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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 (231 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 (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Diary of the Dead [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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" ( 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" (

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34 of 43 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
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 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The horror of modern technology May 27, 2008
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
4.0 out of 5 stars DIARY a surprisingly fresh, thoughtful and strange entry February 26, 2010
Hello, and THANK YOU for reading my reviews. Despite my deep respect for George Romero as a filmmaker, I've waited until this week (over 2 years after it's release!) to see DIARY OF THE DEAD. Mainly it's because I was somewhat disappointed with his last big horror feature LAND OF THE DEAD, but following my recent screening, I have to say that I found DIARY to be an unusual, entertaining feature. Filled with interesting content, reasonably solid dialogue and good characterizations, DIARY is an unusual choice for Romero in that it 'compresses' the zombie world he's created, in effect moving the events of the original NIGHT to relatively current times, as well as placing the followup DAWN OF THE DEAD in a time frame as to suggest that it occurred only weeks ago. Strange as that sounds, Romero makes it work by filling the screen with haunting images of violence, an unsettling tone of despair and a modern pace that compares (and transcends) most contemporary thrillers. Although the film starts out a bit 'stilted', it's relatively easy to fall into line with the pack of survivors he creates here. The actors are all unknown but deliver solid performances. If I had one major complaint with the film though, it's that Romero's decision to shoot on HD video (not only as a budget constraint, but as clearly as part of the in-film story) it's that there are a few TOO MANY scenes where the screen is too dark, losing character detail and confusing the action. HD video seems to be good for relaying vibrant color, but the blacks seem all too FLAT and the lens range doesn't seem to compensate well when going from indoor to outdoor environments. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good solid Zombie flick which adds nothing much to the genre.
Diary of the Dead (2007)
Writer/director/producer George A. Romero is movie number five in the string of Zombie flicks by the modern master of the genre. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Andy McKinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Zombies are my favorite.
Published 1 month ago by Eder De Los Santos
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 1 month ago by Hernan De Freitas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love at movie thank you
Published 2 months 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 2 months 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago by Audrey Gains
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Why no preorder?
Good question. I'd like to be able to preorder it as well.
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