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The Zero Theorem Blu-ray Review

The Zero Theorem Blu-ray

“The Zero Theorem” is a return to form for Terry Gilliam.

A reclusive, oddball programmer (Qohen) working for the Mancom company is assigned by Management to work from home on a equation known as the Zero Theorem. As he hopes to solve the equation and receive his reward (an ever important phone call that will tell him the meaning of life), Qohen becomes distracted by a young woman (Bainsley) and an ill Mancom employee (Bob). Can Qohen figure out the equation and understand his purpose in life?

Director Terry Gilliam has had a decidedly hit-and-miss career. For every “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” there’s a “Tideland” and “The Brothers Grimm.” Thankfully, Gilliam has at long last found a project that is on the level of a “Brazil” (and in fact feels like a follow-up to that classic).

While the plot of “The Zero Theorem” is deceptively simple, there’s so much going on under the surface of this story. It’s an absorbing intellectual sci-fi tale about the digital world, escapism, technological dependence, computers, religion, big brother, mind numbing work, big business, and emptiness. It’s a very rich, dark and, quite frankly, misunderstood film that is shockingly not getting the attention it deserves. The production values alone should be grabbing people’s attentions here as the sets, costumes, and amusing The Church of Batman ad are a visually distinct vision of the future.

As for the acting talent in this film, ensemble casts do not get much better than this. Over the past few years, Christoph Waltz has delivered some of the very finest performances and he once again continues to prove why he is one of the best actors in the biz today as Qohen. Melanie Theirry, David Thewlis, Matt Damon, and Tilda Swinton are also equally impressive in supporting roles.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.75:1 1080p. How does it look? Gilliam’s striking visual style is fully on display here in hi-definition. Every frame is eye poppingly colorful.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The score, dialogue, and sound f/x are as sharp as can be.

Extras:
* “The Zero Theorem” trailer and other Well Go USA trailers.
* Featurettes on the costumes, sets, and visual effects.
* An 18 ½ minute behind the scenes bonus feature that offers up set footage, film clips, cast and crew interviews, and discussions about the story and characters.

Overall Thoughts: I hope “The Zero Theorem” finds more of an audience on home video as it was one of 2014’s best (and most underrated) films.

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January 19, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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