Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray] [1978]

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Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray] [1978]

Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray] [1978]

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As the director will admit, this is pretty blatant, so maybe subtext is the wrong word, but it’s handled well and gives the film an edge over more bog-standard horror fare. One of the things that sets Dawn of the Dead apart from other horror films is the focus on the characters. The one plus of that particular workplace was the earthy humour of my young workmates, who although bemused by my devotion to non-mainstream movies would just occasionally watch a film solely on my recommendation. Along with several other bonus goodies inside, the entire UHD package makes for a Highly Recommended addition to the 4K library. NEW Zombies and Bikers – With John Amplas, Roy Frumkes, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest, Tom Dubensky, Tony Buba, Taso Stavrakis and a whole host of zombies and bikers!

Romero's cult film Dawn of the Dead (1978), starring Scott Reiniger, Ken Foree, David Emge, Gaylen Ross, and Tom Savini. The Unrated Blu-ray included also sports the 4K remaster and it’s not even in the same ballpark as the UHD. My colleague Marty Liebman reviewed the first American high-def release of Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead (2004) nearly ten years ago. The Dead Will Walk’ takes a largely chronological approach, starting with Romero’s career and how it took him to Dawn.There is a new level of detail to the image, crisp edges and defined features, from close up skin texture to overhead views of landscapes. Currently only available from HMV (there's been a lot of this recently) but due for a wider release on 1st March 2010, Arrow's 3-disc set includes some but not all of the extras from Anchor Bay's 4-disc Ultimate Edition, with no sign of Roy Frumkes' making-of documentary Document of the Dead or the cast commentary featuring lead players Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross, David Emge, and Scott Reiniger. The former strangers become intwined with each-others lives in a bid for survival against a horde of flesh-eating zombies.

A lively commentary, moderated by Perry Martin for Anchor Bay's 2004 4-disc Ultimate DVD edition, that provides a wealth of detailed and revealing background information and covers a lot of ground, including the make-up effects, the Argento cut, the lighting, the social and subtextual elements, the biker raid, the original ending, and a whole lot more. A great, great horror film infused with a smart and multi-layered social commentary (which I've only touched on above), and whose style and effects were to set the standard and future direction for the genre as a whole. Also included are the US Trailer (2:37), which soberly describes the film as "a horrible, hauntingly accurate vision of the mindless excesses of a society gone mad," the German Trailer (0:58), Radio Spots (2:23), TV Spots (1:28), five reviews of the film (including one by Stephen King), and three trailers for Arrow's first Masters of Giallo DVD releases. The stereo track is closer to how the film originally played, but the DTS track appears to be a legit remix, with a crisper clarity and distinct separation in places, although both tracks spend most of their time at front and centre. I was able to track down a so-so quality copy of the Dawn Of The Dead Entertainment In Video VHS Trailer on YouTube, which was AI upscaled for inclusion here.Now put the words 'horror', 'low budget' and '1970s' together and I almost instinctively lower my expectations for the picture quality, but this transfer certainly put me in my place.

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