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Headsup: Animals Acting Like People and People Acting Like Animals

Zoo Season 2 DVDBased on James Patterson’s novel, Zoo tells the story of a pandemic of animals turning the tables on humans, going from the hunted to the hunters.  In Season 2, everything is ramped up a level–the team not only discovers that the cure they fought so hard for in Season 1 has become obsolete due to the mutation’s rapid evolution, but that the animals are actually executing coordinated attacks geared toward destroying human civilization itself.  Jackson is busy trying to keep his sanity amid major family issues and a biological identity crisis, ties to the Noah Objective are becoming ever more convoluted, and the team must tackle challenges like crashing a black tie event in Vancouver, tracking down a saber-tooth tiger, and, of course, constantly avoiding becoming prey.  Jackson (James Wolk), Jamie (Kristen Connolly), Abraham (Nonso Anozie), and Chloe (Nora Arnezeder) have certainly had a busy season.

Now available on DVD is a 4-disc set that includes all 13 episodes of Season 2 plus some bonus features, including a gag reel, deleted scenes, and two featurettes: Metamorphosis: A Look at Season Two of Zoo and Welcome to the Bird. Subscribers to CBS All Access have access to the entire season and it is also available on Netflix (a bit surprising as CBS is becoming ever more choosy about what they allow to be released on platforms other than All Access).  As to streaming options, Amazon Video and iTunes both offer the season (without bonus features) for $19.99. If you want the bonuses, you’ll need to get the DVD set (available on Amazon for $39.99), so it’s up to you to decide if having the extras and physical discs on the shelf is worth doubling the price.


In The Driller Killer, Abel Ferrara directs and stars as a Driller Killerdown-on-his luck artist going slowly mad from a
combination of money problems and dealing with horrible neighbors, who finally snaps and begins to hunt for victims on whom he can focus his rage–and his drill.

Now out from Arrow Video are two dual format sets of the film: Special Edition and Limited Edition Steelbook. Both include Blu-ray and DVD presentations of a (brand new) 4K restoration created from the original camera negative of the film in its theatrical release version and its (previously unseen) pre-release version.  Both also boast some bonus features created especially for these sets, including an interview with Ferrara, a visual guide to Ferrara’s career by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (who wrote Cultographies: Ms. 45), and audio commentary from Ferrara and Brad Stevens (author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision). Additional bonus features include the trailer and Ferrara’s 2010 feature-length documentary Mulberry Street, never before available for home viewing in the US. Aside from disc content, the Special Edition Set includes a reversible sleeve with (new) artwork by the Twins of Evil, and the Limited Edition SteelBook Set includes original artwork and a collector’s booklet (content from Michael Pattison and Brad Stevens).

The film is not currently available on Netflix or on Amazon (unless you have an add-on subscription to CONtv, Shudder, or Filmbox).  Those looking to get one of the new sets can get them on Amazon for almost the same price: the Limited Edition Steelbook is $28.49 and the Special Edition is $27.99.  Do be aware that the Limited Edition consists of only 2500 copies in the US, so if that’s important to you (especially considering it’s only 50 cents more), jump on it asap.