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Dawn of the Dead: Limited Edition (4K UHD) Review*****

Cert 18 | 127 mins | 1978

5 star ultimate gift for the discerning horror fan.

Dawn of the Dead is written and directed by horror legend George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Land of the Dead) and was originally released in 1978. This cult classic is presented here following a painstaking restoration courtesy of Second Sight Films. In stunning collector’s packaging, it is available on Limited Edition Blu-ray and Limited Edition 4K UHD.

“Every dead body that is not exterminated becomes one of them. It gets up and kills. The people it kills get up and kill.”

Stephen (David EmgeBasket Case 2) and Francine (Gaylen Ross – Ximei, Creepshow) are T.V. reporters caught in the eye of a storm. The dead have started to rise and they are hungry for human flesh. Fed up of being on the frontline, they realise that their best chance is to run, and they hatch a plan to steal the stations helicopter and head off in search of safety.

Martial law has been declared and elsewhere in the city S.W.A.T teams are getting ready to storm an apartment block where the residents are ignoring the government directive to destroy their dead to prevent them from rising. After a brutal killing spree from wayward team member Wooley (James A. Baffico – All the Right Moves), Roger (Scott H. Reiniger – Knightriders) heads to the basement to escape the madness. Here he meets Peter (Ken Foree – The Devil’s Rejects), a member of another team and they partner up.

“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth.”

After the raid, Roger tells Peter about his friend Stephen’s plan to escape the city by helicopter and invites him to join them. The four of them set off and luck smiles upon them as they find what seems to be the ideal place to hole up, a deserted shopping mall. Crawling with the undead, it will be a challenge but they have a plan and plenty of supplies if they can just get to them, leading to a nail biting fight for survival.

Dawn of the Dead is widely recognised as one the greatest horror films ever made. Its unique blend of graphic violence, extreme gore and comedy sequences set it aside and paved the way for many films which followed. It is packed with political satire, some of which seems even more pertinent today than it was in the seventies.

Still driven by their instincts, the zombie hordes storm the shopping centre in a final defiant act of mindless consumerism not unlike modern day Black Friday sales and it remains a stark commentary on human nature.

Packed with special features, this seven disc box set is the definitive release of this extraordinary and iconic film and is a must own for horror fans everywhere.

“You never aim a gun at anyone mister. Scary isn’t it?”

Dawn of the Dead is available now on Limited Edition Blu-ray and Limited Edition 4K UHD.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

UHD DISC 1 – THE THEATRICAL CUT (Region Free)

  • New 4K scan and restoration of the Original Camera Negative by Second Sight at Final Frame New York and London supervised and approved by DoP Michael Gornick
  • Presented in HDR10+
  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono – New restoration of the original OCN Optical / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Commentary by George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest
  • NEW commentary by Travis Crawford
  • New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

UHD DISC 2 – THE EXTENDED (‘CANNES’) CUT (Region Free)

  • Produced using 4K scan of the Theatrical Cut Original Camera Negative and 4K scan of the Extended Cut Colour Reversal Internegative
  • Presented in HDR10+
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
  • Commentary by Richard P Rubinstein
  • New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

UHD DISC 3 – THE ARGENTO CUT (Region Free)

  • 4K scan of the Interpositive by Michele De Angelis at Backlight Digital, Rome
  • Audio: DT-HD Master Audio Mono 1.0 / Surround 5.1 / Stereo 2.0
  • Commentary by Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Emge
  • New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

BLU-RAY DISC 4 – SPECIAL FEATURES (Region B)

  • 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! (59 mins)
  • NEW Memories of Monroeville: A tour of the mall with Michael Gornick, Tom Savini, Tom Dubensky and Taso Stavrakis (34 mins)
  • NEW Raising the Dead: The Production Logistics with Michael Gornick, Christine Forrest, John Amplas, Tom Dubensky (23 mins)
  • NEW The FX of Dawn with Tom Savini (13 mins)
  • NEW Dummies! Dummies! An interview with Richard France (12 mins)
  • NEW The Lost Romero Dawn Interview: previously unreleased archive interview (20 mins)
  • Super 8 Mall Footage by zombie extra Ralph Langer with option of archive commentary by Robert Langer and new commentary by Ralph Langer (13 mins)
  • Document of the Dead: The Original Cut with optional commentary by Roy Frumkes (66 mins)
  • Document of the Dead: The Definitive Cut (100 mins)
  • The Dead Will Walk 2014 Documentary (80 mins)
  • Trailers, TV, and Radio Spots (TBC)

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

AUDIO CD DISC 1

  • The Goblin Soundtrack 17 tracks including Alternate and Bonus Tracks

AUDIO CD DISC 2

  • A De Wolfe library compilation part 1

AUDIO CD DISC 3

  • A De Wolfe Library compilation part 2

 

  • Rigid box with lid featuring the original iconic artwork
  • 2 inner digipaks
  • 150-page hardback book featuring 16 new essays, archive article, archive George A. Romero interview and rare Behind-The-Scenes stills
  • Dawn of the Dead: The novelisation book by George A. Romero and Susanna Sparrow with exclusive artwork
DirectorGeorge A. Romero
GenreHorror
StarringDavid Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, James A. Baffico
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