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Diary of the Dead [Blu-ray]
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First let me just say, I'm a big Romero fan, after all he's the father, err grandfather, of zombie filmmaking. Last year when I first heard that Romero was making another dead film and I started seeing trailers for Diary of the Dead; I was overwhelmed with excitement. It seemed edgy, gritty, and kind of reminded me of Martin in that it was set out to be more of an experiment in filmmaking and carried itself in a kind of intellectual way.
Fast forward to a few months ago and Dimension Extreme released Diary of the Dead on DVD. First, what is it about the word "extreme" that immediately makes me doubt the intention of its very meaning? Oh I know, Tartan Asia Extreme has sullied the expression on more than one occasion; but that's beside the point. I keep an open mind because both Tartan and Dimension have put out some excellent stuff; it's just every now and then...well you know. Anyway, I'll get right to it. Diary of the Dead missed its mark for me; conceptually Romero gets an A+, as always, but he just failed to deliver in his execution.
Romero makes some of the most prolific, poignant social observations of any filmmaker I know. Subtly masked within their zombie layer his commentary has a way of creeping in and infiltrating barriers that we would normally, perhaps inadvertently, be not in tune with. In this case, sensationalized media, desensitized and habitualized society, was, and I think the biggest, comment made in Diary. "The people need to know" words that echoed repeatedly in my mind while watching this film. It could be construed as irony within a world where the term "people" and what qualifies is quickly becoming debatable.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The movie is constantly interrupted by narrative voice-overs.
Because the group decides to bypass major populated areas, you never get to really see whats going on in the real world except for tiny news clips which you have to watch as the "camera" films the group watching on a tiny monitor.
As soon as the group gets a chance to access weapons not one more gunshot is fired throughout the film (LAME).
The "camera guy's" friends would not shut-up about him filming. Get over it already or break his camera.
Samuel the Amish guy totally rocked! (Diary is worth seeing just for this charecter alone).
A few (and sad to say I do mean few) nice zombie deaths.
I'd have to say Dawn of the Dead is still remains my favorite and in order to be completely fair, as of now, I would have to rank "Diary" as my least favorite. I really wanted to be blown away but I have to admit I wasn't.
Diary of the Dead is still worth seeing especially if your a zombie or Romero fan. Just don't have your hopes up to see anything new and innovative to be added to this genre. Keep your eye out for a George Romero cameo! I give it 3.5 stars (*sigh*).
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Bought this as a gift for a George Romero fan. But he had it already so I had to return it. He said it was great and it did make it to his collection.Published 28 days ago by Nature's Enlightenment
Diary Of The Dead is a good zombie movie. It's shot like a documentary and is about a group of college filmmaker friends in the beginning of a zombie apocalypse. Read morePublished 3 months ago by sls3
A complete turd. Boring characters. Cliche Blair witch wannabe documentary style. Same old cheap jump scares. Nothing interesting or new about this onePublished 6 months ago by Le Sheng Liu
the worst zombie movie I've ever bought, it's not scary, it's not funny and the actors are as pathetic as the overall production. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Fred