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Zodiac - Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]

Jake Gyllenhaal , Mark Ruffalo , ChloŽ Sevigny    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr, Brian Cox
  • Directors: ChloŽ Sevigny
  • Producers: David Shire, CeŠn Chaffin, Brad Fischer, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013BCWEW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,569 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Watching Zodiac with Se7en and Fight Club in mind might disappoint those expecting a typical David Fincher movie, but his exploration of a serial killer’s reign across 70s San Francisco is highly rewarding, provided you’re willing to put in the (2 and a half) hours. The Zodiac killer submitted citizens of California to everything from fear to mild bemusement for the better part of a decade with his media-baiting ciphers and acts of terrible violence. Meanwhile reporters, police and an obsessed cartoonist named Robert Graysmith spent those years trying and ultimately failing to put a face to the name. Fincher’s own fascination with the case really comes across here, and while he doesn’t shrink from the horror of the murders, this is his most traditional, but most accomplished feat of storytelling to date.

The pin sharp dialogue and perfectly paced story is accompanied by a first rate cast – most notably Robert Downey Jnr’s hack Paul Avery and Mark Ruffalo’s dogged homicide detective David Toschi. The story veers away swiftly from standard serial killer fare to intense procedural, focussing on the obsession of the men trying to stop Zodiac. And the real accomplishment here is that audiences will feel their regret, because to this day, the killer has never been caught. Despite this and the intimidating running time, those with the patience will be rewarded with one of the best crime thrillers in years. -–Luke Mawson

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Director David Fincher's cut of his acclaimed thriller based on actual case files surrounding the notorious San Francisco Bay area murders of the 1970s. As the serial killer known as 'Zodiac' taunts the police with letters and cryptic clues, reporters and investigators become increasingly obsessed with finding the murderer's identity, as the cat and mouse game impacts on their professional and personal lives. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 8/10. The Devil is in the Detail 27 May 2007
Format:DVD
David Fincher's brave take on Robert Graysmith's book gets to grip with the obsessive complexity of the source, evoking its spirit through compelling analysis of the minutiae of the case. Those expecting a thrilling cat and mouse chase in the mold of Seven may be disappointed, but comparisons to Fincher's earlier classic are unfair. 'Zodiac' is as much about the mood of 1960s and 70s California as about the mystery itself, about the dying idealism of the principle characters and their belief in being able to solve the case. Like The Transamerica Pyramid, which we see in the process of construction, the Zodiac case goes to the heart of San Francisco's modern history. The architecture, clothing and technology of the period are much more than background in a film about police procedure. Progress is hampered by juristictional boundaries, lack of cooperation, and the absence of 'telefax'. Anthony Edward's stoic cop makes a succession of phone calls at one stage to various regional police departments to collect evidence, a lumbersome process reminding us of a world pre-internet and email. With is focus on procedure and character, Zodiac belongs to a tradition of films that could be said to have begun in the 1970s with Alan J Pakula's All the President's Men and The Parallax View, and continued more recently with Michael Mann's The Insider.

This could have been dull and plodding, but the director and cast manage to sustain interest and tension throughout. Very true to the facts - some would say constrained by them - the film tells the murders as they happened, refusing to sensationalise them. In some instances, this shows the killer to be quite clumsy and opportunist, not the dark genius that you might imagine.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film awesome picture but.............. 30 Sep 2008
Format:Blu-ray
A simply fantastic film and the HD transfer is demo worthy the directors cut adds to the film without making it drag. You simply can't get much more classy than this film and disc, the extras are fantastic too but the one stand out extra has to be the "this is the zodiac speaking" documentry this runs at about 90 mins and features interviews with all the surviving people from the real zodiac case and some great crime scene photos and archive footage. A film you'll never forget, within minutes of watching it you'll be on the internet trying to solve the case yourself and straight back to amazon to buy the books. I can not recommend it enough a real 5 star effort
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless precision from Fincher. 5 Nov 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Peerless precision from Fincher.
I have seen it written that this film shows that Fincher has grown up! And whilst I understand that train of thought, it simply isn't true. What Fincher has done is give a true story his meticulous care and standard deft precision by leaving no stone unturned. We get simply one of the (if not thee) best films to deal with the investigating process of a high profile serial killer, a film that as a character study is actually essential cinema in this viewers humble and honest opinion.

The beauty of this film is in the fact that it can't pay off with a pandering mainstream ending, the makers are telling a true story and any sort of research will lead viewers to the fact that there is no twist here, no joyous ticket selling round of applause at this ending, it is what it is, frustratingly brilliant. The case the film is about consumes all involved with it, and to see how it affects those involved is wonderful (yet sad) because if the viewer is so inclined to jump on board then it will consume you as well, the film and the actors within demand you see this for the affecting character piece it is.

The acting here gives me hope that classic acting is alive and well in this generation, I was once not enamoured with Mark Ruffalo in his early days as an actor, but here he puts such heartfelt verve into the role of David Toschi I feel I need to send him a written apology! Roberet Downey Junior is joyous as Paul Avery, all 60s chic and swagger without tipping over the edge of the mountain caricature.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I'm reading a lot of the same criticisms of this film so I will deal with each of the most common ones in turn:

"The movie is too long"
Not true. The movie is as long as it needs to be. There is a lot of information about this case - most of it has to be discarded. What is left has earned its place and needs to be there. I found the film gripping to the end.

"The killer doesn't figure highly enough. It is too dull and talky"
This criticism usually comes from lovers of serial-killer thrillers. After seeing a few murders in the beginning of the film, they expect it to crack up a notch as it progresses. It is true that The Zodiac is largely absent from the 2nd half of the film, but that only allows the main plot (one character's obsession) to dominate which is where the film really starts to take shape. Obsession and its effects are the point of this film. It is not a Columbo-type good guy v bad guy puzzle-solver. The bad guy doesn't have to figure highly when there is so much conflict between the good guys. Police departments that don't talk to each other, journalists and police arguing with each other, a Zodiac obsessive getting no co-operation from people who want to forget the case. Throw in a couple of creepy suspects and a series of bizarre telephone calls and you have enough drama to keep the story always engaging.

"The film's conclusion is wrong"
The film's conclusion is right, GIVEN ITS SOURCE MATERIAL. It may not be always factually accurate, nor does it need to be. It's a drama inspired by true events, not a documentary. The important thing is that Zodiac makes clear who provided its source material and the cirsumstances surrounding its production.

"Not Fincher's best"
I think it's his best work to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like thrillers, this is a must.
This is an outstanding film and I was really surprised that I had not seen it sooner.

This is a story based upon the actual investigation to find the Zodiac killer who... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Goodreviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to me
This was a present for someone who wanted it, I haven't seen it so can't say
Published 3 days ago by M. Charman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent just what I wanted. A great price and fast shipping form an excellent seller. Highly recommended A +++++++++++
Published 5 days ago by doberella
3.0 out of 5 stars Not amazing but not awful
Okay. Not amazing but not awful. Just okay.
Published 7 days ago by Rustypleco
1.0 out of 5 stars Ineptitude on a grand scale
On paper perhaps this might have seemed like a good idea - unsolved high profile serial killiings, but the movie actually goes to show that there's a whole heap of difference... Read more
Published 8 days ago by D. Sedgwick
5.0 out of 5 stars A good film
This is a good film, Very dark in places and you have to stick with it, but overall worth watching if you are interested in real life serial killer movies.
Published 22 days ago by IAN
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
The film is to long and utter boring. This is David Finchers worst ever film in my mind, and yes worse then Alien 3.
Published 1 month ago by Deanos
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
This film is extremely watchable; I have actually watched it about three times and it has never gone down in my estimation! Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Badrock
3.0 out of 5 stars Mmm
Huge Robert Downey jar fan, but found this a bit to disjointed and abstract, didn't dislike but doubtful I would watch it again
Published 3 months ago by Alison Mansfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with more viewings
Watching Zodiac for the 3rd time and it is more fascinating and engrossing each time..it can be a little confusing at times with all the theories and suspects but keeps you... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. David Butler
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