28 Days Later

28 Days Later

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Director: Danny Boyle

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson


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Danny Boyle's hit suspense film 28 Days Later comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The transfer does a fabulous job of capturing the often gritty, yet occasionally lovely digital photography that helped earn the film its well-deserved audience. The English soundtrack is rendered inSee more details below


Danny Boyle's hit suspense film 28 Days Later comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The transfer does a fabulous job of capturing the often gritty, yet occasionally lovely digital photography that helped earn the film its well-deserved audience. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an entertaining commentary track recorded by Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland. The two had previously collaborated on The Beach, and they have an easy repartee with each other. Three alternative endings are offered, along with commentary explaining why those endings were discarded. One of these is a close to 15-minute sequence that utilizes storyboards and an old script read by Garland and Boyle in order to show how the film's third act might have changed. These endings will be familiar to anyone. There are half a dozen deleted scenes with optional commentary, a close to 30-minute making-of featurette, trailers, a still photo gallery, and a music video. This is a strong release from 20th Century Fox.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Just when it seemed zombie movies had been done to death, a stylish, intelligent jolt from director Danny Boyle springs the sub-genre back to life. 28 Days Later, based on Alex Garland's novel, employs the allegorical underpinnings of all the best zombie shockers. After an opening scene in which some misguided animal rights activists spring a dangerously infected primate from his lab cage, Boyle jumps four weeks ahead. A London bike messenger named Jim (Cillian Murphy) awakes from a coma to discover the city is virtually deserted, and he soon joins a few other survivors in a desperate fight against the "infected" -- people overtaken with a contagious, uncontrollable rage defined only by an imperative to infect. With due homage to George Romero's zombie classics, Boyle chooses to re-imagine rather than reinvent the genre: The infected, for instance, move with furious speed -- in stark contrast to Romero's lumbering undead. Inevitably, the story boils down to the genre's essential Darwinian mechanics, pitting the humane, thoughtful, and victimized against not only the infected but also the tough guys with big guns. Produced in the shadow of September 11, 2001 and released at the height of the world's SARS worries, the film inadvertently became very much a movie of its moment. Nonetheless, with its thoughtful perspective, gorgeous digital cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle, and effective genre trappings, 28 Days Later should stand the test of time. That is, it's so good it won't die.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Danny Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland (and Boyle's longtime collaborator, producer Andrew Macdonald) bounce back from the relatively big-budget debacle of The Beach with 28 Days Later, a kinetic low-budget horror film. The filmmakers gratefully acknowledge their debt to a bunch of classic horror and science fiction movies, especially George Romero's Living Dead films. There's even a kickass black woman (Naomie Harris) who saves the hero's neck like in The Omega Man. But 28 Days Later has its own style. Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (The Celebration) uses digital video surprisingly effectively, adding to the film's gritty immediacy, with a few nice surreal touches (e.g. the painted flowers along the road) thrown in. The dark inflections of John Murphy's bass-driven score help moves things along, too. The story is simple and lends itself to allegorical readings, with its somewhat pro forma anti-authoritarian slant. There are a few nicely played shocks, and some amazing, haunting images of a deserted, "Rage"-ravaged London. The recently comatose main character, Jim (Cillian Murphy), begins as a cipher, but gradually comes into focus thanks to Murphy's soulful performance, and his chemistry with the fierce Harris. Brendan Gleeson (Gangs of New York) maintains his excellent track record as a lovably gruff father vainly trying to keep some sense of normalcy in his young daughter's life. Things get a little ham-fisted in the last third of the film, bogging down a bit when the ragtag group reaches a military outpost in northern England and predictably finds something even worse than the diseased lunatics they're fleeing. But for the most part, 28 Days Later is a good, scary horror film, and a worthy successor to the forebears it references in nearly every frame.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland; Three alternate endings; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; "Pure Rage: The Making of 28 Days Later" featurette; Jacknife Lee music video; Animated storyboards; Still photo galleries; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cillian Murphy Jim
Naomie Harris Selena
Brendan Gleeson Frank
Megan Burns Hannah
Christopher Eccleston Maj. Henry West
Marvin Campbell Private Mailer
Sanjay Rambaruth Private Davis
Ray Panthaki Private Bedford
Junior Laniyan Private Bell
Leo Bill Private Jones
Ricci Harnett Corporal Mitchell
Stuart McQuarrie Sgt. Farrell
Luke Mably Clifton
Justin Hackney Actor
Kim McGarrity Actor
Alexander Delamere Mr. Bridges
Emma Hitching Jim's Mother
Christopher Dunne Jim's Father
Toby Sedgwick Actor
David Schneider Actor
Jukka Hiltunen Actor
Bindu de Stoppani Actor
Alex Palmer Actor
Noah Huntley Mark

Technical Credits
Danny Boyle Director
Richard Conway Special Effects Supervisor
Graham Daniel Sound/Sound Designer
Rachael Fleming Costumes/Costume Designer
Glenn Freemantle Sound/Sound Designer
Alex Garland Screenwriter
Chris Gill Editor
Bob Hollow Special Effects Supervisor
Andrew Macdonald Producer
Anthony Dod Mantle Cinematographer
Ray Merrin Sound/Sound Designer
John Murphy Score Composer
John Rodda Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Rolfe Art Director
Dennis Schnegg Art Director
Gail Stevens Casting
Richard Styles Asst. Director
Mark Tildesley Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Rage
2. 28 Days Later...
3. The Infected
4. The Plague
5. Mum & Dad
6. The Neighbor
7. The Only Way
8. The Guardian
9. Frank and Hannah
10. The Answer to Infection
11. To Manchester
12. In Death's Path
13. Shopping
14. Young and Infected
15. Picnic
16. Valium
17. A Bad Dream
18. The Blockade
19. A Fatal Drop
20. Sanctuary
21. The Answer's Here
22. Dinner
23. Under Attack
24. West's Promise
25. The Executioners
26. A Little More Presentable
27. The Hunted
28. The Infection Within
29. Serena's Savior
30. The Last Soldier
31. Survivors
32. End Titles


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