Dawn of the Dead Ultimate Edition

Dawn of the Dead Ultimate Edition

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Director: George A. Romero

Cast: George A. Romero, Scott Reiniger, Ken Foree, David Emge

     
 

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Just when there's no more room in you're DVD collection, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release yet another version of George A. Romero's zombie classic Dawn of the Dead. Filtering into stores just in time to cash in on the much-ballyhooed, big-budget remake, this release seems little more than a precursor to Anchor Bay's heavily touted three-disc SpecialSee more details below

Overview

Just when there's no more room in you're DVD collection, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release yet another version of George A. Romero's zombie classic Dawn of the Dead. Filtering into stores just in time to cash in on the much-ballyhooed, big-budget remake, this release seems little more than a precursor to Anchor Bay's heavily touted three-disc Special Edition -- set for release in the fall of 2004. Mastered in the high-definition Divimax process and letterboxed at the correct theatrical exhibition aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (previous releases were often matted and released in 1.66:1), the image as presented on this release is the best that Dawn of the Dead has ever looked on home video. In addition to the corrected aspect ratio, the remarkably clean image sports solid, vibrant colors, even skin tones (for the living), and no evidence of edge-enhancement. As for audio, Anchor Bay has seen fit to include a multitude of choices that should please both purists and those looking to push the limits of their home theater systems. In addition to an effective mix in the original Mono, mixes in DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Surround expand the terror by surrounding viewers with the blood-chilling moans of the undead. Of course, the audio feature that most viewers will jump for is the commentary track, featuring director Romero, makeup effects artist Tom Savini, and assistant director Chris Romero -- and moderated by Perry Martin. It's great to hear Romero comment on the origins of the story and the events that set the sequel into motion, and the enthusiasm of Savini when Romero told him to start thinking of various inventive ways to kill people is palpable. With virtually no dead air, the commentary is both entertaining and informative. Outside of the commentary track, the extras are fairly standard -- a seeming warm-up for the massive Special Edition that lies ahead. A pair of theatrical trailers are in top condition, as are a trio of television spots -- and with no less than nine radio spots, fans will no doubt get the gist of the advertising campaign that ushered audiences into theaters. A poster and advertising gallery offers various posters, newspaper clippings, and black-and-white stills for the film, and a deeply informative biography explores Romero's motivations as a filmmaker while scrutinizing his macabre body of work. Rounding things out is a somewhat disappointing preview of the upcoming comic-book adaptation. Overall, you have a pretty tantalizing release that would be a great addition to the old DVD collection -- until that massive Special Edition blows this one out of the water, that is.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
One of the most successful independent films ever made -- as well as one of the bloodiest -- this first sequel to Night of the Living Dead couches its splattery goings-on in the context of a satire on pop consumerism. A handful of humans are trapped in a shopping mall filled with flesh-eating zombies who look for all the world like the regular blissed-out customers. Tom Savini's effects are brilliantly and disgustingly realized, with screwdrivers in the head, chunks of flesh bitten from necks, scalps lopped off with helicopter blades, and so on, but this is really more of an action movie than either horror or satire, resembling a particularly gory version of Rio Bravo more than it does its predecessor. Romero fills the film with soldiers, bikers, and other action-movie stalwarts, prefiguring his more obscure genre melding in Knightriders (1981). A tour-de-force of action, gore and wit, Dawn of the Dead is exciting filmmaking, but is not for the squeamish.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
UPC:
0013131216394
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:07:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Audio commentary with writer/director George A. Romero, special makeup effects artist Tom Savini, and assistant director Chris Romero; Moderated by Perry Martin; Theatrical trailers; TV spots; Radio spots; Poster & advertising gallery; George A. Romero bio; Comic book preview

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Scott Reiniger Roger
Ken Foree Peter
David Emge Stephen
Gaylen Ross Francine
Tom Savini Motorcycle Raider
James A. Baffico Wooley
Fred Baker Commander
Pasquale A. Buba Motorcycle Raider
Pan Chatfield Lead Zombie
Jim Christopher Lead Zombie
Jese del Gre Old Priest
Dave Crawford Dr. Foster
David Earle Mr. Berman
Richard France Scientist
Howard K. Smith TV Commentator
Daniel Dietrich Givens
Rod Stouffer Young Officer on Roof
Clayton McKinnon Officer in Project Apt
John Rice Officer in Project Apt
Ted Bank Officer at Police Dock
Randy Kovitz Officer at Police Dock
Patrick McCloskey Officer at Police Dock
Tony Buba Motorcycle Raider
Taso N. Stavrakis Motorcycle Raider
Sharon Ceccatti Lead Zombie
Jay Stover Lead Zombie
Christine Forrest TV Producer (uncredited)
John Harrison Screwdriver Zombie
George A. Romero TV Director
Marty Schiff Motorcycle Raider
Scott H. Reinger Actor

Technical Credits
George A. Romero Director,Editor,Screenwriter
John Amplas Casting
Claudio Argento Associate Producer
Dario Argento Score Composer
Tony Buba Sound/Sound Designer
Josie Caruso Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Kenneth Davidow Editor
Christine Forrest Asst. Director
Goblin Score Composer
Michael Gornick Cinematographer
Richard P. Rubinstein Producer
Tom Savini Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
Donna Siegal Producer
Taso N. Stavrakis Stunts

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Breakdown (Main Titles) [5:44]
2. Ghetto Holocaust [5:23]
3. Slaughter of the Living Dead [5:17]
4. Getting Out [4:23]
5. The Airport [5:18]
6. Running on Empty [1:04]
7. Refuge [4:48]
8. Mall of Monsters [4:49]
9. Shopping Spree [5:33]
10. Don't Open the Door [9:22]
11. Home, Hellish Home [3:10]
12. Pure Motorized Instinct [3:45]
13. Hauling Ass [10:18]
14. Guns, Glory and Gore [3:41]
15. No Backing Out [6:18]
16. Cleaning House [6:42]
17. When There's No More Room in Hell [6:11]
18. Life as Usual [7:29]
19. The Invaders [7:44]
20. Say Goodbye, Creeps! [7:06]
21. Feast of the Dead [3:52]
22. Friend No More [2:09]
23. Escape to Nowhere [4:44]
24. End Credits [1:56]

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