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Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray]
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David Emge, Ken Foree. Zombies take over a shopping mall and terrorize four people hiding there in this sequel to George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. This remastered special edition is loaded with bonus features and trailers. 1979/color/127 min/NR.
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This is one of those movies and I'm glad I was able to find it.
I'm generally not a big fan of zombie movies but I remembered this one because of what happens inside the shopping mall.
I have to admit: I only recently just saw this film a couple weeks ago. I never bothered to watch it because I saw the 2005 remake upon release and felt that was sufficient. Well, don't make the same mistake I did! Romero's 1978 version is far superior to the 2005 version. Sure, the special fx (the blood looks like red melted crayons!) and the acting isn't quite as good as the 2005 movie. I will freely admit this. But this film is much more creative in its use of the mall as a setting than the remake.
The remake used the shopping mall as a claustrophobic space most of the time, the survivors locked away, stuck, under the security gates. In this version they really utilize the space of the mall. They're on the roof, the air ducts, all the stores, the basement/broiler area, the parking lot. There's even an epic fight against other humans for control of the mall, complete with motorcycles and cars racing down the lanes of the food court. The survivors even create their own apartment--a zombie-free shangri-la--in an office near the roof and live there comfortably for months on end.
I'll leave you with a little quote from Roger Ebert, who gave the film 4 stars:
"If you can see beyond the immediate impact of Romero's imagery, if you can experience the film as being more than just its violent extremes, a most unsettling thought may occur to you: The zombies in "Dawn of the Dead" are not the ones who are depraved. They are only acting according to their natures, and, gore dripping from their jaws, are blameless. The depravity is in the healthy survivors, and the true immorality comes as two bands of human survivors fight each other for the shopping center: Now look who's fighting over the bones! But "Dawn" is even more complicated than that, because the survivors have courage, too, and a certain nobility at times, and a sense of humor, and loneliness and dread, and are not altogether unlike ourselves. A-ha."