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

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New 4K scans done at Final Frame in New York followed by grading and extensive restoration by DP Michael Gornick! This site is a destination for AV enthusiasts to share experiences, opinions, and ideas with others, eschewing egotistical debate, with an end goal of helping each other design and tweak systems to reach this “nirvanic” state. Additionally, these two HDR presentations benefit from the improved brightness levels, showering nearly every scene with inky, raven blacks. Night of the Living Dead helped shape the modern horror film as we know it today, but it was Dawn of the Dead that defined the structure and content of zombie sub-genre as it would play from this point on. Turn your back on a corpse and it'll take a bite out of your arm or crawl towards you and chew on your leg, and anyone bitten by a zombie is quickly transformed into one themselves.

The mono track is clean and bright, and as faithful as you can get to the original cinematic experience. If you're coming to Dawn of the Dead for the first time from a modern horror perspective, then it's important to remember that all of those zombie films you've seen since its release are effectively bastard offspring of Romero's original. But the included extras are still top notch and the quality of the Blu-ray transfer on the theatrical cut justifies the purchase alone. Their only hope is a daring exodus to a remote island they believe to be safe from the flesh-eating fiends.Just a little background, both VHS versions featured on the first disc of this Blu-Ray release were censored, either by the BBFC or pre-censored by the distributor. Interestingly, a much more bleak ending was planned and even partly shot, but Romero changed his mind during the shoot and opted for the admittedly slightly corny (a word the director himself uses) finale we get. The director's cut is nothing of the sort but a version prepared for screening at Cannes that's pretty much the theatrical cut before its editing was tightened for general release.

Extras disc: Audio commentary by Claudio Simonetti; interview with Tom Savini (18min); interview with Dario Argento (28min); interview with Nicolas Winding Refn (8min); interview with Michele de Angelis and Gianni Vittori (8min); Quando all'Inferno non ci sara’ piu posto: Interviews with Dario undandClaudio Argento, Claudio Simonetti, Alfredo Cuomo (ca. Romero interview plus original marketing, artwork and merchandise images and behind-the-scenes stills.

surround track opens up the sound field to give a well realised immersive experience, while still maintaining the essence of the original. A trio of Region Free, dual-layered UHD66 discs sit comfortably opposite a Region B locked, dual-layered BD50 disc containing all the supplements. In July 2022, I spent a day modifying this set's Intervision UK pre-cert VHS trailer, to be included in future DVD/Blu-Ray projects as an an advertisement for this set.

The project then expanded to a second disc to include more related material, and eventually a third disc. It is scary, engaging, thought provoking and demands repeat viewing – we will likely never see its like again. The music scores on both are credited to Argento faves Goblin, but the subtle effectiveness of their contribution to Romero's version is traded in on the Argento cut for something louder and brasher that's a long, long way from the group's sublime work on Argento's Suspiria.

Read more about the condition New: An item that is still in its original shrink wrap from the manufacturer and the original manufacturer’s seal (if applicable) has not been removed. Inside the box, there is also a 156-page hardcover book featuring seventeen new essays, archive articles, an interview with Romero and tons of color photos from the production, merchandising and promotional material. However, it was Dawn of the Dead, Romero’s follow up to Night, made a decade later, that is arguably more iconic. Even the muzak here is disappointing, lacking the satirical element and stick-in-the-brain catchiness of the Romero tunes. Creating something original, truly original, requires an extraordinary melding of skills, hard work and good fortune, in the writing, in the visual realisation, in the casting and in the securing of funding, and a whole lot more.

You get to see him working on Two Evil Eyes, Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead too and there’s a lengthy ‘Dead’ reunion section towards the end. There’s also a section on the influence of his films, including amusing clips from spoofs, such as Night of the Giving Head. While it's interesting to see the alternative edits, I'll go with the theatrical cut every time, particularly as we're talking the full version rather than the one trimmed by 3 minutes 46 seconds by the BBFC for its UK cinema release (a further 12 seconds were lost from the subsequent video version).

There are scenes of pure carnage: flesh eating, limbs flying off, bullet holes juxtaposed with pies in the face. is top-notch and there is a lot to appreciate about the amount of detail that went in to the design. Romero's classic low budget horror and sequel to 'Night of the Living Dead' where the dead now roam the entire American continent, feeding off the flesh of the living. What makes Dawn of the Dead (the remake) so good is that it doesn’t try to EMULATE the original Romero film, but neither does it stray too far from that base.

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