4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2012
There are some films that are required viewing for any zombie fan. The original 1980s version is on this list so too must be this re-make.
The new version is very much a re-imagining of the film. The zombies are faster, not the lumbering ghouls of old. There is possibly less slow-building tension and more racing horror but this re-make still ticks all the boxes.
Band of scared survivors - tick
Desperate stand in a shopping mall - tick
Stereotyped characters - tick
Plenty of gory zombie-action - tick
All the ingredients are there for a modern classic and that's what you get with this movie. The production is slick, the effects believable and the acting right on target.
There are some great twists in there, look out for the zombie baby. There are also some great characters such Andy stuck alone in the gun shop.
Romance and tension blossom in the Shopping Mall as the survivors realise that help is not coming and that they are on their own. It's a shame the raiders from the original didn't appear in this version but there are security guards to handle, basements to clear and some strange goings on in the baby department. You can add to this list converting a coach into a zombie-proof tank!
The story moves at pace, as do the racing zombies. The outbreak scenario is well-mapped out and believable. This movie is essential viewing, no question about it. Try not to compare it to the original, treat them like different films and enjoy.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
This remake has been handled exceptionally well.
Looking at other recent remakes (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ring etc.) you're perfectly entitled to feel a little bit cautious as to whether this film is going to be much cop....I know I was! Especially given that the original is one of my favourite films.
Don't worry though. It's a great film! The feeling of dread may be missing but it's replaced by tons of adrenaline-fueled terror(Thanks to the change in Zombies' speed) and the special effects and gore are second to none. What this film also has is a great sense of humour.....which is just what's needed at certain points!
Overall, this remake is not better or worse than the original, it's different. It runs at a much different pace, emphasises have changed and it's far more about fun and thrills than doom and despair.
Go see it! I recommend it.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2004
At first I was worries that this would be a cheesy hollywood style remake of the original. This turned out not to be the case at all and I think this is a great film both as a remake and as a film in its own right. There are parallels with the orginal in terms of the script but enough orginality and some excellent black humour to keep you interested. The soundtrack is excellent and there is a complete change in the zombies movements. They move pretty fast now ! All in all, a great zombie film.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2012
First the good news about this disc, it is region-free and not region A as stated. The quality of the disc is good, the only thing with these Blu-ray releases are that this film was shot in full-scope, which is 2.35.1 and what is shown on the disc, is a wide-screen print, which is 1.85.1. Which makes it a bit better than pan and scan. When companies like Universal and others, try to get people to go over from dvd to blu-ray. The first few releases they brought out had loads of extra's to get you to swap from dvd to blu-ray. This disc has no extra's at all, not even a trailer and from a big company like Universal, you would expect alot better than this. So if you want to see this film in the proper ratio buy the dvd and not the blu-ray. Because when theres no more room in hell, Universal will release blu-ray's like this to walk the earth. Must do better!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2004
When I first heard that they were planning to do a remake of the classic 'Dawn Of The Dead' I have to admit I was a little sceptical, but after watching I couldn't feel anything but impressed... it really is a good film! In the shock n horror department it is very 'in your face', it's violent and gory and it certainly doesn't pull any punches. The storyline moves along well, though I felt that unlike the original it didn't really give much indication as to how much time had passed, however this is a minor gripe and isn't enough to spoil an excellent horror movie.
So is it as good as the original? Well I'm not going to enter that arena, you can make up your own mind, but I'm willing to bet that there are an awful lot of diehard George A Romero fans out there who might slam this remake publicly... but secretly love it.
Highly recommended - especially for fans of the genre (like me!)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2010
DAWN OF THE DEAD 2004 Blu-ray Review.
Distributor: Universal (US)
How do you remake the best zombie movie ever made?
It was never going to be an easy task, the original Dawn of the Dead is not only widely considered as the best zombie movie ever put to celluloid, it is also widely regarded as one of the best horror movies period. In 2003 Zack Snyder took on the task and one year later released a remake which actually remains faithful to the original source but also enhances the experience to give us something new. Now, admittedly the remake was never going to better the original, that would be like expecting Starcrash to beat Star Wars to title of best sci-fi movie of all time, but this remake does actually have a lot going for it. We get an updated story, fast running zombies, original cast from the 1978 version of Dawn in cameo roles, tense action/horror sequences, a fair amount of blood and guts and a quick paced enjoyable interpretation of an all time classic.
Dawn of the Dead comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures on a region free disc. Although this release contains the unrated extended directors cut of the movie, it is worth noting that as with the previous US DVD release, it is also very slightly optically censored in a scene which involves a topless female zombie. As the zombie is approaching a victim in a car, a smear of digital blood has been added to the windscreen to protect the zombies modesty. Original US cinema prints and foreign DVD releases had the scene unaltered, however for some strange reason the US DVD and now the Blu-ray contain the digitally censored version. Considering the rest of the movie comprises of scenes which include gory death by chainsaw, biting and devouring of people, numerous bloody shootings and a truly horrific scene involving a baby, it would appear that the moral majority among us decided that a pair of naked zombie breasts was just one step too far. However, the shot lasts all of about 2 seconds in total, so unless you are desperate to see the breasts of an undead, it shouldn't spoil your viewing pleasure too much. As for the transfer itself, the 1080p wide-screen print is presented in a 2.35:1 ratio which displays strong colours and a good level of detail. There was however, some print damage or noise visible in a few indoor scenes, which for a relatively new movie came as rather unexpected.
Audio options for this Blu-ray release include an English 5.1 DTS HD track which is strong and bassy during the action scenes and generally lends a powerful atmosphere to the music throughout. On the downside, the actual dialogue seemed a little low at times compared to the rest of the soundtrack.
Extra features include a fun commentary track with the films director Zack Snyder who shares his respect for the original film with the listener, along with recounting various experiences on making his own version. Also included, is a picture in picture track which once selected allows you to watch various behind the scenes footage at various relevant points in the film. A real shame and in fact a huge flaw in this release, is that some of the extras from the previous DVD release including the full news reports, and the "Andy's last days" feature are unforgivably missing from this Blu-ray. To omit such quality extra features appears to be absolutely senseless and shows a real contempt for the movies many followers.
All things considered, this Blu-ray release is certainly flawed, however that being said, it may still be worth the upgrade for the improved audio and picture quality, that is, if you can live without the missing extras. Ultimately, the actual film itself is a lot better than it's Blu-ray release, which really could have been so much better with just a little more care and attention to detail.
One of the best modern day remakes of our time, for one of the best original horror classics of all time, really should have deserved to see a far better Blu-ray release from Universal.
One consolation is that the Blu-ray is overall still the best way to experience the film itself and it should be found at a fairly reasonable price on-line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It's branded a re-make, but it tells a story that differs in several ways from the 1978 original. The odd thing is, if you go through the tick-boxes of what goes into a film - such as the script, the acting, the musical score, the pacing, the editing and more, you might easily conclude that in each individual area this film is better, or at least more professionally executed. Yet the finished product isn't as good as the cult classic of the seventies. For one thing, the horror isn't as horrifying, and it's much less shocking. It fails to disturb in any way, and is really rather forgettable. In a way, by calling it what it is, it's a curse on it for it will inevitably be compared to the first, when in truth it's a decent film that could have been better with a different title and just a different location - not in a shopping mall. One of the most obvious differences it does offer, however, is that the zombies don't walk around at 'normal' speed, and if anything this removes one of the key characteristics that makes zombies what they uniquely are.
Other story differences from its famous predecessor include a change of location from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee, a substantial increase in the number of living humans taking refuge within the shopping mall, and a very different portrayal of the pregnancy plot thread! Also, there was less of a socio-political message this time around with regard to consumerism, probably because it would no longer mean anything of substance thirty years on.
Three of the leading cast members from '78 have cameos in this re-make: Tom Savini, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger. The musical score is better in my opinion, and perhaps most importantly the blood at least looks authentic, whereas in the original the blood looked as if it had been supplied by Dulux.
I was left wondering how much better this might have been had George Romero directed it. As it is, it's not bad, no landmark horror flick for sure, and just about scrapes into the pantheon of worthwhile undead films.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2005
This remake is excellent. Whilst it does not, strictly speaking, completely adhere to the original, I feel it is much better. For example, in the original, the zombies were slow and weak; they could easily be defeated or outrun. In this remake, however, the zombies are incredibly strong and fast and pose far more of a threat to the heroes. The unusual sense of humour works well with the tone of the film; surprisingly well.
The film is scary, graphic, intense, mysterious and chilling (the cause of the outbreak is never really addressed or explained). There is a bleak feel to the film; you somehow know that not everyone will survive. The visuals are bolstered by some excellent, high-production values. Watch it to the very end to see what becomes of our survivors.
On a slight downside note, the special features have some good ideas, but are somewhat poorly executed. For instance, the news report looks a little cheap and ameteurish (esp when watched after the film itself), and the acting skills of the news reader are questionable. This isn't enough to completely ruin the enjoyment of the film, though. And by the time you watch said feature,you will probably feel yourself in the self-contained world of the film.
Watch it at night
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2004
'Dawn of the Dead' has received a broad range of both praise and criticism. Some people within the zombie fan-base have cited being annoyed by the running zombies, the poor character development, and most of all the lack of satire and social commentary that made the original such a standout classic horror movie. As a fan of George Romero and a lover of zombie flicks in general, I nevertheless have to say that I enjoyed this movie immensely. Modern cinematography, effects, and a decent budget have produced a movie that is stylish, slick, well-paced, and that in my opinion has not 'sold-out' the genre. There is indeed little or no trace left of the social commentary on consumerism - as George Romero remarked about this movie, 'it has lost it's reason for being' - but this doesn't mean it is a bad movie. In fact, I would say that it's one of the finest zombie films ever made. The opening credits, set to Johnny Cash, are superb, and really set the mood. There are some wonderful and memorable scenes, though I won't mention them here (no spoilers!). And the ending is absolutely perfect, in my opinion.
Watching Dawn 1979 now, even though it is a great movie, I find myself cringeing just a little at the ridiculous music, the blue zombies (they had only two people to do all the zombie effects on that film! ...no disrespect to Tom Savini, who did to a great job on a low budget)... this was 25 years ago - cinematographic techniques have moved on since then!!
All in all, a welcome revision of a classic. Great stuff.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2012
Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray]  [US Import] 
Product details run time says 1 hr 41 mins, case says 1 hr 50 mins and when I checked the blu-ray while watching I got 1 hr 49 mins.
Have sent amendment to amazon, bit annoying this when your trying to choose which version to buy.
Picture quality and sound both great, not that bothered about the extra's.
As others have said, not a big fan of fast moving zombies but if you get past that, it's a good zombie film.