Shaun of the Dead
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There comes a day in every man’s life when he has to get off the couch...and kill some zombies. When flesh-eating zombies are on the hunt for a bite to eat, it’s up to slacker Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best pal Ed (Nick Frost) to save their friends and family from becoming the next entrée. Novelist Stephen King gushes Shaun of the Dead is “a 10 on the fun meter and destined to be a cult classic” and Newsweek calls it “a bloody hoot!” It’s a screamingly hilarious zomedy that will have you dying with laughter.
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The best part is the first half. He is going through his day and so many people are so spaced out you can't really tell if the zombie epidemic has started or not. Then after it starts, he is so used to people being out of it, and the neighborhood's casual vandalism, that he walks by half a dozen or so zombies without noticing them. I went back and watched the first half again, it was that good. Simon Pegg is spot on as the average man / everyday hero.
I watched it because /World's End/ turned out to be very good, and I wanted to check out the earlier works by the same people.
This is an above-average Zombie movie. It has a few things that are bit different, but not enough to make it stand out.
So, if you into Zombie movies but haven't seen this one, I would suggest you give it a look.
I have nothing bad to say about the film itself, however the last 20 minutes of it feels a little rough. What I do criticize is its blu-ray release. U-control is the most annoying feature I have seen in my dvd/blu-ray collecting career. Nobody wants to watch this film 7 times to receive all the special features. Put them in block segments and featurettes, instead of creating little pop-ups that play during the movie non-simultaneously. Not only did Universal fail me in this disc, but Pegg and Wright did as well. It was an annoying joke to put 3 commentaries on this release. If you like to watch all the special features to get the most out of your money, Shaun of the Dead will be a big time-waster. I liked the first commentary, but the remaining two were unnecessary. Treat your films seriously and provide fans with a blu-ray that enjoyable. I felt like Edgar Wright provided three commentaries to annoy the blu-ray collectors purposefully.
I summed it up before: Great Movie, Tedious Blu-ray. That's all you need to know if you're going to upgrade to hi-def. The picture and sound is great, but the features are a drag. So, if you're only purchasing this disc to watch this excellent film, then for you this is a five star blu-ray release.