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Dead Alive [1992] [US Import] [Blu-ray] [Region A]

Timothy Balme , Diana Peñalver , Peter Jackson    Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin, Brenda Kendall
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Stephen Sinclair
  • Producers: Jamie Selkirk, Jim Booth
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DCJ1A0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,973 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



If you're not a connoisseur of graphic horror and gruesome gore, you'd better steer clear of Braindead, a wicked 1992 horror-comedy from the demented mind and delirious camera of writer-director Peter Jackson, years before he went on to mainstream success with The Lord of the Rings. However, if non-stop mayhem and extreme violence are your idea of great entertainment, you're sure to appreciate Jackson's gleefully inventive approach to a story that can judiciously be described as sick, twisted and totally outrageous. The movie's central character is a poor schmuck named Lionel who's practically enslaved to his domineering mother. But when ol' Mum gets bitten by a rare and poisonous rat monkey from Skull Island and is turned into a flesh-eating zombie, Lionel has the unfortunate task of keeping Mama happy while fending off all the other zombies that result from her voracious feeding frenzies. If you've read this far, you'll either be crying out for censorship or eagerly awaiting your first viewing (or second, or third...) of this wildly clever and audaciously uninhibited movie. While director Jackson would later achieve far greater critical and box-office successes, his talent is readily evident in this earlier effort. If you find this kind of thing even remotely appealing, consider Braindead a must-see movie. --Jeff Shannon

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top 5 movie 5 Feb 2006
I think you have to look a little further past the 'cringe inducing acting' to the quality of the storytelling here - not to mention some of the most hilarious sight gags ever committed to celluloid. Yes it's horribly bad taste from start to finish but it's a minor work of art, way more accomplished than Bad Taste and Jackson's subversive take on The Muppets 'Meet The Feebles'. Stomach the gore, swallow the bad acting on show and lap up a movie directed with true love and devotion. Just check your custard for lumps.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, gory, entertaining 20 Aug 2011
Peter Jackson at his goriest!!!
Not only the plot, which is a sort of mixture between Psycho, The Evil Dead and Re-Animator, is quite convincing and a rather nice persiflage of the named classics, but also the acting is good considering the type of film it is.
You should always go for the uncut version, otherwise you will miss some of the funniest scenes where the splatter effects are really that overexaggerated you will have a tummy ache for laughing so hard.
A great film, not only for fans of splatter films.
This might as well be the greatest splatter film ever made.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANYONE FOR CUSTARD?? 7 April 2003
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I can only sum this dvd up in 1 word - MENTAL!! This has got to be the wackiest, no holds barred Gorefest i have ever seen. If you have seen any other Peter Jackson's early stuff (Bad taste for example) and thought it was pushing the boundaries of sick, this takes it to a whole new Level! Some of the most hilariously bizarre and sickest Scenes i have ever seen on dvd are contained in this film - Zombie baby (you'll understand when u see it!!) and kung fu priest "I kick ass for the Lord!!" are definitely something that you'll want to see over and over - Just for the sheer madness of it!
Better than bad taste, this film will not win any awards for great acting or script, but this is pure novelty - Really really funny, I know some comedy films these days are not funny but this is unbelievable,
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Zealand Gorefest 1957 11 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Peter Jacksons follow up to debut Bad Taste loses none of the gore of its predecessor and shows us a taste of the humour to come in The Frighteners. For those interested in Jacksons current Lord of the Rings trilogy this is a good reference point to see just how far Richard Taylor's effects have come. The effects in this budget film are particularly good considering its limited finances, and you can see the genius of Taylor making its mark. Overall for its comic gore brilliance in the vein of The Evil dead trilogy, and more recently Dog Soldiers, I can only highly recommend this title. The scene with the demon baby in the park is one of the funniest film moments I've seen yet.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more gore than you could ever dream of 25 July 2006
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Braindead is quite simply the most insane,gore depraved film of all time,blood,intestines,guts,hearts and more flood the screen in technicolour glory,peter jackson challenged the decency system in bad taste,but in braindead the insanity factor was raised beyond what could be deemed as acceptable,but who wants a boring horror anyway,there is so much going on here that you would almost need to watch it in slow motion.

Thats not to say that the plot is overbearing,it isnt!There is a monkey that is captured and placed in zoo but the monkey is infected with a disease that kills and then brings you back to life as a zombie,some infection,wouldnt you agree?,and when the main characters mother is bitten only death awaits and the excessive blood which is so overblown that you cant help but laugh starts to follow,you know that a cult classic has been born,this isnt a film that you can watch with film fans who like a plot to be detailed and a beginning,middle and end,this is manic work at its best,hail hail braindead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead and/or alive 6 July 2006
Currently Peter Jackson is reknowned for his fantasy movies and exceptional cult remakes. But once upon a time, he was better known for splatter-gore horror movies, like the "Dead Alive," a bizarrely hilarious movie full of zombies, rat-monkeys and messy death. Glorious!

Lionel (Timothy Balme) is a downtrodden young man, who has the unpleasant honor of caring for his nasty mum (Elizabeth Moody). Then he meets store clerk Paquita (Diana Peñalver), and the two young people fall in love. Unfortunately, during a date to the zoo, his mom follows them so she can wreck his date.

She succeeds, sort of -- she gets bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey from Skull Island (the same one where Kong came from?) and dies. But poor Lionel can't get off that easily -- because of the bite, his mom comes back to life as a flesh-eating zombie. Soon zombies are running amok, and Lionel and Paquita must find a way to get rid of them. Can true love triumph over the undead?

Be forewarned: this movie is gross. Very disgusting. Lots of fluids and body parts, and zombies eating people in detail. And the whole movie climaxes with hundreds of zombies crashing a party, and a spectacularly gory sequence involving a, uh, lawnmower and chainsaw.

But gore alone doesn't make a movie a cult hit -- any idiot can make a zombie movie. This one is special because of Jackson's twisted sense of humor; "Shaun of the Dead" definitely owes a stylistic debt to him. How many movies do you see where a character tries to clean up the blood after Zombie Mom has lunch?

Jackson sprinkles his 1950s setting with all sorts of weird characters -- a kung-fu reverend and a Nazi vet among them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Braindead
This movie I saw many years ago, and could not stop laughing, so I had to have it !!!!
Published 20 days ago by Dr Paul Rhoads' Littell
5.0 out of 5 stars Gross.
It's pretty disgusting and gory but hey that's why this flick is awesome. This was one of Peter jacksons earlier pieces and follows true to his original style of film making. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr.Kool aid
4.0 out of 5 stars THE ZOMBIE-LAWNMOWER MAN

Before making THE LORD OF THE RING or THE HOBBIT, Peter Jackson made this hilarious zombie splatter comedy, drastically raising the bar of violence in (zombie)... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caligula II.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mum happy
My mum has been looking for this for years. She used to watch it years ago and was really disappointed when she couldn't find it anywhere. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BettyMarge
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie.blood fest!
This film will make you gipp over your tea, its crappy but in an ace kinda way! If you love cheesy horror, hen buy this film. Read more
Published 7 months ago by julie bassett
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Peter Jackson on Show
It's macabre, it's off beat and it's a fun introduction to challenges of family life and zombies. Boy meets girl, boy's mother becomes a zombie and boy tries to keep it all... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul T Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars a well done movie
A well done movie, whith many nice effects, a sweet story by a boy and a girl and his crazy mother. And all specialeffects are handmade. So .. best zombie movie ever.
Published 9 months ago by martin sjöholm
4.0 out of 5 stars Black humour at its best
In the vein of the original Evil Dead where an ambitious young director wants to make his mark with a quirky story and oceans of gore. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ldn Del
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncut or not?
The uncut version of Braindead has always been available in both the UK and in Australia. Any discrepancy in running times is due to the fact that cinema releases run at 24fps;... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Under The Radar
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not perfect
It's a good version, but it would be perfect if it had more subtitles like spanish, french, etc. This small things in 2013 are a shame.
Published 15 months ago by Iván
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