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Dawn of the Dead - U.S. Theatrical Cut (Anniversary Edition) (1979)

David Emge , Ken Foree , George A. Romero  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (734 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Crawford
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Writers: George A. Romero
  • Producers: Alfredo Cuomo, Claudio Argento, Donna Siegel, Richard P. Rubinstein
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (734 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IMCW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,424 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dawn of the Dead - U.S. Theatrical Cut (Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Alternate Scenes From The European Cut "Zombi"
  • Monroeville Mall Commercial Spot

Editorial Reviews

George Romero's 1978 follow-up to his classic Night of the Living Dead is quite terrifying and gory (those zombies do like the taste of living flesh). But in its own way, it is just as comically satiric as the first film in its take on contemporary values. This time, we follow the fortunes of four people who lock themselves inside a shopping mall to get away from the marauding dead and who then immerse themselves in unabashed consumerism, taking what they want from an array of clothing and jewelry shops, making gourmet meals, etc. It is Romero's take on Louis XVI in the modern world: keep the starving masses at bay and crank up the insulated indulgence. Still, this is a horror film when all is said and done, and even some of Romero's best visual jokes (a Hare Krishna turned blue-skinned zombie) can make you sweat

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121 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets. August 21, 2004
Format:DVD
Its about time. What more can we say? Anchor Bay has decided to release its ultimate DVD edition of George A. Romero's epic Zombie film, Dawn of the Dead. Here are the specs.

DISC 1: The origian unrated director's cut. NOT THE EXTENDED EDITION, which is not truly Romero's director's cut. This disc includes commentary with George Romero, Tom Savini, and Chris Romero along with Theatrical trailers and radio spots.

DISC 2: The extended edition, often mistaken for a 'director's cut.' This disc includes an additional 12 minutes of glorious footage. Also includes commentary by producer Richard Rubinstein, who also helmed the recent Dawn of the Dead remake. The disc has a commercial for the Monroville Mall and a memorabilia gallery.

DISC 3: The Dario Argento cut. This version of the film has less humor and more drama, released in Europe with additional music from Goblin. This version includes commentary by all four stars of the film.

DISC 4: This disc contains several documentaries including the all new THE DEAD WALK (75 min) and the classic DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD; a feature-length documentary shot during the making of Dawn of the Dead. This disc also includes home movies from the set and a tour of the Monroeville Mall with actor Ken Foree.

Buy this DVD set, you won't be sorry. Even if you haven't seen the film, for any zombie fan, this is a must own.
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127 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schlock as High Art February 17, 2004
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Zombie movies. Lots of "serious" types look down on them. That's a shame, because some of them are really first-rate films. Dawn of the Dead, the middle film of George Romero's "dead" trilogy, is a case in point. You want zombies, we got your zombies RIGHT HERE! You want blood? Guts? Flesh eating? Oh boy, does Dawn of the Dead ever deliver!
And then it does something really unique - it also delivers drama, engaging characters with realistic delimmas, a smartly crafted story, and a heavy dose of dead-on social satire. And did I mention that it's just flat-out scary as hell, too?
There is one scene in particular, toward the beginning, that still haunts me - twenty some-odd years after I first saw it. The National Guard has been called in to clear a tenament building. In the basement, they find a cage where the dead have been locked away. The simple, unsettling music of Goblin rises on the soundtrack, underscored by a heartbeat-like bass drum. There are the zombies, many in death shrouds, feasting on body parts. Guardsman Peter Washington (Ken Foree) steps into the nightmare with a pistol to dispatch the zombies with bullets to their heads. The whole thing takes on a surreal, hellish texture, like a Bosch painting. Foree's performance is striking - he is truly IN THE MOMENT, as they say, without a hint of the winking self-awareness we see in other genre flicks. If the dead really started coming back to feed on the living, this is exactly what it be like. This is the toll it would exact on people trying to grapple with the situation.
Yet, in a way, Dawn of the Dead IS self-aware. It knows when to step back, too, and admit that it's playing with you.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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Hey all, Dawn of the dead is coming out in a 4 disc special edition. Before I tell you the features i'm going to tell you what I though about the movie. It's a classic. The movie had good special effects and a great story line. This movie and the other Night and Day will remain classics throughout history. Overall i give this movie 5/5. The story is a group of swat officers take refuge in a shopping mall during a zombie epidemic. The differnece is in this one from the new one is they could leave at will. They had a helicopter and everything! I'd be in paradise if i was them. I won't ruin the rest but it was a good movie, now here are the special features.
Disc One: Theatrical Cut with an anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.85:1), DD5.1 and 2.0, DTS 5.1 Surround, audio commentary (George A. Romero, Tom Savini and Chris Romero, moderated by Perry Martin), George A. Romero biography, poster & advertising gallery, comic book preview, trailers, TV and radio spots.
Disc Two: Extended Cut with an anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.85:1), DD Mono, audio commentary (Richard P. Rubinstein with Perry Martin), Monroeville Mall commercial, memorabilia gallery and production stills galleries.
Disc Three: European "Zombie" Cut with an anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.85:1), DD5.1 and 2.0, audio commentary (David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger and Gaylen Ross), Dario Argento biography, international lobby card gallery, international poster & advertising gallery, international pressbook gallery, home video & soundtrack artwork gallery, international trailers and UK TV spots.
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66 of 78 people found the following review helpful
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"Shop 'til you drop" takes on literal form in "Dawn of the Dead", Splattermeister George Romero's 1978 magnum opus of the flesh-eating Living Dead. "Dawn" rightly deserves its title as the 'Mount Everest of Zombie Movies'.

The Zombie Apocalypse is all George Romero's fault! And if Grandmaster Romero let the Walking Dead out of their tombs with the groundbreaking "Night of the Living Dead", he gave the zombies the keys to the kingdom in this flick, which laid down all the rules for a Zombie Apocalypse and how to survive It---and, interestingly, managed to break many of them.

Rule #1: AIM FOR THE HEAD!: When "Dawn" opens up, Philadelphia is in its death throes, though the city doesn't know it yet.

The plague of flesh-eating monsters rising from their graves to devour the living has spread from the countryside to the big cities like a firestorm. The slightest scratch or bite causes infection, the infected die horribly, and then return to Life, hungry for the flesh of the living, a mindless Zombie.

Rule #2: THE CAVALRY AIN'T COMING. Things go down and go down hard in the housing project: faster than you can say "tastes like Chicken", SWAT troopers Peter (the great Ken Foree) and Roger (the underrated Scott Reiniger) get outta Dodge with traffic reporter/helicopter pilot Stephen (David Emge, hereafter known as "Flyboy") and Flyboy's girlfriend, Fran (Gaylen Ross).

When the Going gets Tough, the Tough go Shopping.

Rule #3:HE WHO GOES "YEEHAWW" HAS A HALF-LIFE MEASURED IN NANOSECONDS. Romero moves at a taut, brisk pace, letting the feeling of impending doom sink in, the sense of increasing wrongness, all underscored by the brooding, thudding, unearthly pulsing of the Goblin soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of the Dead (Special Divimax Edition)
I bought this to replace the one that I loaned out and didn't get back. I love all of the "Dead" movies and have them all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zeke
5.0 out of 5 stars The best zombie movie of all time.
This is my favorite zombie movie of all time, i can watch it again and again and i saw it for the first time in 1982.
Published 1 month ago by concepcion vazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
This edition of Dawn of the Dead, for me was just as good as the original. Good story line and actors were quite good overall.
Published 1 month ago by Dennis S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what we wanted
I bought this for my boyfriend for his birthday, he's a huge fan and he'd been hinting for months, the look on his face was priceless when he opened the package. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sierra
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!!!
Son wanted this for his birthday old school horror movies. They arrived earlier than expected and before his birthday. Nicely packaged he was happy.
Published 2 months ago by C.L Momof3
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Dvd was in perfect condition. Very pleased. There was not a scratch on it. Very good deal to say the least
Published 3 months ago by josh baird
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Excellent! George Romero is awesome. This movie is a great classic zombie flick. And this is a special edition so BONUS!
Published 4 months ago by annie nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars "They're us."
Not as great as the first film but still fantastic in its own way. It utilizes the same dynamic as the first film, strand a small group of people in one location, cut them off... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Any fan of this film will love this set!
I love that you get multiple versions of this film and you have many other special features such as interviews from the actors and even a video tour or Monroeville mall where Dawn... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ricardo R Silkworth
4.0 out of 5 stars zombies
Nice to own the expanded edition of this movie. I am a big Romero fan and obviously a big fan of zombies.
Published 5 months ago by ophelia pickard
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which version is this?
The Blu-ray edition is the U.S. theatrical version of DOTD running at 127 minutes. The extended version runs 139 minutes. Romero used the extended cut to premiere the film at the '78 Cannes Film Festival but George prefers the U.S. version.
Oct 4, 2007 by Mike |  See all 8 posts
Extended Edition/Directors cut on Blu-Ray, NOW!
Personally I'd love to see the version that circulated as a bootleg for years appear on blu ray. That version combined both the extended american version with the european cut so that you had the longest version ever.
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It's only in the remake as far as I know.
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