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Diary of the Dead [Blu-ray] (2008)

Michelle Morgan , Joshua Close , George A. Romero  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michelle Morgan, Joshua Close, Shawn Roberts, Amy Lalonde, Joe Dinicol
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Writers: George A. Romero
  • Producers: Ara Katz, Art Spigel, Dan Fireman, Donna Croce, John Harrison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDLARQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From legendary frightmaster George A. Romero comes "one of the most daring, hypnotic and absolutely vital horror films of the past decade" (fangoria.com). Romero continues his influential "Dead" series, this time focusing on a terrified group of college film students who record the pandemic rise of flesh-eating zombies while struggling for their own survival. Intensely gruesome and relentlessly grisly - fueled by the director's signature realistic special effects - Diary of the Dead is must-see horror that "is Romero at his finest" (bloody-disgusting.com).

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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I can't hate the man at least he tried May 29, 2008
Format:DVD
I thought the film was okay but I know to myself it will never be my favorite out of the bunch. Though it was a documentary I didn't quite catch it as one or for the majority of the film. In here we have a film crew that made up of different characters: The director Jason (Joshua Close) who acts though he believes that if it didn't happen on camera, then it never happened at all. There's his girlfriend Debra (Michelle Morgan) who gets increasingly annoyed with his filming everybody, Tony (Shawn Roberts) who looks like he is prepared to beat Jason to death, and there's even the drunken film professor Maxwell (Scott Wentworth) who looks upon everything with a bemused attachment. What George Romero succeeds in doing as a writer is give us characters who aren't simple types and break those clichés to become increasingly unpredictable in their actions.

Which is one of Romero's strong attributes is that he gives us strong characters with females and minorities. He started doing this a long time ago with "Night Of The Living Dead," and it continues on with this one. The female character that comes across as the strongest here is Debra, played by Michelle Morgan. She is driven to get back to her family who are back at home, and she is not about to get sucked into watching things through a camera lens. Michelle gives the strongest performance in the movie, and she also narrates the movie within the movie, so you have a pretty good idea of what happens to her character. The group does run into a squad of African Americans who have taken over a small town and all its supplies, and who refuse to leave the town.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The horror of modern technology May 27, 2008
Format:DVD
Good evening. This is Tom with Channel 4 news. The stock market crashed as oil prices hit record highs. The unemployment rate ballooned nearly 10% the past month while crime keeps escalating at an alarming rate. Home equity plummetted, health care plans are becoming invalid, taxes rose, debt skyrocketed, and the soldier's death toll suffers its most jagged increase since the opening weeks of the war. But to heck with all that irrelevant junk, did you watch American Idol last night? Hahaha, that's some funny stuff!

My biggest problem with the latest Dead installment is the seesaw effect between the serious and the comical. Throw in so much cheese and corn, and it's hard to digest all of the social and political commentary. George makes some great points, some important profound statements, and then shows something totally absurd to spoil the moment. I didn't particularly care for that.
I've got some more issues with this one. The acting is pretty bad, but that didn't really bother me. Neither did the CGI. I hated the tone, or the mood of this entire story. George never really establishes a dark, gloomy, foreboding atmosphere. In my opinion, an adequate feel of desperation never settles in, I'm sorry to say.
I did love the idea of the homemade zombie documentary. Romero tries to bring a fresh element to the horror genre, and for that he should be commended. But the camera work was not too convincing. It rarely has a real feel. And I was shocked at how underdeveloped the characters are. Maybe this story is about people as a whole, but some closer connection with some individuals would have been nice.

Diary of the Dead starts strong, but quickly fizzles out in many aspects.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Adds little to genre May 22, 2008
Format:DVD
As a fan of Romero's past zombie films, I was pretty let down by "Diary of the Dead". It has three pretty significant flaws in my humble opinion.

1. No shock: Nothing new or even effective here in terms of scares, effects, or mood. In fact, it falls far short of ever conveying a sense of menace or threat to the cast. Once you've seen one take of fake intestines falling out of a corpse, really, you've seen them all, and we've seen all this before.

2. Fails to get the "first person" perspective: Like them or not, films like "Blair Witch Project" and "Cloverfield" succeeded, in my opinion, in creating a look that made you believe they were being filmed hand-held... that you were getting a live, "as it happened" view. "Diary of the Dead" drops the ball on this in many places. Dialogue is stilted and unnatural. The performances fail to convey the sense that they are living the events, and are pretty flat in general. The shots look too staged and lack any sort of visceral feel. While the narration indicates that the footage has been edited and had music added, the result is a poorly constructed mash of two styles. The narration, music, and edited shots ruin the first person feel, while the attempts at first person come off stiff and unnatural. All in all, really ineffective.

3. Just plain dull: First person pictures have to engender some suspension of disbelief to overcome the obvious thought "why don't you drop the @#$%!! camera and run?" The set up feels really contrived in this film... more so than others. The attempts at social commentary... e.g. government is trying to cover up what's really going on, hunters shooting zombies for fun... are ham-fisted, blunt, and feel tacked-on rather than part of an integrated theme.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance, enjoy from a classic director!
I'm a true fan of Romero, but this is a special movie. It's slow, but makes you think about lots of things... like all romero's movies. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Hernan De Freitas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love at movie thank you
Published 1 month ago by Luis A. Cubero
2.0 out of 5 stars Zombie review
I think this movie starts well; I think what zombifies this movie in a negative way is that it gets mired down in silly dialogue eg hospital scene. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Coletrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch your zones
Shame I cant watch it here...I'm in zone 4 and disc is zone 1
Published 3 months ago by Maria Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars F....... great movie
This is one of the best zombie movies Ive seen, you wont regret buying it. Be ready to get bitten!
Published 4 months ago by Serch
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Zombie movies
I find many Zombie movies to be more gore than entertainment. This movie has a solid plot, decent characterizations, and builds to a suspenseful and surprising end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BD King
2.0 out of 5 stars Should've Been So Much Better
In this day and age when everyone is walking around with a camera phone, instant access to the world through the internet, and the craze to over-share even the smallest details of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Girod
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my fave movies
I love this movie. It has been one of my favorites for years. I normally hate shaky cam movie just cause its really hard for me to sit and watch it but I absolutely love this one.
Published 5 months ago by Audrey Gains
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunatly not GR's best film
I was hoping for another great film from George Romero. Sadly, not! This was really a bad Idea and honestly I can't believe he had anything to do with it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by techie mike
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome...
if you have never seen this movie, you are missing out!

it might not be for everyone, but everyone should at least see it once.

great movie!
Published 6 months ago by SamHain
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Why no preorder?
Good question. I'd like to be able to preorder it as well.
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