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Dawn of the Dead (1979) [UMD for PSP]

Sarah Polley , Ving Rhames , Zack Snyder    Unrated   UMD for PSP
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome horror flick Oct. 27 2004
By Deimos
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
one of the best remakes ever made along with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, hey this one had chainsaws in it too. great story, awesome effects, scary as hell and good acting, plus tons of gore (excellent effects) and the make up was perfect, plsu watch for cameos from the origional Dawn Of the Dead cast!! a must have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
I had seen this movie a couple of times and it's just great. The plot is pretty straightforward, even though it relies mostly on cliché themes to move the story along. So as a rule, most films such as this tend to be predictable and quite tepid. Luckily, `Dawn of the Dead' has strong personalities to fall back on, making it thankfully every bit a character-driven drama as it is a horror-action piece.

Sarah Polley convincingly plays a waif turned survivor with just the right amount of emoting. She is strong and vulnerable at the same moment, trying to remain reasonable in unreasonable times. Weber also fits this bill as Michael, a man with a shady past full of regret who tries to fill others with hope while remaining a stark realistic. Rhames' performance clearly commands the most attention. As Kenneth, he becomes the group's de facto leader and top man of action. He keeps the clearest head when trouble is afoot and leads the group out of one scrape after another. Rhames gives the character a silent strength that provides the film with a much needed human edge. I just wished the zombies were bit slower because at times it seem a little bit unnatural of the things that they were able to do.

First time director Zack Snyder moves the film along briskly and effectively though, keeping the action scenes tight and the dramatic scenes quiet. There is no heavy-handed sermonizing here that tends to infiltrate most big-budget horror movies -- Snyder wisely lets the images speak for themselves. The horror itself is shocking and grabs your attention, which is a plus considering most of the recent crop of thrillers. The fact that it is happening to sympathetic characters that we care about is another feather in the movie's cap.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great film..but so was the original! July 12 2004
Well, i will admit that this movie is awesome but i still prefer the original to this one because of what the original did to me when i was a kid...SCARED ME TO DEATH!!
Being 28 now, and seeing how the film industry has evolved along with everything else with their special effects, editing and bigger budgets, any remake or movie will look better than what was released 20 years ago.
Of course i said look better but not made better!
Getting back to the movie, i enjoyed it, the acting was decent and the zombies looked good, in some cases too good! As for the story, it changed alot besides for the location (a shopping mall) where all the action took place in.
For everyone that didn't see the 2004 version but saw the original, here are some changes...
1-Original starts off in a newsroom telling the public about the living coming back from the dead...the remake starts off in a hospital where they're treating a patient with a bite, then all hell breaks loose in the first ten minutes. (the best opening for a horror film that i've seen in a long time!)
2-No army type guys fighting off zombies in the remake, just regular people like you and me doing all the dirty work!
3-Lots of blood in this one, wins hands down in that department compared to the original!
4-They must have put steroids in the ground, these 2004 zombies are faster then ever (28 days later fast!), the original movie features the slowest zombies ever put on screen!
5-Was that Tom savini in the remake playing a news reporter on TV? Yes, very small part compared to the original where he played a crazy rough and tough biker.
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I normally don't write reviews for these things, but it seems that many of the other reviews missed something important... but I will get to that later.
Romero's Dawn was a classic, and I was not at all sure the remake would be worthwhile, but I was happily surprised. Ramping up the zombies to a Resident Evil type speed was a stretch for me, but it works in the context of this new story. Like TCM, this was not just a remake but a rewrite, the only way it could have worked. This movie was done well enough to keep original Dawn fans happy and bring a new legion of zombie lovers into the fold. Sure, some of the dialogue was cheese, but its a horror movie for god's sake! What do you expect? (And its not like other popular genre's are devoid of cheese.)
The characters were well-defined, even if some were merely caricatures of societal elements. The special effects were top-notch, and the frenzied zombies gave a sense of imminent danger rather than the forboding sense of doom from the original.
For all those who complained about the ending... you obviously left the theater too soon. In recent years, many movies have delighted in putting extras in the credits... in this movie, if you left when the credits began to roll... well, don't make that foolish mistake again. When it finally came to a close, I felt the perfect bridge into the world given to us in Day of the Dead.
Fantastic movie and a must have for any worthwhile collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic movie! A must for any Zombie movie lover!!
Published 2 months ago by Jeff :D
4.0 out of 5 stars "When There's No More Room in Hell..."
Having liked the original Dawn of the Dead, and having a rather negative perspective on most remakes, I have to say that Dawn of the Dead (2004 Unrated Director's Cut) is on the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Nexus
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Re-imaging of a Classic!
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Published 23 months ago by S. Simonetti
4.0 out of 5 stars Unrated directors cut
In my view,a damn good zombie movie!

At the very begining you get a sense on how it might feel after waking up and finding your neighbourhood in complete chaos. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Trick or Treat
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I watched this show many times. With the blue-ray quality its awesome. This is probably one of the best zombie movie out there.
Published on June 7 2012 by big head
4.0 out of 5 stars One of those rare worthwhile remakes
The original (1978) was not bad, in fact it's a classic, but it has begun to smell a little ripe. It simply isn't as fresh as it once was and Zack Snyder's version modernized one... Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2011 by Andre Farant
5.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of the Dead Bluray
This movie has it all and the bluray version looks awesome. I upgraded my DVD to this bluray and it was well worth the money. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2011 by Matrixx19
5.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of the dead - Blu-ray
I love this re-make of Dawn of the Dead. It is a pure horror popcorn movie (does not have the symbolic elements of the original) and I'm totally ok with it. Read more
Published on July 25 2011 by Spidermanwiebe
4.0 out of 5 stars A good remake of the Romero classic!
Romero's version had more of a "social-commentary" feel to it: if memory serves, zombies were roaming the mall in that movie...behaving not unlike their living selves. Read more
Published on March 1 2011 by David J. Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Chilling
This remake of George Romero's 1979 cult classic follows a group of people who barricade themselves in a small-town shopping mall after millions of flesh-eating zombies take over... Read more
Published on Dec 12 2008 by Greg Curtis
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