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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 208429494
UPC: 796019816106
UPC 14: 00796019816106
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's 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.


Video Features Widescreen, Spanish, English, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/21/2008
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 81610
Video UPC UPC: 00796019816106
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Philip Riccio
Video Cast Info Tatiana Maslany
Video Cast Info Michelle Morgan
Video Cast Info Josh Close
Video Cast Info Chris Violette
Video Cast Info Amy Lalonde
Video Cast Info Joe Dinicol
Video Cast Info Scott Wentworth
Video Cast Info Shawn Roberts
Video Cast Info George A. Romero - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Ara Katz - Producer
Video Cast Info Steve Barnett - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Adam Swica - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Art Spigel - Producer
Video Cast Info Dan Fireman - Producer
Video Cast Info Simon Pegg - Voice
Video Cast Info John Harrison - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Guillermo Del Toro - Voice
Video Cast Info Quentin Tarantino - Voice
Video Cast Info Sam Englebardt - Producer
Video Cast Info Norman Orenstein - Composer
Video Cast Info Stephen King - Voice
Video Cast Info Wes Craven - Voice
Video Cast Info Peter Grunwald - Producer
Video Cast Info George A. Romero - Director

Professional Reviews

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

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

Entertainment Weekly
4 stars out of 5 -- " an ingenious way to revitalize a franchise...The film works because Romero has rediscovered his pulp roots..." 04/01/2008 p.123

4 stars out of 5 -- "[Romero] remains unmatched for thumbnail characterizations which emerge during suspense-horror sequences." 04/01/2008 p.60

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

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Product attributeActor:   Romero,George A.
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   Blu-Ray
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