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Dawn of the Dead

David Emge , Ken Foree , George A. Romero    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)

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George Romero's 1978 follow-up to his classic Night of the Living Dead is quite terrifying and gory (those zombies do like the taste of living flesh). But in its own way, it is just as comically satiric as the first film in its take on contemporary values. This time, we follow the fortunes of four people who lock themselves inside a shopping mall to get away from the marauding dead and who then immerse themselves in unabashed consumerism, taking what they want from an array of clothing and jewellery shops, making gourmet meals, etc. It is Romero's take on Louis XVI in the modern world: keep the starving masses at bay and crank up the insulated indulgence. Still, this is a horror film when all is said and done and even some of Romero's best visual jokes (a Hare Krishna turned blue-skinned zombie) can make you sweat. --Tom Keogh


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Horror Fan's Dream Come True!! Oct. 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I bought this DVD and I must say - WOW!!! Thank goodness I didn't get suckered into buying the previous releases on DVD. I already had the theatrical cut and the extended cut on VHS, so I waited for a DVD with that extended cut to be released. 'Director's Cut' according to the liner note's of this DVD package is a bit confusing because the theatrical cut WAS the director's cut. My experience with Anchor Bay's release style (re-releasing the same cash cow titles under different packages over and over again) told me to hold on for a definitive release - and here it is!!!!
I haven't watched all the extras, but I did sit through the European cut disk, watching it with the commentary on by the four main actors David Emge (Stephen) Ken Foree (Peter) Scott Reiniger (Roger) and Gaylen Ross (Francine). And I must say, that audio commentary is ALMOST (almost) worth the price of the DVD set alone. It's a lot of fun to hear these guys recollect their days on the movie set, and making fun of each other's character's on the screen. It sounds like they had an awesome time doing the commentary. What's also great is that they even know what was happening on the screen. At some points, they even recite the dialogue before it is spoken. I've heard a lot of commentaries, and usually the actors or directors who do them don't have such clear recollections of what's going to happen on screen. Also, certain scenes they commented on didn't even show up because they were only in the US cut, like the nun zombie scene, which I thought was also great because it showed they really paid attention to the film and didn't just treat it like another job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece is the word July 8 2004
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Format:DVD
People who cannot see the genius of this movie have no imagination whatsoever. The plot and overall story by George A. Romero is superb, and indeed frightening despite some of the campy special effects.
If you see the movie in the context of events, taking into account the monumental distaster that is out of control, it's truly horrific. The fact that Romero doesn't offer a concrete reason why the dead return to life, captures a strong sense of desperation for the living as they are being eliminated as a race. They don't know what's causing it so they have no way of knowing how to stop it- aside from the idea of nuking the big cities.
Our four heroes did make a few dumb mistakes. But Romero's point was to capture the realism of what happens when fear and/or ego overtakes them- they panicked and did things that were downright stupid. A very human thing to do.
The movie is a chaotic masterpiece. The story of Peter, Roger, Steve and Fran is that of disaster, desperation and ultimately, TRAGEDY. They struggle with their lives for survival and after a while, to have some sense of normalcy while holing up in the shopping mall for months. Romero's captures it beautifully as the calm before the storm, which ends horribly for the four.
Nevertheless it was comforting to see Fran and Peter fly off into the uncertain future, offering a faint ray of hope for them.
Great job George! This movie is still a horror-shock classic for all time!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Think Outside the Box July 8 2004
Format:DVD
Going into this movie, I had high hopes, and all in all it filled them. I ended up watching the first half with some friends, who are not ones who usually would pick this type of movie. As you would have guessed, they didn't take to the film to well and we ended up stopping it after the white army dude stabbed a zombie in the ear and the bright pink blood poured out. They said it was to fake. We did get a share of laughs out of it though. For example when they are raiding the apartment building and the fat guy busts down a door and shoots one of the occupants causing his head to explode. Good stuff!
I myself believe the introduction that uses the television station could have been cut a little shorter, but hey I can't change it so Ill just fast forward.
The gore effects in this movie are extreme for its time. The biting and the shooting is all the gore you get until you get into the meat of the film. The best gore through out the film has got to be the part where the zombies tear the stomachs open of a couple of the bikers, intense. They actually show the intestines spilling out and the bikers faces as they scream in agony.

By not stating what I thought was funny, I'll just allow the viewer to pick out his or her own comedic parts with in the movie. Believe me, you will find at the very least one part in this film funny. If not a laugh out loud then a slight chuckle.
If I may I would like to say to J. from Montclair that did the review that is one star and long, dude you are reading way to into this man. This is not totally a serious horror movie. Your dissecting it from every angle possible, you can't do that with this movie or it will suck. Once again, it's not totally serious.

Well this DVD has some nice extras like posters, radio and TV spots, trailers, different sound settings, and more. It's worth it if you are a horror/gore movie fan.
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Hey all, Dawn of the dead is coming out in a 4 disc special edition. Before I tell you the features i'm going to tell you what I though about the movie. It's a classic. The movie had good special effects and a great story line. This movie and the other Night and Day will remain classics throughout history. Overall i give this movie 5/5. The story is a group of swat officers take refuge in a shopping mall during a zombie epidemic. The differnece is in this one from the new one is they could leave at will. They had a helicopter and everything! I'd be in paradise if i was them. I won't ruin the rest but it was a good movie, now here are the special features.
Disc One: Theatrical Cut with an anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.85:1), DD5.1 and 2.0, DTS 5.1 Surround, audio commentary (George A. Romero, Tom Savini and Chris Romero, moderated by Perry Martin), George A. Romero biography, poster & advertising gallery, comic book preview, trailers, TV and radio spots.
Disc Two: Extended Cut with an anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.85:1), DD Mono, audio commentary (Richard P. Rubinstein with Perry Martin), Monroeville Mall commercial, memorabilia gallery and production stills galleries.
Disc Three: European "Zombie" Cut with an anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.85:1), DD5.1 and 2.0, audio commentary (David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger and Gaylen Ross), Dario Argento biography, international lobby card gallery, international poster & advertising gallery, international pressbook gallery, home video & soundtrack artwork gallery, international trailers and UK TV spots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for Horror Fans!
Whether, you are a teen, young adult, or an adult, you can appreciate this classic horror film, directed by George Romero, the man who created Night of The Living Dead. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DavidGDisherToronto
5.0 out of 5 stars Best way to experience one of the best horror flicks ever made.
I won't talk about the movie itself as I won't be able to add anything worthwhile. There's a ton of reviews you can look at that'll hit the nail on the head. Read more
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Published on Feb. 1 2011 by MARTIN SAUVAGEAU
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful on Blu-ray
My favourite movie movie of all time on Blu-ray and it's beautiful!

I only wish it was the extended version, which is the one I prefer, having once owned the 4-disc... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2011 by poeface
5.0 out of 5 stars mystérieux !
Film effrayant et mystérieux ! Fortement recommandé pour ces 18 et excédent dus à la violence graphique !
Published on June 17 2007 by Bookreader79424
5.0 out of 5 stars GORY,BUT WITH ROMERO STYLE !!!!!!!
George Romero has a style of his own ,stylish camera styles, goriest makeup and of course the scariest zombies you will see compared to all the other zombie films.
Published on June 17 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars ZOINKS!!!!!
I was allways a Day of the Dead fan still is my favorite out the series but having seen the first edition of Dawn earlier this year for the 1st time in allmost ten years I couldnt... Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2004 by Trauma
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Box set
best Horror box out there, amazing stuff! go get this one now!
Published on Sept. 10 2004 by Deimos
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst DVD set ever
I'm a huge fan of Night of the Living Dead, it's my fave movie of all time. I looked forward to seeing the sequel Dawn of the Dead and when I finally did I was horrified at how bad... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2004 by -|-
5.0 out of 5 stars HELL IS FULL....THE DEAD WALK AGAIN !
Are you in the mood for some Zombies? Because they're definitely in the mood for you. This 1979 cult classic gore fest is definitely worthy of ownership if your a fan of the horror... Read more
Published on July 20 2004 by The Critic
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