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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DAWN IS CUT.
I'm not going to bang on about what these excellent films are about, just to tell you good and bad points about them.
Night, 3 stars. It is the massivly criticised 30 anivesary edition. It fetures 15 miniutes of additional fotage which would have been acceptable, if it hadn't have replaced some of the original film.
Dawn, 4 stars. Why didnt I give this film 5...
Published on 16 Feb 2004 by Paul Macdonald

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3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible treatment to the first film but a reasonable boxset
Finally Romero's zombie trilogy has been released as a box set. Presented in an attractive foldout box, this four-disk edition really does look attractive on the shelf. The box set includes a brand new black and white version of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the director's cut of DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, an extras disk containing roughly two and a half hours of...
Published on 7 Sep 2002 by L. Andrews


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3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible treatment to the first film but a reasonable boxset, 7 Sep 2002
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L. Andrews "jointhepartyuk" (Newport, South Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: George A. Romero's Trilogy of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)
Finally Romero's zombie trilogy has been released as a box set. Presented in an attractive foldout box, this four-disk edition really does look attractive on the shelf. The box set includes a brand new black and white version of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the director's cut of DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, an extras disk containing roughly two and a half hours of documentary footage and a booklet summarising each film's plot and production.
DISK ONE - It is here that the slip up to the box set has occurred. I'm not an expert on DVD technicalities, but the picture and sound quality on my system is great. However, the movie itself has been practically destroyed by the needless bookends that have been added, which are, quite simply stated, a travesty to Romero's vision. Not only that, a new musical soundtrack has been added, totally destroying the impact that the original film had. The special features reflect the film, with a music video containing the all-new soundtrack, and a clip from a film called FLESHEATERS (I've never heard of it and I don't particularly care). I've said it but it needs repeating, this 30th Anniversary Edition is a travesty to the cult status this film has achieved.
DISK TWO - DAWN OF THE DEAD is the quintessential zombie movie, a startling social commentary and a gore-filled horror express. The director's cut, running at 139 minutes, is the best version. Again, good picture and sound quality, the film comes with an exclusive commentary by effects maestro Tom Savini (who also acts in the film as Blade, the head of the biker gang) and a stills gallery.
DISK THREE - DAY OF THE DEAD is the weakest of the series, and even Romero himself says he would have produced a better film if not for budget limitations. Still, it's reasonably good, and is by far the most violent and goriest of the trilogy. The features include a 20-minute behind the scenes featurette, a stills gallery, biographies of George A. Romero and Tom Savini and trailers for all three Zombie film. Digitally remastered and presented in widescreen. Good picture and sound quality apply.
DISK FOUR - It is four this disk that the box set is an essential purchase. Two long documentaries provide extremely interesting looks at the productions of NOTLD and DOTD, entitled NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD documentary and DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD respectively. Also contains biographies.
Overall, it's a reasonable buy, but I think I'll find myself going out and buying the original version on DVD as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DAWN IS CUT., 16 Feb 2004
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Paul Macdonald "mac20584" (North Wales) - See all my reviews
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I'm not going to bang on about what these excellent films are about, just to tell you good and bad points about them.
Night, 3 stars. It is the massivly criticised 30 anivesary edition. It fetures 15 miniutes of additional fotage which would have been acceptable, if it hadn't have replaced some of the original film.
Dawn, 4 stars. Why didnt I give this film 5? Well for 2 reasons. 1 because mid way through the film, the film plods and is quite boring and for the second reason THE EXPLODING HEAD HAS BEEN CUT OUT. Along with a zombie eating someone and zombie kids being shot. A picture of the exploding head is in the book so why not in the film.
Day, it is uncut and it deserves 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh no,ruined box set!, 19 May 2008
This review is from: George A. Romero's Trilogy of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)
Amazing films,yes but this is an awful box set. This is a terrible version of night of the living dead with terrible music and a new opening scene which was not made by any of the original cast or crew. The Dawn of the dead is a cut version of the film which anyone who truly loves the film will want to avoid. The day of the dead is fine but there is of course a better dvd of it out there. The extras arent bad,the box looks cheap,only buy if you dont want to shop around for each dvd but really its worth the effort for these excellent films.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great films...or are they?, 23 Sep 2007
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Mr. J. Gould (Newbury, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: George A. Romero's Trilogy of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)
I'm gonna cut to the chase here. I'm not going to review the films themselves because they are fantastic, 5 star achievements in their original forms. However the box set has tampered with the magic and it is now a thoroughly mixed package.

Both 'Night..' and 'Dawn...' have been edited with segments of the film being added to or taken away from. For example, the box set contains the now infamous '30th anniversary' version of 'Night..'. There are new scenes which, quite frankly, are terrible and add nothing to the piece. In fact they take away the tension and make it cheesier and more camp than it was before hand. We now have a thoroughly below average chiller that in its original form was excellent.

'Dawn...' is packaged here as a cut version, with a couple of the gory moments edited out (most notably the exploding head scene near the beginning of the film when the police raid those flats in the city. It just looks stupid when the officer with the shotgun shoots and the camera cuts to nothing). However thankfully the film itself has not been effected too much, with the tension and most of the gore still intact.

'Day...' doesn't appear to have been tampered with, and I was relieved as this is my personal favorite. High on tension, gore and shocks i believe this to be one of the best horror films ever made, with the other 'dead' films not far behind.

The special features are nothing special. They're good for occupying your time but not particularly interesting.

So to be honest this box set is a waste of money, as buying the films separately would mean that they are in their original and uncut formats as the genius director would have wanted them.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ROMERO FANS - BEWARE!, 7 Sep 2002
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Dan Whitehead (Cheadle, Cheshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: George A. Romero's Trilogy of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)
The version of Night Of The Living Dead contained in this boxset is the infamous "30th Anniversary" version, which has been completely re-edited, with fifteen minutes of terrible new scenes replacing classic moments. Romero had nothing to do with this version of the movie, and it's inclusion in a boxset bearing his name is an insult to him.
The extras in this set are patchy, at best, and it's only really worth buying for the good clean transfer of Dawn and Day of the Dead (uncut) and the Document of the Dead documentary.
A very sloppy production though. Shame on you, Anchor Bay, shame on you.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What have they done!!!, 8 Feb 2004
This review is from: George A. Romero's Trilogy of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)
Thoroughly bad show!
What a terrible mistake, They have taken three excellent films and ruined two of them. As a horror movie fan in the UK I have learned to live with the disappointment provided by poor BBFC edits, DAWN suffers badly from this (No exploding head!)
DAY remains reasonably intact, But oh dear, oh dear what has Bill Hinzman D.O.P done to NIGHT it's a shambles. What we are promised is a remastered print of the film (Which is very nice) Remastered audio (Which is very nice) And 15 extra mins of footage, What I expected was an original Romero edit, What I got was Night of the living dead with some muppets (Hinzman) home video tagged on to the beginning & end. We get a brand new intro which is rubbish and a brand new ending which is also rubbish. The new sequences are poorly shot, acted and edited, starring Bill Hinzmans friends & family and some Anton La'Vey alikey Vicar (What where they thinking!)What is with the new evangelical twist has Bill Hinzman recently found the light? The first zombie is an executed murderer brought back to life as a punishment from god (Ok it's getting fluffy now Bill)The new ending has the slap-headed Vicar bitten by a zombie and then saved by washing in holy-water & the will of Lord, in a sort of "Mean while, 1 year into the future" bit. (Utter nonsense!) To compound the insult a large portion of the original music has been replaced with nasty synthersizer music that grates along in an anachronistic derge. This boxed set is worth buying if you are a collector or fan of Zombie-allia as the documentaries & commentaries are very good, If you have never seen the film or are thinking of buying this for a fan of the films, DON'T!, Buy an older version as this one is sadly flawed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trilogy of the Dead, 16 Mar 2011
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First off, bad things. The version of Night of the Living Dead included is the 3oth anniversary edition travesty, in which they take out classic and atmospheric scenes and replace them with awful music and crap acting. The special features in the 4th disk are also very bad, as they are 2 low budget fan made documentaries of awful quality. On the bright side, it includes the extended version of Dawn of the Dead (which is the best,, even though it cuts out the exploding head and machine gunned children parts), and Day of the Dead- good film, few special features. Buy this if yoy want cheap Romera zombies in a box, but buy another un- spoiled copy of NOTLD. I recommend Box of the Dead.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate collection of zombie epics!, 13 Sep 2002
This review is from: George A. Romero's Trilogy of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)
George A. Romero's 'Living Dead' trilogy, will always be remembered by horror buffs, as well as many other film fans, for it's radical originality, biting wit and extreme violence. From the first segment, 1968's 'Night of the Living Dead', Romero utilised a highly authentic documentary-style method, making the horrific scenes of zombie mayhem far more realistic than you'd expect. While daft in many moments, it's the trilogy's razor sharp and very black humour that gives it classic status, and it's political themes still impress.
The first of the bunch (presented here in it's 30th anniversary edition, with added scenes) is the best of the lot, and is clearly the forerunner of all the undead flicks to follow, though no one has matched Romero's vision of complete despair and shock. Beginning suddenly in a cemetery, two family members are attacked by a walking corpse - and one of them manages to retreat to a deserted country house, only to be surrounded by hundreds of the cannabalisitc fiends. Taking a stand with a group hiding within the house, it's a battle against the walking dead, and a frantic fight for survival. The shocks are interspersed with news reports and broadcasts, giving the whole dilemma a third dimension of unbearable reality.
The first sequel, 'Dawn of the Dead' is less impressive in it's sub-text, though manages to be even gorier than the original - which doesn't prove to be as damaging as you might think. Following the basic plot of the original (though it does provide more scenarios) a group of people attempt to stay alive, while seeking refuge within a large shopping mall complex. This sets up some rather interesting scenes of carnage, and it does remain as entertaining and as nerve-wracking as the original.
The final part, 'Day of the Dead' ends the trilogy in the most horrifying way possible, and is the best sequel. Within a large military base, scientists perform tests upon the living dead, attempting to learn more about them, and to see if they can be controlled. The story is now more complex, set within a time where the undead has spread throughout the globe, and humans are on the critical list. You can certainly see where the inspiration for 'Resident Evil' came from. Also, the third part includes special make-up effects by the cult master Tom Savini ('Friday the 13th'), and is incredibly graphic and utterly convincing too. Savini would later go on to direct the excellent remake of the original film.
Rounding out this DVD package is a fourth disc, complete with a documentary on the series and filmographies. There are even extras on the movie disc's too, with a commentary by Savini on the third. The bonus material is mostly excellent and pleasing for fans, though Romero could have done more. The set is also presented in a fold-out box, complete with some great art.
A brilliant trilogy in a brilliant collection - if you like gory horror, or if you're a fan of the films, you need to get this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible treatment to the first film but a reasonable boxset, 7 Sep 2002
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L. Andrews "jointhepartyuk" (Newport, South Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: George A. Romero's Trilogy of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)
Finally Romero's zombie trilogy has been released as a box set. Presented in an attractive foldout box, this four-disk edition really does look attractive on the shelf. The box set includes a brand new black and white version of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the director's cut of DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, an extras disk containing roughly two and a half hours of documentary footage and a booklet summarising each film's plot and production.
DISK ONE - It is here that the slip up to the box set has occurred. I'm not an expert on DVD technicalities, but the picture and sound quality on my system is great. However, the movie itself has been practically destroyed by the needless bookends that have been added, which are, quite simply stated, a travesty to Romero's vision. Not only that, a new musical soundtrack has been added, totally destroying the impact that the original film had. The special features reflect the film, with a music video containing the all-new soundtrack, and a clip from a film called FLESHEATERS (I've never heard of it and I don't particularly care). I've said it but it needs repeating, this 30th Anniversary Edition is a travesty to the cult status this film has achieved.
DISK TWO - DAWN OF THE DEAD is the quintessential zombie movie, a startling social commentary and a gore-filled horror express. The director's cut, running at 139 minutes, is the best version. Again, good picture and sound quality, the film comes with an exclusive commentary by effects maestro Tom Savini (who also acts in the film as Blade, the head of the biker gang) and a stills gallery.
DISK THREE - DAY OF THE DEAD is the weakest of the series, and even Romero himself says he would have produced a better film if not for budget limitations. Still, it's reasonably good, and is by far the most violent and goriest of the trilogy. The features include a 20-minute behind the scenes featurette, a stills gallery, biographies of George A. Romero and Tom Savini and trailers for all three Zombie film. Digitally remastered and presented in widescreen. Good picture and sound quality apply.
DISK FOUR - It is four this disk that the box set is an essential purchase. Two long documentaries provide extremely interesting looks at the productions of NOTLD and DOTD, entitled NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD documentary and DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD respectively. Also contains biographies.
Overall, it's a reasonable buy, but I think I'll find myself going out and buying the original version on DVD as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good boxset, but first movie is tainted..., 7 Sep 2002
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L. Andrews "jointhepartyuk" (Newport, South Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: George A. Romero's Trilogy of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)
Finally Romero’s zombie trilogy has been released as a box set, and who better to do it than Anchor Bay. I have two other DVDs of theirs, those being the first EVIL DEAD DVD released, and John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN. Both were presented in excellent cases (special mention to the artwork on EVIL DEAD), and both came with more than adequate special features. TRILOGY OF THE DEAD is no exception. Presented in an attractive foldout box, this four-disk edition really does look attractive on the shelf. The box set includes the black and white version of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the director’s cut of DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, an extras disk containing roughly two and a half hours of documentary footage and a booklet summarising each film’s plot and production.
DISK ONE - It is here that the slip up to the box set has occurred. I’m not an expert on DVD technicalities, but the picture and sound quality on my system is great. However, the movie itself is marred by the needless bookends that have been added, which are, quite simply stated, a travesty to Romero’s vision. Each lasting around five minutes the bookends are terribly acted and utterly needless, and it is better just to skip these and watch the movie the way Romero wanted us to.
Griping aside, the disk comes with adequate special features. Aside from the original theatrical trailer and photographic stills, the disk is also presented with a behind-the- scenes featurette, a bizarre music video and a scene from “the Bill Hinzman film, FLESHEATER” (something I’ve never heard of, but it’s pretty interesting all the same).
Good disk, terrible bookends.
DISK TWO - DAWN OF THE DEAD is the quintessential zombie movie, a startling social commentary and a gore-filled horror express. The director’s cut, running at 139 minutes, is the best version. Again, good picture and sound quality, the film comes with an exclusive commentary by effects maestro Tom Savini (who also acts in the film as Blade, the head of the biker gang) and a stills gallery.
DISK THREE - DAY OF THE DEAD is the weakest of the series, and even Romero himself says he would have produced a better film if not for budget limitations. Still, it’s reasonably good, and is by far the most violent and goriest of the trilogy. The features include a 20-minute behind the scenes featurette, a stills gallery, biographies of George A. Romero and Tom Savini and trailers for all three Zombie film. Digitally remastered and presented in widescreen. Good picture and sound quality apply.
DISK FOUR - It is four this disk that the box set is an essential purchase. Two long documentaries provide extremely interesting looks at the productions of NOTLD and DOTD, entitled NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD documentary and DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD respectively. Also contains biographies.
Overall, an essential purchase for any horror fan. Would have been nice to see Savini’s 1990 NOTLD remake, but hey, we can’t have everything.
But, after viewing the bookends out of curiosity, make sure you ignore them every time.
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