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Dead Alive [Blu-ray] (1992)

Timothy Balme , Diana Peñalver , Peter Jackson  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (502 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin, Brenda Kendall
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Stephen Sinclair
  • Producers: Jamie Selkirk, Jim Booth
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (502 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DCJ1A0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead Alive [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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On a quiet street, in a small town, pure evil has tome to stay. Lionel, an innocent young man, is forced to care for his domineering mother and finds the task a whole lot more demanding after she's bitten by the curses Sumatran rat monkey. Passing the point of death, Lionel's mother sucks friends and family into her gruesome existence among the living dead and Lionel is sent spiraling into a ghoulish nightmare. Now a crazed zombie, she soon infects enough people to make it difficult for Lionel, still the faithful son, to keep the neighbors from suspecting that something is terribly wrong. Dead Alive is dripping with state-of-the-art special effects that feature mutilations, rock 'n' roll dismemberments and household appliances, combining into the most bizarre ending ever filmed.

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113 of 119 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As Outrageous as Advertised November 20, 2004
Format:DVD
As you likely know, if you're reading this, Dead Alive is fairly widely regarded as the goriest movie ever made. Having not seen every movie ever made I'm not prepared to declare it as such, but it's certainly the goriest movie I've ever seen. By far. To give you a bit of perspective, I would say Day of the Dead and Riki-Oh probably come closest of the films I've seen, and Dead Alive has got to be at least 5 times gorier than either of those films.(And that's probably a conservative estimate) This fact alone should make it mandatory viewing for anyone interested in Horror films.(Of course, this isn't actually a horror film; I don't think it genuinely tries to be scary even once. But, the gore-comedy is primarily of interest to horror fans, naturally)

As one would expect, this film has it's roots in Re-Animator and the Evil Dead films, but it manages to find it's own style and tone. Evil Dead II was wildly over-the-top and energetic while Re-Animator was pretty subdued and deadpan much of the time. Dead Alive, directed by the now highly famed and lauded Peter Jackson, is somewhere in between, certainly not as controlled as Re-Animator, but nowhere near as flat out weird and kinetic as Evil Dead II.(at least not from beginning to end.) And yeah it's pretty funny, though perhaps the majority of the non-gore related humor tends to fall flat. It's also more purely good-natured and fun-loving than any of those films.(Perhaps this is related to their New Zealand accents) I don't know if it's necessarily better than any of those films, it's a tough call, but they're all in the same league, and fans of one ought to like the others.

Inspiration is frequently in short supply in the non-zombie related scenes, but their are enough zombie scenes that it doesn't matter too much.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An acquired taste, but I enjoyed it. September 6, 2003
By Mike K.
Format:VHS Tape
You might come in with the wrong expectations for this movie, it's primarily reputation is for it's gore. Which is deserved, even in the more widely available slightly-tamed down version that's more commonly available in the US, by the end of the film nearly every inch of the screen is covered in blood and guts. But don't neccesarily expect something frightening because of this, the movie is overall more funny than scary, from the ridiculous premise for the zombies' origin (a cursed Samarian rat-monkey imported to New Zealand) to the myriad bizarre and quirky characters and of course a lot of gross-out humor. At times it almost resembles what would happen if Monty Python made a zombie movie and ran as far with the blood and gore as they possibly could.
You'll enjoy this movie if the following apply to you:
1) the phrases "karate priest", "baby zombie", and "rat-monkey" piqued your interest.
2) You liked Evil Dead II and Army Of Darkness, and are definitely not in the camp that the series went downhill once Sam Raimi started adding in comic elements
3) You're not at all squeamish about blood and relish completely over-the-top bordering on implausible gory death scenes.
4) You have a general taste for cheesy b-movies.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BLOODIEST FILM IN CINEMATIC HISTORY!!! January 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Words just cannot describe this unbelievable gore-fest from New Zealand. Peter Jackson has totally outdone himself with an incredible zombie flick that's sure to make you wanna laugh your butt off! The prostetic make-up and special gore-effects by Richard Taylor were amazing. I don't think I've ever seen half of a body jump on somebody and spill out it's bodly organs all over the place, or half of a head getting kicked around all over the place get thrown into a blender. The nearly millions of gallons of blood just pour and pour and pour. This is one not to be missed by any gorehound fan out there!!! WARNING: THIS MOTION PICTURE CONTAINS NON-STOP SCENES OF EXTREME GRAPHIC VIOLENCE AND GORE. THIS FILM IS NOT FOR THE FAINT AT HEART. WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK!!! Please avoid the HORRIBLY CHOPPED UP R-rated version at all costs! Stick with the US UNRATED version. If possible, see if you can find the Japanese Import of "Dead Alive" entitled "Braindead" because it runs nearly 10 minutes longer than the US UNRATED VERSION and contains much more gore.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GORE GALORE!! April 1, 2002
By Guido
Format:VHS Tape
When you think of blood and gore, movies such as, Hellraiser, From Beyond, Evil Dead and Re-Animator may come to mind. These movies, however, are merely kindergarden class to this blood drenched classic. All the reviews I've read say this is probably the goriest movie in history. I'd have to agree with that sentiment.
The story about a young, shy man named Lionel(Timothy Balme) who takes care of his domineering mother. Lionel meets up with a young woman in a little store named Pakita. She persues Lionel and gets him to accompany her to the zoo. While spying on the couple Lionel's mother is bitten by the Sumatran Rat Monkey. After being infected with the bite she becomes a hideous undead creature. Lionel, however still takes the time to care for her and all of the others that will become infected with this disease.
If your looking for a frightful movie then this movie would not be for you. The storyline is weak but when you have so much blood, gore and guts on the screen do you really care about a story? This is definitely the goriest movie ever made. Scenes include a rib cage being pulled out, plenty of body dismemberment and the best scene, chopping up dozens of zombies with a lawnmower plus much more. This movie splills more blood than the elevator scene in Stephen King's The Shining. Just describing these scenes and talking about the movie gives it no justice in just how gorey it is. You gotta see this movie for yourself. The dazzling special effects are courtesy of Richard Taylor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for horror fans
Love this movie and seller sent quick and new. Great buy
Published 25 days ago by Allen Scaccia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny, laughed through most of it.
Published 27 days ago by logar
5.0 out of 5 stars HORROR??????
This is not a horror movie but a love story. A very humorous one. Watched it many times and am never able to take my eyes off the screen.
Published 1 month ago by Mason Colby
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Alive
I don't normally order used movies, always makes me nervous but this product came quick and in perfect condition...Dead Alive, is a hella good time!! gory, gory good time!!
Published 3 months ago by peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 'B' Horror Movie
Most of people know Peter Jackson from his work with LOTR, but there was a time when he focused on making horror movies. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Josh Wiedder
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Horror Comedys made after Evil Dead 2
Do not pay $57 for this DVD. The price will soon go back down again. The price Amazon is asking for is just ridiculous. Wait a month or two. The price will go back down to $9.99. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joe Shmo
5.0 out of 5 stars gore galore
never have I seen a movie so quirky yet so bloody..if you haven't seen this movie, so yourself a favor and watch it. definitely a cult classic
Published 3 months ago by Brandon
3.0 out of 5 stars liked it
This is a good movie that had a lot of surprises around every corner. I am happy I added it to my collection
Published 4 months ago by bsfirebird0503
5.0 out of 5 stars Unrated vs. VHS
I highly suggest that you get the unrated DVD because it shows all the gore but the VHS has some of the parts toned downed but it is still gory.
Published 7 months ago by Jack's bookshelf
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie
One of my favorite movies. Really sick and twisted. Zombies from a whole different angle. I've watched it several times.
Published 9 months ago by Chris L. James
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Bare bones version?
I received this today. First time I have ever seen this movie and I fell in love with it. Can't believe being a huge horror movie buff I never watched this til now. It is the unrated version however there wasn't any extras besides a few trailers. I was not impressed at all by the picture. Looked... Read More
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Dead Alive - Cut oder not ?
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