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Land of the Dead (Unrated Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] (2005)

Simon Baker , John Leguizamo , George A. Romero  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (421 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Writers: George A. Romero
  • Producers: Mark Canton, Peter Grunwald
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (421 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CW7ZVC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bolstered by the success of 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, the Resident Evil movies and the hit remake of his own Dawn of the Dead, George A. Romero returns to the horror subgenre he invented with Land of the Dead. The fourth installment in Romero's zombie cycle (and the first since 1985's Day of the Dead) presents a logical progression of events since 1968's horror classic Night of the Living Dead: Zombies (also known as "stenches" for their rotting odor) are the dominant population, and they've begun to show signs of undead intelligence and gathering power. The wealthiest survivors live comfortably in a luxury high-rise within a barricaded safe zone, ignoring the horrors of the outside world while armed scavengers stage raids in the zombie-zone to gather much-needed food and supplies. Simon Baker and John Leguizamo play mercenaries-for-hire; Dennis Hopper is their nefarious boss; and horror favorite Asia Argento (daughter of Suspiria director Dario Argento) plays a former hooker recruited into Baker's scavenger squad. While none of this seems particularly fresh or inspired, Land of the Dead benefits from hints of the social satire that made Romero's earlier zombie films so memorable. Not so much funny as gruesomely peculiar, Romero's plot isn't as inventive as it could've been, but as a big-scale B-movie, Land of the Dead delivers a handful of shocks and horror-celebrity cameos (including gore-masters Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero) that should keep horror buffs happy until the next zombie opus comes along. --Jeff Shannon

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Packed with more heart-pounding and blood-curdling thrills than any theater could show, this special Unrated Director’s Cut unleashes the ultimate vision of George A. Romero’s latest living-dead shock-fest! Starring Simon Baker, Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo, Land of the Dead finds humanity’s last remnants battling to survive the unspeakable truth: The ravenous zombie hordes besieging their fortified city…are evolving!

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124 of 156 people found the following review helpful
The dead are mad as heck and aren't going to take it anymore! When we last caught up with George Romero's "Dead" films, "Day of the Dead" focused on the military trying to train the zombies for combat and experimenting on them. Romero takes the next step introduced into a world divided by the dead and the living each sharing space reluctantly with the other. That is until a gas station attendant zombie shows an inkling of intelligence and decides to go after the living in a sealed off skyscaper while those less fortunate live on the streets of the sealed off metropolis. Run by Kaufman (Dennis Hopper in perfect looney mode), the city is supplied by "employees" who can't live in the beautiful people's skyscraper. These scavengers led by Riley (Simon Baker) and Cholo (John Leguizamo) pillage the landscape around them for essential items for the wealthy. Riley has a conscience decides he will no longer lead the crew of his "tank" Dead Reconkening and work for "the man" anymore. Cholo, on the other hand, keeps doing Kaufman's dirty work in hopes that he'll be able to buy his way into the wealthy paradise.

As usual Romero has lots of gore but, more importantly, there's a sly political and satricial message at the heart of the movie. Romero who has been an independent filmmaker his whole life probably identifies with Riley and thinks of the film studios as Kaufman and his denizens. It's a much broader metaphor though as it can be used to look at the disappearing middle class and the disintegration of the class system in America. It's a fun ride with some of Romero's most accomplished filmmaking. Working with a budget of around $20 million Romero manages to do the same kind of work as was seen in the remake of his "Dawn of the Dead" last year.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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We should have known that if George A. Romero was going to go back to the well of the living dead another time he was going to come up with something different. What "George A. Romero's Land of the Dead" (the director's name goes up top so you know this is not merely another remake of one of his zombie films, like last year's "Dawn of the Dead") offers is two variations on the familiar theme. The first is in this brave new world humanity has found a way of perpetuating the old divide between the "haves" and "haves not," even when there are all those zombies out there suggest it should now be "us" versus "them." Kaufman (Dennis Hopper) has set up Fiddler's Green, a luxury high rise on an island between a couple of rivers (think the location of Three River Stadium in Romero's old stomping ground of Pittsburgh even though the movie is shot in Toronto). There the "haves" live while the rest of the island has the "have nots," some of whom are hired as mercenaries to go out into the world and bring back "necessities." Apparently money still matters in the "Land of the Dead," or perhaps people are merely trying to hold on to the old way of life, because the poor are not listening to those advocating going and taking away from the rich.

Consequently, humanity has found a way to survive. You can compare the more active approach of "Land of the Dead" with the mall rats of "Dawn of the Dead," who found a passive means of existence. Kaufman has built Dead Reckoning, a gigantic armored vehicle that leads foraging parties out into the world. These parties are led by Riley (Simon Baker), whose primary goal is getting everybody back alive, which does not always happen. That is because he works with Cholo (John Leguizamo), who has a different idea of necessities, one attuned to the fine tastes of Kaufman.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romero's Still Got It June 24, 2005
By Drunewp
I've read several reviews for Land of the Dead in the past week. Some praised it, while some dismissed it as a "rehash" or "uninspired" film, saying it does nothing to further the Romero legacy. I've heard it's not funny. I've heard it's character's sucked. I've heard lots. I'm here to let you know that Romero's new addition not only fits like a glove to the original three - it's hillarious, well acted, well concieved, and looks beautifully-dirty at that!

When I hear people say LAND is "unoriginal", it makes me chuckle. No other horror filmmaker can mix social commentary, humor, and gore like Romero, and if there is one out there, he'she probablly got the idea from Romero anyway!

I saw LAND last night, at a midnight show here in Chicago. From the opening old-school UNIVERSAL logo, to watching KAUFMAN say things like "We don't negoitate with terrorists," to watching a population of zombies appear from under the water in what, to me, is one of the creepiest moments I've felt in a looooong time, I not only thouroughly enjoyed this flick, I welcome it WHOLEHEARTEDLY as an instant classic.

The underlying story is a cautionary one - just like Night, Dawn, and Day. It's shows a population that have locked themselves in, so much so that when it comes time to escape, they can't. It tells of a ruthless leader that keeps the outside population occupied with drugs, sex and entertainment to keep their minds from coming together and storming Fiddler's Green. The Green is a skyscraper-fortress that Kaufman and his cronies have turned into a new city, one that holds every memory of the former life - shopping malls, gyms, movies, etc. This film is about zombies, obviously.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
2.0 out of 5 stars the black lead zombie is the star of the show
The black lead zombie, developing intelligence, seeking to protect other zombies, teaching them how to use tools, leading them to the promised land (Fiddler's Green, a high rise... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tamara Wilhite
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best zombie flicks
Had to watch this again. It is one of my all time favorite zombie movies. They actually have a little smarts! ;)
Published 2 months ago by Dom Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gasp! "They're trying to be us!"
Fraught with plenty of obvious social commentary, Land of the Dead literally pits the have-nots against the haves (led by a regally sedate `boss' Dennis Hopper as Paul Kaufman). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Einsatz
3.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Dead- Okay
From seeing this movie it was okay but the for me it was a little boring becuase I like to see I characters have a struggle to survive. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Claire Napiorkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you
one of the best zombie movies. i could watch this movie a thousand times and not get sick of it.
Published 3 months ago by Heather Madison
5.0 out of 5 stars romero sticks this LANDing; another excellent chapter in the dead...
land of the dead shows us that george a. romero is as witty and potent as ever. this flick seems to be the subject of pretty mixed feelings, and seems only to add to the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by bugman
4.0 out of 5 stars pure enjoyment, mindless fun
These are just fun to watch and I love watching them over and over. These are pure enjoyment, mindless fun. I do not over analyze these movies to make sense of them, its just fun. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Dead
huge zombie fan and Romero is always great being basically the creater of what we know today to be zombies. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jon M Edmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie!
Land of the dead is a awesome movie. It has great characters and a great story. If you love zombie movies you will love this one.
Published 5 months ago by gchild
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