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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To eager fans, it may have seemed as if this massive, four-disc Dawn of the Dead DVD set staggered to its inevitable release date like one of the lifeless walking dead itself, but thanks to the genre-friendly folks at Anchor Bay Home Entertainment, it was certainly worth the wait. Offering no less than three versions of George A. Romero's seminal zombie classicSee more details below

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To eager fans, it may have seemed as if this massive, four-disc Dawn of the Dead DVD set staggered to its inevitable release date like one of the lifeless walking dead itself, but thanks to the genre-friendly folks at Anchor Bay Home Entertainment, it was certainly worth the wait. Offering no less than three versions of George A. Romero's seminal zombie classic as well as numerous bonus materials and a fourth disc featuring two feature-length documentaries on the making of the film, this release is an absolute must-have for any true Dawn of the Dead fan. Whether you chose to view the "U.S. Theatrical Version," the "Extended Version," or the new-to-U.S. shores "European Version" (supervised by Italian horror legend Dario Argento), each version of the feature presentation is near flawless. Colors are bold and vibrant on all three versions, with virtually no edge enhancement or digital artifacting marring the remarkably clean presentation. Simply stated, this is as good as Dawn of the Dead has looked outside of its original theatrical run. An abundance of audio options are sure to please audiophiles who know that their Goblin is best served loud, and though the extended version only offers audio in original Mono, both the U.S. Theatrical cut and European Versions feature Dolby Digital 5.1 audio that is evenly mixed and truly satisfying (those versions also offer great Dolby Digital Surround and Mono mixes). Bonus materials are spread out over the four discs, with each version also containing a unique commentary track specific to that particular version. Those who have seen Anchor Bay's previous "Divimax" release of the U.S. Theatrical Version will no doubt be familiar with the commentary track featuring Romero, Tom Savini, and assistant director Chris Romero; though the track is both informative and entertaining, those who have heard it will likely move quickly to the other two tracks. Extended Version commentary with producer Richard P. Rubinstein is absolutely fascinating from a business perspective, and though the outspoken producer actually seems to take a few digs at Romero in the later portion of the commentary, he is overall very engaging and -- at times -- surprisingly revealing. As interesting as the aforementioned commentaries are, however, the crown jewel here is surely the track accompanying the European Version featuring stars David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, and Gaylen Ross. Words simply can't describe how much fun it is to listen to the quartet as they lively recall their endless nights of shooting, and in addition to discussing some of the differences between the European and U.S. cuts of the film, their amusing anecdotes are consistently captivating and their enthusiasm infectious. Though it would have been nice to hear Argento talk about the changes he implemented in the European Version, in all fairness the director is notoriously shy about audio commentaries, and the fantastic job done by Emge, Foree, Reiniger, and Ross makes the slight omission go down easy enough to not leave a bitter taste. The disc containing the U.S. Theatrical cut features the same bonus materials as the previous "Divimax" release, with a variety of European trailers and television spots gracing the European Version disc, and various advertising materials, artwork, and production materials generously spread across the European and Extended Version discs -- not to mention a memorable television spot for the Monroeville Mall. Of course, die-hard fans eager to dive headlong into the "documentaries" disc will be pleased to note the inclusion of not only a brand-new, feature-length retrospective documentary which offers numerous interviews with cast and crew members, but also filmmaker Roy Frumkes' fantastic Document of the Dead -- an amazing look behind the scenes of Dawn of the Dead that was actually shot during the production of the feature. When fans are finished viewing zombie extra Robert Langer's remarkable behind-the-scenes Super-8 footage, they can take a stroll through the Monroeville Mall with none other than Dawn of the Dead star Ken Foree himself! Aside from the obvious omission of Argento on the European Version commentary, it's truly hard to comprehend a more definitive release of Dawn of the Dead.

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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:
09/07/2004
UPC:
0013131216790
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sales rank:
85,409

Special Features

Closed Caption; U.S. Theatrical Version:; Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs ; Audio commentary with writer/director George A. Romero, makeup effects creator Tom Savini, and assistant director Chris Romero (moderated by DVD producer Perry Martin); Theatrical trailers; TV spots; Radio spots; Poster & advertising gallery; George A. Romero bio; Comic book preview; Presented in 5.1 DTS Surround Sound, 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, 2.0 Dolby Surround, and original Mono; ; Extended Version:; Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs ; Audio commentary with producer Richard P. Rubinstein (moderated by DVD producer Perry Martin); Monroeville Mall commercial; Behind-the-scenes photo gallery; Memorabilia gallery; Production stills; Presented in original Mono; ; European Version:; Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs ; Audio commentary with actors David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, and Gaylen Ross; International theatrical trailers; U.K. TV spots; International lobby card gallery; International poster & advertising gallery; International pressbook gallery; Home video & soundtrack artwork; Dario Argento bio; Presented in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, 2.0 Dolby Surround, and original Mono; ; Documentaries:; "The Dead Will Walk": An all-new documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew members Claudio Argento, Dario Argento, Pat Buba, Tony Buba, Zilla Clinton, David Crawford, David Early, David Emge, Ken Foree, Michael Gornick, John Harrison, Clayton Hill, Sharon Ceccatti-Hill, Jim Krut, Leonard Lies, Scott H. Reiniger, Chris Romero, George A. Romero, Gaylen Ross, Tom Savini, and Claudio Simonetti; "Roy Frumkes' Document of the Dead": The original documentary filmed during the making of Dawn of the Dead by filmmaker Roy Frumkes ; On-set home movies with audio commentary from zombie extra Robert Langer; Monroeville Mall tour with actor Ken Foree

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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 -- Dawn of the Dead - U.S. Theatrical Version
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]
Side #2 -- Dawn of the Dead - Extended Version
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]
Side #3 -- Dawn of the Dead - European Version
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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