Diary Of The Dead (Blu-ray)

Directed By: George A. Romero

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by KC on 3/23/2012

The "Dead" series by Romero is still alive, but on life support. While the effects are perhaps better than past films in the series, it lacks the plot. While not great, the acting isn't terrible. An average entry by Romero, byt still better than most.

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Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 208429494
UPC 796019816106
UPC 14 00796019816106
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/21/2008
Rating Rating
Horror Movies
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director George A. Romero returns to the subject matter that made him famous with this postmodern take on the zombie genre. DIARY OF THE DEAD begins in innocuous fashion as a group of film students head out into the woods to make a low-budget horror film. This film-within-a-film is directed by Jason Creed (Joshua Close), who draws on a group of friends, and his college professor, to get the job done. But the filming comes to an abrupt halt when news comes in that the dead are springing back to life, devouring people, and taking over the world. Film obsessive Creed doesn't put his camera down for long, and he's soon heading out on the road with his friends in a quest to document the real-life carnage as it unfolds. The film is shot entirely from the point of view of Creed and his camera-wielding friends, and in a neat nod to contemporary technology, Romero's feature is full of references to websites such as MySpace and YouTube.^This interesting sidestep from Romero's long-running zombie saga is a 21st century take on the initial zombie outburst that occurred in the director's 1968 classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Romero unleashes much of his trademark gore and violence as the film progresses, and there are some increasingly witty and inventive ways in which characters become zombiefied. The cast of young unknowns fit snugly into their roles, particularly Michelle Morgan, whose character is in charge of piecing together Creed's film in the editing room. But what really sets DIARY OF THE DEAD apart from its horror-movie contemporaries is the hefty dose of social satire that Romero works into the film, making this a welcome return to the director's trademark style following the more straightforward gore-fest of 2005's LAND OF THE DEAD.
New York Times "[T]here's some striking filmmaking in DIARY OF THE DEAD..." 02/15/2008
Entertainment Weekly "[I]t's a kicky B movie....There are some gruesomely imaginative deaths...they're as snappy as speed-metal power chords." 02/22/2008 p.76,4 stars out of 5 -- "DIARY...is an ingenious way to revitalize a franchise...The film works because Romero has rediscovered his pulp roots..." 04/01/2008 p.123
Sight and Sound "Romero has lost none of his wild inventiveness. This film has more left-field weirdness and edgy suspense than LAND, with unexpected characters, grim jokes, and horror scenes you have never seen before..." 03/01/2008 p.49
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The best scary movies show the monster invading us from the inside. This one belongs with the leaders of the scare pack." 03/01/2008 p.62
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Romero] remains unmatched for thumbnail characterizations which emerge during suspense-horror sequences." 04/01/2008 p.60
Premiere 4 stars out of 4 -- "[It delivers] eye-popping and gut-spilling galore. It's an ingenious, energetic, angry and extremely plugged-in piece..." 02/13/2008
George A. Romero
Name Romero,George A.
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Cast & Crew
Philip Riccio - Star
Tatiana Maslany - Star
Michelle Morgan - Star
Josh Close - Star
Chris Violette - Star
Amy Lalonde - Star
Joe Dinicol - Star
Scott Wentworth - Star
Shawn Roberts - Star
George A. Romero - Screenwriter
Ara Katz - Producer
Steve Barnett - Executive Producer
Adam Swica - Director of Photography
Art Spigel - Producer
Dan Fireman - Producer
Simon Pegg - Voice
John Harrison - Executive Producer
Guillermo Del Toro - Voice
Quentin Tarantino - Voice
Sam Englebardt - Producer
Norman Orenstein - Composer
Stephen King - Voice
Wes Craven - Voice
Peter Grunwald - Producer
George A. Romero - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 81610
UPC 00796019816106
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Widescreen, Spanish, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Romero,George A.
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray

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