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  • Actors: Rob Freeman, Prince David Oseia
  • Directors: Howard J. Ford, Jonathan Ford
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada
  • Release Date: Feb. 14 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006BZ8O3I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,245 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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 By Scott M on April 29 2012
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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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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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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 By Jean-francois Girard on March 11 2012
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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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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
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.
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
The Dead Jan. 8 2012
By DJ Deathwish - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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
Nice take on the zombie genre. April 27 2012
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product
<strong>The Dead</strong> (The Ford Brothers, 2010)

Full disclosure: this DVD was provided to me free of charge by Amazon Vine.

<em>The Dead</em> is a zombie movie, but it's not a zombie movie like much of anything you've seen before. Which is not to say that, like most zombie movies of the past few decades, it doesn't pay homage to at least half a dozen genre classics (the most obvious being <em>Zombi 2</em> and <em>I Walked with a Zombie</em>, but the Ford Brothers, who both wrote and directed, had some very interesting ideas about what to do with the material, and they did well with them.

Plot: the zombie plague has struck Africa, and needless to say, white flight is in full effect. (Yes, that's a conscious choice of words.) Brian Murphy (<em>Saving Private Ryan</em>'s Rob Freeman), a military engineer, is on the last flight out of the country--we're not told which one, though the movie was filmed on location in Burkina Faso--when an injured person dies. You know what's going to happen next, of course, and Murphy ends up back on shore looking for a way off the continent while avoiding zombies. He manages to get a car in good working order, at which point he attracts the attention of Daniel Dembele (Nollywood up-and-comer Prince David Oseia), also a military man, though on the run from his former compadres. Daniel is looking for his son, who escaped when their home village was overrun and may be at a military base in the north. There's an abandoned airbase on the way that may have an airplane Murphy can fix to fly out of there...

None of this is at all out of the ordinary, is it? Of course not. What makes <em>The Dead</em> different, among other things, is that the zombies feel more like background material, part of the landscape, here than in any other movie I can remember; rather than this being nonstop action, Murphy's usual tactic for getting away from a zombie is simply to step around it and continue on his way. When was the last time you saw <em>that</em> in a zombie movie? (Hint: if you ever have, it predates the Romero Revolution that happened in 1968.) And yet despite this, there are still some solid action scenes and a few places where the directors popped in the usual jump factor (there's a fantastic one when Murphy is trying to sleep in a tree and fumbles his rifle...).

Given only a few scenes that really make this a "horror" film in the traditional sense and zombies indistinguishable from the greenery, what you're left with is a road movie, pretty much, and when you're dealing with a road movie, the movie lives or dies based on the characters who are travelling across the country. Freeman has a wealth of experience, having been in the biz for twenty years. Oseia is a relative newcomer, having made his first film in 2009 and, if you discount sequels (it has been my experience that Nollywood films duos, trilogies, and quartets in one shot and releases them as "Go See My Movie!" and "Go See My Movie 2!" and... six months or so apart in order to maximize profits), <em>The Dead</em> is his fifth feature. Oseia, however, holds his own with Freeman, bringing an ease to the role that seems so natural that for a while after we first met his character, I thought Ford and Ford were going for some sort of weird <em>cinema verité</em> zombie-road-movie gig. It is only later, when we start meeting other bands of survivors, that Oseia's strengths become more evident, and they are good indeed.

Not to say the movie is perfect. And I swear to you that when I started writing this review, I had three criticisms I was going to point out, but as I've typed the last few paragraphs, they have fled from my mind. The cinematography is fantastic, the soundtrack made me immediately go out and look for more music from the guy who did it (I have as yet been unsuccessful in tracking any down), and the script is so smart overall that I am willing to forgive the movie its occasional descents into utter cheesiness. (I apologize in advance for the final scene if my review tips you over the edge into buying the film, but the rest is more than worth it.) The Ford Brothers' direction, as well, deserves special mention; I was mildly surprised at how well-composed the opening shot seemed, if it was perhaps a little slow and a lot manipulative (it's one of those "we pulled this from the end of the film in order to create a totally unnecessary sense of mystery" shots). And then came the second shot, which is one of the movie's most telling homages to <em>Zombi 2</em>, and again, I was surprised by it; there was a great eye for detail overseeing that shot, and again, it's fantastically composed, especially considering the chaos to be found there. And then there's the fourth or fifth shot, after the plane has crashed and Murphy is on the beach with a dying compatriot trying to figure out how to get into a crate of supplies that will help him fend off the out-of-focus zombies who are shuffling onto the beach. And by that time I was no longer surprised at how bloody good everything looked. Thankfully, while that sense of composition does slip now and again (has anyone made a road movie with that much thought involved since <em>Two-Lane Blacktop</em>?), it never happens for long.

In other words: this is really, really good stuff. It is neither hardcore zombie action nor weepy drama, but inhabits a solid middleground that should appeal to more moderate fans of both; definitely worth your time. *** ½


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