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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That is this movie. Shaun, a man who does not realize he is a failure is forced to face that fact after his girlfriend dumps him because he is not doing anything with his life. The zombies are the factor that kicks him in the butt and forces him to become the Hero that nobody wanted him to be.
It is a movie about choices. It is a movie about not listening to your girlfriend. I mean, really, why does he have to cure cancer or save the planet from zombies? Can't a person be happy just with three meals a day, a roof over the head, and some extra time and money to spend on themselves? Why must we all become a Hero? A General? A President? What's wrong with enjoying life? What's wrong with staying in on the weekend and watching a movie or playing on the game station or having some root beer and pizza instead of going out? Shaun wasn't a bad guy - he loved his girlfriend, tried to get along with his friends and, to my knowledge, didn't drown kittens.
Think about what you ask for, it may come true. Well, in this case what the girlfriend asks for. Great movie and teaches us a lesson about enjoying what we have and not trying to wish for change. Change just hurts you in the end. Don't trust it.
The HD presentation of the film on this disc is just as good as, if not better than the disc for Hot Fuzz. The surround is very active, with the zombies growls coming from every direction during key scenes. Like Hot Fuzz, this film is pretty much an aural and visual assault on the senses. The extras are the same ones you can find on the regular DVD release but they're entertaining at the least. I'd recommend this disc whole heartedly to comedy fans and horror fans alike.
We see the main character start out as a lumbering, brainless (quite zombie-like, in fact), average-guy oaf who forgets his girl's flowers, doesn't really dedicate himself to doing all the things a good boyfriend should do for his significant other. But, by the end of the movie, he's learned his lesson.
See? A great movie all around. What more could you want?