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Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray] [2004] [US Import] [2007]

Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray] [2004] [US Import] [2007]
Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray] [2004] [US Import] [2007]Are you ready to get down with the sickness? Movie logic dictates that you shouldn’t remake a classic, but Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead defies that logic and comes up a winner. You could argue that George A. Romero’s 1978 original was sacred ground for horror buffs, but it was a low-budget classic, and Snyder’s action-packed upgrade benefits from the same manic pacing that energized Romero’s continuing zombie saga. Romero’s indictment of mega-mall commercialism is lost (it’s arguably outmoded anyway), so Snyder and screenwriter James Gunn compensate with the same setting–in this case, a Milwaukee shopping mall under siege by cannibalistic zombies in the wake of a devastating viral outbreak–a well-chosen cast (led by Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, and Mekhi Phifer), some outrageously morbid humor, and a no-frills plot that keeps tension high and blood splattering by the bucketful. Horror buffs will catch plenty of tributes to Romero’s film (including cameos by three of its cast members, including gore-makeup wizard Tom Savini), and shocking images are abundant enough to qualify this Dawn as an excellent zombie-flick double-feature with 28 Days Later, its de facto British counterpart. —Jeff Shannon

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2 Responses to Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray] [2004] [US Import] [2007]

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    5 Out of 5 Star Rating

    Dawn Of The Dead (The Directors Cut) [DVD] [2004] (DVD)

    What a fantastic zombie movie – full of action, blood and gore. It has the same story as the original, only there is more people and the zombies run rather than walk. I found that the scene around 10 minutes in where the apocalypse starts is superb and it really gets you ready for the rest of the film. To be honest, I was on the edge of my seat for most of the film (especially the end few scenes) as there is so much action and so many great scenarios. There are so many characters that you like and hate.
    Is it worth the money?
    With so much action and over 2 hours of special features I’d say that it is worth the money. If you haven’t already you should try out the original so that you can compare the two. See if you can spot the cameo by Ken Foree Who played the policeman in the original film!

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    5 Out of 5 Star Rating

    Dawn Of The Dead (The Directors Cut) [DVD] [2004] (DVD)

    Really awesome film that has some really shocking moments of what is moral and immoral. There are some bits that are stereotypical horror movie set pieces and then other bits I have never seen before. Very impressed.

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