Director: Joe Dante
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray* (*A Best Buy Exclusive) & DVD (Everywhere)
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
It seemed like a great idea when all-around nice guy Max (YELCHIN) and his beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (GREENE) moved in together. But when Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare, Max knows it’s time to call it quits. There’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is the victim of a fatal, freak accident, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Just as Max is thinking about moving on with what could be his dream girl, Olivia (DADDARIO) – Evelyn has returned from the grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back…even if that means transforming him into one of the undead.
When all around nice guy Max (Yelchin) makes the leap and moves in with his beautiful girlfriend Evelyn (Greene) he soon discovers that they simply weren’t meant to be and things begin to take a drastic turn for the worse as he begins to see the kind of woman that she truly is. After finally gathering the nerve to end things for good, Evelyn is randomly hit by a bus and killed, although a sacred promise made between the couple in the dark arts shop where Max works results in Evelyn coming back from the dead as a zombie and moving back in as if nothing happened, and even worse, she intends to kill Max so that he can come back as one of the undead himself so that they can truly be together forever. Now Max must find a way to get rid of her for good before it’s too late, but getting rid of a zombie girlfriend is no simple task.
Notable and talented filmmaker Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling) directed ‘Burying the Ex’ from a script by first time screenwriter Alan Trezza. Dante does a more than capable job at the helm and while ‘Burying the Ex’ is nowhere near in the same league as many of Dante’s previous accomplishments as director, his talent notably improves on this often bland film. The film also benefits from a cast comprised of some talented individuals including Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario and more, all of whom deliver solid performances in each of their respective roles.
‘Burying the Ex’ is a fun and often quite funny little horror comedy with a solid cast, although even with a powerful cast and the talented Joe Dante at the helm, ‘Burying the Ex’ still falls a bit short, mainly in the way of originality. The key issue with the film is that it seems so heavily influenced; borrowing material and ideas from a number of other movies, yet that is certainly not to say that it’s not an enjoyable little movie, because it certainly is. Dante’s skill at directing and the solid performances by the lead cast all help to make this a pretty decent movie, yet nothing that will stand out among this year’s genre releases. Overall, while it may not be exceptional, ‘Burying the Ex’ is a fun little horror comedy that will easily keep viewers entertained (especially the genre fans) and is worth a watch at the very least should the opportunity present itself.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Burying the Ex’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole, delivering a sharp and detailed presentation throughout which suffers no notable faults whether big or small, holding up admirably during even the numerous darkly lit sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become to distorted or indiscernible at any point. Overall, this is an impressive high definition video presentation complimented by a more than sufficient bitrate that shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds pretty great itself, delivering a clean, discrete and fairly active presentation, utilizing all five available channels regularly in order to surround the viewer with the films soundtrack in addition to a number of fitting natural auditory elements throughout, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become negatively affected or inaudible. Overall, this 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack holds up impressively in every way required of it and should have most folks quite pleased.
Unfortunately the Blu-Ray release of ‘Burying the Ex’ doesn’t include any bonus content whatsoever, the only area of the release lacking.
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Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
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