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28 Days Later (Widescreen Special Edition) (2003)

Ray Panthaki , Lisa I'Anson , Danny Boyle  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (993 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ray Panthaki, Lisa I'Anson, Brendan Gleeson, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (993 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMA8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,179 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "28 Days Later (Widescreen Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Alternative theatrical ending with optional commentary
  • Alternative ending with optional commentary
  • Radical alternative ending with optional commentary
  • Six deleted scenes with optional commentary: London Walk, Abandoned Train, Motorway Carnage, Taxi/Sweden, The Infected in the House, Floorboards
  • "Pure Rage: The Making of 28 Days Later"
  • Jacknife Lee music video
  • Animated storyboards from the original U.K. Website
  • Production and Polaroid galleries with director commentary

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Additional Features

Even though it's only a single disc, the 28 Days Later DVD includes a lot of very interesting features, including the alternate ending that was shown after the end of the film a couple months into its theatrical run. It's much bleaker, as director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland say in their optional commentary. Another alternate ending is almost the same as the theatrical ending but slightly less happy. Most interesting is the "radical" alternate ending that takes an entirely different path midway through the film. It wasn't filmed, however, so Boyle and Garland narrate the action over storyboards, and it's a surprisingly engrossing 11 minutes. Boyle and Garland also did a commentary track for the film, and they talk about how they were able to get the shots of deserted London and why they used the ending they did. There are also six very watchable deleted scenes, and Boyle and Garland's comments range from "great sequence" to "a disgrace." Slightly less relevant is a 24-minute documentary that spends its first 10 minutes on the real-life threat of infectious diseases before recapping the film and discussing such elements as the use of digital video and the boot camp the actors had to attend. If you need any further proof that the DVD was a labor of love, even the stills galleries have commentaries. --David Horiuchi

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Hailed as the most frightening film since The Exorcist, acclaimed Director Danny Boyle's visionary take on zombie horror "isn't just scary…it's absolutely terrifying" (Access Hollywood).

An infirmary patient awakens from a coma to an empty room…in a vacant hospital…in a deserted city. A powerful virus, which locks victims into a permanent state of murderous rage, has transformed the world around him into a seemingly desolate wasteland. Now a handful of survivors must fight to stay alive, unaware that the worst is yet to come…


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154 of 161 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
First off, my four stars are for the movie itself - an excellent re-imaging of the "Zombie" genre.

Now, onto the video resolution issue that many reviewers are complaining about. I was also shocked when I rented this Blu-ray and saw the awful video resolution. Basically, it's no better than a standard DVD except for the closing scene.

The reason: The film was filmed mostly in standard DV resolution, using a Canon XL1s camcorder (the closing scene being the exception - it was filmed in 35mm). DV is very low resolution in comparison to HD or 35mm film, so the problem (if you consider this a problem) is with the source material, NOT the transfer to Blu-ray. It was the director's decision to film in standard DV, so this is the best resolution that you will ever see of this film.

So, if you don't have this movie and the Blu-ray and the DVD version are the same price, I'd probably stick with the Blu-ray version just for future compatibility. But, if you already have the DVD version, I would recommend just sticking with that copy for now because the Blu-ray version isn't going to offer any enhancements, other than the closing scene.
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246 of 293 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror film? Nah... Great film? Yes, definitely! June 29, 2003
There is very little about this movie that can be considered "horror" per se. At best, in this sense, the film is a suspense flick, with a somewhat spooky score/soundtrack (that added plenty to the tension in its atmosphere), and a great cast who portrayed the best and worst traits in human nature.
I can understand those who give the movie a bad review since they were expecting something extremely scary (that's the way in which it is being marketed) and ended up watching an intelligent, well presented study in good and evil, right vs. wrong, loyalty vs. survival, and many other concepts that one wouldn't expect from a "horror" flick. This movie, in that sense, simply was not what the average goer was promised.
Now, as far as good films are concerned, this is definitely a worthy effort. It has more depth than one could ever expect; the cinematography is done extremely well; and the acting is superb (even on the part of the nearly silent and secondary infected characters). The symbolism is one that the average movie watcher might not get, especially if they're looking for two hours of gore or scary moments (there are very few of those, as the director clearly preferred to refrain from using extremely graphic imagery).
Indeed, what makes this film a valuable one is the social criticism and the analysis of human nature that it presents. What is more important, survival or friendship/family? Are the ethics of scientific research being checked to prevent the creation of harmful agents (even if not as tragic and extreme as what we see in this film)? Is it worth fighting for one's life when hope is dim or even non-existant? Many more questions arise and give extreme value to this film. This is definitely an excellent example of existentialist movie making.
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79 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish Homage to '70s Flicks June 27, 2003
28 Days Later is stylish, lonely, bloody, desperate, wet, violent, frantic, thoughtful, scary and, ultimately, hopeful. Danny Boyle artfully directs Alex Garland's script while paying homage to movies like the Omega Man and George Romero's Dead trilogy. As hard as it is for me to say, 28 Days is a much better film than any of the films mentioned above.
The movie focuses on the people who have not been infected with a virus that turns humans into rage filled zombies. In fact, the zombies only make a few screen appearances, the fear factor of the movie coming mainly from the reactions of the uninfected people to their situation. The main characters are well acted and I cared about what happened to them. Visually the movie is a masterpiece and the scenes in an empty London are incredible.
I recommend 28 Days Later to fans of the other movies mentioned above or anybody looking for a thoughtful, scary zombie film. People looking to pull their brain out for a few hours or for non-stop gore and zombies will most likely be disappointed.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anger Management November 11, 2005
Format:DVD
Our world has gone completely Mad.

Have you ever thought that very thing---thought it as you watch the news, as you surf the Net, as you read your morning paper? As you watch flickering news reports of the latest mass riot in Liverpool or Paris, ethnic cleaning in the Balkans, slave-trading in the Sudan, tribal genocide all across Africa, our own politicians slobbering at the mouth as they call their opponents liars, morons, traitors?

As you see the latest news flash: shaven-skulled "militia" in dusty fatigues in some dirty border town, shoving weary refugees this way and that with the muzzles of their AK-47s. Or a breathless anchor bringing you up to speed on the fact two levees have given way, erasing---totally obliterating---a city you thought was there for the Ages?

Great. Now imagine that that kind of Insanity amped up a billion times, only it's catching through the blood. Imagine that and you have the travelogue to Hell that is Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later." And in Danny Boyle's film, Hell is very much other people.

Centuries ago the brilliant English physicist and celebrated polymath Sir Isaac Newton contended that "I see so far because I stand on the shoulders of giants." The same thing might be said of director Danny Boyle, who draws heavily on his own giants---zombie Grandmasters like George Romero, Dan O'Bannon, and Stephen King---for his own hyperkinetic descent into a post-Apocalyptic English Hell, "28 Days Later".

But with that in mind, Boyle has distilled all of the shock and terror of Romero's zombie trilogy into two hours of pure adrenaline, two hours of raw, sheer, shrieking terror.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not good picture quality.
Love the movie. But it's not in HD. It looks like a vhs.
Published 1 day ago by solat152
1.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite movies. I am a zombie freak and have ...
This is a review of Amazon Instant Video. This is one of my favorite movies. I am a zombie freak and have watched this movie several times. Read more
Published 6 days ago by L. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, exciting "fast zombie" film - fun ride.
Published 7 days ago by Keyser Soze
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best apoplectic movies ever made
One of the best apoplectic movies ever made! Wonderful supporting actors, will not be disappointing! Keep watching it over and over again every so often and pick up on new things.
Published 8 days ago by Samson Velasquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good so called 'Zombie' movie even thought they aren't really Zombies. Worth the watch
Published 9 days ago by L. Gaggini
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie.
Published 9 days ago by Brent Snarr
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Typical zombie movie
Published 13 days ago by Jodi Wilsey
3.0 out of 5 stars 1:13 Minutes Later - Spoilers but no Alt Endings
First of all, one reviewer described "28 Days Later" as the "best British zombie flick" ever seen, which makes it apparent that he or she has never seen... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Crypto
5.0 out of 5 stars The best british zombie flick I have ever seen
The best british zombie flick I have ever seen. It is really good movie for a movie night in the home!!
Published 23 days ago by OliWill
1.0 out of 5 stars Think Before You Rent
I love a good 'end 'o the world' flick as much as the next person, but this just really didn't do it for me. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Sylvia
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I think the only exclusive extra on the Blu-Ray is a 4th alternate ending, which I haven't checked out yet. However, if you have the movie on DVD, I'd suggest skipping the upgrade on this one. This is of no flaw of the Blu-Ray itself, but the picture quality is limited by the fact that Danny... Read More
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Yeah, it's kind of bogus. Sony dropped their catalog prices on a lot of Blu-Ray titles, but Amazon is slow to adjust their sales prices in accordance. It's only been a few days.
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