Dawn of the Dead

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Product Overview

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.

Specifications

Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 40247147
UPC 025192582028
UPC 14 00025192582028
Format DVD
Release Date 9/9/2008
Rating UR
Keywords
Action
Cannibalism
Remake
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Violence
Zombies
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.
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
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
Directors
Zack Snyder
Actors
Ving Rhames
Jake Weber
Sarah Polley
Mekhi Phifer
Cast & Crew
Armyan Bernstein - Executive Producer
George Romero - Based On Screenplay By
Jake Weber - Actor
James Gunn - Screenplay
Marc Abraham - Producer
Matthew Leonetti - Cinematographer
Mekhi Phifer - Actor
Niven Howie - Editor
Sarah Polley - Actor
Ty Burrell - Actor
Tyler Bates - Musical Score
Ving Rhames - Actor
Zack Snyder - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 25820
UPC 00025192582028
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource Village Voice
Review It is, like most, an unnecessary remake, but the new, digitally boosted Dawn of the Dead brin
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Reviewer Michael Atkinson
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Great horror movies are vehicles for a culture's mass nightmares, bringing an uneasy sense of recogn
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Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The contrast between this new version of Dawn of the Dead and the 1979 George Romero original
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Unrated, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
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, Observer The action is relentless, and the body count formidable...
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