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Shaun of the Dead [HD DVD] (2004)

Simon Pegg , Kate Ashfield , Edgar Wright  |  R |  HD DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (938 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy
  • Directors: Edgar Wright
  • Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
  • Producers: Nira Park
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (938 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R8YC3G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shaun of the Dead [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Raw Meat
  • Zombie Gallery
  • TV Bits
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Missing Bits
  • Cast Commentary - Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Dylan Moran, Kate Ashfield and Lucy Davis
  • Commentary - Star Simon Pegg & Director Edgar Wright, Storyboard Comparison, Zomb-O-Meter

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    There comes a day in every man's life when he has to get off the couch...and kill some zombies. When flesh-eating zombies are on the hunt for a bite to eat, it's up to slacker Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best pal Ed (Nick Frost) to save their friends and family from becoming the next entree. Satisfy your bloodthirsty appetite with the movie that masters of horror and film critics alike are hailing as the funniest and scariest movie of the year. Novelist Stephen King gushes "it's a 10 on the fun meter and destined to be a cult classic," and Newsweek calls Shaun of the Dead "a bloody hoot!" It's a screamingly hilarious zomedy that will have you dying with laughter.

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    British horror/comedy Shaun of the Dead is a scream in all senses of the word. Brain-hungry zombies shamble through the streets of London, but all unambitious electronics salesman Shaun (Simon Pegg) cares about is his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield), who just dumped him. With the help of his slacker roommate Ed (Nick Frost), Shaun fights his way across town to rescue Liz, but the petty concerns of life keep getting in the way: When they're trying to use vinyl records to decapitate a pair of zombies, Shaun and Ed bicker about which bands deserve preservation--New Order they keep, but Sade becomes a lethal frisbee. Many zombie movies are comedies by accident, but Shaun of the Dead is deliberately and brilliantly funny, while still delivering a few delicious jolts of fear. Also featuring the stealthy comic presence of Bill Nighy (Love Actually) and some familar faces from The Office. --Bret Fetzer

    From The New Yorker

    It is only natural to be scared of zombies, and to prevent them from laying waste to your home. A more relaxing approach, however, is to be bored and vaguely annoyed by them, or, better still, not to notice them in the first place. This is the premise of Edgar Wright's British comedy, which may be responsible for kicking off a new and specialized genre of slacker horror. Shaun (Simon Pegg) lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend (Kate Ashfield), his mother (Penelope Wilton), and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners. The finale, in which the pub turns into an Alamo, is the bloodiest, most orthodox, and least witty part of the movie; far sharper are the early scenes in which Shaun wanders happily to the local store along a battered, zombie-dotted street and pulps his attackers with a cricket bat. The central joke is so snappy and well sustained that you barely catch sight of the ominous vision on offer: a country that already feels like death. -Anthony Lane

    Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker


    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    231 of 280 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalyptic Weapon of Choice: The Cricket Paddle October 11, 2004
    For some horror fans, satirizing the zombie genre (and let's face it, zombie films are practically a genre unto themselves) could seem like sacrilege. With the serious films that have come before - 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, and, of course, Night of the Living Dead - SHAUN OF THE DEAD leads us down a path few have dared tread (Evil Dead fans should check out this film to see how a REAL spoof is pulled off). Leave it to the British to give us some gritty dialogue and bloody comedy all rolled into one. I, for one, say "thank you."

    So what's this film all about ...

    Shaun (Simon Pegg) leads a dull and mundane lifestyle; he works at an electronics store as a salesman, lives with a flatulently impaired and obese roommate named Ed (Nick Frost) and a second roommate, Pete (Peter Serafinowicz), who can't stand Ed. Shaun also has a girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), who is suffering with him over his complete lack of motivation to accomplish anything in his life. And she's right. Shaun doesn't seem to notice the zombie-esque lifestyle he leads, the terrible routine of drinking at `The Winchester' pub (named after the rifle that gleams over the bar), the protecting of Ed's horrific behavior (ripping farts and calling women the "C" word while never maintaining a job of any kind), and, of course, his forgetfulness that she, Liz, is actually a part of his life. So naturally she calls off their relationship, causing Shaun and Ed to go on a drinking spree and video game holiday. And when they awaken from the alcoholic stupor, some things have changed. Only Shaun and Ed don't notice right away. They're so used to life being slow, boring, and ...er ...
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    80 of 96 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It's been a funny sort of day, hasn't it? October 24, 2004
    Format:DVD
    It is a very hard line to cross in today's cinema to make a film that part comedy and horror film. Normally, when this happens we end up with something like the Chucky series. It began serious, but after seeing the new preview, I know they have given up serious horror and invaded into the world of campy horror. I was afraid at first that this film was going to go into that direction, but then I remembered ... this film wasn't made in America, it was made in Britain where the humor is actually intellectually funny. As I was sitting and enjoying this film from beginning to end, I couldn't help but wonder why America has not been able to master this style of film yet. Why is our comedies still heavily based in the sex humor or bathroom jokes? While there were some in this film, I felt the majority of the humor was logic and intelligence based. "If you listen to the words, you will laugh at the jokes" style of comedy instead of waiting to see who will fall over what first.

    With its firm grasp on the comedy aspect, Shaun of the Dead delivers an exceptional grade for its creativity. It takes a lot of brain work to be able to think of a story about zombies where our main characters are oblivious to the fact that anything horrible is happening in the world until the second act. That was actually some of my favorite parts of this film. I was there, sitting in the theater, knowing that it was a zombie film (still, can I call it that?), and nearly missing the entire zombie clues going on in the background. My eyes were focused directly on our star and scene-stealer duo, Shaun and Ed. One of my favorite scenes of this film is when Shaun is going to work after the dead have risen and goes through the motions as if nothing strange is happening while there is chaos and destruction all around.
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    97 of 119 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you would expect in a zombie comedy and more December 25, 2004
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Hearing that "Shaun of the Dead" is the most popular British zombie comedy of all time does give one pause, simply because you have to stop for a second and wonder as to whether you have simply missed other British zombie comedies or if you maybe took "28 Day Later" way too seriously. The thing is that when you hear "British zombie comedy" you are thinking "Monty Python's Flying Circus" or "Benny Hill" or "Black Adder" or "Asbolutely Fabulous" or "Coupling." You are not thinking something that is as restrained as what Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have put together (the pair co-wrote the film, Pegg stars as Shaun and Wright directs), which is probably the biggest surprise of all.

    "Shaun of the Dead" is only four star funny, so we are not even close to "Airplane!" territory, which is still the funniest film of all time (measured in number of laughs generated) but there is another dimension to the film beyond the humor. The tagline tries to tells us that this movie is: "A romantic comedy. With zombies." The really funny thing is that, underneath it all, it really is a romantic comedy. You know: boy meets girl, girl dumps boy, zombies try to kill boy and girl and mom and flat mates, boy tries to rescue girl and mom and flat mates, so on and so forth.

    Actually the movie that that came to mind the most, despite the references to the great zombie movies of the past ("We're coming to get you, Barbara!"), was "Young Frankenstein," specifically in terms of the scenes that are played totally straight.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny up to a point
    Very funny up to a point, but the last half is losers complaining at one another in a bar. The very end is also funny. Read more
    Published 3 hours ago by Lifebetweenbooks
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    One of my favorite movies of all time. It has everything!
    Published 9 hours ago by Jake
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great movie quick delivery
    Published 17 hours ago by david hedge
    4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best comedies I've seen in a while
    One of the best comedies I've seen in a while. Unlike most American comedies(Sandler) this is an intelligent movie with WITTY dialogue. Great direction by Edgar Winter as well.
    Published 3 days ago by rehab resident
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I liked it. Zombie movie with comedy included.
    Published 3 days ago by Wise Shopper
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Jeff top 500 movies
    Simply put, with out any spoiler or a plot reveal, awesome romantic comedy zombie movie, Going in the "Jeff" top 500 movies
    Published 5 days ago by Jeff
    5.0 out of 5 stars best zom-com
    New classic zombie comedy is perennial fave. Nothing to improve in this movie.
    Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars You'll laugh your head off!!
    Zombie horror movie or clever comedy? How about both? Very funny, but definitely an "R" rated gore fest. A must watch for zombie fans and fans of British humor. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by B. Wolf
    2.0 out of 5 stars Over hyped and under done
    Maybe this is a case of hearing for a decade how great this movie was, how hysterical it is and how I HAD to see it. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by L. Jensen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    this is hysterical!
    Published 10 days ago by mom
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