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The Dead [Blu-ray]

Rob Freeman , Prince David Oseia , Howard J. Ford , Jonathan Ford    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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After crashing off the coast, Lt. Brian Murphy battles for survival across the vast terrains of Africa in search for a way to get back to his beloved family. Joined by local military man Daniel Dembele, who is also searching for his son, both men join forces, all the while battling against the ever-present threat of the living dead!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars zombie movie set in Africa April 29 2012
By Scott M
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Dull zombie movie, found it to be Disappointing. Added nothing new, predictable, only interesting bit was the fact it was set in Africa.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Little known Zombie Gem April 9 2013
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Little known "Living Dead" movie, but not a "little" movie by any means: The characters and actors are top notch, the script and story are simple but good: The bond between the two main protagonists is what carries the movie and makes you care about what's happening.
The gorgeous setting - exit urban cities or rural Pennsylvania where all zombie invasions seem to start, hello big savannas - could be considered the "Third character" of this movie that demands its audience a bit more than just a craving for gore (of which, let me reassure you, there is viscerally plenty).
The atmosphere is constantly oppressing the same way the first 3 "Of the Dead" Georges Romero movies were.
If you like Zombies movies, where the feeling treat is constant and where characters react in a believable manner in a "end of the world "type of situation ( Yes, "Walking Dead" I'm looking at you) then this one is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies are back to Africa Feb. 3 2013
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Finally a movie where the last stand for the human race is where human started their immigration. You have guessed right, the world belong to zombies and Africa is the last area where the fight betwen zombies and human continue. The storyline depart from the ordinary because the action is in the open savana. A must for zombies lovers. If you like zombie movies you cannot escape this movie.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars très bon service. March 11 2012
Format:DVD
Ce produit a été livré rapidement et de façon efficace. De plus il s'agit d'un excellent film, à voir. Film de morts-vivants, vaut la peine.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  189 reviews
63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique And Adult Horror Endeavor: A Surprisingly Low-Key Survival Tale Set Amidst The Zombie Apocalypse Jan. 20 2012
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. Brothers Howard and Jon Ford, however, have come up with a surprisingly effective survival story in "The Dead" that looks great, feels different, and yet still honors the old school traditions of the classic Romero zombie. It's a simple film, almost minimalist in fact, that doesn't utilize a lot of expository dialogue or develop a grandiose plot. It simply puts you into a realistic scenario set in the barren environment of rural Africa. The desolate country and atmospheric quiet of the film begs the question "Where do you escape to if there's nowhere to go?"

The film introduces us to Rob Freeman as the lone American survivor of an evacuation plane's crash. Crossing the war-torn country, there simply appears to be no end to the horde of undead. He meets up with a local soldier who is attempting to locate his missing son, and the two forge an unlikely friendship and alliance. The film doesn't attempt to explain why the country is overrun with zombies, and it offers little backstory or actual character development. Instead, it showcases the two men as they travel the countryside looking for any sign of hope. If you are looking for non-stop action and carnage, this film may not fulfill your expectation. This tale is much quieter, more introspective. The success of the movie relies on the unsettling mood as zombies are present in almost every background shot. It is a haunting and ethereal vision, especially as the pair drive through the night.

In addition to creating an effectively somber and realistic ambience, the Ford Brothers make the most of their unique environment. The African backdrop is wholly unique, and the movie looks great. The effects are solid, but the violence can be a bit disconcerting considering the real life atrocities and genocide that they bring to mind. I really liked the old-school approach to creating the undead effect, the figures aren't particularly monstrous--but more like hollowed out shells of the people they used to be (but hungrier!). Their horror comes from their ordinariness and their sheer numbers, they are simply everywhere. The action is interspersed with much quiet and melancholy, and again--this causes the picture to feel very different, very real. It's an unorthodox approach and it makes "The Dead" stand apart as a refreshingly grown-up film for adult audiences that appreciate a good scare or two. KGHarris, 1/12.
40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Jan. 8 2012
By DJ Deathwish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
An evacuation flight crash lands off the coast of Africa and now an American must try and survive against a zombie outbreak in rugged foreign terrain. I've been wanting to see this for awhile so I'm glad it was finally released. The movie just looks beautiful and of course that can be attributed to the wonderful locales. And then to add some rather amazing looking zombies to the mix, it adds a wonderful dichotomy. To be honest, the story is pretty standard stuff. People trying to survive in a land overrun by the undead. But it's the way that the material is handled that makes this movie so good. Also, it's really well acted. And actually, I'm not a hundred percent sure I like the lead. At times he was great and other he kind of hammed it up. But everyone else was pretty stellar. And then there's the FX work. Right from the get-go I was blown away. The first zombie shown had some incredibly make-up and a certain injury that kind of made me wince. Plenty of blood, plenty of zombie action and plenty of humanity. A great movie.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead but smells sweeeeet Jan. 24 2012
By S. Banzhaf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was too impatient to wait for the USA release so, I've had this a while under PAL version from AmazonUK. Trust me, if you will, you will enjoy this film if you harken to the Romero Zombies that move slow, are in various stages of creeping necrosis, and quietly get close to you before, you are aware they are getting in arms reach. I really have enjoyed this film and after just a few months, have watched it about 9 times so far, and it has not gotten old yet - so wait and rent first if you wish, but my advice is to NOT be afraid of purchase. AND if you want extra horror --- check out the "making of video diary" (if they add it to the USA release)and see how much garbage they had to put up with just in trying to get this made, from illness to Port Authority issues and local Police issues.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique And Adult Horror Endeavor: A Surprisingly Low-Key Survival Tale Set Amidst The Zombie Apocalypse Feb. 14 2012
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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. Brothers Howard and Jon Ford, however, have come up with a surprisingly effective survival story in "The Dead" that looks great, feels different, and yet still honors the old school traditions of the classic Romero zombie. It's a simple film, almost minimalist in fact, that doesn't utilize a lot of expository dialogue or develop a grandiose plot. It simply puts you into a realistic scenario set in the barren environment of rural Africa. The desolate country and atmospheric quiet of the film begs the question "Where do you escape to if there's nowhere to go?"

The film introduces us to Rob Freeman as the lone American survivor of an evacuation plane's crash. Crossing the war-torn country, there simply appears to be no end to the horde of undead. He meets up with a local soldier who is attempting to locate his missing son, and the two forge an unlikely friendship and alliance. The film doesn't attempt to explain why the country is overrun with zombies, and it offers little backstory or actual character development. Instead, it showcases the two men as they travel the countryside looking for any sign of hope. If you are looking for non-stop action and carnage, this film may not fulfill your expectation. This tale is much quieter, more introspective. The success of the movie relies on the unsettling mood as zombies are present in almost every background shot. It is a haunting and ethereal vision, especially as the pair drive through the night.

In addition to creating an effectively somber and realistic ambience, the Ford Brothers make the most of their unique environment. The African backdrop is wholly unique, and the movie looks great. The effects are solid, but the violence can be a bit disconcerting considering the real life atrocities and genocide that they bring to mind. I really liked the old-school approach to creating the undead effect, the figures aren't particularly monstrous--but more like hollowed out shells of the people they used to be (but hungrier!). Their horror comes from their ordinariness and their sheer numbers, they are simply everywhere. The action is interspersed with much quiet and melancholy, and again--this causes the picture to feel very different, very real. It's an unorthodox approach and it makes "The Dead" stand apart as a refreshingly grown-up film for adult audiences that appreciate a good scare or two. KGHarris, 1/12.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY....AN EXISTENTIAL ZOMBIE MOVIE Feb. 15 2012
By THE KING OF PANGAEA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Nuff said. However to come up with my other 18 words, here goes. In a bleak landscape there is nothing but sagebrush and zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. Very proper zombies. They are slow, they don't run off at the mouth, they don't drive cars and you know the only thing to do is shoot them in the head before they munch on you and turn YOU into a zombie. And this is how it should be. Over in Burkina Faso where this movie was made you can probably hire a first class zombie actor superstar for 35 cents and a couple of bottles of the local beer a day. We got zombies galore. I didn't lose count, I just didn't even try: So many zombies, so little running time.

Do we know what started the whole zombie phenomenom? No, and we really don't need to. So much for cluttering the plot up with a lot of trivia about how it all came about, any decent zombie movie aficianado doesn't need an explanatory foundation for his zombie movie. Here are the zombies: They are here and they are coming after you and it is time for you to deal with them. This is all we need to know. In any decent zombie movie it is a given that there are zombies in the world and it is time to be alert; or get bit and become one yourself. Trust me on this. If Antonioni had made a zombie movie, this would be the one.
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