Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: World War Z

Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D & DVD Release Date: Sept. 17, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99; Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99; Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo $49.99
Studio: Paramount

Brad Pitt (Moneyball) stars in the zombie apocalypse action-adventure horror film World War Z, which will be released to the home market in its unrated form as well as in its PG-13 theatrical incarnation.

“I’m really excited for fans to see the new unrated version of World War Z on Blu-ray,” said producer and star Pitt.  “We were thrilled with the audience response to the film in theaters and wanted to give viewers even more of the action and intensity that they loved when they watch the film at home.”

World War Z movie scene

Brad Pitt gets in gear in World War Z.

In the film, the future of civilization is threatened when a chaotic pandemic that transforms people into fast-moving, flesh-eating zombies is unleashed upon the world. This leads to former UN investigator Gerry Lane (Pitt) leaving of his wife (Mireille Enos, TV’s The Killing) and children and traveling across the globe to South Korea, Jerusalem and Wales in an attempt to find a cure for the outbreak.

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, World War Z is directed by Marc Forster and features the work of five credited screenwriters, including Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard and Damon Lindelof.

World War Z was available as a digital download on Sept. 10, a week prior to its Blu-ray and DVD release. The movie was also digitally re-mastered for the IMAX 3D format and will be released in select IMAX theaters domestically last week for an exclusive one-week run.

World War Z Blu-ray boxThe source of a zillion tales of production problems and a budget-gone-wild (the reported final cost of the film was reportedly $190 million, not including publicity and advertising), World War Z has grossed approximately $200 in the U.S. mad nearly $500 at the worldwide box office. Not surprisingly, it’s also garnered a solid base of positive reviews.

The Blu-ray contains the following bonus features:

•         Origins—The filmmakers discuss collaborating with renowned actor/producer Brad Pitt to create a Zombie film the likes of which have never been seen.
•         Looking to Science—Explore the scientific realities of Zombie behavior in nature and learn more about Zombies in literature and film.
•         WWZ: Production
o   Outbreak—Go on set with Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster for a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s breathtaking first attack in Philadelphia.
o   The Journey Begins—Delve deeper into Gerry’s fight for survival during the dramatic escape in South Korea.
o   Behind The Wall—Explore the epic scene in Jerusalem and discover the incredible logistics of creating the elaborate stunts and crowd sequences.
o   Camouflage—Experience the final confrontation between Gerry and the Zombies and discover the phenomenal scope of the film’s production.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.