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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:
Jake Weber, Ty Burrell
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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

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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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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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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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By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD
It's branded a re-make, but it tells a story that differs in several ways from the 1978 original. The odd thing is, if you go through the tick-boxes of what goes into a film - such as the script, the acting, the musical score, the pacing, the editing and more, you might easily conclude that in each individual area this film is better, or at least more professionally executed. Yet the finished product isn't as good as the cult classic of the seventies. For one thing, the horror isn't as horrifying, and it's much less shocking. It fails to disturb in any way, and is really rather forgettable. In a way, by calling it what it is, it's a curse on it for it will inevitably be compared to the first, when in truth it's a decent film that could have been better with a different title and just a different location - not in a shopping mall. One of the most obvious differences it does offer, however, is that the zombies don't walk around at 'normal' speed, and if anything this removes one of the key characteristics that makes zombies what they uniquely are.

Other story differences from its famous predecessor include a change of location from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee, a substantial increase in the number of living humans taking refuge within the shopping mall, and a very different portrayal of the pregnancy plot thread! Also, there was less of a socio-political message this time around with regard to consumerism, probably because it would no longer mean anything of substance thirty years on.

Three of the leading cast members from '78 have cameos in this re-make: Tom Savini, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger.
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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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