Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Disney's ZOMBIES DVD Review

Disney; TV-PG; 95 minutes; Walmart
Being released today to DVD from Disney Home Entertainment is the Disney Channel Original Movie ZOMBIES. The DVD comes with FREE Glow-In-The-Dark Tattoos.

Directed & produced by Paul Hoen (Camp Rock 2), the film stars Milo Manheim, Meg Donnelly (ABC's American Housewife), Trevor Tordjman, Kylee Russell, Carla Jeffery, Kingston Foster, and James Godfrey.

ZOMBIES is set in the small community of Seabrook, where fifty years ago a lime soda plant explosion turned half of the population into zombies. Those who weren't infected built a wall to keep the zombies out and forcing them to live in their own community called Zombietown. Fast forward to the present, the government requires all zombies to wear "Z-Band" bracelets that sends  electromagnetic pulses to keep zombies from craving brains.

The film centers on Addison, a teenager who's excited to be starting a brand new year of school, as she's going to be trying out for the Seabrook High cheerleader team, which is lead by her cousin Bucky. Addison isn't exactly normal, as she actually has white hair, which was probably passed down to her from her grandfather who was bitten by a zombie, but her parents make her wear a blonde wig.

The first day of school also marks the very first time the high school will be allowing zombie teenagers to attend classes. Zed, Eliza, and Bonzo, along with a handful of other zombie teenagers, were excited about starting school at Seabrook High; well, that is until they actually arrived there. Ordered by the principal, all of the zombie students must attend classes in the basement. Also, zombies aren't allowed to join school activities, including sports. Now, this is a major disappointment for Zed because he was wanting to tryout for the Mighty Shrimp football team.

After the "zombie alarm" is accidentally set off, Addison bumps into Zed inside a "zombie bunker," and the two quickly begin a friendship. Later, Zed convinces the principal and the football coach into letting him join the team. Thanks to Eliza's help by hacking his "Z-Band" to make him more aggressive, Zed leads the team to several victories.

Despite becoming the school's football star, Bucky and a few other cheerleaders are determined to get  Zed and the rest of the zombie students kicked out of school.

Bonus Features include:
  • Bloopers - Laugh out loud at the Cast of ZOMBIES in this compilation of the funniest bloopers and outtakes from the making of the film.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • It’s a Cheer-tastrope 
    • New Jacket, New Name
  • Audition Footage 
    • Milo Manheim Audition
    • Meg Donnelly Audition
  • Zombies Survival Guide To High School - This piece uses a visual motif of a Zombie Survival Guide, with styled infographics and hosted by the talent.  We go down the list of some of the most important survival tips for Zombies and humans on how to get along and make the best of high school. 
  • Dance Tutorial - Join Meg Donnelly (Addison), Kylee Russell (Eliza) and ZOMBIES Choreographer, Christopher Scott, as they show you how to dance along to the ‘BAMM” Music Video.
  • Music Videos 
    • Music Video - "BAMM"
    • Lyric Video - "BAMM"
  • Trailers

Final Thoughts

Yep! The Disney Channel actually made a zombie movie! Don't worry, there's no brain eating in this tale. Remember, it's Disney, so everything is family friendly.

I recall watching a few minutes of ZOMBIES when it premiered on the Disney Channel back in February. I was channel surfing and only stopped on the channel because of the movie's title; plus, I recognized actress Meg Donnelly, who plays the oldest daughter on ABC's American Housewife. From what I saw, I thought the movie was cute and it had some catchy music. Well, a little too catchy if you ask me, as I ended up buying the MP3 soundtrack a few days later.

Anyway, I didn't watch the entire 95-minute movie until I received review copy of the DVD (which is out today). And my thoughts on the movie is pretty much the same - it's a cute, well-acted family friendly movie with likeable songs. Underneath the cheerleader/zombie romance, there's a good message about tolerance.

Many of the recent DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie) DVD releases have been lacking special features and bonus extras, besides from music videos and trailers. I'm glad to say that isn't the case with ZOMBIES, as there are plenty of bonus features.

Overall, ZOMBIES is an entertaining musical that should easily appeal to both kids and adults.

*I received a complimentary review copy from Walt Disney Home Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

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