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Burying The Ex DVD Review

Burying The Ex DVD

“Burying The Ex” is a stale zombie comedy.

After Max moves in with his girlfriend Evelyn, he begins to grow apart from her due to her clingy and sometimes unpleasant behavior. Just as he’s about to break up with her, Evelyn is tragically killed in an accident. Shocked and feeling guilty, Max initially struggles to move on from her death. Things begin to look up for Max, however, when he meets a new girl (Olivia) whom he shares much in common. Alas, just as their romance begins to blossom, an undead Evelyn returns from the grave with the idea that she will continue her relationship with Max.

While “Burying the Ex” might have seemed novel once upon a time, the zombie comedy is far too reminiscent of past works such as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Shaun of the Dead,” and, yes, even “The Twilight Zone” episode “Nick of Time.” It doesn’t help that writer Alan Trezza’s script is not funny or scary. Sure, the quirky film is watchable enough, but most of the material feels uninspired at best. It sort of writes itself at times which is frustrating given the level of talent involved.

Another major here is the low production values. Not only does it hamper the visual style of the film, but it limits what filmmaker Joe Dante (who is best known for the “Gremlins” films and “The Burbs”) can do. With that said, however, the director does seem to be stuck in the past here. His modern work simply looks and feels old fashioned and lacks the creativity of his 80’s classics. I’m all for throwbacks, but they have to bring something new to the table.

On the plus side, “Buring The Ex” does boast some fine performances from Anton Yelchin and Alexandria Daddario. Yelchin, who seems to be in a lot of horror comedies these days, is a very likable lead while Daddario steals the show as the charming Olivia. Ashley Greene (who plays Evelyn) is ok, but she never really acts like a zombie.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? The DVD contains a crisp transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? To be honest, the 5.1 track is a little flat.

The only extras are Image Entertainment trailers.

Overall Thoughts: You can do worse than see “Burying The Ex,” but don’t expect greatness here.

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July 27, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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