6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Improves with each viewing,
This review is from: Diary Of The Dead - Limited Edition 2 Disc Steelbook Metal Packaging [DVD] (DVD)
Romero is my horror hero. I need to state that right away. However, I feel that there is cause for this respect - he makes damn fine movies. I saw Diary in the cinema and I must admit I wasn't sure. I'm convinced part of my indecision was down to the wonderful "cinema experience" - the A level media students laughing every second and determined to hate it/ the constant chatter/ people who had clearly gone to the wrong film etc etc. In fact, it was one of the few films where I have seen people walk out and this really affected my enjoyment. Was I watching the the fim through my Romero tinted glasses?
Having bought the region 1 dvd, I can honestly say it gets a resounding thumbs up. Despire being a little tired of the hand held camera genre, this still stands up. No it's not Dawn of the Dead, but it is a worthy addition to the series. I remember seeing Day of the Dead in the cinema and being disappointed. Now it's my favourite. I don't think Diary will ever get to that position as it is more of a side entry to the series, but a second viewing does wonders, as it did for Land of the Dead. You have to accept the low budget origins and therefore restrictions. It is entertaining, thought provoking and delivers at least some of Romero's zombie gags. On the down side, it does lack the full on zombie carnage we expect and the 'message' is a little too obvious and forced down the throats of the viewer. All Romero's movies have a message, however, you didn't have to 'get it' to enjoy the movie. Hope he eases off in the sequel. Thankfully, the hand held angle is being dropped for Diary 2. I hope he aims more for a bigger scale, more zombie action and less force feeding of the message. He is still one of the few masters left in the horror genre.
With the dvd, the extras are satisfactory. I was expecting more insight and indepth making rather than mainly covering the basics. A little too much about how great George is and less comprehensive on the making.