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War of the Dead [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
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In 1941, before the US entry into the war, a small group of US elites, including one Abraham Lincoln Brigade member to make it realistic, join up with some Finnish soldiers to travel 30 km. into Russia along the border in order to destroy a bunker. This bunker was used by the Germans to experiment on Russian soldiers. Our group does not know the details as they encounter killer zombies.

These are not your ordinary zombies. When we first see them they leap 10-20 ft out of trees to attack. I thought I was watching "Planet of the Apes" for a moment. They seem to have superhuman strength and stamina, although the film was not consistent in their portrayal of zombie abilities. Other times they get beat up in a fight like an ordinary human.

This is a fusion war and zombie movie that doesn't work like its counterparts. The ones that worked well were zombie movies with a war background. This one is more of a war movie that has zombie soldiers, not too unlike regular soldiers. Shot almost entirely at night.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x871fb174) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x871f5a38) out of 5 stars Watchable, But Not Memorable: An Interesting Fusion Of War And Horror That May Night Completely Satisfy Fans Of Either 1 Jan. 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
While I have an undeniable soft spot in my heart for the flesh eating undead, the zombie genre has been a bit overworked lately with projects (whether in film, TV, or books) of varying degrees of quality. Let's face it, the walking dead are everywhere! I'm certainly not complaining, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to find entertainment that still feels fresh and vital. With a cover blurb that references HBO's stellar "Band of Brothers," "War of the Dead" seemed like an interesting new addition to the zombie lexicon. The film does not go for the cheesiness or camp factor that you might anticipate when dealing with the assault of WWII monsters. It's a refreshing choice, to be sure, to play things somewhat realistically. Ultimately, though, the movie crosses two genres (war and horror) without really making a strong mark in either. As a B-movie, "War of the Dead" is perfectly serviceable entertainment. I'm pleased enough to have watched it, it just isn't incredibly remarkable or memorable enough to make it a must-own proposition.

The movie starts out on a high note with a chilling teaser scene that hints at the horrors yet to unfold. After this promising introduction, the story settles into its primary groove. An American squad is advancing upon an underground bunker with the intention of destroying it. After dispatching a group of enemy soldiers, it appears that the foes simply won't die. They meet a Russian soldier along the way who may know more than he's telling. Can the living band against the dead? And what atrocities await the survivors once they reach their final destination? Most of the battle scenes are handled capably, there are plenty of armed confrontations. Things are lively throughout, and I found the experience entertaining enough. I just never felt much excitement over the journey.

"War of the Dead," in the end, may not completely satisfy either war movie buffs or horror enthusiasts. It's a good idea, the execution just feels completely routine. The battle sequences are fine, but they are akin to many other low budget endeavors that you can catch on late night TV for free. The zombies, though, are fairly unremarkable and present nothing new to the party. If you are looking for extreme scares or plentiful gore, this film didn't fit that bill for me. I go back to the standard of expectation. Had I watched this for free on cable, I'd have been happy (although I don't think I'll remember much about the movie in a few months). However, to purchase the Blu-ray is a harder recommendation. "War of the Dead" passed the time once, but I don't really see myself sitting down to repeat viewings. KGHarris, 12/12.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x873c6534) out of 5 stars I'M OUT OF BULLETS! 7 Jan. 2013
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In 1941, before the US entry into the war, a small group of US elites, including one Abraham Lincoln Brigade member to make it realistic, join up with some Finnish soldiers to travel 30 km. into Russia along the border in order to destroy a bunker. This bunker was used by the Germans to experiment on Russian soldiers. Our group does not know the details as they encounter killer zombies.

These are not your ordinary zombies. When we first see them they leap 10-20 ft out of trees to attack. I thought I was watching "Planet of the Apes" for a moment. They seem to have superhuman strength and stamina, although the film was not consistent in their portrayal of zombie abilities. Other times they get beat up in a fight like an ordinary human.

This is a fusion war and zombie movie that doesn't work like its counterparts. The ones that worked well were zombie movies with a war background. This one is more of a war movie that has zombie soldiers, not too unlike regular soldiers. Shot almost entirely at night.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x877a88d0) out of 5 stars High expectations dashed in War of the Dead 16 Dec. 2012
By John Milton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Undead nazis are fast becoming the cinematic go-to bad guy. It makes sense combinging one of the greatest evils the world has ever seen with the menace of them returning from the grave, hungry for flesh.
One might be tempted to think this is a formula that you simply can't get wrong...

Boils and ghouls, I give you War of the Dead, billed as the most expensive movie ever to be made in Lithuania.

The film comes with the following synopsis:
"In 1939 `anti-death' medical experiments were performed on captured Russian soldiers by Gestapo officers in the opening salvos of World War II. Two years later allied Finnish and American forces are on a mission to seize an underground enemy bunker on the Soviet border - but they must face attack by a far deadlier force - the flesh-hungry victims of those SS experiments."

The trailer and the poster look tremendous and the inclusion of former World's Strongest Man Jouko Ahola, who can clearly be seen on the poster, ramped up my anticipation of this movie.

Despite being a Lithuanian movie helmed by Lithuanian director Marko Makilaasko, War of the Dead is shot in English and features Andrew Tiernan (Dead Cert, 300, Bathory, The Bunker) in a leading role alongside a largely Finnish cast.
The inclusion of English actors taking on the roles of Americans left me cringing somewhat and I find myself curious as to what our American cousins will make of this aspect of the film.
It was commented on that many of the undead aren't actually German/ nazis. This is explained in the opening introduction to the movie and ought not to give the viewer too much cause for concern.

War of the Dead clearly has had some money spent on it; filmed on location in Lithuania, the location is entirely in keeping with the storyline, the costumes and weaponry are consistent with the time period and the set pieces are convincing enough. Moreover, the score is provided by Joel Goldsmith, son of composer Jerry Goldsmith. Goldsmith Jnr has provided the score for a number of horror movies over the last 30 years such as Watchers, Monster!; and coincidentally, the score for Call of Duty 3...

The reason that I mention Call of Duty is that many of my friends who have seen this film felt that was what War of the Dead was like, a video game. There was little in the way of any real discernable plot for the movie and the characters lacked any real depth. The undead attacks seemed to come in waves, like a game... and just like any game, there was a boss to be defeated; and this particular boss came in the form of a zombified Juoko Ahola. The resultant fight between Tiernan's character and the undead Ahola raised quite a few eyebrows and laughs within the cinema. The two of them engaging in hand-to-hand combat was ridiculous enough but when Ahola took to going aerial like a wrestler coming off the top turnbuckle, my mouth was agog.

War of the Dead is a film based on style over substance. It is very much an action-driven horror and as stated, plays out in a fashion not entirely dissimilar to that of a video game with waves of enemy hordes to be defeated, thin plot, big explosions and an intimidating end boss.
Although I didn't hate War of the Dead, I had higher expectations of it than this. If you're looking for nazi-zombie horror, stick with Outpost or Dead Snow.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x871ff288) out of 5 stars two thumbs up!!!!! 5 Jan. 2013
By william parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am very dissapointed by the reviews that have been written about this film.War of the dead is not a muliimillion dollar movie however it has heart and style as well as good sets and acting.My only gripe with the flix was that most of the action was filmed in the dark(oh well)Not everything in the zombie genere has to be flesh ripping gore.This reminded me of the war dead comics of the 70s Back when Tom savini was doing makeup for Death Dream.I urge any horror fan to see this film,I am glad I did.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8721d7bc) out of 5 stars Dim Snø 24 Nov. 2013
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
War of the Dead (Marko Mäkilaasko, 2011)

I was all set to love this movie—a Finnish knock-off of Norway's first, and best, Nazi zombie flick, Død Snø, that also happens to star Invincible's Jouko Ahola. How could you possibly go wrong? Well, in quite a few ways, as it turns out. This is depressing, because War of the Dead wanted to be a better movie than it is, and it almost, but not quite, succeeded. In fact, it might be possible to make a case that Paul Campion's The Devil's Rock, released the same year, is exactly the film War of the Dead wanted to be, but didn't quite get there.

Plot: An American platoon, deep in the middle of nowhere (the accents sounded kind of Austrian to me, one synopsis tells me they're in Russia, another one says in the Carpathians—how does that even make sense in WW2?), comes upon a platoon of the enemy, ambushes them, and wipes them out. Everyone's happy. Well, except the guys on the other side of that firefight, they're pretty pissed. So what do they do? Get right back up and start eating the erstwhile victors. Obviously, things are not what they seem in this little corner of the world, and our hapless survivors find themselves tasked with a much more important mission than the simple wiping out of a bunker...

Any number of good ideas to be found here, but none of them actually come to fruition. I suspect an overzealous editing hand was involved in at least part of this, as in the last third or thereabouts things get incoherent now and again; all the setup and pacing disappear into action scene after action scene, and it struck me on a number of occasions that there should have been stuff in between the bullets flying and zombies stomping and all that sort of thing. By the end I was wondering if everyone involved hadn't simply given up and decided to release whatever came out of the editing room. A depressing thought, but the only hypothesis that made any sense in my head—at least, it made more sense than the actual movie did. I'd love to see the shooting script to find out what was actually supposed to happen. * ½
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