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Life After Beth Blu-ray Review

Life After Beth Blu-ray

The potential of “Life After Beth” is never fully realized.

After his girlfriend Beth dies, an emotionally distraught Zach struggles to move on with his life. Not only is he riddled with guilt over the fact that their relationship wasn’t on good terms when she passed away, but he’s also hanging out with her parents. Miraculously, Zach learns that Beth is alive…sort of. Evidently, she and other deceased people have returned from the grave. Initially thrilled at the prospect, Zach tries to rekindle his relationship with Beth until he learns that not all is right with Beth (and the other undead people).

Much like “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Life After Beth” is a romantic zombie horror-comedy. Unlike that film, however, ‘Beth’ is a movie with an identity crisis. Writer/director Jeff Baena has crafted an intriguing script that is filled with ideas and themes about zombies, love, regret, letting go and moving, but he doesn’t quite seem to know what to do with them all of these elements. The ideas are not subtle in the least and the film suffers from very peculiar tonal shifts. For an alleged comedy, there’s very few laugh out loud moments here as the story veers into some dark territories near the end.

On the plus side, the all-star cast makes ‘Beth’ watchable. Rising star Dane DeHaan steals the show as the conflicted loverboy Zach while the always reliable John C. Reilly turns in another fine performance as Beth’s father. While clearly having fun with the role, Aubrey Plaza still hasn’t quite found that proper leading lady film role that we know she deserves. As for the rest of the cast, Molly Shannon, Paul Reisder, and Cheryl Hines are all notable in supporting roles.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Visually, the film has a lot going for it and this hi-def transfer is aces.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This track hits all the right notes.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* 10 deleted scenes.
* “Life After Beth: The Post Mortem”- A nearly 16 minute featurette that contains film clips, cast and crew interviews, chats about the story and themes, etc.
* Commentary by Jeff Baena, Dane DeHaan, Matthew Gubler and Aubrey Plaza. Between some monotone fact spoutings about changes that were made and Plaza’s deadpan comments, this is perhaps one of the strangest commentaries I have heard in awhile.

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October 13, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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