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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 ...
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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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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • UPC: 013131216790
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Format: DVD

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
David 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
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, 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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Menu

Side #1 -- Dawn of the Dead - U.S. Theatrical Version
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Trailers
         U.S. Trailer #1
         U.S. Trailer #2
      TV Spots
         Spot #1
         Spot #2
         Spot #3
      Radio Spots
         Spot #1 (:60)
         Spot #2 (:60)
         Spot #3 (:60)
         Spot #4 (:30)
         Spot #5 (:30)
         Spot #6 (:30)
         Spot #7 (:30)
         Spot #8 (:30)
         Spot #9 (:30)
      Commentary
         Dolby Digital 5.1
         DTS
         Dolby Surround 2.0
         Mono
         Commentary With Writer/Director George A. Romero, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini and Assistant Director Chris Romero. Moderated By Perry Martin
         Play
      Poster & Advertising Gallery
      George A. Romero Bio
      Comic Book Preview
   Audio Setup
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      DTS
      Dolby Surround 2.0
      Mono
      Commentary With Writer/Director George A. Romero, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini and Assistant Director Chris Romero. Moderated By Perry Martin
      Play
   Play
Side #2 -- Dawn of the Dead - Extended Version
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Commentary
         Commentary With Producer Richard P. Rubinstein Moderated By Perry Martin: On
         Commentary With Producer Richard P. Rubinstein Moderated By Perry Martin: Off
         Play
      Monroeville Mall Commercial
      Still Galleries
         Production Stills
         Behind-the-Scenes
         Memorabilia
   Play
Side #3 -- Dawn of the Dead - European Version
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Trailers
         Italian Trailer (3:43)
         German Trailer #1 (1:01)
         German Trailer #2 (3:37)
      TV Spots
         U.K. Spot #1 (:30)
         U.K. Spot #2 (:60)
      Commentary
         Dolby Digital 5.1
         Dolby Surround 2.0
         Mono
         Commentary With Stars David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger and Gaylen Ross
         Play
      Poster & Still Galleries
         Posters
         Lobby Cards
         Pressbooks
         Soundtracks
         Video Covers
      Dario Argento Bio
   Audio Setup
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      Dolby Surround 2.0
      Mono
      Commentary With Stars David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger and Gaylen Ross
      Play
   Play
Side #4 -- Dawn of the Dead - Documentaries
   The Dead Will Walk (75 mins.)
   Roy Frumkes' Document of the Dead (92 mins.)
   On-Set Home Movies (13 mins.)
   Monroeville Mall Tour (12 mins.)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ultimate Reality Concept

    I first saw this film around 1980. I was age 12, and a friend of mine smuggled me into a midnight showing, skirting the age admission rules. I couldn't hear or even see much in a theater full of riotous teens, but I was quietly intrigued by what I saw: a depiction of an armageddon of sorts. It was strangely not until a day or so after 9/11 that I was moved to view the film again. Sitting at home watching a signal-drained TV, straining through screens of snow to glare at emergency broadcast coverage in a state of petrified fear was a direct reminder of the opening moments of Romero's classic. It only reminded me of what a masterwork in the prophecy of social order and dangers of civilization and man's most visceral connection to man this film really was. Watch it again..carefully.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    this movie has it all: laughs, gore galore, jumps, and together it makes the greatest zombie horror film of all time "with the exception of The Evil Dead" this movie is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    for the original film

    I havent got a chance to buy this version, but the Theatrical Divamax edition was cool. If you are a die-hard fan of the Dead series I recommend the Ultimate edition, mostly because you may find the bonus features to be captivating. If you just wanna see the movie, rent it, buy the theatrical version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    must see cult classic

    this movie is what really busted the living dead horor doors wide open romero took a low budget and turned it into a magnificent masterpiece if you dont see this movie then you will be ripped apart by flesh eatring hords of zombies or at least should be

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Zombtastic fun

    This movie has it all. Gore, Violence, Death and Biker Gangs. What more could you ask for in a zombie movie. Perfect

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good Sequal

    This is a cult classic horror movie. George A. Romero is one of my favorite horror directors. The acting wasn't so great, and it seemed to last too long but still very entertaining with some of the coolest special effects i've seen in 70's horror movies. Good sequal, and a great horror film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DOTD

    Just got this in the mail today its a pettery good box set the feature on it was good and did a pettery good job putting it together. But one thing that was a big disappointment is it didn't come with the 156 mins one, witch I thoght was dumb that they didn't add that to this collection. All the Extended Version is, is George A. Remeros Director's Cut that was on VHS (139 Mins). To me they need to stop srewing up on the DOTD DVDs!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a new Dawn for the Zombie fans

    One of the best zombie movies is finally in a 4-disc set. The Dawn of the Dead Ultimate set is a great buy for any George Romero fans. This 4 Disc set in widescreen format contains hours of fun zombie watching. The box is done in black and the inserts were nice. On the first disc you get to see the Dawn of the Dead we saw in theaters. There are also cool commentaries and trailers which I missed the first time it came out. There's some interesting stuff with a gallery thing they had showing a comic preview and some stuff about Romero. There is also some other stuff on the first disc that I didn't get to yet but I will. The second disc has the extended stuff which made it so worth getting the set for me. It's not like seeing a new movie but it was nice. There is some commentary by the producer in this one and some more gallery stuff with prodction stills and etc. The third disc contains the European Version which was shorter than the U.S. version we all saw, or at least the one I saw and loved. At this point of watching the dvd set I was turing into a zombie myself. A happy zombie I point out. The most interesting things on this disc were the UK tv ad for the film and the commentaries. There was some more gallery stuff which I still haven't yet watched because I wanted to save a little something for later. The fourth disc contains featurette Monroeville Mall tour with George Romero on set home movies with commentary from Robert Langer, document of the dead and the dead will walk. The video quality and audio quality throughout this film was amazing. I can't believe they did such a good job with the video tranfer. There are a nice amount of extras to make most fans happy. If you haven't seen this film before you might want to rent it first but not fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dead Come to life again

    Dawn of the Dead Ultimate Edition is a great set that all Romero fans should own. If you are thinking of buying a set get it from barnes and nobles. The 4 disc set contains hours of zombie watching. It has commentaries, images and version from Europe of the film. Revisit you favorite mall once again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best modern horror film ever made. Period.

    While some will give me heck for such a bold statement, I stand by it. As Ernest Hemingway once said of modern literature, 'all modern American literature traces it's origins back to a book by Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn.' I believe the same can be said for contemporary horror movies and Dawn of the Dead. Love it or hate it, the impact of the film cannot be overstated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect sequel

    I love this movie. this movie is perfect. Seeing humanity fall apart is awesome. this movie has comedey, horror, action, and a little bit of drama. What more could you ask for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a horror must-see for any horror buff

    Dawn of the Dead was great. Although it was shot in the 70's, the special effects were great for a movie back then. All I will tell you is that you will never believe the ending...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Never point a gun at anyone, mister...'

    CLASSIC! Romero's apocalyptic vision resonates throughout this awesome film. Great score by the Goblins, too. Check for George's cameo in the TV studio. First review!!! YES!

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