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Shaun of the Dead [DVD] [2004]

Simon Pegg , Nick Frost , Edgar Wright    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
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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 (297 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002MJT0I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,017 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate SOTD experience! 30 Jan 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Cafe au Lait - pour vous... 5 Aug 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD review 9 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Did not see the film at the cinema, but was impressed by the soundtrack I was given as a present, could sense it was going to be a funny film. I have always been a horror fan, so I liked the idea of a send-up, especially a British one.
Was certainly worth it, no point in giving you the full rundown, there are already other reviews that do justice.
As for the actual DVD, the extras are as long as the film and worth checking out. I think if you enjoy a film that much you will always check out the extras for extended or deleted scenes, outtakes etc.
This has all those and they are amusing in the same vein, including Plot Holes, which does a "If you wondered what happened when Shaun led the zombies away from the pub" comic strip bit, plus a couple of others. There are commentaries and still-shots (think you need to be totally obsessed to get into these that much). Anyway, I think the film itself is worth the money regardless. I certainly preferred it to 28 Days Later, for the laughs and the imagery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romero's Heir 21 Oct 2004
By Neb
The funniest British comedy film since Four Weddings and a Funeral plays on its Englishness admirably, but in the hands of zombie movie and Resident Evil buff Simon Pegg also carries Romero's torch much more convincingly than 28 Days Later or the Dawn of the Dead remake. Of all the recent zombie movies this is the only one that imparts the apocalyptic isolation, tongue in cheek survivalism and plodding, shuffling terror of Romero's trilogy; and the Spaced twentysomething anomic humour sits well with a world gone to seed. Like when you watched Romero's films as a teenager, you'll laugh at the gore and silly zombies, but when you leave the pictures and step out into the cold night you'll see them everywhere you turn. As far as I'm concerned, it goes: Night of the Living Dead, The Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead.
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