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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top 5 movie
I think you have to look a little further past the 'cringe inducing acting' to the quality of the storytelling here - not to mention some of the most hilarious sight gags ever committed to celluloid. Yes it's horribly bad taste from start to finish but it's a minor work of art, way more accomplished than Bad Taste and Jackson's subversive take on...
Published on 5 Feb 2006 by James Watling

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3.0 out of 5 stars Only 100 minutes ...
I know this may be strange me whinning about this but this DVD is being advertised as "100% Uncut" when anyone who knows anything at all about "Braindead" knows that the original uncut version of this (which only exsist on Japanese VHS and Laserdisc) is 104 minutes. As far as I know NO ONE but the Japanese have ever had the full version of this.
The small chance that...
Published 21 months ago by Gregory A. Scott


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Gore..!, 29 Mar 2005
This review is from: Braindead [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
Watch this movie and you will know why Peter Jackson deserves to be called one of the best directors of all time.
The film is original, very very funny, and very very gory from start to finish! Trust me on this.
Every character is funny. There is dialogue you will never forget. And there are gory scenes you will remember forever!
I'd hate to spoil the film for you by revealing what happens but will tell you that Lionel's mum gets bitten by a Rat Monkey and all hell breaks loose.
Top marks to Peter and crew for giving us a right laugh and a right scare and I hope one day we'll have a Braindead Special Edition on DVD as well as a sequel to an amazingly funny, original, horror flick.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lawnmower, 25 Feb 2004
This review is from: Braindead [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
What a classic. Note that the US version ("Dead Alive") is 2 minutes shorter. You may wonder why? Apparently the lawnmower scene was thought to be a bit much for their delicate constitutions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I KICK ASS FOR THE LORD ! ! !", 9 Jan 2006
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M. Western "Zombie" (Wakefield, West yorkshire, Enagland, Eurpoe, Earth, Some random 'milky way') - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Braindead [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
BrainDead is very violent, bloody and gory! And thats the main thing that makes this film so incredibly good so if you dont like gory films or havent got a strong stomache then stay away from BrainDead, stay away for your own good!!!
But if you can look past all the intense blood and gore then this is actually quiet a well made, written and directed film! And with Peter Jackson as the director what do you expect! I still cant believe that this is from the same man who gave us 'The Lord of the Rings' (trilogy) and 'King Kong' (2005 remake)!!! This film didnt exatly have the biggest budjet ever and the cast of actors wont be winning any awards (eccept for bieng in one of the most vile films ever). Although the films that good you can look past the bad acting. And if you dont like films that dont have all the things that a good film should have then youll pleased to know that BrainDead actually has a decent story, mabe a little short and quiet simple but if you watch 'Bad Taste' (another Peter Jackson comedy/gore classic) then youll understand that it isnt the lengh and complexity of a sory that makes a film good!
And another thing youll like in this film is that it is actually very funny! The part where the main character takes out the 'zombie baby' out to the park and the 'kung-fu priest' scene is especialy funny! But like 'Bad Taste' you wont find this film as funny if you arent amused by 'black comedy'.
If you are a fan of zombie films then this whole review is pointless because you will definetly like this film, it has everything from gore to a budjet so if you are into that type of film then buy this right now!!!!!!!
As for the extras on this DVD, well, therse none. Like Bad Taste the DVD only has the options 'play film' and 'chapter selection' on the menu screen but when a film is this good, you dont need extras!
So overall this is one of the goriest films ive ever seen, its very funny and has a decent story! (look out for the 'rat monkey' too,the special effects that make it are part of the comedy these days)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick, perverted, and outrageously entertaining gore-fest!, 8 Jan 2006
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Cartimand (Hampshire, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Braindead [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
Officially the goriest movie of all time, Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson's brilliant Brain Dead (weakly re-titled "Dead Alive" in the USA) provides the most OTT and blackly humorous splatterfest imaginable. It is bound to appeal to those who enjoyed the likes of The Evil Dead, Society, House/House2, American Werewolf in London and, more recently, Shaun of the Dead.
Apart from the obvious influence of the Romero trilogy, Brain Dead also contains many cheeky hat-tips to other movies and playing spot-the-reference (I'll start you off with King Kong, The Thing, Child's Play, Wizard of Oz , Carrie, Indiana Jones, Dracula, Psycho and semi-reprising a scene from Jackson's earlier Bad Taste) adds immensely to the fun! (Btw. watch out for the Sumatran Rat-Monkey's crate in the ship's hold in Jackson's latest movie King Kong!).
Most of the characters are cleverly observed clichés - from the passionate latina Paquita herself, her Tarot-reading gypsy grandmother, the leather-clad rockers, the rugby-playing bore and snobbish townswomen, to Lionel's hideously domineering mother and lecherously repellent uncle.
Some great one-liners, such as "Your mother ate my DOG!" and "I kick arse for the LORD!" provide genuine laugh-out-loud moments, but it is the sheer outrageousness of the visual gags (glueing mother's face back with gloy paste and the animated intestines are my favourites!) each more gross than the last, that makes Brain Dead such a masterpiece of the schlock-horror splatterfest genre.
The DVD presentation (UK region 2 version) is pretty basic. The picture quality is no better than adequate, looking like a straight port over from VHS and becomes glitchy and pixellated briefly in a couple of scenes. Audio is just plain mono. No extras either. This movie is just screaming out to be re-mastered in 5.1 and with a "making-of" documentary (let's face it, Jackson and team must have had a hoot making this one!), but, for now, this is the best you gore-fans are going to get.
At this price, Brain Dead is an essential purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick, perverted, and outrageously entertaining gore-fest!, 5 Jan 2006
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Cartimand (Hampshire, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Braindead [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
Officially the goriest movie of all time, Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson’s brilliant Brain Dead (weakly re-titled "Dead Alive" in the USA) provides the most OTT and blackly humorous splatterfest imaginable. It is bound to appeal to those who enjoyed the likes of The Evil Dead, Society, House/House2, American Werewolf in London and, more recently, Shaun of the Dead.
Apart from the obvious influence of the Romero trilogy, Brain Dead also contains many cheeky hat-tips to other movies and playing spot-the-reference (I’ll start you off with King Kong, The Thing, Child’s Play, Wizard of Oz , Carrie, Indiana Jones, Dracula, Psycho and semi-reprising a scene from Jackson’s earlier Bad Taste) adds immensely to the fun!
Most of the characters are cleverly observed clichés – from the passionate latina Paquita herself, her Tarot-reading gypsy grandmother, the leather-clad rockers, the rugby-playing bore and snobbish townswomen, to Lionel’s hideously domineering mother and lecherously repellent uncle.
Some great one-liners, such as "Your mother ate my DOG!" and "I kick arse for the LORD!" provide genuine laugh-out-loud moments, but it is the sheer outrageousness of the visual gags (glueing mother's face back with gloy paste and the animated intestines are my favourites!) each more gross than the last, that makes Brain Dead such a masterpiece of the schlock-horror splatterfest genre.
The DVD presentation (UK region 2 version) is pretty basic. The picture quality is no better than adequate, looking like a straight port over from VHS and becomes glitchy and pixellated briefly in a couple of scenes. Audio is just plain mono. No extras either. This movie is just screaming out to be re-mastered in 5.1 and with a "making-of" documentary (let's face it, Jackson and team must have had a hoot making this one!), but, for now, this is the best you gore-fans are going to get.
At this price, Brain Dead is an essential purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Dead Alive" is the Ultimate Splatter Comedy, 31 Mar 2005
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Director Peter Jackson writes the book on gross-out comedy in this bizarre twist to the splatter flick. You see, back in 1957 a young zoologist, captured a rare rat monkey on Skull Island and brought in back to New Zealand. Then one day Lionel Cosgrove (Timothy Balme), falls in love with Paquita Maria Sanchez (Diana Penalver) and takes her to the zoo, not knowing that his overbearing Mum (Elizabeth Moody) is following them because she wants to break up the happy couple. But then Mum gets bitten by the rat monkey and dies, only to rise from the dead as a zombie, and starts eating dogs and neighbors, turning them into zombies as well. Leonard? Well, he still looks after his Mum, trying to keep her quiet in the basement while trying to lead a normal life and win Paquita. Unfortunately the growing number of flesh-eating monsters is menacing the town. Just think of "Dead Alive" as a cross between "The Night of the Living Dead" and "The Lawnmower Man" as directed by the Farrelly Brothers and you pretty much have this one nailed down. I think you have to appreciate the irony that this "comedy" will get to you more than the vast majority of straight horror films. Jackson pushes the pedal to the floor for the last half hour of this film, which has more blood and guts than every film even made by Hammer Studios put together (actually, it is a lot more than that). This 1992 New Zealand film is also known as "Brain Dead," which is a funnier title even if it does not really fit the film. Be warned: This is not a date flick (unless your guy has a really strong stomach).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAD GORE FESTIVAL, 25 Jun 2003
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S. Lintern (Bargoed, Wales, UK.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Braindead [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
This is, quite simply, one of the maddest films ever. If you can get through the first hour or so, and ignore the intentionally bad acting and dialogue you will be rewarded with more inventively outrageous zombie deaths than you ever thought possible. You will watch the finale with a disbelieving grin on your face as each successive death tops the previous one. You can also marvel how unthinkable it would have been before Heavenly Creatures and the Frighteners for Peter Jackson to make a film with subtle performances. Although I suppose those battle sequences in the Lord of the Rings films are Jackson reliving his early days making films on weekends with his friends. Watch and enjoy this guilty treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncut or not?, 26 July 2013
This review is from: Peter Jackson's - Dead Alive / Braindead (Uncut) (DVD)
The uncut version of Braindead has always been available in both the UK and in Australia. Any discrepancy in running times is due to the fact that cinema releases run at 24fps; home DVD releases (PAL) run at 25fps. A 104-minute cinema running time equates to a 100-minute running time on a PAL DVD. If anyone wants the uncut version, then get hold of the UK or Australian DVD releases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Braindead, 27 Oct 2003
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W.B.S. Moore (Belfast, Antrim United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Braindead [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
Watched this film with a few friends and beers last night and logged on to Amazon this morning to buy my own copy. Quite simply, this is the funniest film I have ever viwed in my life. We laughed until we cried. A bit of a slow mover at first but once you see the Kung Fu Priest, "Kick ass for the Lord," the film goes to a whole new level.
Some classic lines include, "Your mother ate my dog," and "That's my mother you are pissing on."Also, watch out for the Zombie baby who has to be kept in his pram with barbed wire.
Fantastic slapstick comedy, can't wait to watch it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gorefest Of The Highest Category, 28 July 2009
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This review is from: Braindead [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
"Gory" is a word that doesn't even come close to describing "Braindead". This has to be one of the bloodiest horror movies ever made! The plot follows young Lionel who, after his mother is bitten by a so-called "rat monkey", ends up with a festering horde of zombies living in his basement. The gore is so explicit, even the hardest of gore fans can't fail to be pleased with Peter Jackson's second attempt at movie-making. Coupled with the blood, Jackson manages to put a significant amount of humour into this movie!
The let-down is the absence of any clearly identifiable storyline, and the inclusion of romance. Arguably, with such a gorefest as this, a storyline is not needed, but the romantic element is unnecessary, and significantly weakens the tone of the movie.
But if it is blood you seek, you will not be disappointed!
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