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Dawn of the Dead 
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When there's no more room in hell the dead will walk the earth! As a blend of horror, action, tension, and humour, Dawn of the Dead stands in a class of its own as the only true zombie epic of all time.
A National Emergency grips the US as the zombie population grows at an alarming rate. Two S.W.A.T. officers, a helicopter pilot and his girlfriend escape the city and take refuge in an abandoned shopping mall after securing it following a series of flesh-shredding confrontations with the undead. Their survival is threatened when a band of looters leave a door open allowing the zombies access to the mall once more and a final stand-off for survival must play out.
With near unbearable tension throughout, George A Romero's Dawn of the Dead is a work of zombie film-making genius.
Grim, grueling but beautifully shot, this is intelligent, sophisticated horror --Empire
As a blend of horror, action, tension, and humour, it stands in a class of its own. --BBCi
Undoubtedly the zombie movie to end 'em all.' --Time Out
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I bought this dvd for the audio commentary, but mostly for the NTSC rate without the PAL speed up, as most R2 dvd's have. The blu rays are selling at hefty prices as they are virtually out of print now, so nice to get a cheaper, but quality alternative. This Divimax picture is quite vivid and in the correct aspect ratio of 1.85 with no visible print damage, though soft in parts, but forgiveable for a film that is over 40 years old. It has a healthy bitrate, as it is on a dual layered 7.54gb disc and plays very smoothly.
The audio is serviceable, but contains slight hiss in parts. I much prefer the simplicity of the basic 2.0 mono track overall, as I found the 5.1 track quite tinny and very centred with fake separation in some action gun shot scenes, especially echoes. The DTS is much better, and shows the Goblin track prominently. The dvd includes a 4 page booklet and is bare bones-I knew that, but a definite bargain, as I'd missed getting it first time round and then it went out of print. The blu ray releases are said to have been DNR'ed to death, depending on what review you read, so the dvd is passable, but a 1080p would always be superior, if mastered correctly.
You'd think George Romero(R.I.P) might have done a redux and used some modern cgi to digitally fix the goofs in this film, as he did use it to mixed effect in his later 'Dead' films. The clear lack of budget shows up the dummy(easy these days to insert digitally a person before the actual gun blast effect!) which gets its head blasted off in the ghetto scene. The missing zombies after a car explodes in the field as the helicopter passes overhead are some of the continuity errors done in the later editing process. On the commentary however, Romero mentions his dislike of cgi overall, but apart from Tom Savini's brief mentioning of one of the continuity errors- bouncing of Savini from a trampoline to simulate being thrown in the air(which by the way is seen in a brief shot!) when the truck hits him as a zombie, neither party seemed that interested in it. Most likely the reason being that someone else(the producer of said film) now holds the total remastering rights and has spent $6 million bucks of his own money on a 3D remastering and as yet not released it.
The choice Goblin music combined with Romero's editing reigns supreme for a much better viewing experience and his 127 minute theatrical version for me is definitely still the way to go, as it maintains the director's intended vision and holds up well, as I was never a fan of the bloated extended version nor the Argento shorter cut with its weird music choice and choppy scenes. All we need now is a proper blu ray remastering to do this classic film some justice!
The films plot is well-known by now, it's basically a zombie apocalypse and carries the story on from "Night Of the Living Dead" (released in 1968.) I love the setting in this film, the mall is a fantastic location for the main events to happen in the movie. The film is well-paced, has some enjoyable action scenes and well-written character moments. I like the cast best here (out of all the films I have seen in the series so far), the acting is strong and Romero's directing is top-notch. There are many memorable moments, the movie has a very epic feel to it and the Zombies themselves are good here. You will not be disappointed with the ending either, the films climax is very well though out. "Dawn of the Dead" does has some comedy scenes, but these instances mix in well with the action and suspense. The tension is built up effectively and you always feel in the film that threat is never far away. Stephen King considers this one of his favorite horror films and that should give you an idea of how great it is.
The picture quality is good as well on this DVD. "Dawn of the Dead" is superior to "Night of the Living Dead" and "Day of the Dead" in my eyes, being much better than "Land of the Dead." It's not my absolute favourite horror film ever, that would go to "The Shining." But I can see why the movie is labelled as a classic zombie film. Romero was on top form here, it's my favorite movie of his to date.
extras enough for any horror fan to devour with insites
on how the movie was created with an movie convension tour
of the very shopping mall that was put on the movie tourist
map a tour that was orginised by the original actors david emge
and ken foree with a couple of the original zombie extras that gave
both horror fans at the event and the home viewers an interactive live tour of the locations
of the shopping mall that were filmed and a rare treat that the original escelator zombie recreated the scene that
made him famous and a rare documentarie by fangoria mag focuses on the meteoric carreer
of one of the most respected legends of make up fx tom savini went from nam veteran photographer
too award winning make up fx wiz and various cuts of the film and blood soaked with zombtastic tv ads
and both visual and audio trailers and it comes with commentaries a flip sidded cover and a fold out
flipsided poster and a insite movie booklet the whole package is exciting and i've enjoyed the whole thing.
20 out of 20
frankie (cool rider ) smales
(frankie smales tv and movie review uk)