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Survival Of The Dead [DVD]

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  • Actors: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe, Joshua Peace, Hardee T. Lineham
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Writers: George A. Romero
  • Producers: George A. Romero, Ara Katz, Art Spigel, D.J. Carson, Dan Fireman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VD5S6K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,654 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Zombie sequel from horror maestro George A. Romero. A zombie epidemic has laid waste to America, leaving the military in chaos. A band of soldiers decides that in order to survive, they will go AWOL and find refuge on the remote Plum Island. However, they soon discover that even here there is no escape from a world under threat from both the living and the dead.

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Last week I found 'Survival of the Dead' in a bargain bin at Morrisons for two quid. I reasoned it had to be worth two quid. After all - It's directed by George A Romero, the man behind 'Night of the Living Dead'! So what if he hasn't been churning out classics lately? TWO QUID! How bad could it be?

Quite bad as it turns out.

I'm a big fan of Romero's classics. I even own a copy of the much lamented 'Land of the Dead' and I love Creepshow to bits, so I had every reason to be biased. But this was too rubbish, even for me.

Survival of the Dead is a sort of prequel, documenting the early stages of the zombie outbreak. The film is initially interesting. It rambles along at an acceptable pace and could pass for a decent made-for-TV series. There are some intentionally funny moments such as the zombie who has his head turned into a cigarette lighter.

Sadly, the film gradually sags under the weight of it's own flaws. Romero consistently uses American actors to play Irish people, even when they can't do the accent and the casting is pretty terrible. There is no reason why any of the characters needed to be Irish - It's all a bit daft. Additionally, there are several pointless references to the character of Tomboy being a lesbian. It's a piece of character development that goes absolutely nowhere and includes one cringeworthy scene where Tomboy masturbates in front of her colleagues. It's not so much erotic, as embarrassing and nonsensical.

Certain zombies are unintentionally hilarious, such as the undead postman who endlessly posts the same letter and the zombie girl who rides a horse. Suspension of disbelief is destroyed by stupid characters doing dumb things. Why on earth would any sane adult hug a flesh eating zombie?
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And so these times of zombie movies everywhere you look, the grand master of the genre returns with his latest offering. Depending on what sort of (zombie) movies you like will determine which of George's original saga you like - if you like your horror `pure' then Night of the Living Dead will be for you, if you like action - see Dawn of the Dead, a darker take on the zombie genre goes with Day of the Dead and finally a more modern `Resident Evil' touch with Land of the Dead.

Then George decided to `reboot' the franchise set in modern times with Diary of the Dead. Whatever you think of it - it bombed. Neither fans of George or new cinema-goers liked it. So... where does he go from there? Does he learn from his mistake and go back to something more successful, i.e. perhaps a combination of Night/Dawn of the Dead?

The answer, sadly, is no.

Survival of the Dead is probably the most disappointing film of recent times. Not because it was bad. It's okay. Simply because it could have been so much better. It doesn't have much of a budget, but George is good at working round such limitations. After over thirty years spent making horror movies, this instalment comes across as if it was written by a horror-freshman.

If you've ever gone onto the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) and looked up movies, sometimes people post in the forums sarcastic topics like `100 things I learned from xxx.' Then they go on to list all the plot holes and things that don't make sense. Unfortunately, Survival of the Dead is one long list of things that don't make sense. Its ultimate downfall is the characters. Not only are they pretty wafer-thin, but they do the most stupid and random things. To start one such list off I'd begin...

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On the film - yes this ends up as a Western with Zombies in it, though you will spot the "Roger" from Dawn of the Dead, the "Miguel" from Day of the Dead, in two of the characters, and of course there's Alan Van Sprang who's back as a lead after popping up in two other Dead films. This time both the military and the Zombies are the "new arrivals" to the location where two families have always had a feud - and the different ways to handle the outbreak cause that feud to reach a head. At 90 minutes it fits in more action than Diary but also some comedy.

On the DVD Package - it comes quite close to Diary of The Dead's Metal Box Double-pack edition although that had the advantage of an anniversary documentary about Night of the Living Dead on top of all its other content. For "Survival" the main documentary is 1hr 15mins long, if you play all the shorts together, that's another 20 minutes (though two of them are extended from bits of the main doc), How To Make Your Own Zombie Bite is 10mins, a short film with the lead that includes some of them opening voiceover dialog at 4mins and a storyboard comparison which is just two minutes. On the movie disc "Time With George" is just under 10mins and the HDNet promo for Survival of the Dead is just under 5min - though you can also look at the edit of this smaller feature with just George's comments and none of the HDNet stuff. Finally, there's a commentary on the film with the director, producer and other cast/crew members which is refreshing in that they don't feel like they have to talk over every single second of the film - as they're watching a rough cut themselves for the first time.

So, an enjoyable if short movie, with two hours of extras.
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