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Diary Of The Dead - Single Disc Edition [DVD]

Joshua Close , Michelle Morgan , George A. Romero    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joshua Close, Michelle Morgan, Shawn Roberts, Simon Pegg, Quentin Tarantino
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017ODVCC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,373 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



George A Romero continues his revival of his iconic zombie franchise with Diary Of The Dead, the fifth film in a series that kicked off back in 1968 with Night Of The Living Dead. And while his latest doesn’t manage to match the heights of the earlier films, there’s still something refreshing about watching a genuine master of the genre at work.

This time around then, Diary Of The Dead heads a little back to basics, with a film that follows a group of amateur filmmakers who find themselves under siege from zombies, allowing the legendary director to take some less-than-subtle swipes at the YouTube generation. Sadly, his cast don’t help him very much, ringing in primarily forgettable performances, and this certainly nullifies some of the points that Romero tries to make.

Yet when it comes to the zombie action, there’s no number you’d call faster than Romero’s, and here’s where the great man delivers. Diary Of The Dead does work along the law of diminishing returns, and is the weakest of the series, but it’s not without a general collection of skilful moments that fans of the genre won't want to miss.

Diary Of The Dead isn’t a film that you need to have seen the others before it to appreciate, but it is a primarily quite ordinary film from an often-extraordinary director. That said, it still easily eclipses the army of imitators of recent times (the splendid zombie romantic comedy Shaun Of The Dead excepted, of course), and has more than enough horror to fill an empty night. --Jon Foster

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Zombie horror movie directed by George A. Romero. Film student Jason (Joshua Close) and his crew are shooting a mummy movie in the Pennsylvania woods when news reports begin pouring in about the dead rising from their graves. Cast member Ridley (Phillip Riccio) reacts to the news by abandoning the group and retreating to his family's fortified mansion halfway across the state, while the remaining cast and crew are forced to fight for their lives despite having no weapons and only an old Winnebago in which to seek shelter. The group soon realise that there is no escape from the plague of the living dead.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An afterthought in a zombie film? 9 April 2008
If you're reading this it's more then likely you've seen a zombie film so you'll know what to expect. You'll have your unlikely group of survivors slowly dwindling in numbers, plenty of suspense and of course lots of blood and internal organs being used as zombie chew toys.

What you probably won't expect is to find yourself leaving the cinema with a lingering thought in your head at the closing line of the film. There aren't too many films I've seen recently that leave me with an afterthought and it was something I certainly wouldn't expect to find in a zombie film.

It's quite a modern twist in it's production values as you view the film through a film being produced by our lead, Joshua Close. In concept it's similiar to the Blair Witch Project but while that is more about suspense and your imagination here you're seeing plenty of action as the survivors decrease in numbers through foolishness and sheer bad luck.

The survivors themselves are reasonably likeable, a teacher and a group of students all trying to get back "home" as the chaos ensues around them. I was also slightly surprised at who survives the film which is never a bad thing. After all if you can guess who's going to end up dead upon seeing your survivor group it takes away that element of surprise any good film needs to hold your interest.

This is definitely an essential purchase if you're a lover of zombie and horror films in general and even worth a watch if you're just getting into horror films. There's quite a few amusing moments throughout the film and it doesn't take the route of becoming a needless gore fest like some other horror films.

Give it a watch and if you like it you've got the original series of The Dead films by Romero to go back and enjoy as well. To a lesser extent there's also two other modern re-makes of Dawn of the Dead and Land of the Dead to satisfy your urges as well.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'You Tube the Dead'! 13 Mar 2008
I saw Diary of the Dead at the cinema and I have to say I am very impressed with the result. Whereas other more recent Zombie movies have gone for action-packed thrills(The Dawn of the Dead remake)and silly martial arts (Resident Evil 1-3), Director George A. Romero shows them all how its done. 'Diary' is pitched in the same vein as the recent Cloverfield movie, showing events unfold through the lense of a hand-held digital camera, showing the film's characters emoting to a largely unseen cameraman whilst trying to extricate themselves from danger and seek sanctuary.

I urge everyone with a passing interest in Zombie movies or in the work of George A. Romero to head out to the multi-plex and show support for this film, it needs your support. Mr Romero deliberately shot it on a low budget (only $5 million), and at the moment it is not experiencing a huge amount of success in its domestic market. In the US, after the Weinstein Company secured a deal to distribute the film (to much fanfare), they have buried it on only 47 screens, making it struggle to make a profit. It deserves to be seen and has a surprising amount of depth for a low-budget piece. It has a lot to say about the modern day nature of human beings becoming increasingly more voyeuristic, and disassociated from the true horrors which are taking place, by viewing and recording everything through the shifting focus of a video camera. "Just let me get that on film, thats looks great!".

Its at least as involving as Cloverfield and features some very inspiring moments. The opening of the film sees the director illustrating his chagrin at modern zombie movies' habit of showing zombies being able to run at full speed whilst displaying huge strength and agility. George is right!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improves with each viewing 25 May 2008
Romero is my horror hero. I need to state that right away. However, I feel that there is cause for this respect - he makes damn fine movies. I saw Diary in the cinema and I must admit I wasn't sure. I'm convinced part of my indecision was down to the wonderful "cinema experience" - the A level media students laughing every second and determined to hate it/ the constant chatter/ people who had clearly gone to the wrong film etc etc. In fact, it was one of the few films where I have seen people walk out and this really affected my enjoyment. Was I watching the the fim through my Romero tinted glasses?
Having bought the region 1 dvd, I can honestly say it gets a resounding thumbs up. Despire being a little tired of the hand held camera genre, this still stands up. No it's not Dawn of the Dead, but it is a worthy addition to the series. I remember seeing Day of the Dead in the cinema and being disappointed. Now it's my favourite. I don't think Diary will ever get to that position as it is more of a side entry to the series, but a second viewing does wonders, as it did for Land of the Dead. You have to accept the low budget origins and therefore restrictions. It is entertaining, thought provoking and delivers at least some of Romero's zombie gags. On the down side, it does lack the full on zombie carnage we expect and the 'message' is a little too obvious and forced down the throats of the viewer. All Romero's movies have a message, however, you didn't have to 'get it' to enjoy the movie. Hope he eases off in the sequel. Thankfully, the hand held angle is being dropped for Diary 2. I hope he aims more for a bigger scale, more zombie action and less force feeding of the message. He is still one of the few masters left in the horror genre.
With the dvd, the extras are satisfactory. I was expecting more insight and indepth making rather than mainly covering the basics. A little too much about how great George is and less comprehensive on the making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quickly. Okay film
Item arrived very quickly - happy with sender. Film was okay- my partner and I watch a lot of rubbish-y horror films so this was a lot better than that. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie
3.0 out of 5 stars Simply Romero
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5.0 out of 5 stars just what you would expect..
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Published 5 months ago by kevin pill
1.0 out of 5 stars Diary of the terrible !!
I have been putting off buying this film for a while due to bad reviews. But at 2.50ish delivered I thought I could not go wrong, how wrong was I ? This film is really poor. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. N. J. Bevis
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my fav zombie films ever.
The scariest thing about the film is the psychological and social impact it has.
It has some really cool kills in it too.
Published 11 months ago by Darius Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad zombie flick
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Published 13 months ago by OnyxDestiny
3.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics - the zombie outbreak occuring for the first time
Romeo's first zombie films 'documented' the rise of the zombies, from a small town, to the requirement for roaming bands of exterminators throughout a state, to the retreat of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombietastic
Another good ol' zombie movie, You'd think that everyone would know by now you've gotta shoot 'em in the head?
Published 17 months ago by Bad Moon Rising
3.0 out of 5 stars Does not maintain the standard
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