28 Days Later
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A virus is accidentally released from a British research facility. Those infected with the virus develop uncontrollable fits of killing rage. Twenty-eight days later, humanity is on the verge of extinction and a small group of survivors in London battle other survivors while avoiding the deadly virus.
Even though it's only a single disc, the 28 Days Later DVD includes a lot of very interesting features, including the alternate ending that was shown after the end of the film a couple months into its theatrical run. It's much bleaker, as director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland say in their optional commentary. Another alternate ending is almost the same as the theatrical ending but slightly less happy. Most interesting is the "radical" alternate ending that takes an entirely different path midway through the film. It wasn't filmed, however, so Boyle and Garland narrate the action over storyboards, and it's a surprisingly engrossing 11 minutes. Boyle and Garland also did a commentary track for the film, and they talk about how they were able to get the shots of deserted London and why they used the ending they did. There are also six very watchable deleted scenes, and Boyle and Garland's comments range from "great sequence" to "a disgrace." Slightly less relevant is a 24-minute documentary that spends its first 10 minutes on the real-life threat of infectious diseases before recapping the film and discussing such elements as the use of digital video and the boot camp the actors had to attend. If you need any further proof that the DVD was a labor of love, even the stills galleries have commentaries. --David Horiuchi
- Alternative theatrical ending with optional commentary
- Alternative ending with optional commentary
- Radical alternative ending with optional commentary
- Six deleted scenes with optional commentary: London Walk, Abandoned Train, Motorway Carnage, Taxi/Sweden, The Infected in the House, Floorboards
- "Pure Rage: The Making of 28 Days Later"
- Jacknife Lee music video
- Animated storyboards from the original U.K. Website
- Production and Polaroid galleries with director commentary
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I rented this movie in HD, started watching it, and was immediately confused by its pixelated quality. After doing some research, I found out that the movie creators deliberately shot some scenes in relatively low-res Canon XL-1 camcorders for logistical reasons. I don't know if the entire movie is low-res (supposedly the last portion of the movie is high res), but be aware that much of the movie is purposefully low-res.
That said, I absolutely loved this movie. I was expecting some sort of typical zombie movie, and instead what I got was a beautifully expressive and creative look at being human.
Great movie that was Cillian Murpheys "break out" role at least to audiences in this country. Great acting, great storyline, tremendous direction and casting.......everything was simply awesome.
Also one of the first movies to have "frenzied" zombies featured.......if not THE first. Sure beats the old slow moving plodders that most zombies are portrayed as being.....but then again I like both......big zombie movie fan (except for the really dreadful ones and there are a LOT of them out there). Romero has long been bypassed as the "king" of the Zombie genre. Give him his due though, he did create the original zombie flick, or at least the type zombie that everyone outside of Haiti has familiarity with.
Nothing in this is new on the media scene today. What struck me sufficiently to single this movie out is simply the high quality with which every aspect of the process was performed. It's a case of doing roughly the same job only doing it better.
If your taste runs to this subgenre, you will not want to miss this film. If you want to see what model is being used by such films, this is a good one to try, since there is less visible violence and bloodletting than is to be found in the average of the type. I am not an aficionado, but found this rather simple version quite interesting to watch.
As others have mentioned the DVD quality looks poor but it's exactly how it was shot. High contrast, high grain and dark at times, but it does all add to the suspense. There would be no benefit to getting this on blu-ray.
interesting complex characters. It still doesn't quite rise to being a great movie, through a combination of not really exploring the many political and social themes it hints at (George Romero takes that further), and pushing its internal logic pretty far at times. But it's always entertaining, has a lot of genuine suspense, and isn't over- reliant on easy scares and shocks. Interestingly photographed on video.
I would have rated this even higher if it had actually ended one of the darker, more emotional and complex endings included on the DVD special features. That would have brought it to 'classic' status. (It was shown in U.S. theaters with the 'regular ending and then one of the darker endings, but for me that attenuated the impact).
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A predictable, formulaic and not even remotely scary zombie movie. Don't waste time or money on this film.