Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead

Director: Zack Snyder Cast: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber
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DVD (Director's Cut / Wide Screen / Uncensored)

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Dawn of the Dead

For those who thought director Zack Snyder's remake of George A. Romero's zombie classic packed an impressive punch in theaters, Universal Home Video's DVD release of the unrated director's cut provides even more bloody fun -- in addition to offering some impressive bonus materials that actually serve to enhance the viewing experience. Lovingly presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release of Dawn of the Dead looks fantastic. Not only does the presentation feature colors that are as bold as they are vivid, but it also offers great skin tones, shows little to no signs of edge enhancement, and delivers pitch-black darkness in the nighttime scenes. Dawn of the Dead is a very high-contrast film, and Universal has done a terrific job in faithfully preserving its visual presentation on the small screen. The Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix likewise does an effective job in keeping viewers ill at ease by means of punchy music cues and eerie directional effects. Additional footage that didn't appear in the theatrical release covers everything from more graphic zombie mayhem to some revealing and endearing character development. Even with such a hearty visual presentation, the reason most viewers will be purchasing this disc is for the generous bonus materials -- and they're not likely to be disappointed. Unlike the sometimes superfluous extras on most over-bloated special edition DVDs, Dawn of the Dead offers some bonus materials that truly draw the viewer in to the experience of the film. "The Lost Tape" of gun store owner Andy (Bruce Bohne) offers a videotaped document of the one of the more appealing but justifiably underdeveloped characters in the film, while "Special Report: Zombie Invasion" offers a faux newscast which covers the epidemic from the first reports to the moment when broadcast television gives way to the Emergency Broadcast System. If the 12-plus minutes of deleted scenes aren't necessarily the "pulse-pounding scenes too terrifying for the final theatrical release!" that the packaging promises, they do offer a few nice scares and some great character development in addition to showing, through the optional commentary, that Snyder has a keen eye for pacing. For those interested in special makeup effects, this release offers a trio of unrated exclusives that are both revealing and informative. "Raising the Dead" finds special makeup effects designer David Leroy Anderson and other filmmakers discussing the process of creating the frightful zombies, and while "Attack of the Living Dead" may give the impression that it's little more than a zombie-kill montage, it's actually a detailed study of the special effects behind six of the film's most impressive visuals. If viewers are at all curious how the filmmakers get those zombie noggins popping, they need look no further than "Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of Exploding Heads," in which Anderson, Snyder, and crew reveal how they make the head-shots so convincing. A commentary track by Snyder and producer Eric Newman is also involving and entertaining, showcasing not only the director's dedication to the project and sense of humor, but also his love for the original Dawn of the Dead. The two interact playfully throughout the lively track, and in addition to making light of the typical horror logic presented in some points of the film, they also point out scenes that were extended or added to the DVD release and expand on why they think the scenes add to the overall impact of the film. DVD-ROM materials are also accessible.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2004
UPC: 0025192581922
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 13,283

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of Exploding Heads" -- The gory details of how the filmmakers make the head-kills in the film look so believable; plus designs, test models, and final weapons used by the actors; "Attack of the Living Dead" -- An up-close look at the film's most memorable zombie kills; "Raising the Dead" -- From early concept to final effects: turning the actors into undead killers; The Lost Tape: Over 15 minutes of terrifying footage revealed -- Chilling images from a recovered "home movie" document Andy's last horrific days as he battles zombie hordes outside his gun shop; "Special Report: Zombie Invasion" -- Startling news coverage includes panicked updates from the White House and scientific experts as the nation is thrown into chaos; Over 12 minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary from director Zack Snyder; Feature commentary from director Zack Snyder and producer Eric Newman

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
Lindy Booth Nicole
Boyd Banks Tucker
Jayne Eastwood Norma
Inna Korobkina Luda
R.D. Reid Glen
Kim Poirier Monica
Matt Frewer Frank
Hannah Lochner Vivian
Jacob Adams Actor

Technical Credits
Zack Snyder Director
Marc Abraham Executive 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
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard P. Rubinstein Producer
Steve Shewchuk Set Decoration/Design
John J. Thomson Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Nice Day [4:29]
2. Lock All Doors [6:08]
3. Main Titles [2:37]
4. Refuge [6:26]
5. Intruders [3:44]
6. CJ's Turf [3:08]
7. S.O.S. [6:31]
8. No More Room [9:20]
9. New Arrivals [5:07]
10. Kill Tucker, Too [8:53]
11. Sickness Rising [5:05]
12. Blackout [7:12]
13. Family Man [6:34]
14. Taking Action [4:53]
15. Saving Andy [3:57]
16. Nicole's Rescue [5:48]
17. Run! [3:23]
18. Escape [6:19]
19. Valor [4:48]
20. End Titles/Hope [4:35]

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4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie over spring break and LOVED IT! Ever since that day i would check every week to see when it would come out. If you like any horror movie than you will love this one!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awesome! It has scary parts, funny parts, and very gory parts. Very entertaining and fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie is worth the watch. Very suspenseful and entertaining. Face it, running zombies are more scarrier than walking zombies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was surprised at just how good this movie was! The first 20 minutes are SCARY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie took you on a wild ride from the very beginning. The action was fast paced with just the right amount of humor. Eagerly awaiting the release on DVD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.