This week brings the highest-grossing zombie flick of all time and a romantic adventure about Amelia Earhart.
Zombieland: Jesse Eisenberg plays a college kid who has survived a zombie apocalypse long enough to team up with gun-toting, undead-hating badass Woody Harrelson on the road in this killer horror comedy. The two encounter a pair of con-artist sisters who are on their way to Pacific Playland—an amusement park they believe is free of zombies. On the way they crash at the mansion of Bill Murray, who has his funniest role in years in an extended cameo playing—who else?—himself. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, both versions contain deleted scenes, a commentary track, several behind-the-scenes shorts and “Zombieland Is Your Land”—a locations featurette that highlights the film’s Southern-fried locations. The BD also has “Beyond the Graveyard,” a behind-the-scenes picture-in-picture track that can be turned off and on while the movie is playing.
Amelia: Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank stars as Amelia Earhart, everyone’s favorite aviatrix who flew through the clouds and into legend after her still-unsolved disappearance. Richard Gere stars as Earhart’s adoring husband and Ewan McGregor as the man who almost comes between them in this romantic adventure that arrives just in time for V-Day. The DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes, “Making Amelia,” “The Power of Amelia Earhart,” and Movietone News. The BD adds “The Plane Behind the Legend” and “Reconstructing the Planes of Amelia.”
Universal Soldier: Regeneration: Jean-Claude Van Damme returns as the genetically altered UniSol (Universal Soldier) Luc Deveraux in this second sequel to Roland Emmerich’s 1992 sci-fi thriller. Dolph Lundgren is also back as Deveraux’s UniSol enemy from the original movie, except this time he’s been upgraded and is more vicious than ever for this showdown between weathered action heroes. Extras on both the DVD and Blu-ray include audio commentary with Lundgren and a behind-the-scenes featurette.
Love Happens: For Jennifer Aniston, love happens…but usually only on-screen. This time she plays a Seattle-based florist who crosses paths with a self-help author (Aaron Eckart) who is in town for a seminar. Can two people who have met the right person at the wrong time be able to give love a chance? I don’t know—ask Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt or, if you prefer, watch Aniston go through the rom-com motions here. The DVD and Blu-ray both contain a feature commentary with the filmmakers and “Giving Romance a New Look.”
Also new this week: The House of the Devil, New York, I Love You, Cold Souls, Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (BD), Gangs of New York (remastered, BD), Walk the Line (BD).