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Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray] [1978]

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  • Actors: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, Gaylen Ross
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KMR022
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,065 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When there's no more room in hell the dead will walk the earth! As a blend of horror, action, tension, and humour, Dawn of the Dead stands in a class of its own as the only true zombie epic of all time.

A National Emergency grips the US as the zombie population grows at an alarming rate. Two S.W.A.T. officers, a helicopter pilot and his girlfriend escape the city and take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall after securing it following a series of flesh-shredding confrontations with the undead. Their survival is threatened when a band of looters leave a door open allowing the zombies access to the mall once more and a final stand-off for survival must play out.

With near unbearable tension throughout, George A Romero's Dawn of the Dead is a work of zombie film-making genius.

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George Romero's 1978 follow-up to his classic Night of the Living Dead is quite terrifying and gory (those zombies do like the taste of living flesh). But in its own way, it is just as comically satiric as the first film in its take on contemporary values. This time, we follow the fortunes of four people who lock themselves inside a shopping mall to get away from the marauding dead and who then immerse themselves in unabashed consumerism, taking what they want from an array of clothing and jewellery shops, making gourmet meals, etc. It is Romero's take on Louis XVI in the modern world: keep the starving masses at bay and crank up the insulated indulgence. Still, this is a horror film when all is said and done and even some of Romero's best visual jokes (a Hare Krishna turned blue-skinned zombie) can make you sweat. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Leite on 1 July 2002
Format: DVD
DAWN OF THE DEAD is the second film from Romero's living dead trilogy. For me, it is the best! Why? Because it has a great screenplay and the production values that make it work.
The story is great: four people escape from a world thrown into chaos by an increasing population of zombies. They travel by Helicopter for hours and hours trying to reach Canada. On their way, they reach a shopping mall and decide to search for food. The mall is, in fact, crowded with zombies walking around the stores, probably because of the fragments of memories they have from the time the were alive.
The four characters decide to reclaim the mall for themselves and live a life of bliss.
The great thing about the story is that their consumerism turns the mall into a prison. It is also obvious that the zombies are not an easy match... but this is just the begining.
I loved the sense of claustrophobia of it... you never know what's going to happen next. And the end is perfect.
The film starts inside a TV station where I saw one of the best state-of-confusion-like scenes I have ever seen. The sound design of the film is great and conveys just the right mood. The moment the film starts, you'll know you are in another world. The photography is peerless (with that 70's decadent feel). The music is great (the mall music is perfect!). This is one of those films that makes you cry for more - and it is sad no one makes zombie films anymore.
The DVD is ok. Sound seems fine and image sharp enough. Sadly, it doesn't come with a trailer. The gallery has only six photos (six!!) and it is presented in full screen (but since the original aspect ratio was 1.66:1, you won't loose much). I just hope someday, a collector's edition is available.
After the film ended, I started wondering how did they menaged to shoot the whole thing in a mall? Was it filmed during the night? Did it cost a lot? I wish someone could tell me...
Buy it, but just don't watch it alone. Trust me.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Paul McNamee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD
I'm not going to wax lyrical about how great a movie Dawn is, as you can find that elsewhere. I am however going to discuss the particular merits of this latest release of the film from Arrow Entertainment.

The first of the four discs is culled from the same tranfer as last year's Blu-Ray edition and is the best available DVD version of the film, but the real selling point of this set is the package of extra features. It's been some odd years since the 4-disc Ultimate Edition was released in the States, so to finally have these extras released on Region 2 is great for those few who have yet to make the jump to multiregion players. While not all of the Region 1 extras have been ported over (specifically the actors' commentary on the European cut, and Ken Foree's tour of the film's famous Monroeville Mall), there are more than enough on offer already and a few new ones to boot.

The fourth disc features Roy Frumke's essential Document Of The Dead, last available in this country on the shocking Trilogy Of The Dead set, whose only saving grace was Savini's shock on the commentary at how the exploding head had been removed from Dawn. Produced at the time Romero was making the film, Document gives a real insight into his process. At an hour and 20-odd minutes, it's a thorough affair and one of the best documentaries about moviemaking ever produced, particularly for one that predates the DVD boom by some 20 years. Exclusive to this release of Dawn are outtakes from the documentary- 7 minutes labeled as deleted scenes, and a further 20 of extended interviews with Adrienne Barbeau, Romero and Savini.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Blu Review Obscura on 1 May 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Dawn of the dead blu ray review

Distributor : Arrow video, UK

With this set I was hoping it would be the last time that I would have to buy this film, having previously owned umpteen videos, laser discs, dvds and even the US blu ray release. I thought finally, this will be the ultimate release and the last word on the film.

All 3 versions of the film and a great deal of extras are provided here so I have only quickly skipped through the blu ray but will include my thoughts on the set incase anyone is considering a purchase.

First off, the print on the theatrical release was excellent considering the age of the film and in some ways it was like seeing the film for the first time. The extended cut and Dario Argento cut are included but only on standard dvds, due apparently to the print quality costing too much to remaster to HD blu ray quality. This is a slight disappointment, however the print on both of these (dvd) versons is very good and with the theatrical print being so good in HD, it really helps to make up for this.

The extras are excellent, with only one problem which unfortunately for me was a major issue. The set contains 2 of the commentary tracks from the Anchor Bay release. The George A Romero commentary which is excellent and a commentary with Richard Rubinstein, which I found myself continuously fighting to stay awake for.

The major issue for me, was the missing audio commentary by the 4 main stars of the film which had previously been found on the Dario Argento cut on the Anchor Bay Ultimate Edition dvd release. Assuming the decision to leave this one out was due to rights issues or something similar, this omission almost killed the set for me.
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