DVD of the Week – Zodiac (2007)
by RISHI AGRAWAL
I have to admit that I am somewhat torn about whether Zodiac needs to be seen on the big screen or whether DVD will suffice. On one hand, you have a film that is visually arresting. Every seen just pops as it conjures a picture of 1970s San Francisco. But perhaps that photographic quality also makes it ideal for DVD. Director David Fincher packs every frame with loads of flair and I could look at still frames from this film all day.
I think that tense films lose the most when making the jump to DVD. The fact that there is a pause button as well as potential distractions in your living room would really diffuse some of the creepier moments in Zodiac. On the other hand, when the film gets a little too bogged down in procedure and minutiae, a pause button could be a little welcome.
Though it may not have been a hit at the box office or gotten a lot of word-of-mouth buzz, don’t be fooled. This is one of the best films from the first half of this year, and if you did not catch this in the theaters, it is certainly worth a rental.
The single-disc DVD comes with no special features. However, Zodiac is also available in a director’s cut in a two-disc “Collector’s Edition”; features are several documentaries (including a feature length documentary on the true crime story), a short feature on the visual effects, and the trailer.