This is one of the best if not the best zombie movie there is. This is required viewing if you love horror and I cant praise everything about it especially the soundtrack highly enough. The Shout! Factory release is also very nice and has great special features plus really good double sided box art so I highly recommend it.
One of my favorite movies of George's, the 3 stars is because my copy did not come with the slipcover like it's supposed to! As a collector, this actually pisses me off.
Update: I contacted Scream Factory and they said this.
As a rule of thumb, our Scream Factory collector’s editions only have their slipcovers manufactured for the first three months after street date. After that window has ended, they are no longer manufactured, and are only available while supplies last.
Because this is a fairly old release, we no longer have slipcovers, sorry. Customer Service Shout! Factory 2034 Armacost Ave., 1st Floor Los Angeles, CA 90025 email@example.com
I am very upset as this movie means a lot to me as a fan. I was better off buying this used on eBay. I know that may be extream for some but I purchased this with the hopes of collecting it. Everything else is amazing but not sure how I feel about their cheap business ways. Hope this helps folks interested in buying, IT DOES NOT HAVE A SLIPCOVER!
Day of the dead looks great in bluray, the documentary that's in this set is also great. I'm very pleased with it. It didn't have as many features as the double disc DVD but still its a nice transfer to bluray.
This is my favorite zombie flick of all time. This movie differs from the other Dead films in that it isn't about a group of people trying to survive. Instead it's a movie about a team of scientists trying to find a cure to the epidemic, but the military group assigned to assist them is wondering what exactly is going on since they're slowly dying off trying to protect the scientific team and themselves. There's no outside communication and any effort to find civilization ends in failure. With no outside communication and being left to fend for themselves, we slowly watch as two sides succumb to insanity and eventually destroying each other.
The one character I absolutely loved in this film is Captain Rhodes. I don't think I ever seen another film that can capture the spirit of the character. Captain Rhodes is the only character in this entire film who made actual sense. The head scientists, Dr Logan, also known as Frankenstein for slicing up the zombie specimens wanted to train zombies in a manner similar to how one might train kids. We slowly learn that Dr Logan has a serious mental problem and his experiment is delusional but by that time it was too late for everyone to realize. Captain Rhodes allowed Dr Logan a benefit of a doubt in his experiment. Throughout the film we see Captain Rhodes becoming increasing agitated but the Captain wanted the experiment to proceed since the scientists are so sure of a solution.
Right from the get go Captain Rhodes appears arrogant, cocky, and hard headed in terms of trying to get him to see the scientist's side of the problem. However, after watching the film a few times over the years what I accepted is that Captain Rhodes is always asking the right question which is: exactly what the scientists are doing? Throughout the movie Captain Rhodes gave the science team enough shadow of a doubt to allow them to progress and come out with a possible solution even though his men are increasingly frustrated. However, each interaction with each other turns up more questions and doubts until eventually their anger and frustration turns them against each other. I too always questioned exactly what the scientists intentions were. Not once did any side actually came up with anything remotely possible and even Dr Logan's trained zombie concept seem flawed in many ways.
The thing I most dislike about this film is that at the end Captain Rhodes not only turned into a murderous buffoon but also a traitor and coward to his own men. He died in the most horrendous manner possible in the entire film. Not only that, he died from the very experiment that he allowed to continue with a smart zombie known as Bub. Throughout the entire film, Captain Rhodes did not kill a single zombie. He only killed unarmed scientists and killed his own men by abandoning them.
Whenever I watch this movie, I secretly wish that Captain Rhodes turned out to be the hero. I honestly wish the could remake this film but instead change the point of the movie where Captain Rhodes turned into a complete idiot and got everyone killed.
Overall a great movie to see Captain Rhodes interaction. I bought the collectors Blu Ray edition and wow, it is a major upgrade from my old dvd copy of the film. Absolutely love it. Now I only wish they released the Ultimate Edition of Dawn of the Dead on Blu Ray.
Zombie fans! You won't find a better special-edition DVD for this cult classic.
The author of the supplemental content really has an affection for the collaborative Romero world of underground film, and took lots of care in adding a biographical journal-style "comic," along with many notes.
In these days of detestable coercion into buying Blue-Ray or other proprietary and unneeded formats, and special edition content only being available on them, this special edition is a breath of fresh... well, rotted walking dead air.
I wish more DVDs were made like this one for cult classics and other low-tech but highly-loved oldies.