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Dawn of the Dead (Blu-ray Disc, 2011, 2-Disc Set, Unrated Director's Cut; With Tech Support for Dummies Trial;)

Zack Snyder, Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames | Rating: Not Rated
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First-time director Zack Snyder remakes zombie master George A. Romero's classic 1978 gore-fest DAWN OF THE DEAD, wisely replicating only the basic elements of Romero's movie, instead sticking to his own vision of a world overrun by undead flesh-eating creatures. The action begins with nurse Ana (Sarah Polley) waking up to discover her boyfriend has become a tasty midnight snack for a formerly cute neighboring kid. To her horror, she realizes that the whole town is in a similar state of ghoulishness, until she runs into still-alive cop Kenneth (Ving Rhames); the levelheaded Michael (Jack Weber); and Andre (Mekhi Phifer), a rebel with a pregnant wife in tow. As in Romero's original, the group heads for the local mall where they barricade themselves inside. More survivors surface, while in the outside world the zombies go about their day by slowly taking over the planet. Undeterred by the odds against them, the survivors plot, scheme, and enjoy their mall paradise. As they plan their escape, some incredibly gruesome special effects are deployed, often with a dash of wry humor added for light relief.Placing the messages from Romero's version--a funny, scary look at consumerist society--on the back burner, the 2004 version of DAWN OF THE DEAD instead concentrates on delivering a witty blood-fest. The zombies appear to have taken their cues from the fast-moving corpses of Danny Boyle's 28 DAYS LATER, and are generally much more agile than their 1978 counterparts. Director Snyder gets the balance between humorous set-pieces and plot development exactly right throughout, producing an enjoyable remake that can easily hold its own alongside the deservedly hailed original film.

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  • Edition: Unrated Director's Cut; With Tech Support for Dummies Trial;
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 025192108006

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Genre:Horror/Suspense
Format:Blu-ray Disc
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"Good zombie fun, the remake of George A. Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD is the best proof in ages that cannibalizing old material sometimes works fiendishly well."
Los Angeles Times - Manohla Dargis (03/19/2004)

"Snyder, making a killer feature debut, trades home-made cheesiness for knowing style, revels in the sophistication of modern special effects, and stomps off with the best remake...of a horror classic in memory."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (03/26/2004)

"From a technical point of view, the new DAWN is slicker and more polished, and the acting is better, too."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (03/19/2004)

4 stars out of 5 -- "A slick remake....Synder delivers a movie energy and vision that never dilutes the power of the original."
Ultimate DVD - David Richardson (12/01/2007)

"Snyder comes up with some 'wow' shots....This DEAD is zippier than 1995's retake on VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED."
USA Today - Mike Clark (03/19/2004)

"The film still delivers a pretty mean bite as a gross-out/action shockfest."
Box Office - Michael Tunison (05/01/2004)

"A reasonably enjoyable shock machine thanks to state-of-the-art effects and an appealing cast..."
Premiere - Glenn Kenny (11/01/2004)

"It's good, thrilling fun."
Rolling Stone - Gavin Edwards (11/11/2004)

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Created: 01/03/09

Dawn Of The Dead Remake Is Great!

Product Details:

Actors: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Lindy Booth
Format: Anamorphic, Color, Digital Sound, Director's Cut, Dolby, NTSC
Language: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Rating: Unrated
Studio: Universal Studios
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
Run Time: 110 minutes
ASIN: B0002ABURA

DVD Features:

Region 1
Snap Case with Slip Sleeve
Director's Cut
Uncensored
Unrated Version
Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
Dual Layer
Audio:
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
Dolby Digital 5.1 - Spanish
Dolby Surround - English
Dolby Surround - French
Dolby Surround - Spanish
Additional Release Material:
Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary - 1. Zack Snyder - Director, Eric Newman - Producer
Bonus Features - 1. THE LOST TAPE: ANDY'S TERRIFYING LAST DAYS REVEALED
2. SPECIAL BULLETIN: WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM
Featurettes - 1. SURVIVING THE DAWN
2. RAISING THE DEAD
3. ATTACK OF THE LIVING DEAD
4. SPLITTING HEADACHES: ANATOMY OF EXPLODING HEADS
Interactive Features:
Scene Access
Interactive Menus

Taken From The Zombie Memorabilia Website: ARCHIVES OF THE DEAD

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Created: 01/03/09

Dawn Of The Dead Remake Is Great!

Are you ready to get down with the sickness? Movie logic dictates that you shouldn't remake a classic, but Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead defies that logic and comes up a winner. You could argue that George A. Romero's 1978 original was sacred ground for horror buffs, but it was a low-budget classic, and Snyder's action-packed upgrade benefits from the same manic pacing that energized Romero's continuing zombie saga. Romero's indictment of mega-mall commercialism is lost (it's arguably outmoded anyway), so Snyder and screenwriter James Gunn compensate with the same setting--in this case, a Milwaukee shopping mall under siege by cannibalistic zombies in the wake of a devastating viral outbreak--a well-chosen cast (led by Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, and Mekhi Phifer), some outrageously morbid humor, and a no-frills plot that keeps tension high and blood splattering by the bucketful. Horror buffs will catch plenty of tributes to Romero's film (including cameos by three of its cast members, including gore-makeup wizard Tom Savini), and shocking images are abundant enough to qualify this Dawn as an excellent zombie-flick double-feature with 28 Days Later, its de facto British counterpart. - Jeff Shannon

Product Details:

Actors: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Lindy Booth
Format: Widscreen
Language: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Rating: Unrated
Studio: Universal Studios
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
Run Time: 110 minutes
ASIN: B0002ABURA

Taken From The Zombie Memorabilia Website: ARCHIVES OF THE DEAD

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Created: 02/03/08

Dawn of the Dead

In an age where everything — cars, information, adolescence, theatrical release windows — has been sped up to a startling degree, it stands to reason that even the pop-cultural symbol of torpidity, the zombie, would find its inner Carl Lewis. But while there has recently been a rash of films featuring zombies capable of running an undeniably fleeter 40 than possible in previous incarnations, it's important to give credit where credit is due by remembering that the sprinting dead concept was invented more than two decades ago by schlockmeister supreme Umberto Lenzi in Nightmare City (1980). What's more, his zombies could operate firearms, too. Zack Snyder's 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead has none of that film's ludicrous ingenuity, and, at worst, no particular reason for being. But it does gain a good deal of forward momentum in its slam-bang early going, which, for a while, goes a long way toward concealing the movie's thorough pointlessness. In fact, the film is never better than in its opening ten minutes of expertly staged mayhem wherein Ana (Sarah Polley), a young, overworked nurse, returns home after a grueling day of work, goes to bed with her boyfriend, and wakes up to a bona fide zombie holocaust. Her boyfriend is quickly, brutally dispatched and, just as quickly, joins the ranks of the undead in pursuit of her and every other sentient living thing. Without pause, Ana flees the suburbs, encountering sundry visions of hell before crashing her car and getting rescued by Kenneth (Ving Rhames), a behemoth of a man with little use for words or the company of others. Nonetheless, they band together, meeting up with another cluster of strangers along the way before reaching the shopping mall in which they hope to take refuge. Unfortunately, the complex is already home to a small group of gun-toting redneck security guards who'd rather not share their relative good fortune any further. Though they're soon overpowered, matters are quickly complicated by the arrival of more survivors, some of whom are wounded and close to death. Realizing that, without preemptive action, there will soon be zombies amongst them, impossibly tough decisions must be made which threaten to upset the tenuous harmony barely keeping these diverse individuals from each others' throats.

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Created: 11/04/09

One of the Best Zombie Movies Ever Made!

OK, I know a lot of zombie afficiandos are die hard George Romero old school fans and like the original(s). I do too, but this version has very cool firearms action, nice bite scenes, a gory birth/baby scene and Ving Rhames adds to the really adds depth and interest to the cast of characters as a soured LAPD officer. I always liked the hiding out in the mall setting and the scene where "Andy" is shooting at the heads of zombies that look like stars is great! The zombies are fast enough to make it interesting and scary, not as slow as the zombies in Resident Evil, but not as fast as the ones in I am Legend, a nice compromise that lends to the suspense of them coming at you, but does not leave you thinking that you can never escape them. The clips of the survivors on the boat during the credits are good and the music that features tunes by Distubed is wicked. If you are a horror film or zombie fan, you definitely need this one in your collection!

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Created: 07/06/07

Better than expected for a remake

Given that horror films, and zombie films in particular, are what they are, remakes are usually abyssmal. The update of Dawn of the Dead was a pleasant surprise. As a fan of the original, I expected this to be wretched. Instead, it's a different look at similar themes for a new generation who would be turned off by the extremely dated look of the first Dawn of the Dead. The only solid plot element shared is the mall--other than that, the characters are new and modern and have growth arcs. You hate some, they die. You like some, they die. The only thing that gave me trouble initially was that we were asked to put ourselves in a world where no zombie film was ever made; when the characters are bewildered by what is happening and have to figure out how to kill zombies for the first time, seasoned zombage vets will roll their eyes. Take that into account watching this and it's not a bad entry into the genre. Top grade actors ensure decent performances and some of the cinematography is super. If you like Jake Weber from TV's Medium, especially take a look at this film. He plays,well, he plays Jake Weber. But so very well. And Ving Rhames of course plays what he usually does, to perfection. Sarah Polley also puts in a solid turn as the sort of character you'd expect but the side characters really spice up the basic ensemble nicely. Dawn '04 takes itself fairly seriously but it does it with decent grace and at least never insults you.

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