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BIG BROTHER gets a NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD makeover in horror spin-off DEAD SET. The action takes place during a fictional series of the reality TV show, with stories unfolding both on camera in the 'house' and with the staff behind the scenes. When a zombie outbreak occurs the contestants are blissfully unaware inside their secure little bubble, a bubble which soon becomes a fortress when outsiders seek refuge from the walking undead. Inevitably, the infection spreads into the 'house', turning the popularity contest into a scene of carnage, with cast and crew uniting to escape the ultimate 'eviction'.

Product Details

  • Actors: Chizzy Akudolu, Shelley Conn, Raj Ghatak, Jennifer Aries, Cavan Clerkin
  • Format: Import, NTSC, Widescreen, Anamorphic
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047S1KMS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By RG69 VINE VOICE on December 30, 2009
Format: DVD
I will never understand the U.S. dvd market. The U.K. has the best releases, whether it is Laurel and Hardy, Creepshow, The Hammer Films, Psycho, etc. There has been so many things not released, or half assed by the studios I had to purchase a region free dvd player just to get the films and sets I wanted. Dead Set is a great zombie mini series. Running time is 2 1/2 hours long, though it could have really been fleshed out even more. The short form of the story has the contestants of the Big Brother reality show locked away in their house while the world falls into chaos very quickly as the dead begin to rise. By the time the contestants realize what is going on, it is too late. They are trapped while the world falls down around them. Terrific British zombie tale and hopefully since it was mentioned in EW by Stephen King, it may get enough buzz to get it released over here. Decent zombie makeup and good gore. Camera is very quick when the zombies attack, and the zombies are the running versions. Great dvd.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MrLoki on November 17, 2009
Format: DVD
While we in the US load up on VH1 celebreality, the Brits make a great zombie mini series. Once again, corporate America complains about the internet, yet they don't make it available in the US. If you liked Dawn Of The Dead 2004/28 days etc, you should "seek" this one out. Very enjoyable story of an outbreak on the set of Big Brother.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Vassilios Vassiliadis on November 16, 2009
Format: DVD
This isn't a review so I apologize in advance however; this is a plead to bring this title to the US because it is easily one of the most underrated zombie films of the decade...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Tresca VINE VOICE on November 29, 2010
It's easy to be jaded about zombie movies. After all, there's very little that hasn't already been done - slow zombies, fast ones, zombies that represent the dirty masses. You name it, Romero has produced it. Zombies have become old hat.

But then there's Dead Set.

Dead Set is nominally about the British version of Big Brother, which spawned the version here in the States. Dead Set's portrayal of the ugly world of reality television is the world we already think we know - jaded, cynical, and pedestrian. Dead Set's reality is sadly not that much of a surprise.

What is a surprise is how viscerally nasty Dead Set becomes when the zombies show up. Most zombie tales are less about the zombies and more about the survivors, and Dead Set is no exception. What better place to hole up than the Big Brother house, dedicated to feeding and sheltering a bunch of narcissistic reality parasites?

There are no likable characters in Dead Set. In fact, the characters work hard to outdo each other by being as unlikable as possible, because in the new reality of the zombie apocalypse, unlikable people survive. Utterly amoral producer (Andy Nyman) barks commands at minion Kelly (Jaime Winstone), the closest thing we have to a protagonist. The rest of the contestants are stereotypes: the ditzy one, the loose one, the dumb jock, the spoiled one...we've seen every one of these sordid tropes on display since the dawn of reality shows. And they are all here to die.

Director Yann Demange has fun with this reality show within a reality show. Are you disgusted more by the cruelty of reality television or by zombies? Are the masses of angry fans that much different from brain-hungry reanimated corpses? And if you're watching...does that make you one of them?
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A terrific sick joke--"Dead Set" has finally arrived on U.S. soil. It begs the question of what took so long? I caught wind of this unique entry into zombie lore a couple of years ago and have been awaiting its arrival in America ever since. Still not slated for a DVD release (as of 11/3/10--why, please?), the five action packed episodes were finally brought to light on this side of the pond in a televised broadcast by IFC. This British miniseries is an inspired combination, to be sure, pitting the mind numbing shallowness of reality television against the single minded voraciousness of the flesh eating undead. A greater concept simply could not have been devised, but that the idea was brought to fruition successfully is a big cheers to everyone involved.

"Dead Set," for all its satirical pleasures, also offers nicely built tension and well done gore. Set in the "Big Brother" studio on a live eviction night no less--things begin to go haywire when unexpected guests start to show up. And in the immortal words of "Entertainment Weekly"--"Best. Eviction. Episode. Ever." The "Big Brother" house is populated by the expected character archetypes that pass for reality show contestants, but they are blissfully unaware of the carnage surrounding them. After the initial mayhem, several live people outside the house are still kicking away as well. There is the show's outspoken producer ("Dead Set's" most delightfully overwrought performance!), a plucky production assistant, and the P.A.'s boyfriend who is attempting to get to the studio. Soon all survivors must band together for a final confrontation.

The episodes of "Dead Set" (especially 2-5) are fast and furious fun.
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