Dawn of the Dead
Special Divimax Edition
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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/128 min/NR.
- Theatrical Trailers, TV & Radio Spots, and Poster Galleries
- Exclusive Preview of the Upcoming DAWN OF THE DEAD Comic Book from IDW Publisher
- 4 Page Collector's Booklet with all-new liner notes
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If you're like me and too broke to afford the hundred and fifty dollar Dawn of the Dead - Ultimate Edition, this is a great option.
Every time I would look for this movie at my local stores, all I could find was the Zack Snyder remake.
I set out to find this movie online, but all I could find was the Dawn Of The Dead (TV Edit) and Dawn Of The Dead Ultimate Edition.
One was sissy sauce and the other was half the price of a current generation game console.
Eventually I found this single DVD; no frills; movie, and it's awesome.
The Special Divimax Edition of Dawn of The Dead is well edited; long enough to fit all of the story; and even includes a few tracks from Goblin.
All in all, five stars all the way.
On a side note, if this DVD is sold out, find the Italian version, it goes be the name Zombie.
It's just as good and the sound track is a little better.
Aside from great effects, fantastic over the top (for its time) gore, and an underlying statement about our zombified society, what really makes DOTD shine is its characterization. All 4 main characters are built up throughout the film and you begin to really care about them; the life they start to make in the shopping mall makes one wonder if they would do the same. George Romero has always had a touch for building good characters and this film is no exception. Critically acclaimed and arguably the GREATEST horror movie ever made (in my personal opinion, it absolutely is), this is one that no fan should be without and no avid horror fan should pass up.
Disc 1 includes the U.S. Theatrical version, which actually is George Romero's preferred version, running at 127 minutes you'll get the most well-balanced version of the film available. Includes all the gore and blood that was meant to be in theaters, as well as the genius soundtrack.
Disc 2 is the full extended version of the film which adds 12 minutes to the original length, running at 139 minutes. While the soundtrack to this version is the same, the movie features extra scenes but at times can just feel a tad too long; still though, because the movie itself is so great one wouldn't mind sitting in an extra 12 minutes. For me personally this is MY preferred version, but contrary to popular opinion, this is NOT the version George Romero himself prefers.
Disc 3 is the European cut of the film, and seems to be mostly everyone's LEAST cared for version of the film. And for good cause. The movie runs 118 minutes long and the soundtrack is greatly reworked for the European audience, featuring somewhat stranger ideas in terms of musical tension that comes in the form of funny synth sounds that while still workable, still takes away greatly from the original soundtrack which featured zombies walking and moaning to goofy "carnival-like" music that really made George Romero's "zombie nation" statement applicable and note-worthy. Furthermore, in this version, the ending is simply a black screen with credits, whereas in the other versions, credits were atop more zombie "pranks" with the same carnival type of music, that while on the surface sounds goofy, it still gave the film a pretty creepy touch that gets you smirking on the outside, while feeling a bit uncomfy on the inside.
The European version of this film is basically cut to make this more of a straight out action film rather than a psychological spine tingler that the other versions were so good at being. Classic director Dario Argento remade this version to appeal to European audiences, and while it does the job, more art-film enthusiasts may be turned off by it's almost complete lack of psychological creepiness.
Disc 4 features 4 different documentaries that fans of this film will absolutely pine over. 2 features are over an hour long each in length, and contain FULL cast and production team interviews all these years later, therefore it's VERY fun to see where all these actors are and how they've aged (may I say that the female protagonist of this film, Gaylen Ross, still looks just as gorgeous as she did 30 years ago! Wow!), including George Romero himself. Plus 2 shorter features that are home video shot, one featuring some cast members and zombies (the actors from way back when) going to the actual mall where the film was shot, as well as home videos made during the production of this film. All in all, the documentary feature gives fans a greatly detailed influx of info on this grand horror masterpiece.
At this price, it's an easy decision, if you're already a fan of the film, you owe it to yourself to add this to your cart IMMEDIATELY. And for those who have never seen the film, for the price listed this is one buy that will absolutely not let you down.