Movie Review: DAWN OF THE DEAD (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

DAWN OF THE DEAD is based on George A. Romero‘s 1978 horror classic of the same name. The movie was directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by James Gunn and stars Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Matt Frewer, Lindy Booth, Kevin Zegers and Ty Burrell.

When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth. When her young daughter is turned into a zombie and attacks her father, Ana (Sarah Polley) just manages to escape, only to realize her entire Milwaukee neighborhood has been overrun by the walking dead. After being questioned by cautious policeman Kenneth (Ving Rhames), Ana joins him and a small group that gravitates to the local shopping mall as a bastion of safety. Once they convince suspicious security guards that they are not contaminated, the group bands together to fight the undead hordes.

This 2004 remake follows a group of strangers that take refuge in a local mall during the zombie apocalypse. The group consists of all kinds of people, some good and some bad, but they all have one thing in common and that’s survival. They set up shop and make the best out of what they have to work with and call this empy mall home for a while but this is all short-lived because the virus ends up finding its way inside and things go from bad to worse for the small group of survivors. All it takes is one person getting infected with this mysterious virus and then they’re able to pass it on to the next one by contact. You know how it works with the whole biting and scratching thing! When things start to fall apart inside the mall, the group comes up with a plan to escape and flee from the horde of blood-thirsty zombies but in the end all they find out is – there’s no escape and no hope.

There’s so much I like about this remake and it’s easily one of my favorite zombie movies of all time. I love the fast moving zombies because they’re so much more terrifying and scary than the slow movers. The opening scene for this movie is freaky cool because it sets everything up and introduces the viewer to the world that has just fallen because of this mysterious outbreak. It’s chaos! Something else cool about this zombie movie is the cast of familiar faces that includes veteran actors as well as a few young up-and-comers whose careers have blossomed since then. This is a zombie movie but it’s also full of action scenes and stunts that are all well choreographed and executed. To top this off are the insane special effects that are a mixture of practical and visual and it all look fantastic on screen. There’s plenty of blood and gore in this one. Even the soundtrack for this Dawn of the Dead remake is badass!

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the awesome all-new artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. Each Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Both cuts of the movie look and sound amazing. This is another fantastic job by the Scream Factory gang!

Bottom line is, Dawn of the Dead was a really exciting remake and one of the few that rivals the original. I love the zombies in this one because they’re the fast moving burserker kind and not those slow moving snails that are so boring. I’m really partial to the fast movers because they can really get super creepy at times! I’ve even nicknamed this zombie virus the “Rage Virus” over the years because these zombie are fast as well as terrifying plus they’re extremely violent. This one features the dream team of zombie movies because of the director, the writer and the amazing cast assembled for it. I mean, Zack Snyder is such a visual filmmaker and it’s amazing how well he captured the intensity of this horror movie. There’s also James Gunn who is as good of a writer as he is a director and this story shows off some of his talents. These two filmmakers have gone on to do some crazy cool things since this movie and I think we’re all familiar with their work. Dawn of the Dead arrives on a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set on October 31st – HALLOWEEN and is definitely worth adding to your Scream Factory collection. Oh yeah, remember to watch through the end credits!

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: Theatrical Cut – 101 Minutes / Unrated Cut – 110 Minutes

Rated: Theatrical and Unrated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include over 2-hours of extras that include some audio commentary, interviews, featurettes, deleted scenes, a trailer, images and more.

DISC ONE: Theatrical Version

  • NEW HD Master Derived From The Digital Intermediate Archival Negative
  • NEW Take A Chance On Me – An Interview With Actor Ty Burrell (15:28)
  • NEW Gunn For Hire – An Interview With Writer James Gunn (09:26)
  • NEW Punk, Rock, & Zombie – An Interview With Actor Jake Weber (23:10)
  • NEW Killing Time At The Mall: The Special Effects Of Dawn Of The Dead – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artists David Anderson And Heather Langenkamp Anderson (25:36)
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Zach Snyder And Producer Eric Newman (11:30)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:34)
  • Still Gallery (08:12)

DISC TWO: Unrated Version

  • NEW HD Master Derived From The Digital Intermediate Archival Negative With HD Inserts
  • Audio Commentary With Director Zach Snyder And Producer Eric Newman
  • Splitting Headaches: Anatomy Of Exploding Heads (05:36)
  • Attack Of The Living Dead (07:24)
  • Raising The Dead (07:54)
  • Andy’s Lost Tape (16:22)
  • Special Report: Zombie Invasion (21:05)
  • Undead And Loving It: A Mockumentary (05:09)
  • Drawing The Dead Featurette (02:48)
  • Storyboard Comparisons (05:31)
  • Hidden Easter Egg



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