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Shaun of the Dead [DVD] [2004]


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  • Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran
  • Directors: Edgar Wright
  • Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
  • Producers: Alison Owen, Eric Fellner, James Wilson, Mark Hudson, Natascha Wharton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002MJT0I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,810 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Much-lauded comedy, described by its makers as 'a romantic comedy - with zombies'. Written by Simon Pegg, creator of the hit TV series 'Spaced', the film fuses the style (and copious bloodshed) of classic zombie films with observational suburban comedy. Shaun (Pegg) is a useless but likeable thirty-something who works in an electronics shop in Crouch End. He doesn't get much respect from his fellow staff, even though he's standing in as temporary boss; his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) has had enough of his lack of direction and penchant for downing pints in the local pub; and he doesn't get on with his stepdad (Bill Nighy). Things get worse when the living dead make their appearance, threatening to spread their zombie curse across the nation. Will Shaun be able to rise from his sofa to save the lives of the two women he loves - Liz and his dear old mum?

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It's no disparagement to describe Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s zombie-rom-com Shaun of the Dead as playing like an extended episode of Spaced. Not only does the movie have the rather modest scope of a TV production, it also boasts the snappy editing, smart camera moves, and deliciously post-modern dialogue familiar from the sitcom, as well as using many of the same cast: Pegg’s Shaun and Nick Frost’s Ed are doppelgangers of their Spaced characters, while Jessica Stevenson and Peter Serafinowicz appear in smaller roles. Unlike the TV series, it’s less important for the audience to be in on the movie in-jokes, though it won’t hurt if you know George Romero’s famous Dawn of the Dead trilogy, which is liberally plundered for zombie behaviour and mythology.

Shaun is a loser, stuck in a dead-end job and held back by his slacker pal Ed. Girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) is exasperated by his lack of ambition and unceremoniously dumps him. As a result, Shaun misses out on what is apparently the end of the world. In a series of beautifully choreographed and edited scenes, including hilarious tracking shots to and from the local shop, he spectacularly fails to notice the death toll and subsequent zombie plague. Only when one appears in their back garden do Shaun and Ed take notice, hurling sundry kitchen appliances at the undead before breaking out the cricket bat. The catastrophe proves to be the catalyst for Shaun to take charge of his life, sort out his relations with his dotty mum (Penelope Wilton) and distant stepdad (Bill Nighy), and fight to win back his ex-girlfriend. Lucy Davis from The Office and Dylan Moran of Black Books fame head the excellent supporting cast. --Mark Walker


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lemony82 on 30 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
Lazy brit Shaun is witnessing his life crumbling on itself; His long time girlfriend, Liz, has just broke with him, his best friend Ed is a slacker who sells weed to make ends meet and constantly pisses off their roommate Pete, he's stuck in a dead-end job and his stepdad keeps reminding him what a terrible son he is for his mother Barbara.
Determined to improve his life, Shaun finds his perfect chance when a zombie outbreak starts to threaten London.

Edgar Wright's first feature film, Shaun Of The Dead is a rom-zom-com (Romantic Zombie Comedy) ingeniously funny, fast paced and with an ensemble cast featuring the top cream of british comedy, who pays homage to the horror movies of past decades with over-the-top gore scenes and laugh out loud gags of all kind.
This blu-ray is actually a real gift; The Reel Heroes Sleeve makes the all package look even cooler and the disc itself makes the purchase well worth the price. As every Wright's release, this edition comes with more than 2 hours of extras, including a commentary with the director and Pegg, a great quantity of behind the scene footage, easter eggs and the always pleasing UControl mode which allows the viewer to know everything about every scene.
Picture quality is standard HD, with bright colours and defined contours; However I was really pleased about the audio tracks which allowed me to get even the slightest audio in-jokes (like Barbara's very low UUUUWW, in the Zombie Walk scene).
If you're a Pegg-Frost-Wright fan and you still haven't gotten your hands on a blu ray of this movie, this is definetly a must check out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 4 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Shaun is a 29-year-old with no real ambition in life, much to the consternation of his friends, family, and fed-up girlfriend.

With only a loyalty to his lazy best friend Ed, a dead-end job where his employees step on him, and the good-ol' days, Shaun isn't exactly putting his best foot forward.

But when the undead start to rise in numbers around London, Shaun must come to the rescue of his girlfriend and mother before all hell breaks loose.

With loyal Ed at his side to fight the good fight, the two will have to pave their way through zombie-ridden London as Shaun must take on the first real challenge in his life......

It's easily the high watermark of British comedy in absolutely ages, and not only is this hilarious stuff, it's absolutely genius when referencing other movies and horror stars and Directors.

Pegg and Wright have crafted that rare beast, a comedy with some truly scary and heartbreaking moments.

Even though Shaun is under-achieving when we first meet him, he has to cope with the many levels of loss in such a short time when the second act commences. I know this is looking into it a little too deep, but the man loses a lot, and still manages to keep it together, and if you have seen the film as many times as myself, it becomes a major plot arc of the film.

If you are a huge horror, fan there are so many references to the genre, as in Forees electrics, Fulcis restaurant, and obviously Dawn of the dead.

Pegg and Frost are terrific as the arguing friends, but Ashfield, Moran and especially Davis provide some very good support.

It's richly narrative, and laugh out loud funny in many places, and no matter how many times you watch it, it feels a lot shorter than what it is.

A true masterpiece of film making.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crookedmouth on 5 Aug 2011
Format: DVD
It would be easy to get carried away in a review of this film, throwing around such phrases as "comic genius", "a slice of fried gold" and so on. In my opinion, however, no praise would be too high for Shaun and I find it almost incomprehensible that the film actually has some negative reviews. Some of those reviewers have clearly missed the point of the film so perhaps it's worth reiterating what that point actually is.

Shaun of the Dead is, primarily, first and foremost, and entirely unashamedly a zombie movie with a comic element. It's important to define that a little more carefully so; SotD is NOT a pi$$-take of the zombie movie genre and it isn't poking fun at its predecessors. It is simply a serious zombie movie, but done in a humourous style. You, the viewer, are supposed to laugh at the gags, not at the genre. True enough, many of the gags are based on pop-culture references but few of these actually refer to zombie pop-culture, rather Pop pop-culture. Thus, WHEN Shaun and Ed fight off a zombie attack by skimming vinyl records at their assailants, the humour comes from their agonising decision over which records to save and which to sacrifice.

Shaun: No! That's the second album I ever bought! Some of these are limited... Ah! What was that?
Ed: Blue Monday.
Shaun: That was an original pressing!
Ed: ...Purple Rain?
Shaun: No.
Ed: Sign O' the Times?
Shaun: Definitely not!
Ed: The Batman soundtrack?
Shaun: Throw it!

When they (much later) dispatch a group of zombies to the tune of "Don't Stop Me Now", the gag is complete.

As another reviewer has pointed out, this is classic Spaced humour and perhaps one problem is that this sort of humour doesn't always age well.
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