Atmos • Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Audio • English 2.0
Dolby Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening
• English 7.1 DTS-HD (Blu-Ray Only)
Special Features and Extras
They stacked this release full of extras. Here is a list of what you can expect:
○ BOY MEETS, ER, DOESN’T EAT GIRL
○ A LITTLE LESS DEAD
○ EXTREME ZOMBIE MAKEOVER!
○ A WRECK IN PROGRESS
○ BUSTIN’ CAPS
○ BEWARE THE BONEYS
○ WHIMSICAL SWEETNESS: TERESA PALMER’S WARM BODIES HOME MOVIES
○ ZOMBIE ACTING TIPS WITH ROB CORDDRY
○ AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH SCREENWRITER-DIRECTOR JONATHAN LEVINE AND ACTORS NICHOLAS HOULT AND TERESA PALMER
○ DELETED SCENES WITH OPTIONAL AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH SCREENWRITER-DIRECTOR JONATHAN LEVINE
○ SHRUG & GROAN GAG REEL
○ THEATRICAL TRAILER
Two of my favourite extras on this release include Zombie acting tips with Rob Corddry. This is a hilarious behind the scenes look at what it is like to play the undead (Corddry style and charm). The second feature that really strikes a cord is the Shrugs and Groans Gag Reel. Gag reels are always fun to see, but these are fun as most of them include just grunts until one cast member breaks character.
WARM BODIES 4 K steelbook (Best Buy Exclusive) is worth the upgrade, especially if one can take advantage of the 4k HDR transfer. The steel case by artist Matt Ryan Tobin is beautiful and includes illustrations to do with the film. The 4k transfer really is worth the upgrade from the earlier Blu-Ray release. It offers a crisp look and sound that really delivers. They stacked the disc with extras, and the addition of the Blu-Ray and digital copy of the film is a great plus. This is the perfect zombie comedy on an amazing release by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Review by: Chris Hammond
Title Copyright: Warm Bodies © 2013, Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2023 Summit
Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Release Date February 7, 2023
Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook SRP: $27.99
Purchase link: https://bit.ly/WarmBodiesSteelBook