On the Blu-ray side of things, the same 4K remaster of the Argento Cut was also used, and the results are a massive upgrade over the 2007 Anchor Bay release. Overview - In 1968, director George A. Dawn of the Dead is a frustrating transfer at best; its wide array of color schemes, locales, and textures sometimes translate well to high definition, and other times make for a fairly nondescript experience. There is sort of a processed, artificial look to much of the film which stays true to the editions I have seen before. Disappointingly, 'Document of the Dead' a densely packed documentary that every Romero fan should see did not make the leap to Blu-ray.
Dawn of the Dead hits all the right notes, and for a movie primed for a great soundtrack, this one does not disappoint. The package includes a new collection of supplements, but they're all in Italian. If your post does not have flair, it will be added for you. From the dismal hopelessness conveyed in the photography to the poppy mall muzak soundtrack available on Johnny Trunk Records , George Romero will give you the best scary movie night you've had in a long time. On the streets, the zombies walk around. It is also about how the people in the mall fabricate their own little universe inside the shopping mall and forget the madness lurking outside.
First of all, let me make sure you are aware of the distinction between this film and another film called Dawn Of The Dead. That includes the clock tower and the ice rink among other things. A personal favorite, this is the one horror film I'd drag to a desert island before any other. The undead have become an uncontainable plague and humanity's efforts to fight back are failing. They point out scenes that could be improved and discuss the differences between classic and modern horror. Much has been made of the social commentary Romero infused into 'Dawn of the Dead' -- and rightfully so.
Nevertheless, taken as is, the results offer a surprisingly good upgrade over its Blu-ray counterpart, offering various improvements that make it the best the film has ever looked on home video. I remember thinking, would we tear each other apart before the dead even got to us? In a post-apocalyptic world zombies walk amok devouring all humans in sight. The later Blu-Ray release by Arrow was uncut as well. Admittedly, Argento's European Version comes with its share of soft, blurry moments, which is to be expected from a vintage source and small production such as this. After Ana passes the exploding gas station with her car, you see an infected naked woman through the windshield - she walks around, seemingly confused and disoriented. From scenes exhibiting extreme amounts of noise in dark, poorly lit locales, to bright, clean, eye-catching scenery that is nothing short of amazing, the film manages to keep viewers interested to see what sort of visual cues the film will take on next.
This Blu-ray exploits some of the cheesier aspects of the zombies makeup or lack of than any release but at the same time the colors have been corrected and look more balanced than ever before. However, I'm a bit biased as this is one of my favorite films of all time. Then, a second or two later, when the 'offending' moment had passed, the film jumped back into motion. Meanwhile, many effects are noticeably louder and occasionally overwhelming, not only feeling artificial and forced but also stretched beyond their capabilities. Having said all that, as much as I personally love the film, I should warn newcomers that thirty years on, 'Dawn of the Dead' does shows its age.
It contains a mix of both Goblin's soundtrack and several library tracks. Theatrical Version, which George A. For more about Dawn of the Dead and the Dawn of the Dead Blu-ray release, see published by Martin Liebman on September 26, 2008 where this Blu-ray release scored 3. This unfortunately makes for a flat and uniform mid-range that greatly lacks fidelity and warmth. This is the ferocious horror classic, featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini, that remains one of the most important — and most controversial — horror films in history.
Voices are often strained and lost in the shuffle even in quieter scenes. I had no complaints whatsoever here, this track more than does the material justice. I also liked George Romeros commentary where he said the zombie extras went to the Brown Derby to get drunk and then drove a golf cart into a marble pillar. The track often creates an immersive 360-degree sound field that draws viewers into the film. From games like Zombies Ate my Neigbors, Resident Evil Series, and to Dead Rising which has the same mall setting but in no way is related to this movie. When Hell reaches its capacity, the United States is overrun with millions of corpses that have returned to the Earth as blood-thristy zombies.
The shorter version shown theatrically has tighter editing and almost all Goblin's music. Adding to an extensive feature list of positives to the package, owners are also given four listening options: two in Italian and two in English. A personal favorite, this is the one horror film I'd drag to a desert island before any other. I have seen this movie more times than I could count, but this new transfer is a revelation. A major feature of this boxed set is you get the 1978 theatrical version of the film, The uncut version of the film, and the European cut of the film. The volume of sound effects is plenty loud, however, offering listeners an entertaining sonic siege on the aural senses.
But for Dawn of the Dead, something's different: even the unrated version is not uncensored! Romero has made, hands down, one of the creepiest film events in history with this movie. Together they begin a fight against the zombie supremacy. Even though the performers are virtual unknowns, they effortlessly convey frustration when they miss a shot, anger at the persistent zombies, and a familiar selfishness when things go their way. He made a name for himself in 1968 when he wrote and directed the now iconic cult classic , rightly recognized as the forefather of the modern zombie culture enjoyed around the world. A genre-classic par excellence, Dawn of the Dead is smartly plotted, well-performed and immaculately staged. The print does show minor signs of wear with light scratches and blemishes, but the transfer doesn't exhibit any significant artifacting or source noise. Romero discusses his shortcomings and talents as a director, bluntly assessing his career, the film, and his influence on a generation of filmmakers.
This one was made in 1978, the other in 2004. Blacks are also darker and truer though not at a level to gush over. Audio Commentary: Legendary composer of the Italian horror genre and long-time Dario Argento collaborator, Claudio Simonetti is interviewed and shares his thoughts on the film's history and iconic score. But it's the script that really sells the flick and makes its stark commentary so successful. Fine details are more crisp, and edges are sharp. Theatrical version, there is an edited shadow effect covering the bare chest of actress Gaylen Ross.