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Day of the Dead [Blu-ray]
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This DVD includes a high definition version of the George A. Romero classic. Extras include audio commentaries with Romero and cast/crew, documentary, fast film facts, behind-the-scenes, interview with Richard Liberty, Gateway Commerce Center promo, trail
Chapter three of George Romero's mighty zombie trilogy has big footsteps to follow. Night of the Living Dead was a classic that revitalized a certain corner of the cinema, and Dawn of the Dead was nothing short of epic. Day of the Dead, however, has always been regarded as a comedown compared to those twin peaks--and perhaps it is. But on its own terms, this is an awfully effective horror movie, made with Romero's customary social satire and cinematic vigor--when a "retrained" zombie responds to the "Ode to Joy," the film is in genuinely haunting territory. The story is set inside a sunken military complex, where Army and medical staff, supposedly working on a solution to the zombie problem, are going crazy (strongly foreshadowing the final act of 28 Days Later). Tom Savini's makeup effects could make even hardcore gore fans tear off their own heads in amazement. --Robert Horton
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I double dipped x3 on Day of the Dead
Two versions actually have "there own" exclusives
are they all worth owning (That all depends)
I personally would say no the Original first blu ray put out by Anchor Bay is a cheap BR in terms of PQ
I love Day as much as the previous two films so i have all three (Need to sell the Anchor Bay version though)
Try watch the entire horrible first season of Fear the Walking dead
Greg Nicotero dug out the original Day of the dead script and hand it into AMC and they copied alot of Day of the dead to make there "New" #1 So-called hit
Gonna try and give the run down to each disc and all the extras they come with
Anchor Bay/Starz home video blu ray (Released Oct 02, 2007)
***Audio Commentary with Writer/Director George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Production Designer Cletus Anderson and actress Lori Cardille
**** Audio Commentary with Filmmaker Roger Avary
**The many Days of Day of the Dead,
***Fast Film Facts,
**Behind the Scenes,
***Audio Interview with Richard Liberty
* Gateway Commerce Center Promos
Anchor Bay put out maybe 6-8 classic horror films on Blu Ray before just giving up and being lazy
this is one of them!
The Original first blu ray of Day by Anchor Bay is the weakest of the 3 the PQ isn't at HD standards
Arrow Home Video (Released Aug 27, 2012) UK Import --Note it's Region Free
w/ Double-sided sleeve art choose from 4 optional covers!
This Amazing Edition Contains
2 disc , 4 sleeve art options, double sided fold out poster,
'For Every Dawn There is a Day' Collector's Booklet
Disc 1 Blu Ray Contains:
Audio 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
****Commentary with the F/X Team including Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, Everett Burrell, and Mike Daek
(Arrow Exclusive Commentary track!)
****Joe of the Dead (1080p) a cool featurette on Captain Rhodes (Joseph Pilato)
Disc 2 DVD Contains:
***The many Days of Day of the Dead,
***Behind the Zombies Footage,
*Photo Album of the Dead,
**Souvenirs of the dead,
***Night & Dawn Trailers,
***The Audio Recollections of Richard Liberty
***tv Ads of the dead,
***Wampum Mine Promo
(Arrow took all the previous extras from the first blu ray and threw them on a second disc (dvd)
The PQ on this version is 5x's better everything looks crisp and clean you also get a proper DTS Audio track
DOTD Collector's Edition Shout Factory (Released Sep 17, 2013) region (a)
one major problem with this version is lack of any HQ Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (Mono)
it's not the worst mono audio track but, not a fan of mono!
Special Features and Extras
*****World's End: The Legacy of Day of the Dead (1080p; 1:25:26) exclusive documentary (This alone makes this BR a Must have)
***Behind the Scenes Footage,
**Wampum Mine Promotional Video,
***Underground: A Look Into the Day of the Dead Mines (1080p; 7:37) features Ed Demko, along with Skip Docchio, who was Facility Tech on the film.
***Theatrical Trailers & TV Spots,
*** Still Galleries include Behind the Scenes, Locations, Posters and Lobby Cards, and Miscellaneous,
*****Commentary with Writer/Director George A. Romero, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Production Designer Cletus Anderson and Actress Lori Cardille.
**** Commentary with Filmmaker Roger Avary. (This is the Anchor Bay commentary, ported over from the deluxe edition dvd then the anchor bay blu ray)
Scream Factory does a bang-up job just with there exclusive documentary alone makes the Scream Factory version to be a must have
Over all go out of your way to own the Arrow Home Video BR and the Scream Factory BR
they are both must haves
the arrow home video version is still pretty cheap you can get it direct from arrow or amazon.uk for less then $20.00 us
I allways enjoyed how well Day Of The Dead was made. It's minimalistic approach of this film plus the emotional rollercoaster over the last half of the film is excellent. Shout!/Scream Factory has again made a Grade A Product with the restoration of Day Of the Dead. The Film wasn't in this good of condition when I originally saw it in theatres almost 30 years ago in the Movie theatre.
DAY OF THE DEAD is a claustrophobic character study set almost entirely in a secured underground military bunker. The story picks up some months after the end of DAWN OF THE DEAD, with the earth now nearly overrun by the flesh-eating corpses (one character estimates that the zombies outnumber the "normals" by circa 400,000 to 1). Military personnel have been assigned to the bunker with orders to protect and assist the group of scientists there who are experimenting on zombies in order to find a "solution" for the pandemic. However, much time has passed already with few results, and the assignment is taking its toll on the soldiers. When the Major in charge of the unit dies, the next in rank, an unbalanced Captain named Rhodes, takes over the project with the intention of shutting it all down and bugging out. The scientists resist, of course, as do the few civilians under the scientists' employ, and the resulting strife just might result in the annihilation of these last vestiges of the human race.
Contrary to initial criticism of DAY OF THE DEAD, the film's characterization is strong, literate, and fairly unidealistic, and the matter-of-fact socio-political subtext of the plot--though it might be a somewhat cliché SF theme--is actually a quite believable, hard-boiled reflection of the real-world tension between science and the military. And, yes, there is something for the gore hounds, too. Romero's long-time FX man, Tom Savini, does some of his most sophisticated work in DAY OF THE DEAD, with some of the most shocking grotesqueries saved for the final reel.
The performances in DAY OF THE DEAD are actually some of the best in the three-film series. Lori Cardille's emotive portrayal of the hard-as-nails heroine--a scientist named Sarah, who is the only woman in the enclave of "normals"--is fantastic, and Joseph Pilato creates a truly frightening portrait of a draconian martial megalomaniac. Richard Liberty is also delightful as Dr. Logan, the "mad" scientist whose experiments on the zombies are so extremely over the edge that the soldiers have nicknamed him "Frankenstein." Actor Terry Alexander delivers a standout performance as John, a civilian helicopter pilot who is also a pacifist and therefore avoids assisting the military half of their troupe as much as possible. And equally outstanding is Sherman Howard's (a.k.a. Howard Sherman) warm and sympathetic characterization of Bub, a benign zombie that Dr. Logan has "domesticated."
In short, DAY OF THE DEAD makes a worthy finale to Romero's bellwether DEAD series, despite its initial rejection by fans and critics. The socio-political subtext, while not overly subtle, is interesting and realistic, as are the characters in the film. And DAY OF THE DEAD offers up lots of cool make-up FX for the gore freaks in the audience.
The two-disc Divimax Special-Edition DVD from Anchor Bay is a must-own for Romero fans. It offers a beautifully crisp and clean digital transfer of the film--of even better quality than Anchor Bay's previous release--with two great optional feature commentaries (one that includes Romero, Savini, and actress Lori Cardille). The second disc is chock-full of other goodies, including an all new 39-minute documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew about the making of the film, a behind-the-scenes featurette, tons of trailers and TV spots, artwork galleries, and much more! Definitely worth the price of admission.
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a must for zombie lovers