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George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead (2008)

Josh Close , Michelle Morgan , George A. Romero  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Close, Michelle Morgan, Shawn Roberts, Amy Lalonde, Joe Dinicol
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8LA4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,350 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead" 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 directors signature realistic special effects Diary of the Dead is must-see horror that is Romero at his finest (

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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
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
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, Horribly Executed September 24, 2008
My wife and I own all of George Romero's "Of the Dead" movies, including Day of the Dead. However, Day of the Dead is no longer the weakest link in the "Of the Dead" franchise. Not even close. We were considering purchasing "Diary" without watching it first, thinking, "It's George Romero. How can we go wrong?" Suffice to say, we are glad we didn't purchase that DVD.

The idea is simple: college students filming a horror movie get thrown into a real one. However, whatever merit the original idea had gets sidelined by the absolute horror of the script, the screenplay, and the acting.

To follow are spoilers:

Let's get this out of the way first: you can't edit your video during the zombie apocalypse. And you don't edit music into a movie in which your significant other dies. Part of the beauty of other first-person movies like The Blair Witch and Cloverfield was their complete lack of music or editing... well, not quite complete in both cases, but neither had music or, God help us all, voiceover. The voiceover by the female lead was monotone, it was trite, and it was quite bad. Any movie that relies on voiceover to accomplish its aims, whether it be a moral message or simply a scare, will fall to its knees(the best example of this was Lynch's Dune).

With this said, you'd think that at least the script or the acting would make up for it.... but it doesn't. The actors say exactly what they are thinking whenever they think it. The script is full of meaningless, cringeworthy lines. Whoever wrote this movie needs to learn the value of silence in a horror movie. Filling the silence is not always a good thing.

All this would be redeemed, as in Day of the Dead, if the movie had some serious gore! However, it doesn't.
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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 10 days 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 1 month ago by SamHain
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one for Romero
A sort of prequel/sequel in the famous "Night of the Living Dead" series. Lots of cool scenes and excitement in this one.
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy
3.0 out of 5 stars George is losing his touch, hopefully because of budgetary constaints
All I can say is I LOVED all of Romero's Dead movies even including Land of the Dead but this one seems to have been made on the money left over from Land's budget, and that's sad... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Y. Nomura
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Zombies movies rule and this one ranks right up there. Cool college film students p.o.v. and has some funny campy moments.
Published 2 months ago by brookie b
4.0 out of 5 stars Diary of the Dead-Buy
From the film I thought it was not to bad for a zombie movie. You could deffently see this as a film that every person with a camera would do during the zombie apocalypse. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Claire Napiorkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
Great movie, sent it quick....added it to my collection and its almost complete!
Grab it....great flick!!!!! Cant go wrong...yes sir.
Published 4 months ago by The punisher 93
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for true fans of the genre!
This is a great movie for a true zombie fan, not someone who is just getting into the genre for the new zombie craze which I can't wait to end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Choike Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
It has kind of a bad plot, the characters make the same old mistakes. Its cheesy but it has zombies in it so I watched it.
Published 5 months ago by Bunneh
4.0 out of 5 stars This was an unexpectedly good movie.
I never expected to like this movie. I purchased it only because George Romero's name was on it. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie's character development and interactions. Read more
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Why no preorder?
Good question. I'd like to be able to preorder it as well.
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