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Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

4.4 17
Director: George A. Romero

Cast: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato


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Despite Anchor Bay's dwindling reputation following the Opera fiasco and some major color timing problems with their much-touted 25th Anniversary Edition of Halloween, fans awaiting a definitive version of George A. Romero's third entry into the living dead trilogy may be slightly irritated to learn that Anchor Bay apparently has still not worked out the


Despite Anchor Bay's dwindling reputation following the Opera fiasco and some major color timing problems with their much-touted 25th Anniversary Edition of Halloween, fans awaiting a definitive version of George A. Romero's third entry into the living dead trilogy may be slightly irritated to learn that Anchor Bay apparently has still not worked out the bugs in their DVD mastering system - and though on the surface this disc appears to be flawless in terms of both video and audio presentation, much of the dialogue has unfortunately been replaced with an alternate dub that plays down much of the film's shocking profanity. Fortunately, Anchor Bay has seen fit to pack this disc with some truly irresistible extras. The film itself, presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and processed using the relatively new Disimax procedure, is in pristine condition with colors well balanced and solid blacks well represented in the film's endless underground corridors. Likewise, the DTS ES and Dolby Digital EX soundtracks make impressive use of the film's audio with faraway moans and the sounds of dripping water underground literally placing the viewer in the claustrophobic underground compound in which the protagonists struggle to survive. The newly remastered image, combined with the amazing use of audio really bring new life to the film and is a major improvement over Anchor Bay's previous release of this title. As impressive as the presentation of the film itself, it's the extras that truly bring this disc to life. A commentary track featuring Romero, producer David Ball, special effects artists Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero, production designer Cletus Anderson, assistant director Chris Romero, and actors Lori Cardille, Joe Pilato and Howard Sherman may not be as technically insightful as one may hope, though it is nice to hear many key contributors reunited and reminiscing about the trying production. Likewise, a commentary track by writer/director and all around Day of the Dead fanatic Roger Avery is entertaining for a few juicy bits of background, but ultimately takes the back seat to the commentary of those who were there firsthand. A 39 minute featurette revisiting the original, far more epic first draft of the script, discussing the knee jerk hostility with which the film was originally greeted at the box office and revealing some remarkable secrets from make-up effects master Savini "The Many Days of Day of the Dead" is an indispensable companion piece to the film that any fan should see. An addition featurette entitled "Day of the Dead: Behind the Scenes" offers a more detailed look at the creative make-up effects courtesy of video footage shot on set, and a promotional video for the Wampum Mine facility in which the film was shot provides an insightful look into the stunning location used for shooting the film. An audio interview in which actor Richard Liberty (Dr. Logan) warmly recalls his days shooting with Romero will also please fans despite the sad footnote that Liberty would succumb to a heart attack mere months after the interview was recorded. Theatrical trailers and TV Spots offer an exciting glimpse into the advertising campaign, and seven still galleries provide insight into everything from some amazing promotional materials to standard continuity stills. A biography for director Romero as well as DVD-ROM access to the original script and production notes are sure to make for interesting reading, and a companion booklet offers a revisionist look at the film far removed from the initial hostility with which it was greeted upon original release.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
It doesn't quite live up to the legacy of its predecessors, but Day of the Dead is still a wild ride with equal shots of drive-in cheese and horror flick gore. This third and final entry in George Romero's low-budget zombie series (after Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead) finds the world overrun by Romero's rigid-limbed posse of the posthumous, who now outnumber the living by 400,000 to 1. A surviving military science unit in Florida continues its studies on zombies to figure out how to either control or stop them. The team members are constantly at odds over the issue of military might vs. scientific right: While the army marches in lockstep behind the hotheaded tyrant Capt. Rhodes (Joesph Pilato), the scientists are disorganized, with feisty Sarah (Lori Cardille) battling both Rhodes and Dr. Logan (Richard Liberty), a.k.a. "Frankenstein," who tinkers with captive flesh eaters, domesticating one creature (Howard Sherman), and dubbing him Bub (a sentimental touch that, in a Romero movie, can only foreshadow ironies yet to come). Once the opposing sides have finished yelling and tension is raised to a fever pitch -- which is pretty far into the movie -- everything thankfully devolves into a zombie attack of gooey proportions. This is when the movie finally does the series justice. The bloody "no way out" scenario is a blast of a climax; the carnage is gleeful, and Tom Savini's makeup effects have only grown uglier since '78's Dawn of the Dead. In due course, Day of the Dead rounds out the trilogy, though it is best appreciated when watched after the previous two films -- and maybe with some lights on.
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The last, to date at least, of George Romero's living dead films is in many respects the least interesting, although it's not for a lack of ambition. Set in a claustrophobic underground missile silo long after the zombies have taken over the surface, it populates its creepy milieu with two competing factions: soldiers and scientists. One party seeks a logical solution to the zombie problem, even going so far as to attempt to domesticate a soulful-looking walking corpse. The other seeks only survival. The most blatantly allegorical of the Dead films, it's also the muddiest and least resonant, with its attempt to connect its story to Reagan-era America coming off as too self-conscious when compared to its predecessors. Too talky by far, it comes alive in a gory finale, and while still memorable than most horror films, Romero fans have come to expect more from the director and his signature series.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround EX]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TV's; Audio commentary with writer/director George A. Romero,; special make-up effects artist Tom Savini, production designer Cletus Anderson, and actress Lori Cardille; Audio commentary with filmmaker Roger Avery; The many days of Day of the Dead - An all-new 39 minute documentary featuring interviews with writer/director George A. Romero, producer David Ball, special make-up effects artists Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero, production designer Cletus Anderson, assistant director Chris Romero and actors Lori Cadille, Joe Pilato, and Howard Sherman; Day of the Dead: Behind the Scenes - 31 minutes of production footage from special make-up effects artist Tom Savini; Audio interview with actor Richard Liberty; Wampum Mine promotional video; Theatrical trailers; Production stills; Behind-the-scenes photos; Posters & advertising art; Gallery of memorabilia; Zombie make-up photo gallery; Continuity stills gallery; George Romero bio; DVD-ROM: Original screenplay & production memos

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lori Cardille Sarah
Terry Alexander John
Joseph Pilato Capt. Rhodes
Jarleth Conroy McDermott
Antone DiLeo Miguel
Richard Liberty Dr. Logan
Howard Sherman Bub
Gary Klar Steel
Ralph Marrero Rickles
John Amplas Fisher
Phillip G. Kellams Miller
Taso N. Stavrakis Torrez
Gregory Nicotero Johnson
R.H. Martin Actor
Don Brockett Featured Zombie
William Cameron Featured Zombie
Deborah Carter Featured Zombie
Winnie Flynn Featured Zombie
Debra Gordon Featured Zombie
Jeff Hogan Featured Zombie
Barbara Holmes Featured Zombie
David Kindlon Featured Zombie
Bruce Kirkpatrick Featured Zombie
William Andrew Laczko Featured Zombie
Susan Martinelli Featured Zombie
Kim Maxwell Featured Zombie
Barbara Russell Featured Zombie
Gene A. Saraceni Featured Zombie
John Schwartz Featured Zombie
Mark Tierno Featured Zombie
Michael Trcic Featured Zombie
John Vulich Featured Zombie
George A. Romero Zombie with Scarf (uncredited)

Technical Credits
George A. Romero Director,Screenwriter
Cletus Anderson Production Designer
Barbara Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
David Ball Co-producer
Pasquale A. Buba Editor
Christine Forrest Casting
Michael Gornick Cinematographer
John Harrison Score Composer
Salah M. Hassanein Executive Producer
Jeannee Josefczyk Makeup
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Mark Mann Special Effects
Bruce A. Miller Art Director
Jan Pascale Set Decoration/Design
Bonnie Priore Makeup
Richard P. Rubinstein Producer
Tom Savini Makeup Special Effects
Taso N. Stavrakis Stunts
Natalka Voslakov Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature Presentation
1. Main Titles [4:49]
2. Consider the Alternatives [4:52]
3. Neanderthals [7:13]
4. Lab Rats [4:56]
5. Domestic Animals [5:02]
6. Soldiers [5:19]
7. A Little More Time [4:58]
8. Breakup [3:56]
9. "You Ain't Never Gonna Figure It Out" [6:36]
10. Good Little Girls and Boys [5:25]
11. Breakthrough [4:19]
12. Accident [7:12]
13. Reward [7:06]
14. Things Fall Apart [4:52]
15. The Center Cannot Hold [4:23]
16. This Is My Body [3:23]
17. To the Last Man [6:00]
18. Day of the Dead [7:10]
19. End Credits [3:00]


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Day of the Dead 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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i thought that day of the dead was a great film as are all of romeros films the story was great as well as the acting and the special effects had to be the best part apart from the great story line and acting and the way it ends is just perfect
Guest More than 1 year ago
just like Dawn, this movie was a perfect sequel in my opinion. this movie is definatly worth a buy or rent. in night you see the battle begin as the living battle and discover the living dead, in dawn the undead are winning the battle and humanity starts to panic and flee, and finally in day the humans have lost. this movie is definatly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George A Romero's Day of the Dead is the 3rd installment for Night of the Living Dead. The movie is bloody with Tom Savini's special effects and effective. Then there is Romero's new zombie flick Land of the Dead, I can wait to see that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Day of the Dead is my favorite out of the three ''Living Dead'' titles. I think people tend to think it as the least of the trilogy because it adds some intelligence and seriousness (although a movie with a zombie named Bub can't be that serious) to a film that many people thought would just be a gore splatterfest whatever a-thon '85. Howard Sherman/Sherman Howard is excellent as the lovable Bub zombie and Richard Liberty gives a great performance as the nurturing but insane Dr. Logan. The extras on this DVD are excellent and worth checking out as well. Buy Day of the Dead on DVD today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Day of the Dead is my personal favorite zombie film of all time. While the cast isn't as likeable as some may wish, it is the zombies who are the stars in this film. Everyone who watches this film immediatly empathises with Bub who, it seems, is beginning to remember items, tasks and what not from his life. I was thrilled most of all that the prosthetic makeup advanced enough in the 80's to give us decent looking zombies - unlike Dawn of the Dead whose zombies were just a little blue in the face. If you are a fan of gore you will love one of the final shots in the film, it is truly superb. The soundtrack is also great and classic 80's synthesizer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The gore alone in this movie is worth the price of a rental. The acting was great, but i do think that Gary Howard Klar (Steel) over acted just a tad bit. I understand that he was going alittle insane, but why would everyone be having fun when there world has turned into hell. Josef Pilato (Captain Rhodes) pulled of a terrific performace as the pric captain of the (going insane) soldiers. A excelent move that should be appreciated for than it is. If you are not a big fan of dramas, you might have the wrong movie, but SEE IT FOR THE GORE
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not the weakest of the original zombie trilogy from George Romero. I think this is the strongest entry yet. The zombies come off as ''realistic'' due to incredible make-up. Light years from the pasty green Dawn zombies. The acting is alright, too. I liked Sarah's dreams because they were both disgusting and surreal. It's the ''talkiest'' film, but the banter adds to the overall creepiness of the situation. I love the trilogy and await a new Romero entry. I just think Day of the Dead is the most haunting and eerie of them all. A true classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those movies that will make horror film fans go crazy. It's gory and the special effects are realistic. This will add to the living Dead series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the goriest of the series, not the best but the gore is unrelenting. Your either going to totally hate this movie or love it. Dr. Frankenstein rle looks like an older version Vince Neil from Motley Crue, lol.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Day of the Dead was a great movie, the gore effects made me appriciate the movie with a respect like no other. The famous (SPOLIERS) ripped in half scene was great ''CHOKE ON EM!'' Howard Sherman's role of the loveable zombie ''Bub'' was my faveorite role next to the brandy swiggin' ''McDermott''. Anyway this is a good movie for everyone to buy and enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this third installment of George A. Romero's "Living Dead" series, a group of scientists and soldiers seem to be the final remaining living humans in the world, and they must keep from killing each other as they try to find a way to stop the zombie hordes. This is a superb horror film, filled with blood, swearing, and did I mention blood? Highly recommended!
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Of all the films, this one is arguably the weakest. But that's predominently because the original script was much stronger. A forced reduction in budget caused the film to be more coherent, but with a serious reduction in cast and scope. Still, the only two serious flaws in this film that I can see are that every woman in the script (Except for Sarah, who was a combination of two people) were written out, and the soldiers were wasted without being given a chance to have any real personality. I particularly find the stuff with Migeul to be quite good. One of the things I'd say weakened it was that Sarah should have tried to hit Rhodes or shoot him or something. Still, for an intense horror film, or a psycho-sociological study on isolation and stress, this film is quite useful.