Dawn of the Dead

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Good Remake

on 9/26/2007

I did not see this movie in the theater and watched it the first time on standard DVD, it was OK, but in HD-DVD the picture was much sharper and being this was a directors cut there were things that I do not remember seeing on the standard DVD, I felt that the ending was a little rushed, but like most current 'living dead' movies of late not much detail as to what created or caused the dead to come back to life?

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Packed with more blood, more gore, and more bone-chilling, jaw-dropping thrills, Dawn of the Dead Unrated Director's Cut is the version too terrifying to be shown in theaters! Starring Mekhi Phifer, Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley in an edgy, electrifying thrill-ride!

When a mysterious virus turns people into mindless, flesh-eating zombies, a handful of survivors wage a desperate, last-stand battle to stay alive...and human.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 204740476
UPC 025193002624
UPC 14 00025193002624
Format HD DVD
Release Date 8/28/2007
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Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note First-time director Zack Snyder remakes zombie master George A. Romero's classic 1978 gore-fest DAWN OF THE DEAD, wisely replicating only the basic elements of Romero's movie, instead sticking to his own vision of a world overrun by undead flesh-eating creatures. The action begins with nurse Ana (Sarah Polley) waking up to discover her boyfriend has become a tasty midnight snack for a formerly cute neighboring kid. To her horror, she realizes that the whole town is in a similar state of ghoulishness, until she runs into still-alive cop Kenneth (Ving Rhames); the levelheaded Michael (Jack Weber); and Andre (Mekhi Phifer), a rebel with a pregnant wife in tow. As in Romero's original, the group heads for the local mall where they barricade themselves inside. More survivors surface, while in the outside world the zombies go about their day by slowly taking over the planet. Undeterred by the odds against them, the survivors plot, scheme, and enjoy their mall paradise. As they plan their escape, some incredibly gruesome special effects are deployed, often with a dash of wry humor added for light relief.^Placing the messages from Romero's version--a funny, scary look at consumerist society--on the back burner, the 2004 version of DAWN OF THE DEAD instead concentrates on delivering a witty blood-fest. The zombies appear to have taken their cues from the fast-moving corpses of Danny Boyle's 28 DAYS LATER, and are generally much more agile than their 1978 counterparts. Director Snyder gets the balance between humorous set-pieces and plot development exactly right throughout, producing an enjoyable remake that can easily hold its own alongside the deservedly hailed original film.
Los Angeles Times "Good zombie fun, the remake of George A. Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD is the best proof in ages that cannibalizing old material sometimes works fiendishly well." 03/19/2004 p.E11
Entertainment Weekly "Snyder, making a killer feature debut, trades home-made cheesiness for knowing style, revels in the sophistication of modern special effects, and stomps off with the best remake...of a horror classic in memory." 03/26/2004 p.51-2
Chicago Sun-Times "From a technical point of view, the new DAWN is slicker and more polished, and the acting is better, too." 03/19/2004 p.30
USA Today "Snyder comes up with some 'wow' shots....[T]his DEAD is zippier than 1995's retake on VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED." 03/19/2004 p.5E
Box Office "[The film] still delivers a pretty mean bite as a gross-out/action shockfest." 05/01/2004 p.31
Premiere "[A] reasonably enjoyable shock machine thanks to state-of-the-art effects and an appealing cast..." 11/01/2004 p.102
Rolling Stone "It's good, thrilling fun." 11/11/2004 p.118
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "A slick remake....Synder delivers a movie energy and vision that never dilutes the power of the original." 12/01/2007 p.89
Zack Snyder
Ving Rhames
Jake Weber
Sarah Polley
Mekhi Phifer
Cast & Crew
Armyan Bernstein - Executive Producer
Arvinder Grewal - Art Director
George A. Romero - Based On Screenplay By
Jake Weber - Actor
James Gunn - Screenplay
Matthew F. Leonetti - Cinematographer
Mekhi Phifer - Actor
Niven Howie - Editor
Richard P. Rubinstein - Producer
Sarah Polley - Actor
Tyler Bates - Original Music By
Ving Rhames - Actor
Zack Snyder - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 61030026
UPC 00025193002624
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review ...it is with a heavy sigh of relief and a great deal of surprise that yet another re-make, the zombie-fest Dawn of the Dead, based on George A. Romero's 1979 masterful, clever, and socially satirical cult classic, is actually impressive. Incredibly impressive. So much so that this critic places it above Danny Boyle's much lauded zombie art-house picture 28 Days Later...Wonderfully directed with zombies both hysterical and horrifying, and with a fast paced, jump-out-of-your-seat tension, the carnage adds some additional depth that's surprisingly real and even touching at times...The acting is excellent across the board and the music, from the hilarious elevator mall music (instrumental versions of "Don't Worry Be Happy" and "You Light up My Life") to Johnny Cash, to The Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died," work seamlessly in this end-of-the-world universe.
Reviewer Kim Morgan
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The contrast between this new version of "Dawn of the Dead" and the 1979 George Romero original is instructive in the ways that Hollywood has grown more skillful and less daring over the years. From a technical point of view, the new "Dawn" is slicker and more polished, and the acting is better, too...Of gore and blood there is a sufficiency. When the survivors devise a risky way to escape from the mall (which I will not reveal), a chainsaw plays a key role...So, yes, "Dawn of the Dead" works and it delivers just about what you expect when you buy your ticket. My only complaint is that its plot flatlines compared to the 1979 version, which was trickier, wittier and smarter. Romero was not above finding parallels between zombies and mall shoppers; in the new version, the mall is just a useful location, although at least there are still a few jokes about the Muzak.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Unrated, English, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), Digital Audio
Adam Nayman, Eye Weekly ...the best zombie movie since George A. Romero's still-bracing Dawn of the Dead.
Annette Cardwell, FilmCritic.com ...a rather terrifying yet thrilling little ride.
Philip French, The Observer The action is relentless, and the body count formidable...
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