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World War Z: Survival Day Fallout!

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World War Z: Survival Day Fallout!After a well publicized turbulent production, World War Z surprised everyone by raking in major box office dollars and – most importantly – not sucking. The unrated version of the film hits Blu-ray today, and to celebrate, Paramount Pictures held a “Survival Day” for the press at the Old Zoo in Los Angeles, CA.

Arriving on the scene, we were greeted by armed military commandos who ushered us into Humvees. After hauling ass through Griffith Park, we were dropped off at the “Quarantine Zone” – a special encampment where we were checked for infection and led into a waiting area. Among the group of journalists was actress Daniella Kertesz (the one-handed Israeli soldier Segen), who was on hand to talk about her experiences saving Brad Pitt’s ass.

First off, survival specialist Sam Sheridan, author of The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse, demonstrated several survival skills and techniques and taught us how to rig a deadfall trap to catch rats in the wild. Following that, chef Bruce Waring showed us how to live off the fat of the land by cooking and preparing cactus (which was damn tasty). Rest assured, if any of us find ourselves stranded in the wilderness, we’d last a lot longer than that loser from Into the Wild.

From there, knife-fighting instructor and Grandmaster martial artist Mark Mikita demonstrated the most efficient way to decapitate a zombie along with Freddie Joe Farnsworth, senior military technical advisor, whose job was to make the film’s military presence “as authentic as possible.” Journalists were even given padded sticks and taught how to fight. But most sat back and watched Birdemic’s Whitney Moore (!) throw herself into action by wailing on a colleague with prop weapons.
 
Check out the video below for highlights from the day’s events. World War Z is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital On Demand from Paramount Home Video.

Click here for our World War Z Unrated Blu-ray review.

From the Press Release
“The suspense is killer!” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) in the fast-paced, pulse-pounding epic WORLD WAR Z, debuting on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D™, DVD and On Demand on September 17, 2013. The pandemic begins one week early on Digital September 10th.

Starring international superstar Brad Pitt and based on the best-selling and wildly popular novel, WORLD WAR Z took audiences by storm and was hailed by critics as “thrilling, epic and spectacular” (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly) and the “most gratifying action spectacle in years!” (David Denby, The New Yorker). The tense and thrilling film follows a former United Nations investigator (Pitt) as he helps stop the chaotic pandemic that has gripped populations around the world. WORLD WAR Z features stunning visual effects and edge-of-your-seat action and suspense that take the zombie apocalypse phenomenon to a more extreme and electrifying level.

“I’m really excited for fans to see the new unrated version of WORLD WAR Z on Blu-ray,” said producer and star Brad Pitt. “We were thrilled with the audience response to the film in theaters and wanted to give viewers even more of the action and intensity that they loved when they watch the film at home.”

WORLD WAR Z will be available on Blu-ray Combo or Blu-ray 3D Combo with an Unrated Cut packed with even more thrills and action too intense for theaters, along with the theatrical version of the film. The combo packs feature UltraViolet™ and boast in-depth looks at the making of the film, the seamless blending of practical and digital effects, the science behind the zombie outbreak and much more. The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD.

WORLD WAR Z Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
The WORLD WAR Z Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The combo pack includes access to a digital copy of the film as well as the following:

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Feature film in high definition (Unrated version)
  • “Origins” — The filmmakers discuss collaborating with renowned actor/producer Brad Pitt to create a zombie film the likes of which have never been seen.
  • “Looking to Science” — Explore the scientific realities of zombie behavior in nature and learn more about zombies in literature and film.
  • WWZ: Production
  • “Outbreak” — Go on set with Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster for a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s breathtaking first attack in Philadelphia.
  • “The Journey Begins” — Delve deeper into Gerry’s fight for survival during the dramatic escape in South Korea.
  • “Behind the Wall” — Explore the epic scene in Jerusalem and discover the incredible logistics of creating the elaborate stunts and crowd sequences.
  • “Camouflage” — Experience the final confrontation between Gerry and the zombies and discover the phenomenal scope of the film’s production.

    DVD Special Features

  • Feature film in standard definition (Theatrical version)

    World War Z Blu-ray

    World War Z Blu-ray

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