Jane Austen’s literary classic gets a zombie make-over in this re-imagining of the popular period drama, which is released to UK DVD and BD this month from Lionsgate.
Set in the 19th century, the Bennet family (headed up by Charles Dance – TVs Game of Thrones, Underworld : Awakening) are looking for suitable husbands for their 5 daughters.
But with a zombie outbreak having ravaged nearby London, which is now contained within a giant canal (which rather resembles the outline of the M25) and the Army busy trying to put down zombie outbreaks in the surrounding countryside, this is proving to be no easy task.
During a zombie attack at a nearby estate, one of the daughters, Elizabeth (Lily James – TVs Downton Abbey) catches the attention of a certain Colonel Darcy (Sam Riley - Malificent), after she and her siblings manage to single handedly fend off the undead with their martial arts skills.
Unfortunately, Elizabeth finds him too arrogant to be likeable and instead becomes enamoured with the much more affable Lieutenant Wickham (Jack Huston – TVs Boardwalk Empire), much to the chagrin of her mother who’s trying to fix her up with the local parson (played by Matt Smith – TVs Dr Who).
Will Elizabeth find a way out of this love triangle and work out which man she should marry, or will the zombies engulf England before she can make her mind up?
Based on the parody novel by Seth Graeme-Smith, which in turn was based on the Jane Austen original. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is basically the same story as Jane Austen’s, but with the male leads all being Army officers in this and there’s a few more zombies. But aside from that, it’s essentially the same (kind of) and was bloody good fun!
There's some great martial arts fighting and some nice zombie gore, though being a 15 certificate is not overly bloody. The film also benefited from a strong supporting cast, which also included Lena Headey (Dredd, TVs - Sarah Conner Chronicles) Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent) and Bella Heathcote (The Neon Demon) and was almost like watching a BBC period drama, but with zombies.
The film is released to Digital, DVD and BD June 27th. The disc releases include a selection of deleted scenes, a gag reel and several making-of features, featuring behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew, as extras.
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