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Day of the Dead (Divimax Special Edition) (1985)

Lori Cardille , Terry Alexander , George A. Romero  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (490 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy, Anthony Dileo Jr.
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Writers: George A. Romero
  • Producers: David Ball, Ed Lammi, Richard P. Rubinstein, Salah M. Hassanein
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (490 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008G8L9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,299 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Day of the Dead (Divimax Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Many Days of Day Of The Dead - An all-new 39 minute documentary featuring interviews with the cast and crew
  • Day Of The Dead: Behind The Scenes - 31 minutes of production footage from Special Make-up Artist Tom Savini
  • Audio Interview with Actor Richard Liberty
  • Wampum Mine Promotional Video
  • TV Spots
  • Production Stills
  • Behind-the-Scenes Photos
  • Poster @ Advertising Art
  • Gallery of Memorabilia
  • Zombie Make-up Photo Gallery
  • Continuity Stills Gallery
  • George Romero Bio

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Chapter three of George Romero's mighty zombie trilogy has big footsteps to follow. Night of the Living Dead was a classic that revitalized a certain corner of the cinema, and Dawn of the Dead was nothing short of epic. Day of the Dead, however, has always been regarded as a comedown compared to those twin peaks--and perhaps it is. But on its own terms, this is an awfully effective horror movie, made with Romero's customary social satire and cinematic vigor--when a "retrained" zombie responds to the "Ode to Joy," the film is in genuinely haunting territory. The story is set inside a sunken military complex, where Army and medical staff, supposedly working on a solution to the zombie problem, are going crazy (strongly foreshadowing the final act of 28 Days Later). Tom Savini's makeup effects could make even hardcore gore fans tear off their own heads in amazement. --Robert Horton

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Chapter three of George Romero's mighty zombie trilogy has big footsteps to follow. Night of the Living Dead was a classic that revitalized a certain corner of the cinema, and Dawn of the Dead was nothing short of epic. Day of the Dead

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132 of 152 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Darkest Day of Horror the World Has Ever Known" March 22, 2004
Format:DVD
The third--and possibly the final--entry in George Romero's DEAD series, 1985's DAY OF THE DEAD was initially panned by both critics and horror fans. Many complained that, in spite of the much improved special FX, the film did not live up to the creepiness and the literacy of the groundbreaking first film of the trilogy, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), nor was its content equal to the offbeat humor and satirical subtext of the second film, DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978). Thus, it was simply written off as another exercise in shock value. But in the time that has passed since the initial release of DAY OF THE DEAD, many fans and critics alike have grown to regard the film as a worthy entry in the series, with many claiming it has become their favorite of the three.
DAY OF THE DEAD is a claustrophobic character study set almost entirely in a secured underground military bunker. The story picks up some months after the end of DAWN OF THE DEAD, with the earth now nearly overrun by the flesh-eating corpses (one character estimates that the zombies outnumber the "normals" by circa 400,000 to 1). Military personnel have been assigned to the bunker with orders to protect and assist the group of scientists there who are experimenting on zombies in order to find a "solution" for the pandemic. However, much time has passed already with few results, and the assignment is taking its toll on the soldiers. When the Major in charge of the unit dies, the next in rank, an unbalanced Captain named Rhodes, takes over the project with the intention of shutting it all down and bugging out. The scientists resist, of course, as do the few civilians under the scientists' employ, and the resulting strife just might result in the annihilation of these last vestiges of the human race.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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If you haven't see Day of the Dead and you're reading the viewer reviews of this film, it's presumably because you're either a zombie fan or you loved Night of the Living Dead and/or Dawn of the Dead. But you're not sure whether or not to watch this film because of the mixed reviews it received. My recommendation is that you should rent this film and watch it twice and if you liked the film buy the Anchor Bay remaster widescreen version.
The plot to Day of the Dead is simple. The world has been conquered by zombies, as seen in Day's predecessors. There are only 12 survivors left in Florida and they've taken refuge in an underground salt mine and silo. There's heated conflicts between the soldiers and the scientists and civilians and by the end, thousands of zombies pour into the silo and wreak graphic havoc.
Yes, Day of the Dead is extremely graphic and gory (It's probably the most violent and gory American horror film ever made) as most zombie films are. But this one actually has an original and interesting plot. Despite what some critics said about it, I found them to be wrong. The acting is also considerably stronger than Night or Dawn. There's also the infusion of new ideas such as an intelligent and human zombie and amputation to stop the spread of infection. The make up effects are also Tom Savini's best so don't miss the film.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmm.....apocalicious! November 3, 2001
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A fine horror film in its own right, but it suffers in comparison to "Dawn of the Dead". Where "Dawn" thematically succeeds on its criticism of consumerism, it's hard to find where "Day" fits in the trilogy. And George Romero himself has stated that this was only a shadow of the original "dead" grand finale he envisioned. But the good news is that maybe we'll see a another sequel some day? It's time...the world needs another Zombie film!
But no matter...it's creepy, apocalyptic nightmare that probes a primal fear, i.e. being eaten. It's quite well-acted (in a yelling and screaming sort of way) in spite of its other shortcomings. Lori Cardille and Jarlath Conroy stand out; too bad they haven't done more film work (both are very active in indie/theater work). Josef Pilato has gone on to character roles, including Dean Martin in "Pulp Fiction".
One note regarding the special effects...they're *really* disturbing, especially Sarah's field surgery upon Miguel. But people don't pull apart or break quite so easily.
It's well worth seeing. If you can still find it, buy it. The extras (including a home video "making of" documentary) are compelling.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute best horror film of the eighties May 21, 1999
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I wasn't particularly huge fan of zombie films. I thought the idea of dead people coming back to life but walking slower than a slug was a bad idea until I watched George Romero's Living Dead series. Zombies may move slowly but there are so many of them that it's futile to try and outrun them. I've read reviews putting down Day of the Dead but I think this one is the best of the series, the best zombie film ever, and one of the best horror films ever made. This was definitely the most graphic and gory film of its time. The beginning is already quite grotesque. We see four people in a helicopter who are searching for any human beings. They stop in a city and the first thing they see is an empty street until a zombie missing half its face walks towards them. Then we see thousands of zombies pouring onto the streets. The rest of the movie takes place in a fourteen mile wide underground bunker. The world above the survivors have zombies outnumbering humans in a ratio of 400,000 to 1. What remains in the bunker are 7 soldiers, 3 scientists, a helicopter pilot, and a communications expert. All the soldiers except one want to get rid of the scientists who are trying to find ways to stop the zombie problem. The civilian team members are neutral but they tend to agree more with the scientists. All this leads to a suspensful gory conclusion which includes decapitation, eyelids being pulled back, fingers bitten off, throat rippings, a soldier being literally ripped in half, and zombies eating human flesh and guts.
I've read numerous reviews putting this film down. People are entitled to their own opinion but they seem to blame Romero mostly. They say his script was convoluted and written in haste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like zombies...this is your movie
A fantastic zombie movie. Creates a sense of reality to a real zombie apocalypse...a must see gem from arguably the best time in horror movie history,.,..
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another masterpiece from George A Romero
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies rule
Luv this bluray to my fave dead film classic zombies never done better
Published 1 month ago by zilla68
5.0 out of 5 stars " One of George Romeros BEST movies ! "
Great Movie!
Published 1 month ago by Joe Shmo
5.0 out of 5 stars If there is one zombie movie you must watch.
Its just a story a bought one of the last functioning civilian/military research facilities trying to hopelessly find a solution to the zombie problem before the deteriorating... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Valle
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best zombie movies of all time
Great zombie film by the master George Romero, this is one of my favorite of the trilogy, the special features in this new version are great, i saw a lot of actors that were not... Read more
Published 3 months ago by concepcion vazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Horror
This being one of my favorite horror films it was great to receive the blu ray version of this classic.
Published 4 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Day of the Dead
An absolute gore fest by the the one and only George A Romero. Highly recommend this movie it is a classic and I think Romero's best film.
Published 5 months ago by dina
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What's the difference between the 2003 and the 2004 edition?
2003 is 2 disc
Mar 27, 2011 by M. Mont |  See all 2 posts
What was the last horror movie you watched
i'm watching romero's dawn of the dead (U.S. theatrical version). its good but i think day of the dead is far better. dawn is a close second to day though
Dec 6, 2008 by G.Romero |  See all 5 posts
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