Life After Beth

Featured In Issue 194, February 2015

WSR Score3.5
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In Life After Beth, Zach (DeHaan) is devastated when his girlfriend Beth (Plaza) dies unexpectedly. After Beth suddenly and mysteriously returns to life, Zach is overjoyed to have the second chance to prove his love for her. But when Beth starts developing some bizarre tendencies––including a rather disturbing taste for flesh––Zach has to confront the facts. Can love survive among the living dead?

Special features include commentary with Writer/Director Jeff Baena, Actors Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, and Matthew Gray Gubler; the featurette Life After Beth: The Post Mortem (HD 15:48); 10 deleted scenes (HD 19:45); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally with the Arri Alexa camera system, with a naturally hued color palette with accurate fleshtones. Contrast is decent, with deep blacks. Resolution is revealing of good detail and fine features. This generally is not a distinguished picture but nevertheless engaging, due to the comedic treatment of zombies.

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventionally produced with a music score with a phantom imaged center and depth that extends to the surrounds. Deep bass rumbling in the 20 Hz range is often the foundation for the atmospherics and sound effects as the story unfolds and the zombie plague spreads. Gunfire and explosions are spread around the soundfield, and the music is at times positioned in different channels, including the surrounds for effect. Dialogue sounds natural and spatially integrated. Overall, this is a fun sonic experience that enhances the comedic horrors.