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:
Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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

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4 of 4 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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32 of 35 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oracle of Horror ( County Durham) on 17 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First the good news about this disc, it is region-free and not region A as stated. The quality of the disc is good, the only thing with these Blu-ray releases are that this film was shot in full-scope, which is 2.35.1 and what is shown on the disc, is a wide-screen print, which is 1.85.1. Which makes it a bit better than pan and scan. When companies like Universal and others, try to get people to go over from dvd to blu-ray. The first few releases they brought out had loads of extra's to get you to swap from dvd to blu-ray. This disc has no extra's at all, not even a trailer and from a big company like Universal, you would expect alot better than this. So if you want to see this film in the proper ratio buy the dvd and not the blu-ray. Because when theres no more room in hell, Universal will release blu-ray's like this to walk the earth. Must do better!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blu Review Obscura on 30 Oct. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
DAWN OF THE DEAD 2004 Blu-ray Review.

Distributor: Universal (US)

How do you remake the best zombie movie ever made?

It was never going to be an easy task, the original Dawn of the Dead is not only widely considered as the best zombie movie ever put to celluloid, it is also widely regarded as one of the best horror movies period. In 2003 Zack Snyder took on the task and one year later released a remake which actually remains faithful to the original source but also enhances the experience to give us something new. Now, admittedly the remake was never going to better the original, that would be like expecting Starcrash to beat Star Wars to title of best sci-fi movie of all time, but this remake does actually have a lot going for it. We get an updated story, fast running zombies, original cast from the 1978 version of Dawn in cameo roles, tense action/horror sequences, a fair amount of blood and guts and a quick paced enjoyable interpretation of an all time classic.

Dawn of the Dead comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures on a region free disc. Although this release contains the unrated extended directors cut of the movie, it is worth noting that as with the previous US DVD release, it is also very slightly optically censored in a scene which involves a topless female zombie. As the zombie is approaching a victim in a car, a smear of digital blood has been added to the windscreen to protect the zombies modesty. Original US cinema prints and foreign DVD releases had the scene unaltered, however for some strange reason the US DVD and now the Blu-ray contain the digitally censored version.
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