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Format: DVD
Sku: 40247147
UPC: 025192582028
UPC 14: 00025192582028
Rating: UR
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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! Exploding with terrifying surprises and nerve-shredding fun.

"...the best zombie movie since George A. Romero's still-bracing Dawn of the Dead.  Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
"...a rather terrifying yet thrilling little ride.  Annette Cardwell,
"The action is relentless, and the body count formidable...  Philip French, Observer

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Unrated, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/9/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 110 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 25820
Video UPC UPC: 00025192582028
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jake Weber
Video Cast Info Mekhi Phifer
Video Cast Info Sarah Polley
Video Cast Info Ty Burrell
Video Cast Info Ving Rhames
Video Cast Info Armyan Bernstein - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info George Romero - Based On Screenplay By
Video Cast Info James Gunn - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Marc Abraham - Producer
Video Cast Info Matthew Leonetti - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Niven Howie - Editor
Video Cast Info Tyler Bates - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Zack Snyder - Director

Professional Reviews

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

"[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

Village Voice 6 of 10
It is, like most, an unnecessary remake, but the new, digitally boosted Dawn of the Dead brin - Michael Atkinson

San Francisco Chronicle 7 of 10
Great horror movies are vehicles for a culture's mass nightmares, bringing an uneasy sense of recogn - Mick LaSalle

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
The contrast between this new version of Dawn of the Dead and the 1979 George Romero original - Roger Ebert

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