Dawn of the Dead

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Overview

The feature-film debut of director Zack Snyder, Dawn of the Dead is a modern retelling of George Romero's 1978 horror classic, which was actually the second film in a trilogy that began with Night of the Living Dead and concluded with Day of the Dead. Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames star as two of the last remaining people on an earth that has been ravaged by flesh-eating zombies. After escaping to a shopping mall with a handful of other survivors, they decide that they only way to truly elude the approaching throng...
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Overview

The feature-film debut of director Zack Snyder, Dawn of the Dead is a modern retelling of George Romero's 1978 horror classic, which was actually the second film in a trilogy that began with Night of the Living Dead and concluded with Day of the Dead. Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames star as two of the last remaining people on an earth that has been ravaged by flesh-eating zombies. After escaping to a shopping mall with a handful of other survivors, they decide that they only way to truly elude the approaching throng of undead is to somehow make their way to an island that is supposedly zombie-free. Jake Weber and Mekhi Phifer also star.
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Special Features

Feature commentary with Director Zack Snyder and Producer Eric Newman; ; 480i/p Standard Definition; English Dolby 2.0
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
George Romero's 1978 classic Dawn of the Dead is probably the greatest zombie movie of all time, as well as one of the best horror movies of the last 30 years. Set mainly in a suburban mall, it was as much a critique/satire on rampant consumerism as it was a chilling gore-fest. Though our country's capitalistic nature has only escalated in the last 25 years, the satirical content has been slashed in Zack Snyder's 2004 remake -- but the zombies are more ferocious than ever. Unlike your parents' undead, lumbering around aimlessly in search of brains, these zombies are fast, mean, and -- relatively speaking -- smart. Otherwise, this hi-tech update sticks pretty close to the source material. A visceral, violent pre-credit sequence brilliantly sets the stage: A strange plague infects much of the population overnight, causing the dead to rise and attack the living. Those not infected manage to hole up in a mall while the bloodthirsty corpses converge outside like shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving. Among the group of survivors are Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, and Jake Weber. Who are they and what do they do? They fight zombies, of course -- and therein lies the problem with this remake. The script is nearly as mindless as the zombies, heading down the predictable path of offing the leads one by one as they fight to escape. Snyder is a skilled visual stylist, however, and makes up for it with sheer thrills. Adrenaline levels run high the entire film, and the jolts come fast and furious with plenty of squeamish delights for gore fans. With a little more care and attention to story, Dawn of the Dead could have truly rivaled the original; instead we merely get a real good scare.
All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
In terms of remakes of sequels, director Zack Snyder's cautiously anticipated Dawn of the Dead serves as a fitting follow-up to makeup effects-artist-turned director Tom Savini's underrated 1990 remake of George A. Romero's 1968 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead -- albeit with an aesthetic face-lift that owes just as much to the fast-moving "infected" of Danny Boyle's art-house horror hit 28 Days Later. Of course, this film isn't a "direct" remake of Romero's 1978 gut-muncher -- gone is the anti-consumerism and social satire that made the original such an ideal product of its time - though it still does manage to provide some gory and intense fun with the same central concept. In the end, however, it does deliver in terms of pure, visceral terror by successfully tapping into the apocalyptic suburban paranoia that has been so prevalent since the horrific events of 9/11. Where 28 Days Later opted to bring that angle to the forefront of the film thematically (thus keeping it closer in spirit to Romero's films and rendering it the more socially conscious of the pair), Dawn of the Dead simply turns the tension to a fever pitch early on and does its sincere best to keep things fast and scary. Snyder and screenwriter James Gunn also deserve credit for throwing the audience a few well-placed curveballs. Of course, those familiar with the general zombie film formula will find no surprise in the inclusion of the antagonistic "Cooper" character here (masterfully manifested in Michael Kelly's overly paranoid mall cop CJ), though instead of simply painting the character as a hastily drawn, trigger-happy villain, the filmmakers thankfully take the character in a surprising and unexpected direction. If the remainder of the characters suffer slightly from lack of development (an element to which a substantial portion of running-time in the original film was dedicated), solid performances by leads Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames -- as well as capable supporting performances by such supporting players as Kelly and Jake Weber -- inject enough personal detail to make them at least identifiable and sympathetic. So, now that both Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead have been remade, it will be interesting to see what happens to Day of the Dead, the third film in Romero's original zombie trilogy. Even if the die-hard Romero fan can't quite come to terms with the concept of remaking a film that was such a carefully-crafted product of its time, at the very least they can take solace in knowing that the successful box-office run of this remake very well played a deciding factor in convinging sceptical studio heads to greenlight Romero's long-rumored Land of the Dead.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • UPC: 025195045674
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Presentation: Director's Cut / Wide Screen / Uncensored / Subtitled
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 10,980

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sarah Polley Ana
Ving Rhames Kenneth
Jake Weber Michael
Mekhi Phifer Andre
Ty Burrell Steve
Michael Kelly CJ
Kevin Zegers Terry
Michael Barry Bart
Michael Barry Bart
Lindy Booth Nicole
Boyd Banks Tucker
Jayne Eastwood Norma
Inna Korobkina Luda
R.D. Reid Glen
Kim Poirier Monica
Matt Frewer Frank
Jacob Adams
Hannah Lochner Vivian
Technical Credits
Zack Snyder Director
Marc Abraham Executive Producer, Producer
David Leroy Anderson Makeup Special Effects
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Armyan Bernstein Executive Producer
Thomas A. Bliss Executive Producer
William Cheng Set Decoration/Design
Robin D. Cook Casting
Denise Cronenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
James Gunn Screenwriter
Niven Howie Editor
Dennis E. Jones Executive Producer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Peter D. Marshall Asst. Director
Michael Messina Co-producer
Joseph Middleton Casting
Andrew Neskoromny Production Designer
Eric Newman Executive Producer, Producer
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard P. Rubinstein Producer
Steve Shewchuk Set Decoration/Design
John J. Thomson Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Simply Awesome!

    Again, I usually only review movies that I have seen recently, rather than movies that have been out for a while that I have seen several times, with the exception of some of my absolute favorites. That being said, this is my absolute favorite zombie flick, and in light of having just seen Zombieland in the theatres, I decided that I would mark the occasion and come on here & rate my favorite in the genre. This, of course, includes the original too, since they are basically the same, but I have actually never seen the original one all the way through...only ever so much of it, when I was younger, and I have seen all of the remake, so it's this one I decided to review. There is no doubt in my mind that the original is probably even better. I have been hard pressed as of late to get myself a copy, so as soon as I do, I am going to sit down and watch both & compare them. At any rate, this is truly a great zombie masterpiece...the best I've seen all of, and if you are into zombie & horror and have never seen this, definitely do. The cast does a great job, and there is some good zombie gore...and even some humor too, which is essential to have a little of in a good zombie movie. When it comes down to zombie flicks, this one has it where it counts. Below are some other great zombie flicks, and since Zombieland is not close enough yet to it's DVD release for me to rate it, I will just go ahead and say for now until it is available that Zombieland was freakin great too! Zombie lovers absolutely must see it! It's got good zombie stuff in it, and it is absolutely histerical! Go check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the remake of dawn of the dead

    this was a pretty good scary action packed zombie film and a great remake to the original. though the ending was sad and i thought no way can they end it like that. they should do a sequel. you can watch the original first or after. basically its the story of a group of people who hide out in the mall after the zombie chaos ensues. CJ was one bad a** character but hated what happened to his character. though i do wish they could of taken out some scenes that were not needed for the plot. oh well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i was terrified after i saw this movie. it was excellent. i watched this movie eight times a loved it every time. there was plenty of suspense and horror. Dawn of the Dead scares you out of your seat within the first five minutes. go see this movie, it will leave you on the edge of your seat and begging for more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dawn of the Dead

    This is more of an action movie than a horror, not like the original Dawn of the Dead. Although I still liked it even if it didn't hold true to it's roots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VERY ENTERTAINING

    This movie has everything you could possibly want in a zombie movie. This movie will keep your attention all the way through and has an incredible ending. Wow, what an amazing movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT EVEN CLOSE

    NO GORE EVEN IN THE UNRATED just a bunch of head shots see the original wich is filled with guts,blood,and gore oh and this remake is for new age horror fans the "action" type lke alot of new fans point dont buy or rent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dawn of the Dead

    Great movie, it kinda falls into a catagory with the new breed of horror movie that are steered more toward action and jaw dropping special effects, but why complain? Is it neccesarily a bad thing that they don't make movies like they used to? I mean all my freinds that have seen the old one says its boring and it seems alot longer than it actually is. Times change, stop livin in the past and see whats right in front of ya! The new movie Land of the Dead is just like this one in the fact that the movies are a new breed now. And Mikii Phifer (I think thats how you spell it) played a great part in this one, go see 8 Mile he is meant to play these kind of roles. Sara Tucker could have put more into here role, her character was a little dry for me, but anyways... BUY THIS MOVIE!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Zombie Horror to the extrame

    Dawn if the Dead had me shaking under the covers and gasping in horror. A heart pumping thirller that will keep you at the edge of your seat and still have you jumping in fright.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Flesh-Eating Good Time

    Very smart. The first ten minutes are downright literary and should have gotten more serious reviews. The Johnny Cash song is a knock-out. Zombies are to the terrorist period (mindless frenzy) what vampires were to the communist period (cerebral & wrong). Also, the zombies look great, there's humor without jokiness, the characters and their relationships are pleasantly well-developed but not so much that they distract from the action, AND THERE'S NO HOPE, NO HOPE, WE'RE DOOMED!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT

    This movie is awesome! It has scary parts, funny parts, and very gory parts. Very entertaining and fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dawn of the Dead

    i just recieved this movie today and,i have to say it scared the life out of me. i am a really really big fan of zombies films and this is a must get. the special news report was so real i had to look out my window just to make sure the world was still the same. this is a movie you will skip work to see over and over again. you will be glad you got it,because it is worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DAWN OF THE DEAD

    what a film! this movie in my opinion will blow you away. Its horror at it's best! ! The visual effects, The introduction of the zombies, the carnage of it all. This is a nail biter from start to finish.... this is a MUST see for all horror fans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TONS OF FUN

    I was surprised at just how good this movie was! The first 20 minutes are SCARY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it was good

    I think this movie is worth the watch. Very suspenseful and entertaining. Face it, running zombies are more scarrier than walking zombies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie kills!

    A re-make of the second installment in George Romero's 'zombie' triology (Night of the Living Dead/Dawn of the Dead/Day of the Dead)...the original was the best of the three and the re-make makes the original look cheap and unimaginative. More along the lines of '28 Days Later' (highly recommended) with the dead becoming more fluid and intelligent, 'Dawn of the Dead 2004' is pure adrenaline from start to finish. The director's cut is surely going to be blood curdling....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Move

    I loved this movie it was just the bst movie that I ever saw. I saw it on the big screen and it was just so horrfying and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dawn of the Dead

    What a movie! I am a big fan of zombies movies and this is by far the best of them. See it as soon as deadly possible for it will surely have you thinking what if? you will be scare out of your skin. Please let them film Day of the dead. What else can u ask for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good remake

    Thiswas the first film that I ever went to in theatres and hyperventilated, I mean parts of it were so well played out and built up just the right amount of suspense, you can't help but be scaried. In his feature debut, Zack Synder take the old zombie horror genre and breathes new life into for the new millenium, with this remake of the George Romero cult favorite of 1979. In the film, A group of the last remaining human beings find refuge in a shopping mall, nut soon realize that envetually, they wil have to leave. With a great cast and speical make up effects that will make your head explode (literally), this DVD will make a great edition to your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it was great!

    lots of people hate this movie because it was nothing like the original. but who cares. the original is still here. anyway I loved this movie. besides this movie had alot of what the fisrt had. humor, horror, drama, and a mall. yes it is very different from the first, but it still brings the entertaining suspense. if you liked the first then you should check this flick out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must see film for schools around the globe!!!

    This movie most accurately describes what it will be like during the coming zombie uprising. It is a must see for everyone who would like to survive longer than the first 24 hours. After seeing this movie everyone should read the Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. It goes into more accurate detail what we can do to survive the uprising. good luck everyone and I'll see you in the new world.

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