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Dawn of the Dead (Widescreen Unrated Director's Cut) (2004)

Sarah Polley , Ving Rhames  |  Unrated |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Lindy Booth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Digital Sound, Anamorphic, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (839 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ABURA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dawn of the Dead (Widescreen Unrated Director's Cut)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Lost Tape: Andy's Terrifying Last Days Revealed
  • Special Bulletin: We Interrupt This Program!
  • Undead Scenes with Commentary by Director Zack Snyder
  • Raising the Dead
  • Attack of the Living Dead
  • Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of Exploding Heads
  • Feature Commentary with Director Zack Snyder and Producer Eric Newman

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Packed with more blood, more gore, and more bone-chilling, jaw-dropping thrills, Dawn of the Dead Unrated Director's Cut is the version too terrifying to be shown in theaters! Starring Mekhi Phifer, Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley in an edgy, electrifying thrill-ride. When a mysterious virus turns people into mindless, flesh-eating zombies, a handful of survivors wage a desperate, last-stand battle to stay alive…and human.

    Additional Features

    Many had their doubts, but in all honesty the Dawn of the Dead unrated director's cut DVD is everything a horror/zombie fan could ever hope for. Yes, the film is not Romero's and fans of the original were set to dismiss the film as a cheap way to cash in on a classic. However, Zack Snyder's Dawn is not simply a remake, but a retelling of George's brilliant vision. The DVD begins with Zack Snyder giving a cool and laidback introduction to this unrated version. He openly admits it is more gory, has more character development, and is a little longer, but it is his preferred version, the one the MPAA wouldn't allow to be released with an R rating. The commentary on this DVD is so much fun. It features a sharp, cool dialogue between the first-time movie director and producer Eric Newman; interestingly, it was recorded before the theatrical version of the film opened. There is nothing like listening to ambitious, funny, excited filmmakers enthusiastically discuss every facet of the filmmaking experience.

    Though it has no full-on "making of" documentaries, the DVD includes a nice suite of extras geared towards giving the viewer more background information on the zombie apocalypse. There is 15 minutes of home video footage documenting "Andy's"' final days fighting off the zombies from his gun shop. Special Report: Zombie Invasion is a very cool 20-minute collage of news coverage giving governmental and scientific updates of the zombie crisis from across the country. The three unrated documentaries all showcase the special effects team and their fearless leader, David LeRoy Anderson. They focus on how to explode heads, the most memorable zombie kills, and the zombie makeup process. It's definitely not for the squeamish, but will be fascinating for those who dare to take a look. The strangest thing about this DVD is the almost non-mention of George Romero and his Dead films. In fact, if you missed the credit "Based on a screenplay by George Romero," you may never know it was his vision that laid the foundation. Is this a legal issue? Who knows, but it is definitely a little odd. However, this should not hold genre fans back from seeing this film. You will not be disappointed because this DVD and the film rock. --Rob Bracco

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    121 of 137 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Modern Horror Flick! March 29, 2004
    By CreepyT
    Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of the Romero trilogy, and believe that those movies are irreplaceable. Every fan of the horror genre should own those films. However, this does not mean that I was not able see this remake without an open mind. In fact, I loved this movie. Rather than try to completely re-do the Romero film, and in so doing step on Romero's toes, the filmmakers went for a different spin on Romero's basic concept.
    For those of you who are familiar with the original Romero version of Dawn of the Dead, you know that Romero was not going for the full-fledged horror movie effect. Sure, the movie had some jumps and some gore, but for the most part Romero's film was a satire. Romero did a great job of combining social commentary with some horror elements, which is, in itself, a statement. This remake, however, merely goes for the thrills and chills.
    The 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead throws you immediately into the horror/gore, and right from the onset of the opening credits you know that this film is no satirical statement. Sarah Polley plays a nurse who wakes up one morning to find herself in the middle of a nightmare...only, it's not merely a nightmare but a waking reality. Her neighbors and husband have been turned into walking (running) corpses (more similar to those in 28 Days Later than Romero's slow-moving, rigor mortis ridden zombies) and she must seek escape before thinking twice. She meets up with a few other lucky survivors, and they all find shelter in a shopping mall (aptly named "Crossroads Mall"). This safe haven seems almost too good to be true with all the supplies they need to last until more help arrives, and it is.
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    41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Ray Quality Review March 1, 2010
    By The Bus
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    I'm not going to talk about the movie, there's 700+ other reviews for that. Basically, is this worth buying on Blue Ray if you already have it on DVD? Probably not. The sound is crystal clear, as seems to be the case even on movies with the worst transfers. However, the picture isn't that great. It's slightly better than standard definition, but the blacks are grainy, and the sharpness comes and goes. It IS slightly better than SD, but fairly underwhelming otherwise. I think only big fans of this movie who will watch it often will benefit from HD.

    I wouldn't re-buy it for your collection if you have to dust off your SD version when you watch it. So if you're thinking hey it's only $10 should I get it? Only if you don't already own it on SD or you're a big fan of the movie. No doubt, it's a great movie, probably the best remake in the series and probably best overall in the series including all the new ones and all the originals. But the upgrade to BR probably won't be worth it for most viewers.
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    62 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars You've woken up the demon in me August 1, 2008
    Imagine. A clam peaceful morning. A promise of a new day. A promise of love, of hope, of joy and prosperity. A promise shattered. A new dream takes over . . .

    Welcome to this brave new world, teaming with the hungering legions of the damned and demented. An inexplicable virus has taken over the barren husks of those who have died and has risen them as new beings - - - beings who must sate themselves on the gory, writhing remains of the living. And, in the soulless eyes of these macabre creatures, a new world takes form - - - a world filled with the wails of the tormented dying, a world drenched in the blood of innocents, a world where corruption and decay rule all, a world where hope has died and been buried. In this Stygian realm, the few survivors must make a new way of life, must lock themselves in a fortress of solitude for their physical safety. They must, regardless of the consequences, band together against the gruesome hordes that await their warm flesh. However, will the slow onset of mental imbalances, unrequited loneliness, and barren heartedness eat them alive before their loved ones do? Only time will tell. The clock is ticking. The dead are waiting. Step up to the gallows. . .

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    A Film to Die for:

    While the horror genre has long been home to the musings of the demented, Dawn of the Dead takes depression and loneliness to a whole new level creating a film that, simply put, is to die for. The aura is suitably, almost entrancingly, morbid as the film delves into not only the gory rampages of the newly turned, but on the all too real emotions experienced by the few survivors as they struggle to remain alive and, even harder, sane.
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    76 of 92 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just when... April 23, 2004
    By PR GUY
    Just when I thought no film on the planet could ever scare the &^%$ out of me, the remake of "Dawn of the Dead" comes along and proves me horribly wrong (no pun intended). I have seen just about every horror flick that was deemed so-called "Scary" in recent years, but this one tops them all. I may honestly have nightmares, something I've only had over my failed marriages in those same recent years - LOL. This blood bath is so frightening I held my own hand throughout the film. It didn't help. I jumped out of my skin so often I felt like a 50-year-old iguana.

    Loosely based on the original film by George Romero back in 1978 (26 years ago), this is a must for every horror fan. I don't think a film has taken me on this type of ride since "Silence of the Lambs" and "The Exorcist". Even then, "Lambs" could be considered a "slow" movie when compared to the "Dead". I had never heard this quote before today's feature. It explains so well the true nature of zombies: "When there's no more room in Hell. The dead will walk the earth." And they do...

    Many of my colleagues have seen this film. Two of them told me they walked out of the theatre...1) for the non-stop gore 2) for the scene with the pregnant girl. Trust me my buds, if you like flesh-crawling terror, this one is for you. I will be first in line to buy this DVD when it hits the market. It is so well done (considering the source), I was actually looking over my shoulder during the screening. This was a lunchtime treat at my local theatre and there were only three people in the audience (it's been out for four weeks).

    Furthermore, if you are a Quentin Tarantino fan (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and Reservoir Dogs), then you must know what he said in a recent issue of "Entertainment Weekly".
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
    Love this movie, but wish I had remembered the sex/nudity and abundant use of the "f" word prior to letting my 9 year old watch it... Oops.
    Published 8 hours ago by Ingrid Allen
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    It was pretty good for a zombie flick.
    Published 1 day ago by Aimee D.
    5.0 out of 5 stars who doesn't love them? Excellent stuff
    Zombie Movies... who doesn't love them? Excellent stuff!!!
    Published 5 days ago by vincent
    4.0 out of 5 stars still a good movie.
    Watched it once before, still a good movie.
    Published 15 days ago by shirley
    4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original
    Better than the original. The flesh eaters are not only animated, they move quickly. You always get a sense of danger. In the past 'Dead' films, the undead shuffle around. Read more
    Published 21 days ago by Frank Barron
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    It was a gift
    Published 1 month ago by A.E.T
    5.0 out of 5 stars 2004 Remake Of 1978's Dawn Of The Dead (Director's Cut)
    All the other reviewers have amply covered the cast and plot so I won't repeat those here. But count me in as an enthusiastic '5 Stars! Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Voiceover Guy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good movie.
    Published 1 month ago by shirley
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Remake Worth Watching
    Remakes which this is, are usually cheap knock-offs of the original. This I have to admit was well done especially due credit for the actors.
    Published 1 month ago by Tony Silver
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