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  • Directors: Breck Eisner
  • Writers: Scott Kosar, Ray Wright, George A. Romero
  • Producers: Dean Georgaris, Rob Cowan, Michael Aguilar
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003B1ZG4A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,057 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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As a toxin begins to turn the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent psychopaths, sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife (Mitchell), and two other unaffected townspeople band together in a fight for survival.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Directed by Breck Eisner and written by Scott Kosar & Ray Wright, The Crazies (2010) is a remake of the 1973 film directed by George A. Romero. It stars Timothy Olyphant, Rhada Mitchell and Joe Anderson. The plot sees a toxic spill into a small American town's water system turn some of the locals into marauding maniacs.

Eisner's movie is that rare old thing these days, that of the horror remake that greatly improves on the original. That might annoy some Romero purists, but the truth is is that his original film really isn't that great to begin with. Thus it's ripe for a remake, whilst acknowledging that a certain weariness creeps in to our thoughts at the seemingly never ending line of horror remakes churned out by a Hollywood running out of ideas. Hell I will even venture that we have seen all this before, nothing in this Crazies will have the horror faithful rushing out to tell their buddies about some overtly cranial splendour piece they have just watched. But this is a very effective horror piece, taut and tense at times, at others sick and splendidly disgusting. Eisner may not be a Craven, or for sure no Romero, but he executes the material with gusto and shows a knack for knowing how to make the material work.

The film is structured over three parts - - character formations in the little town of the delightfully small Americana sounding Ogden Marsh, which leads into the infected going doolally-the army attempting to get things under control-and then the fall out as our brave survivors, erm, try to survive and make sense of what is happening. Eisner and his writers even get away with not fleshing out the principal characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Nov. 2013
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Positive.
A really chilling remake of a George Romero classic.
chilling & well directed by Brett Eisner.

Negative.
This needed just a extra sequence of terror around the middle section of this movie.

Review.
The Crazies is a remake of a 1973 George Romero horror film from the Seventies era.

The residents of a small town soon start acting strangely & soon start behaving like violent savages preying upon random people.

Sheriff David Dutton is soon investigating the mysterious goings on in the small town & makes a terrifying discovery involving a conspiracy that someone or some company has in fact affected the towns water supply that has turbed many resident's in homicidal maniacs.

Could this be the work of a Government conspiracy & if so why?, Sheriff Dutton races against time to protect his wife Judy & uncover this conspiracy but how can Sheriff Dutton solve this mystery when he doesn't know who's infected & who to trust.

Dutton leads a group of survivors in a fight for survival or risk becoming infected themselves.

This Remake is in fact a far better movie than the original, Superbly acted & well paced & directed by Brett Eisner.

This movie echoes the similar paranoia as the Thing with paranoid townsfolk wondering who's infected & who isn't really heightens the tension & threat level.

This is also a great conspiracy thriller as the events of this movie are caused not created by a airborne virus of infection, Somebody is actually responsible for this towns social savagery & murder.

The ending is great & unexpected that could set up the premise of a sequel which has yet to appear .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
***PLOT SPOILERS***

The movie starts out showing a town in flames, then quickly jumps to "two days" earlier. The action starts rather fast. Character is built during the action scenes. A man with a shotgun walks out into center field during a baseball game. After a brief confrontation, the sheriff has to shoot him. Soon another man goes crazy and burns his family to death. The sheriff quickly figures what has happened as they find a downed plane in the marsh which supplies the drinking water to the town. At this point the movie had the feel of "Impulse" (1984).

When they go back to town the cell phone doesn't work, nor can they get on-line. The sheriff recognizes something is wrong and ventures out into the street of the deserted town of Ogden Marsh, Iowa. The military comes in and rounds up people into camps/ separating out infected and non-infected with an ear thermometer. The sheriff and his wife lead a small group of people out of the area, believing that if they could just make it to Cedar Rapids, they would be fine.(Death or Cedar Rapids is coin toss for most folks.)

Meanwhile they have to battle crazies, hide from the military, and watch each other for signs of being crazy. Radha Mitchell is this generation's Lynda Day George. The acting was above par for B horror. There are some different killing scenes then the normal slasher films. My favorite was the guy dragging the pitch fork (cover) into a hospital room where the patients are strapped into beds. The pitch fork grates along the floor like chalk on a blackboard.

No nudity or sex. The f-bomb gets dropped once that I recall.
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