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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There’s some real gold from on set and the commentaries are fun, helping explain what we’re watching. Having newly re-transferred the original tape, I thought I could do better than another bare-bones transfer, which would leave the other 2/3 of the Blu-Ray disc empty. ESPECIALLY in the horror genre, where the original is almost always cherished far more than other areas of film. mix is deep and heavy, pounding us mercilessly with deep waves of LFE from the opening shots of the film. But the flesh-eating hordes, still possessed by an instinctive desire to consume, are drawn to the same destination.

I transferred the full Exterminator tape, although as of writing I'm not sure if I'll be doing anything with this as it's a film I've only seen once, and didn't think much of.There is not much that can be said about Dawn of the Dead that hasn’t already been drawn and dissected. Rubinstein’s commentary on the Cannes cut talks more about the business side of the production, so offers yet another markedly different take. Some of us missed out on Second Sight's big limited edition set, but this standalone 4K release of their gorgeous DAWN OF THE DEAD restoration is every bit as fantastic.

I skimmed through the original cut of ‘Document of the Dead’ though and that doesn’t go as far into looking at the influences of the Dead movies and doesn’t have anything about the post-Dawn entries into the franchise.

Something untoward must have happened, as I went in one weekend and suddenly the guy "had no idea what the horror box was", and from then on, that was the end of that! Intense, blood soaked, and a thrill ride from beginning to end, I still enjoy it as much as, if not more, than the Romero original. Francine (Gaylen Ross) is an executive there and she and her partner, Stephen (David Emge), plan to take a helicopter and get out of the city, where the outbreak is really taking its toll. 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. What I found interesting, watching the film now, was how much of it reminded me of the current COVID situation.

However, I'm more fascinated by the four living survivors played by Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross, David Emge and Scott Reiniger. In 1997 BMG picked up the rights, submitting the Extended/Cannes version which the BBFC passed at around 139 minutes with only six seconds of cuts (Cat no: 74321 443663). Effects are spread across the speakers, with some heft supplied by the sub; it is quite atmospheric with the surrounds coming into play, obviously limited by the source, this is never-the-less natural sounding. It's completely open matte up to the edge of the film frame, presented as virtually square, meaning a matte to 1.But the included extras are still top notch and the quality of the Blu-ray transfer on the theatrical cut justifies the purchase alone. We will introduce you exclusively to Newpay finance products provided by NewDay Limited under this Introducer Appointed Representative arrangement. It’s less informative than the others but it’s a lot of fun to listen to them get together and laugh and joke about the shoot and film. Their only hope is a daring exodus to a remote island they believe to be safe from the flesh-eating fiends.

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