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Dawn Of The Dead: Director's Cut [VHS] [1980]

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  • Actors: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Crawford
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Writers: George A. Romero
  • Producers: Alfredo Cuomo, Claudio Argento, Donna Siegel, Richard P. Rubinstein
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Bmg Video
  • VHS Release Date: 6 Sep 1999
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CTYE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,242 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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George A. Romero's sequel to 'Night of the Living Dead' is regarded as one of the great zombie movies. The flesh-eating undead roam the Earth, leaving the living searching for refuge wherever they can. Media types Ross and Emge team up with two burnt-out cops to seek sanctuary in a disused shopping mall, where they can indulge their consumerist fantasies to the full - once they have disposed of the zombie shoppers around them.

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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

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Blu Review Obscura on 1 May 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd on 9 July 2004
Format: DVD
When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.
Dawn of the Dead is George A. Romeros classic follow-up to the equally brilliant, Return of the Living dead. As the plague of zombies continue to roam the earth a, 4 fortunate survivors create themselves a zombie free hideout andt take refuge in the ultimate place to be in their situation, a large shopping centre. Once all of the dead have been cleared from the shopping centre and the quartet are securley sealed inside, the four friends are having the times of their lives!
With dawn of the Dead most oftenly being classed as a long film(as it is on over 2 hours) for me this film ends too soon. The pure quality of this film keeps you so deeply engrossed, that instead of seeming too long, the movie seems too short and keeps you wanting to more right at the bitter end. The shopping centre itself is a perfect location for the setting of this movie, allowing Romero to create a deeply humorous side to the movie as incredibly stupid zombies fall down stairs, scratching hopelessly at the door windows of shops and walking around the shops like the living.Dawn of the dead contains some of the most clever zombie deaths ever and the best of which include a screwdriver through the ear, head explosions from gunshots and the classic decapitation by machete.
25 years on from the original release of Dawn of the Dead, the film does not look the slightest bit dated, the gore, humour and effects are just as amazing now as they always have been. With the ravenous swarms of zombies reeking havoc all over the world and the gore laden action that makes Dawn of the Dead the brilliant horror film its turned out to be, its obvious why this film has many a time been rated, the greatest Zombie flick of all time.
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4 of 4 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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