It wasn't until I was doing some research about the production of this film that I learnt that was in fact a remake of a 1973 film of the same name directed by George A. Romero. While George hasn't directed this remake, that duty has been handed over to Breck Eisner (Sahara), he has acted as Executive Producer.
The Crazies is set in a small Kansas town called Ogden Mash which is suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. As the town goes crazy Sheriff Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) and his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell), need to try to escape the madness, and perhaps something even more sinister.
Where this film succeeds is with the pacing which provides a good mixture of action, tension and downtime, but always keeps that level of the unknown bubbling away under the surface. Credit must go to the two lead actors; Timothy Olyphant who is turning into a solid lead actor in action films, and Radha Mitchell who gamers would likely know from the Silent Hill movie.
Audio Commentary by director Breck Eisner: This is a pretty impressive, fairly continuous, audio commentary which provides plenty of information about the production of this film including a great story about finding the Truck Stop location for the film and plenty of discussions about the storyline, actors, visual effects and makeup.
Behind the Scenes with director Breck Eisner (10:40/HD): This is only a little more then your typical EPK styled featurette which is made to sell the movie rather then inform. There are plenty of scenes from the film, and retelling of the story although there are some small interesting details about the production.
The George A. Romero Template (9:54/HD): This featurette looks at George A. Romero's long line of horror films with commentary from movie critics. Sadly there is no participation from Mr Romero himself.
Make-Up Mastermind Rob Hall in Action (11:26/HD): It's not often that make-up artists get such an impressive featurette on Blu-Ray or DVD but this is a great look at the 3 hour process that went into creating "The Hunter" including everything from the the adhesive tattoo transfers, painting, the dentures, and eye contacts.
The Crazies Motion Comic Episode 1 & Episode 2 (27:00/HD): These two comics provide some background to the events that took place in the film. The first episode (which runs for 14:28) focuses on the plane crash and what happens in the hours after that, while Episode 2 (runtime 12:32) continues the story. These are definitely worth a watch as they add some more to the events of the movie.
Visual Effects in Motion (3:40/HD): Way too brief but this gives you a breakdown of two key sequences from the film which required extensive CG effects. Impressive, but I would have loved a lot more detail including some commentary.
Trailers (7:19/HD): Here we have a Teaser Trailers (0:35), Theatrical Trailer #1 (1:52), Theatrical Trailer #2 (2:25) and The Crazies Motion Comic Trailer (2:27).
The Crazies Featurette: X Screening Video (3:57/HD): This short video was taken at the premiere of the movie at Silverlake where the filmmakers showed off some of the special features and moments from making the film.
Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery (3:18/HD): Again, as the title suggests, this is a photo gallery with dozens of images from the production.
Review By: Dave Warner