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Diary of the Dead [Blu-ray]

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Jason Creed and a small crew of college filmmakers are in the Pennsylvania woods making a no-budget horror film when they hear the terrifying news that the dead have started returning to life. Led by Jason's girlfriend, Debra, the frightened young filmmakers set off in a friend's old Winnebago to try to get back to the only safety and security they know: their homes. But there is no escape from the crisis or any real home for them to go back to anymore. Everything they depend upon--all that they hold dear--is fractured as the plague of the living dead begins to spread. (The Weinstein Company)

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  • Actors: Michelle Morgan, Joshua Close, Shawn Roberts, Amy Lalonde, Joe Dinicol
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Writers: George A. Romero
  • Producers: Ara Katz, Art Spigel, Dan Fireman, Donna Croce, John Harrison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDLARQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Diary of the Dead [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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...the dead shall inundate Hollywood!

First let me just say, I'm a big Romero fan, after all he's the father, err grandfather, of zombie filmmaking. Last year when I first heard that Romero was making another dead film and I started seeing trailers for Diary of the Dead; I was overwhelmed with excitement. It seemed edgy, gritty, and kind of reminded me of Martin in that it was set out to be more of an experiment in filmmaking and carried itself in a kind of intellectual way.

Fast forward to a few months ago and Dimension Extreme released Diary of the Dead on DVD. First, what is it about the word "extreme" that immediately makes me doubt the intention of its very meaning? Oh I know, Tartan Asia Extreme has sullied the expression on more than one occasion; but that's beside the point. I keep an open mind because both Tartan and Dimension have put out some excellent stuff; it's just every now and then...well you know. Anyway, I'll get right to it. Diary of the Dead missed its mark for me; conceptually Romero gets an A+, as always, but he just failed to deliver in his execution.

Romero makes some of the most prolific, poignant social observations of any filmmaker I know. Subtly masked within their zombie layer his commentary has a way of creeping in and infiltrating barriers that we would normally, perhaps inadvertently, be not in tune with. In this case, sensationalized media, desensitized and habitualized society, was, and I think the biggest, comment made in Diary. "The people need to know" words that echoed repeatedly in my mind while watching this film. It could be construed as irony within a world where the term "people" and what qualifies is quickly becoming debatable.
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It's probably the fact that this film was directed by George Romero that people don't like this film as much as they might. With Romero, father of the modern zombie genre, expectations run high, and this film doesn't reach the level of his best films. But it's still a good traditional zombie film once you get over the fact that it's not a new masterpiece. Made over two decades since Day of the Dead, I suspect he was inspired by the immediacy of the found footage genre begun by The Blair Witch Project and its potential to give everything a documentary gloss. He didn't overdo it, either by letting the whole thing become an incomprehensible shaky-cam mess. Of course it's rough in patches and cuts off at odd times, but it has to do that. You never lose sight of the narrative. His only misstep in the new form seems to be a need to explain Jason's obsession for videotaping everything every fifteen minutes or so. We get it.

The plot is a simple journey from the woods near the University of Pittsburgh where the group of film students are making a mummy movie to a series of increasingly dangerous stops that take them to a college dorm, a hospital, an inner city warehouse, an Amish farm and an estate near Philadelphia. The students are accompanied by their somewhat alcoholic professor who adds some cynical and humorous observations to the proceedings and who actually helps with killing zombies. Though not much is required of the actors besides not seeming scripted, they all do well and are convincing in their roles.

The zombies are of the good old Romero type dead and slowly shambling. I much prefer these types to the "infected" who have taken over many of these kinds of films. Credit is often given to 28 Days Later but Romero's The Crazies was long before that.
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Good evening. This is Tom with Channel 4 news. The stock market crashed as oil prices hit record highs. The unemployment rate ballooned nearly 10% the past month while crime keeps escalating at an alarming rate. Home equity plummetted, health care plans are becoming invalid, taxes rose, debt skyrocketed, and the soldier's death toll suffers its most jagged increase since the opening weeks of the war. But to heck with all that irrelevant junk, did you watch American Idol last night? Hahaha, that's some funny stuff!

My biggest problem with the latest Dead installment is the seesaw effect between the serious and the comical. Throw in so much cheese and corn, and it's hard to digest all of the social and political commentary. George makes some great points, some important profound statements, and then shows something totally absurd to spoil the moment. I didn't particularly care for that.
I've got some more issues with this one. The acting is pretty bad, but that didn't really bother me. Neither did the CGI. I hated the tone, or the mood of this entire story. George never really establishes a dark, gloomy, foreboding atmosphere. In my opinion, an adequate feel of desperation never settles in, I'm sorry to say.
I did love the idea of the homemade zombie documentary. Romero tries to bring a fresh element to the horror genre, and for that he should be commended. But the camera work was not too convincing. It rarely has a real feel. And I was shocked at how underdeveloped the characters are. Maybe this story is about people as a whole, but some closer connection with some individuals would have been nice.

Diary of the Dead starts strong, but quickly fizzles out in many aspects.
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