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Dawn of the Dead (Ultimate Edition) (1979)

David Emge , Ken Foree , George A. Romero  |  NR |  DVD
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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: Collector's Edition, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS ES)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (739 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQNAG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dawn of the Dead (Ultimate Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc One - U.S Theatrical Version
Widescreen Presentation (1.85 :1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director George A. Romero, Make-Up Effects Creator Tom Savini, and Assistant Director Chris Romero.
Theatrical Trailers
TV Spots
Radio Spots
Poster & Advertising Gallery
George A. Romero Bio
Comic Book Preview
Disc Two - Extended Version
Audio Commentary with Producer Richard P. Rubinstein.
Monroeville Mall Commercial
Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
Memorabilia Gallery
Production Stills
Disc Three - European Version
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
Disc Four - Documentaries
Roy Frumkes' "Document of the Dead"-The original documentary filmed during the making of "Dawn of the Dead" by Filmmaker Roy Frumkes
"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
On-Set Home Movies with Audio Commentary from Zombie Extra Robert Langer
Monroeville Mall Tour with Actor Ken Foree

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Additional Features

Zombie fans, all rise from the bowls of the earth and rejoice! Anchor Bay's Ultimate Edition of Romero's horror classic Dawn of the Dead not only delivers the DVD goods in spades but goes above and beyond all expectations. The ongoing fan dissatisfaction of which version is available can now end, and the neverending debate of which version is the best can continue ad nauseum. For Anchor Bay has included all versions of the film in their pure, grotesque glory for fans to fully analyze, dissect, and digest. Included in this four-disc set are the "U.S. Theatrical Release" (127 minute, unrated director's cut, with the famous "Goblin" soundtrack in DTS; this is Romero's preferred version), the Dario Argento-edited "European Version" (118 minutes, a faster pace, a few extended scenes, and more "Goblin" music), the "Extended Version" released for the 1978 Cannes Film festival (139 minutes, with additional scenes, more gore, and a music score of library tracks), and a bonus disc of documentaries. All films are remastered and presented in 1:85 anamorphic widescreen. The U.S. and European versions have 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Surround, and all three versions are presented in their original mono.

You may have your favorite version of the film, but there is no arguing about quality. They all look and sound fantastic. Each version has its own commentary track. The European version has the actors' commentary track, while the extended version has producer Richard Rubinstein. But it is the commentary track on the U.S theatrical version that is the real gem. It includes Romero himself, his wife Chris, and makeup artist Tom Savini. If you enjoyed the stellar commentary on Anchor Bay's Day of the Dead, you can expect more of the same. The three of them will take you on a strange trip down memory lane discussing every possible nuance and anecdote of Romero's crowning achievement. The extras on this set are too numerous to lay out in detail. However, two documentaries are particularly noteworthy. The Dead Will Walk (75 minutes) is an all-new documentary tracking the entire life cycle of the Dawn of the Dead phenomenon. It includes tons of interviews with cast and crew members. It is interesting to compare the new documentary with Roy Frumkes' Document of the Dead (92 minutes), an excellent, original documentary that was shot during the making of the film. All in all, Anchor Bay has done an exceptional job with this Ultimate Edition. If you make it through the set, feel free to award yourself an honorary Ph.D in the undead. --Rob Bracco

Product Description

In 1968, director George A. Romero brought us "Night of the Living Dead." It became the definitive horror film of its time. Eleven years later, he would unleash the most shocking motion picture experience for all times. As modern society is consumed by zombie carnage, four desperate survivors barricade themselves inside a shopping mall to battle the flesh-eating hordes of the undead. This is the ferocious horror classic, featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini, that remains one of the most important – and most controversial – horror films in history. When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth: The original "Dawn of the Dead" is back!

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123 of 136 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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"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 Would Recommend
Loved the movie when it first came out. It is the original, and still the best version. Good digital quality.
Published 5 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Dawn of the Dead movies which in ...
The best of the Dawn of the Dead movies which in itself was a sequel from the original Night of the Living Dead. The movie was excellent!
Published 5 days ago by Martin E. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD.
Published 20 days ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies...I love zombie movies.
Published 21 days ago by jsellers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great item
Published 1 month ago by sam
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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 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 3 months ago by C.L Momof3
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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.
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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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