Dawn Of The Dead 2004

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A re-envisioning of George Romero's apocalyptic horror classic, "Dawn of the Dead": An unexplained plague has decimated the world's population--and yet, the dead aren't dying. They've become zombies, stalking endlessly in a quest to feed on the flesh and blood of the few remaining living. A ragtag group of desperate survivors in a Wisconsin town seek refuge in a large indoor mall, where they must learn not only to protect themselves from the ever-increasing zombie horde, but also to co-exist with each other as a last bastion of humanity. Sealed off from the rest of what used to be the world, the group uses every available resource, in their against-all-odds fight, to remain alive and human.

Starring:
Lindy Booth, Boyd Banks
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Lindy Booth, Boyd Banks, Kevin Zegers, Michael Kelly, Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley, Jayne Eastwood, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell
Director Zack Snyder
Genres Horror
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. England VINE VOICE on 23 Oct 2004
Format: DVD
This remake has been handled exceptionally well.
Looking at other recent remakes (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ring etc.) you're perfectly entitled to feel a little bit cautious as to whether this film is going to be much cop....I know I was! Especially given that the original is one of my favourite films.
Don't worry though. It's a great film! The feeling of dread may be missing but it's replaced by tons of adrenaline-fueled terror(Thanks to the change in Zombies' speed) and the special effects and gore are second to none. What this film also has is a great sense of humour.....which is just what's needed at certain points!
Overall, this remake is not better or worse than the original, it's different. It runs at a much different pace, emphasises have changed and it's far more about fun and thrills than doom and despair.
Go see it! I recommend it.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bhaskar on 19 Oct 2004
Format: DVD
At first I was worries that this would be a cheesy hollywood style remake of the original. This turned out not to be the case at all and I think this is a great film both as a remake and as a film in its own right. There are parallels with the orginal in terms of the script but enough orginality and some excellent black humour to keep you interested. The soundtrack is excellent and there is a complete change in the zombies movements. They move pretty fast now ! All in all, a great zombie film.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Web' on 27 Oct 2004
Format: DVD
When I first heard that they were planning to do a remake of the classic 'Dawn Of The Dead' I have to admit I was a little sceptical, but after watching I couldn't feel anything but impressed... it really is a good film! In the shock n horror department it is very 'in your face', it's violent and gory and it certainly doesn't pull any punches. The storyline moves along well, though I felt that unlike the original it didn't really give much indication as to how much time had passed, however this is a minor gripe and isn't enough to spoil an excellent horror movie.
So is it as good as the original? Well I'm not going to enter that arena, you can make up your own mind, but I'm willing to bet that there are an awful lot of diehard George A Romero fans out there who might slam this remake publicly... but secretly love it.
Highly recommended - especially for fans of the genre (like me!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean T. Page on 18 April 2012
Format: DVD
There are some films that are required viewing for any zombie fan. The original 1980s version is on this list so too must be this re-make.

The new version is very much a re-imagining of the film. The zombies are faster, not the lumbering ghouls of old. There is possibly less slow-building tension and more racing horror but this re-make still ticks all the boxes.

Band of scared survivors - tick
Desperate stand in a shopping mall - tick
Stereotyped characters - tick
Plenty of gory zombie-action - tick

All the ingredients are there for a modern classic and that's what you get with this movie. The production is slick, the effects believable and the acting right on target.

There are some great twists in there, look out for the zombie baby. There are also some great characters such Andy stuck alone in the gun shop.

Romance and tension blossom in the Shopping Mall as the survivors realise that help is not coming and that they are on their own. It's a shame the raiders from the original didn't appear in this version but there are security guards to handle, basements to clear and some strange goings on in the baby department. You can add to this list converting a coach into a zombie-proof tank!

The story moves at pace, as do the racing zombies. The outbreak scenario is well-mapped out and believable. This movie is essential viewing, no question about it. Try not to compare it to the original, treat them like different films and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Bastiampillai on 2 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
This remake is excellent. Whilst it does not, strictly speaking, completely adhere to the original, I feel it is much better. For example, in the original, the zombies were slow and weak; they could easily be defeated or outrun. In this remake, however, the zombies are incredibly strong and fast and pose far more of a threat to the heroes. The unusual sense of humour works well with the tone of the film; surprisingly well.
The film is scary, graphic, intense, mysterious and chilling (the cause of the outbreak is never really addressed or explained). There is a bleak feel to the film; you somehow know that not everyone will survive. The visuals are bolstered by some excellent, high-production values. Watch it to the very end to see what becomes of our survivors.
On a slight downside note, the special features have some good ideas, but are somewhat poorly executed. For instance, the news report looks a little cheap and ameteurish (esp when watched after the film itself), and the acting skills of the news reader are questionable. This isn't enough to completely ruin the enjoyment of the film, though. And by the time you watch said feature,you will probably feel yourself in the self-contained world of the film.
Watch it at night
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct 2004
Format: DVD
'Dawn of the Dead' has received a broad range of both praise and criticism. Some people within the zombie fan-base have cited being annoyed by the running zombies, the poor character development, and most of all the lack of satire and social commentary that made the original such a standout classic horror movie. As a fan of George Romero and a lover of zombie flicks in general, I nevertheless have to say that I enjoyed this movie immensely. Modern cinematography, effects, and a decent budget have produced a movie that is stylish, slick, well-paced, and that in my opinion has not 'sold-out' the genre. There is indeed little or no trace left of the social commentary on consumerism - as George Romero remarked about this movie, 'it has lost it's reason for being' - but this doesn't mean it is a bad movie. In fact, I would say that it's one of the finest zombie films ever made. The opening credits, set to Johnny Cash, are superb, and really set the mood. There are some wonderful and memorable scenes, though I won't mention them here (no spoilers!). And the ending is absolutely perfect, in my opinion.
Watching Dawn 1979 now, even though it is a great movie, I find myself cringeing just a little at the ridiculous music, the blue zombies (they had only two people to do all the zombie effects on that film! ...no disrespect to Tom Savini, who did to a great job on a low budget)... this was 25 years ago - cinematographic techniques have moved on since then!!
All in all, a welcome revision of a classic. Great stuff.
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