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Day Of The Dead [1985] [DVD]

Joseph Pilato , Lori Cardile , George A. Romero    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Pilato, Lori Cardile, Terry Alexander, Jarlath Conroy, Antone DiLeo Jnr
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Producers: Richard Rubinstein
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EBFOTW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,464 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The concluding part of George A. Romero's cult horror trilogy opens with the undead roaming the planet freely. The living have been forced underground, where they make their base in a hidden missile depot, helping with the experiments of scientist Doctor Logan (Richard Liberty), who hopes to domesticate the zombies. However, the military faction of the human survivors favour a more direct approach, and with food stocks becoming ever more depleted, they decide to take action. What folllows is the final showdown between the forces of the living and the armies of the dead.

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Day of the Dead, chapter three of George Romero's mighty zombie trilogy, has big footsteps to follow. Night of the Living Dead was a classic that revitalised a certain corner of the cinema, and Dawn of the Dead was nothing short of epic. Day of the Dead, however, has always been regarded as a comedown compared to those twin peaks--and perhaps it is. But on its own terms, this is an awfully effective horror movie, made with Romero's customary social satire and cinematic vigour--when a "retrained" zombie responds to the "Ode to Joy", the film is in genuinely haunting territory. The story is set inside a sunken military complex, where Army and medical staff, supposedly working on a solution to the zombie problem, are going crazy (strongly foreshadowing the final act of 28 Days Later). Tom Savini's make-up effects could make even hardcore gore fans tear off their own heads in amazement. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arrow Blu Ray : some doubts about the transfer 9 Nov 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Recently I've been upgrading my collection of what I think of as 'Modern Classic Horror Films' to BD. As Kim Newman suggests in his book 'Nightmare Movies', the post-Gothic, Modern Horror film appeared with 'Night of the Living Dead' in 1968. For me, by the end of the 1980s, the genre was in terminal decline, so the kind of films I've been purchasing for maybe the third time has included the aforementioned Romero classic (which looks fabulous on the official BD), 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', 'Halloween', the works of Dario Argento between 1975-1982 and the like.

I saw 'Day of the Dead' at the cinema when it first appeared. While it doesn't have the immediate iconic appeal of 'Night' and 'Dawn', I've always felt it is a great film and easily the most consistent and even of the initial 'Dead' trilogy (I won't mention the second trilogy). The film is of a piece, flowing seamlessly from one scene to the next, with superior effects and music to its predecessors, with no jarring moments - for me some of the library music of 'Night' ruins the consistency of the film, while to my way of thinking, there is not yet a definitive cut of 'Dawn' - the ideal version for me would be a revision of the extended cut that incorporated the additional thrills and violence of the European cut and featuring only the music by Goblin, albeit pumped up in the mix...and all of this on bluray in hidef, DTS 5.1, naturally. I can dream.

'Day of the Dead', however, can't really be improved, except in terms of quality of presentation. The Arrow UK 3 disc edition incorporates all the special features from the previous US divimax edition DVD on 2 DVDs (plus the film on DVD) and of course, a BD disc.

Arrow are by now well known for delivering inconsistent results on BD.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Day of the Dead 8 Dec 2004
Format:DVD
What a film!!!!! The first scene where we get the first taste of the claustrophobic atmosphere that surrounds the film is brilliant. The scene makes you jump out of your seat and you know you're in for a movie that'll be full of surprises.
The film has plenty of clever dialogue and, of course, plenty of gore (thanks to the brilliant special effects and the make-up skills of Tom Savini) . It might not be as long or have as many gore scenes compared to the classic Dawn of the Dead but is still enjoyable and terrifying at the same time.
There is dialogue that will make you laugh or get you thinking philosophically and dialogue that will keep you guessing as to what might happen to the survivors in the film. The characters are cleverly drawn together and the zombies are scary looking, bar a few who look like they having a day out in the studio!
You'll be reaching for the sick bag when you see the gory scenes like the one where one of the characters gets his "chest-flesh" bitten off by a zombie; the flesh, as it is bitten off, looks like the stretchy cheese you see on a pizza that hangs on the side of your mouth! You'll see plenty of body parts torn apart and eaten and plenty of zombies that look like they seriously need to see their dentist, as well as their dermatologist!
Romero keeps you guessing as to who are the real bad guys (only one woman not a zombie in the film and she's a goodie!) and you only find out in the last few scenes.
If you've seen the previous two Dead films and not Day then you'll love this film (If your're a real fan you'll realise that the actor who plays the Army Boss is the guy who was in Dawn of the Dead as one of the "cops" that escapes in a boat before the main characters fly off in the helicoptor)
Top marks for everything then to Romero for this third installment of the Dead Trilogy.
Buy the film! It's a true classic!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Day Of The Dead 10 Feb 2003
Format:DVD
The third installment of this trilogy of films by director George A. Romero, has a much more darker and desperate feel to it than its predecessors. Set in an underground facility created to investigate the now widespread problem of zombies, the research team assigned to this task encounter nothing but contempt from the soldiers protecting them. Mainly due to their sense of isolation at being the only survivors in the immediate area. It is the friction created by these two very separate groups of people and the situation that they find themselves in, which makes the movie so enduring and entertaining despite its age. The token mad scientist thrown in to provide the films more horrific moments doesn't help matters, though his training of the zombie "bub" is very interesting to say the least. My only criticism about this movie is the weak ending but, the post apocalyptic storyline is so atmospheric you won't really care.
The level of gore in this is amazing with the effects creators almost having a "candyland" experience with what they could achieve within the budget. Watch out for the opening sequences soundbite used in the song M1A1 by the gorillaz, as although this is classic cinema and should be taken with a pinch of salt, the soundtrack is cringingly 80's esque.
All in all, it is a worthy ending for this highly entertaining series of films, a must see movie for all fans of the genre.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Review, if you can find it... 12 April 2010
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Format:Blu-ray
Compared to the other two films in Romero's original trilogy (joined by a new trio in the last five short years) it is Day that gets the least praise from fans and critics alike. It's not as revolutionary as Night Of The Living Dead was and lacks the immediate social resonance of Dawn... Still, it's a film that rewards repeated viewing, and while certainly the least commercially viable of the three, it is also the most thought provoking, and in many ways, entertaining.

Where Day... appears to have let people down is in its uncompromisingly nihilistic approach. There is nothing of the fun of Dawn... held over for this picture. From the locations and cinematography to the methods of ghoul dispatch, there is a touch of depression to this movie, no sign of anything resembling hope. Instead, Romero's focus is on the development of his creations. In the first truly progressive film in the series, he explores an idea only prodded at in the Dawn...finale- the living dead have memory, yes, but how can this be exploited? The plot of the movie sees a group of twelve holed up underground in a vaguely alluded-to research mission. The scientists are working away at increasingly risky endeavours while their assigned military keepers are dropping off, a point of contention with their leader-by-default, Captain Rhodes. While Dr. `Frankenstein' Logan toils away at training the zombies, Rhodes' and his men's behaviour begs the question if society is really worth saving at all.

The film is built around a tight group of involving performances by turns frenzied and subdued. Joe Pilato is a fury of constantly simmering discontent, a military man whose frustrations and inadequacies prove lethal to his co-inhabitants. Pilato hams it up in arguably the most memorable role in any of Romero's canon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Really really good gore fun zombie film
Published 1 month ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good
Published 2 months ago by michael stretton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
what else can you say true horror classic
Published 3 months ago by dean
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent transfer, but my disc was faulty
I encountered a problem with this disc which turned out to be the result of a faulty pressing. I returned the disc to the seller as per their instructions but am yet to receive my... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miskatonic
4.0 out of 5 stars "Day Of The Dead" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues On `US' Copies By...
There are multiple versions on BLU RAY of this legendary horrorfest - but a word of warning to fans in the UK. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Been my favourite film for year!
Been my favourite film for years!
Even to this day the effects still look real even though they were done in 1985.
Love the gore
Best Zombie film by far!
Published 8 months ago by Mark Worby
5.0 out of 5 stars Pumped Full of Hate and Blood- a fitting finale to romero's zombie...
Often regarded as the weak one compared to Night and Dawn- Day of the Dead (1985) cannot be ignored. It is simply put a horror classic, and perhaps the last great zombie film. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Colonel Decker
4.0 out of 5 stars another dawn of the dead
Pretty much along the same lines as dawn of the dead although not quite as good a good film for its time but a little outdated now
Published 13 months ago by kel15
5.0 out of 5 stars a must watch for all fans
what can I say apart from buy this movie,this is the best zombie film you will ever see,howard Sherman as bub(the main zombie)is outstanding and still is to this day the best... Read more
Published 13 months ago by villa
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great old film, this was one of my first horror films I watch when I was young, great addition to my film collection, very quick delivery, very pleased.
Published 15 months ago by gt
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