Dawn of the Dead
Unrated Director's Cut, Director's Cut
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Packed with more blood, more gore, and more bone-chilling, jaw-dropping thrills, Dawn of the Dead Unrated Director's Cut is the version too terrifying to be shown in theaters! Starring Mekhi Phifer, Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley in an edgy, electrifying thrill-ride.When a mysterious virus turns people into mindless, flesh-eating zombies, a handful of survivors wage a desperate, last-stand battle to stay alive…and human.
Many had their doubts, but in all honesty the Dawn of the Dead unrated director's cut DVD is everything a horror/zombie fan could ever hope for. Yes, the film is not Romero's and fans of the original were set to dismiss the film as a cheap way to cash in on a classic. However, Zack Snyder's Dawn is not simply a remake, but a retelling of George's brilliant vision. The DVD begins with Zack Snyder giving a cool and laidback introduction to this unrated version. He openly admits it is more gory, has more character development, and is a little longer, but it is his preferred version, the one the MPAA wouldn't allow to be released with an R rating. The commentary on this DVD is so much fun. It features a sharp, cool dialogue between the first-time movie director and producer Eric Newman; interestingly, it was recorded before the theatrical version of the film opened. There is nothing like listening to ambitious, funny, excited filmmakers enthusiastically discuss every facet of the filmmaking experience.
Though it has no full-on "making of" documentaries, the DVD includes a nice suite of extras geared towards giving the viewer more background information on the zombie apocalypse. There is 15 minutes of home video footage documenting "Andy's"' final days fighting off the zombies from his gun shop. Special Report: Zombie Invasion is a very cool 20-minute collage of news coverage giving governmental and scientific updates of the zombie crisis from across the country. The three unrated documentaries all showcase the special effects team and their fearless leader, David LeRoy Anderson. They focus on how to explode heads, the most memorable zombie kills, and the zombie makeup process. It's definitely not for the squeamish, but will be fascinating for those who dare to take a look. The strangest thing about this DVD is the almost non-mention of George Romero and his Dead films. In fact, if you missed the credit "Based on a screenplay by George Romero," you may never know it was his vision that laid the foundation. Is this a legal issue? Who knows, but it is definitely a little odd. However, this should not hold genre fans back from seeing this film. You will not be disappointed because this DVD and the film rock. --Rob Bracco
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Romero's Dawn was a classic, and I was not at all sure the remake would be worthwhile, but I was happily surprised. Ramping up the zombies to a Resident Evil type speed was a stretch for me, but it works in the context of this new story. Like TCM, this was not just a remake but a rewrite, the only way it could have worked. This movie was done well enough to keep original Dawn fans happy and bring a new legion of zombie lovers into the fold. Sure, some of the dialogue was cheese, but its a horror movie for god's sake! What do you expect? (And its not like other popular genre's are devoid of cheese.)
The characters were well-defined, even if some were merely caricatures of societal elements. The special effects were top-notch, and the frenzied zombies gave a sense of imminent danger rather than the forboding sense of doom from the original.
For all those who complained about the ending... you obviously left the theater too soon. In recent years, many movies have delighted in putting extras in the credits... in this movie, if you left when the credits began to roll... well, don't make that foolish mistake again. When it finally came to a close, I felt the perfect bridge into the world given to us in Day of the Dead.
Fantastic movie and a must have for any worthwhile collection!