Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin reprise their roles for a ten-year reunion in Zombieland: Double Tap, giving fans some of the same gory fun and making it every bit as good as its predecessor. The sequel sets down roots on Blu-ray with a gorgeous, reference-quality audio and video presentation but a small assortment of supplements. Still, the package makes for a Recommended addition to the family.
You can read our full thoughts on Zombieland: Double Tap in our review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray HERE.
Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings Zombieland: Double Tap to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a Digital Copy code. A Region Free, BD50 disc sits comfortably opposite a DVD-9 copy and housed inside a blue, eco-elite keepcase. At startup, the disc commences with skippable trailers before switching to the standard menu screen with music and full-motion clips.
An unstoppable horde of the undead invade Blu-ray equipped with a first-rate, reference-quality 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode, boasting exceptional contrast and brightness balance from beginning to end. From the clothing and various lights to the sun's rays breaking through the dreary overcast skies, the razor-sharp action continuously dazzles in pitch-perfect, radiantly beaming whites and resplendently crisp highlights in the brightest spots. Black levels are on target and true with superb gradational details within the darkest, inky-rich shadows, in the silky hairs of some actors and in the many costumes. This provides the 2.39:1 image with a lovely cinematic appeal and a three-dimensional quality in several sequences.
Sprinting directly from a digital source, the freshly-minted transfer also showboats its talents with an outstanding display of sumptuous primaries and a spirited array of secondary hues. Granted, for a good chunk of Chung Chung-hoon's excellent photography, the palette largely feels monochromatic with lots of grays or soft, warm yellows in the White House, but once the gang hits the road, the gory action bursts with rich, crimson reds in the blood, a gush of dynamic oranges and energetic blues at the Elvis-themed motel, and a flamboyantly animated outbreak of pinks, purples, greens and cyans at Babylon. All the while, the HD video comes with superb definition, exposing every nook and cranny in various buildings, detailed clarity in the clothes and vehicles, and revealing the pores, minor blemishes and lifelike textures in the healthy flesh tones of the entire cast. (Video Rating: 98/100)
A ten-year hiatus hasn't hindered this sequel from ravaging home theaters with an awesomely fantastic DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack, gushing with sprays of blood across the screen, splattering through the room with the gooey stream of gore and the loud ringing of gunfire echoing in every speaker. Various atmospherics flawlessly pan between the surrounds, creating an amusingly effective and satisfying soundfield. Some of the better moments are when the camera moves amid the chaos, whirling between the action as the growling screams of zombies dart from one side to the other and various bits of debris crash all around the listening area.
In the front soundstage, imaging is continuously littered with background activity fluidly moving across the three channels, creating an immensely wide and expansive sense of space. Meanwhile, the loudest, action-packed moments display an extensive and highly-dynamic mid-range, layered with superb definition and clarity in the higher frequencies. While in the thick of it, vocals are exceptionally precise and well-prioritized with appreciable inflection in the various performances. The low-end may not energize the room in a wholly impressive way, but overall, the bass is plenty powerful and potent, providing a hearty punch and weight to the explosions and music, making a highly-satisfying lossless mix. (Audio Rating: 96/100)
Audio Commentary: with director Ruben Fleischer.
Rules for Making a Zombie Film (HD, 9 min)
The Doppelgängers (HD, 7 min)
Making Babylon (HD, 5 min)
New Blood (HD, 5 min)
The Rides of Zombieland (HD, 4 min)
A Day with Bill Murray (HD, 3 min)
Single Take Doppelgänger Fight (HD, 2 min)
Zombieland Ad Council (HD, 1 min)
Outtakes (HD, 5 min)
Deleted Scenes (HD, 13 min)
The Beast Is Gone
Would Have Never Met
Breakfast at Babylon
There's a Party Tonight
Fans of the walking dead return for a second helping of zombie mayhem in Zombieland: Double Tap, giving audiences some of the same splatter, gory comedy as before with a couple welcomed twists and turns along the way. After quickly catching up with our four, city-named heroes, the troupe picks up a few hitchhikers while also confronting a world of changes and a new breed of persistent, stubborn zombies. The sequel sets down roots on Blu-ray with a stunning, reference-quality HD video presentation and an awesomely fantastic DTS:X soundtrack. Featuring a small set of bonuses, the package is recommended.