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Anchorbay Day Of The Dead (Blu-ray) The "walking dead" have taken over the world. Only a small band of scientists and soldiers are definitely known to remain, and they have taken refuge in an underground missile silo. The only hope for survival of the humanrace hinges on discovering a way to either control the walking dead or get them back into their graves for good. Grotesque research experiments are being conducted by Dr. Logan, a borderline mad scientist, appropriately nicknamed Dr. Frankenstein byhis associates. His most promising prospect for controlling the hordes of walking dead is one "guinea pig" zombie who seems to have a trace of humanity left in him. But the military leader soon discovers that some of his soldiers have been used as substitute guinea pigs in zombie experiments, and he retaliates by locking up the remaining scientific team with the zombies. Now, the remaining human survivors engage in a horrific last-ditch battle for life with thousands of the walking dead. The result is the darkest day of horror the world has ever known.
Chapter three of George Romero's mighty zombie trilogy has big footsteps to follow. Night of the Living Dead was a classic that revitalized a certain corner of the cinema, and Dawn of the Dead was nothing short of epic. Day of the Dead, however, has always been regarded as a comedown compared to those twin peaks--and perhaps it is. But on its own terms, this is an awfully effective horror movie, made with Romero's customary social satire and cinematic vigor--when a "retrained" zombie responds to the "Ode to Joy," the film is in genuinely haunting territory. The story is set inside a sunken military complex, where Army and medical staff, supposedly working on a solution to the zombie problem, are going crazy (strongly foreshadowing the final act of 28 Days Later). Tom Savini's makeup effects could make even hardcore gore fans tear off their own heads in amazement. --Robert Horton
- Romero's Masterpiece!!
This has to be my favorite of the trilogy, by far, with Dawn coming in a close second. Each character plays a key role in the development of the movie & moves the story forward. It's been said that the script was over-written (too much cursing, in other words), but I think it just adds to the realism of the setting; if I were one of the few remaining humans around I wouldn't care much about who heard me curse either. This movie took Dawn to a whole new level, and we see the human population growing smaller & smaller while the zombies come from out of nowhere.
It takes place roughly 10 years after Dawn, which took place roughly 10 years after Night, and roughly 20 years before Land; Diary of the Dead can be looked at as an update of the original.
The bonus disc has some goodies on it, certainly worth the money. There are 2 mini-documentaries & a couple slideshows of production photos. Plus the audio commentary by the director, Tom Savini, and the chick who played the only chick in the film. Pretty interesting stuff if you're into how movies are made.
I'm hoping that one day George will remake this movie with the original concept he had in mind, which would have been longer & much more extensive than this "watered down" version. Also look for a special apperance by Chef Brockett as a zombie.
- Another great Romero movie
This is the third movie in George A. Romero's "dead" series. It takes place after the hit "Dawn of the Dead" and doesnt dissappoint. Although there isn't as much action as in Dawn, it's still an excellent movie. The reason I purchased this movie is because I've been a fan of George Romero's work and I've seen the movie before. I've always liked it and now that I have a PS3 I wanted to see it on blu ray. Despite it being a movie made in 1985, the picture and sound is still INCREDIBLE. I'd highly recommend this movie for anyone thats a fan of old school zombie movies, even if you're a fan of new school zombie movies I think you'd still enjoy this....more info
- Grade A classic
Out of all 5 dead movies Day Of The Dead is my all-time favorite, it's dark, bleak and it times damn right horrific.
The film kicks off with a nightmare scene that Sarah played by Lori Cardelle, she is one of the survivors that's held up in a missile silo that she shares with a group of scientists and soldiers who are at each others necks about how to deal with the zombie problem topside, as tensions increase, the situation gets worse and all hell breaks lose.
The acting is very good here in this film you can tell that Jospeh Pilato who plays Roades sure dose enjoy plying a psychotic military leader.
The special make up fx, which done by Tom Savini were spot on it has got to be some of the best fx he has done for a film, after all he did win the saturn award for his work in this film, this film I believe has some the most gruesome moments I've ever seen in a zombie film.
Day of The Dead is I feel the best one out of the 5 zombie films that George Romero has made and is a grade A classic in it's own right....more info
- Good but not Great
Day of the dead is one of the very few decent zombie flicks out there. Its the last good zombie movie Romero did. The gore effects are top notch and there is no hold backs. The story itself is very interesting, although it does get boring here and there. But the final fifteen minutes make up for it. The extras on the disc are pretty good too. Overall a fun movie for zombie fans but non fans may not like it as much....more info
- 3 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
By far the least appreciated of Romero's original "Dead" trilogy, Day of the Dead might not have Night's raw power or Dawn's shock value, but it features the director's trademarked blend of zombie carnage and unpretentious social commentary, making it well worth a viewing for fans of the genre....more info
- I cannot get over how awesome this movie is
A true five star Zombie Film.
First off, the characters in this movie are very well crafted, and the acting backs it quite well. The story is somewhat different than most Zombie films. Hell, Captain Rhodes and his soldiers are almost worth the price of admission.
The soundtrack, cast, plot are all great. The science part of it is kind of cheesy but definitely interesting and Delivered beautifully by the late Richard Liberty who seems to mesmerize me with his great acting.
Dawn of The Dead had a pathetically boring lead female whom added nothing to the film but a pretty face. Day of the Dead, however, has one of the best lead females I've seen. She is almost as tough and smart as Ellen Ripley, but way more believable.
The Zombie effects are probably the best I've seen in an 80s horror movie. And is a MASSIVE leap over Dawn.
Don't be fooled into buying any Lucio Fulci garbage, he is a total hack. Romero is still the undisputed king of Zombies, and this movie is his crowning achievement. This is still my favorite Zombie flick and hasn't seen much competition save for re-animator and Romero's other films.
See this movie quickly before the remake comes out and drags its legacy through the dirt, Running Zombies anyone? No thanks....more info
- YOU JUST GOTTA LOVE GEORGE ROMERO AND HIS DEAD MOVIES
day of the dead released in 1985 a third entry of romero's dead movies.although everyone has their thoughts of the hits and misses i did find this movie very entertaining when i first saw it in theatres.it is known romero did not get the budget he wanted to make day of the dead the way he wrote it the first time so he had to re write it too fit in the budget.what i admired about this film is the characters realistic to madness being confined to a misssile silo shelter.again what does one react when in a situation and thousands of zombies out there wanting to eat you at any moment? same you see in day of the dead while trying to survive your mind goes haywire!this special edition is far more superior than its previous release with a crystal clear print and sound and in anamorphic widescreen.in my opinion day of the dead is a superior work of psycological drama and tension,of how any of us would react in a similiar situation.great performances by lori cardile,terry alexander,,joe pilato,richard liberty gives this intense horror realism.this is a great addition to night of the living dead,dawn of the dead and land of the dead all done with the touch of george romero's directing....... ...more info
- Maybe better than Dawn?!? Maybe!
As with Dawn I neded to see this one more than once to see the genuis behind the film. Romero May be considered a one trick pony but I love his trick. Dare I say the best make-up effects of any zombie movie. ...more info
- GOOD, VERY GOOD
The film is good (but Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead are better) and this dvd is one of the best editions I've ever saw. Image clear and good sound. The extras are good also very informative. Could have been better if the film and the extras would have subtitles in spanish or english....more info
- Wow, a zombie movie that actually delivers!
After slowly going through the ranks of zombie movies available here on Amazon and receiving disappointment after disappointment, I was beginning to think there wouldn't be any zombie movies that could satisfy me (other than good ol' Night of the Living Dead, which I love). I guess I should have looked to Romero again sooner. This man truly deserves the title of King of the Zombie Movie.
Although some of the performances of certain characters here such as the military head honcho, his men and the doctor are too over-the-top and caricaturish for my tastes and would otherwise have earned the movie just a 4-star rating from me, this movie has other worthwhile qualities which really bump it up to a full 5 stars in my evaluation.
First and foremost is the absolutely OUTSTANDING job Tom Savini did on the make-up and special effects, which still hold up just fine today. He manages to outfit HUNDREDS of zombie extras, and make each one absolutely unique, perfectly believable and genuinely horrific. What an amazing job! (A word of warning to the squeamish: be prepared for gore!)
And second, there is a superb performance from Sherman Howard as the doctor's zombie test subject "Bub". He takes what was just a small non-speaking part and runs with it, turning him into an unforgettable icon of the zombie genre. I was amazed to learn from the interviews in the bonus materials that in fact one of the most memorable scenes with Bub --where he is exposed to music on a Walkman-- was actually Howard's own idea. This kind of openness and willingness to let his actors contribute on Romero's part takes this movie from being just your average horror flick and imbues it with moments bordering on the profound. This movie even helped me to understand my own inexplicable fascination with the zombie genre lately, as the doctor astutely observes: "Zombies are us!"
So in the end it is the contributions of many people that have combined to set this film apart from the pack. Even though Romero was forced to scale back on his first grandiose vision for the film due to budget constraints, he was able to compensate and find substitute solutions that worked just as well if not better. Be sure to watch the excellent bonus materials to get a better appreciation of what they managed to achieve here in spite of many obstacles.
So yes this movie is not perfect, but I still feel that what was achieved deserves 5 big stars from me. Well done!
- I WANT MY MONEY BACK FOR THIS ONE
I LOVED THE NIGHT AND DAWN OF. THIS ONE HAD SUCH BAD LANGUAGE I COULD NOT WATCH IT. I LOVE BLOOD AND GUTS BUT THAT LITTLE FOUR LETTER WORD, YOU KNOW WHICH ONE, REALLY PUTS ME OFF......more info
- The least popular in the series
"Day Of The Dead" is, without a doubt, one of the GORIEST films ever made. The premise is pretty simple. A medical team, and a military unit are holed up in an underground missile silo, occaisionally flying a helicopter up and down the coast, looking for fellow survivors, while unbelievably gruesome experiments are being performed by one of the medical personnel on captured "specimen" zombies, in an attempt at finding why the dead are walking. The soldiers just want to shoot them in the head, as that's all that has been proven to stop them; the problem? The zombies outnumber the living by at least 400,000 to one. There's just too many. With a way to modify their behavior, maybe the survivors can stand a chance, but the odds are slim to none of such an insane idea working.
Of course, tensions mount. The claustrophobic living conditions, the bleak atmosphere, and physical and mental strain are taking a very heavy toll, as hope is quickly vanishing. They just want to get out of there, but, as Doctor Logan says, "...where would you go?" People critical of this movie say it has too slow a start, but I say no. The script focuses mainly on how these people are coping, and they aren't coping very well. Detractors say the dialogue has too much shouting, but I wonder how these people themselves would act in such egregious, horrible conditions. No, it is a very well-written script, albeit not George Romero's original one, which everyone says is far superior. It is a very tense screenplay, depicting, in what I would call a very realistic scenario. Not the world being overrun with walking dead, of course, but imagine a somewhat diverse group of people who really can't stand one another, being trapped in a situation where they must cooperate, but just can't anymore. A bloodbath is just one bad day away.
The special make-up effects are among Tom Savini's best work. The zombies in this installment are more decayed looking, which ties in with how the story unfolds in the series. In "Night..." most of them look somewhat ordinary, and the black and white film just makes it eerie. In "Dawn... (the original)" Most of the undead are just discolored, with a few really nasty ones, as time has taken its toll. In this installment, in 1985, seventeen years after the contageon has started, most of them are in the final stages of post mortem rot. It really is what the world would be if such an awful thing could take place.
One little subtlety in the script, that looks like an inconsistency, but isn't, would be when Rhodes decides to start executing people. The people he shoots do not get back up. And one of the soldiers suicides after being bitten in the shoulder by a zombie. He doesn't get back up, and the hordes of undead feast on his carcass. These deaths happened underground, not from infected zombie bites. Keeping in mind, the reason for this outbreak was in "Night..." in 1968, and the reason was some kind of radioactive fallout from a contaminated space probe. The air above ground is contaminated. Hence, underground, and no reanimation. Plus, two of the deaths were from gunshots to the head, guaranteeing no reanimation.
It is a simple, yet very complex story, and some people don't get the ending. It's simple, really. The first scene (spoiler here) is a dream sequence, and after all the nightmarish events of the story, the last remaining characters flee to an island somewhere out in the ocean, and apparently one fell asleep, just to wake up on the island. Physical exhaustion. The last part of the escape, jumping to the island, is nothing more that a time-lapse in the script.
Yes, this is a very good movie of this type, one that I feel is underappreciated....more info
- Not very good.
People who are enjoying newer zombie movies like the remake of Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days/Weeks Later may want to steer clear of this one. It's full of rock stupid, bickering, cruel human characters that scream obscenities at each other. It's not good. It's really painful to watch, and I think it'll turn your soul to tar and your brain to oatmeal with repeated viewings.
The best zombie movies in my opinion are the ones that make you feel like it's the end of the world, with violent death around every corner. It's you, with perhaps a small band of survivors, trying to hold out against the destruction of civilization and the human race. This one makes me root for the zombies, and frankly, it loses me there.
I highly recommend you skip this one, and see Dawn of the Dead (2004) or 28 Days Later instead. ...more info
- Deserves a second look...
When I first watched "Day of the Dead" many years ago, I must say I thought it was boring. My mind was not ready for the philisophical musings, the complicated relationships, and the strong decisions made by all of the characters.
Watching it now, I realize what an outstanding movie it really is. The plan "B" of the original idea, this movie stands out with a deep story and lots of zombie gore....more info
- day of the dead
the third installment of the dead treollogy and was shot different from the script that was sopposed to be.as a romero fan i loved it very mutch.i was 15 and had an cousin who got me into the movie theater to see it....more info
- George Romero's Best zombie movie ever.
Day of the dead is in fact the best zombie flick in the Romero series. Many say that there was'nt enough gore or zombie action in this movie and i disagree. I think Romero did a good job in Illustrating the emotions of a group of people who not by choice are stuck with each other. I love the use of language in the movie because it seems truly honest considering the situation going on. The bonus disc offers the fans a special documetary about the film with commentaries from some of the actors themselves. This is truly a collector's item for the hardcore Romero zombie movies collectors out there. I recomend this movie to everyone. ...more info
- Day of the Suck
Francisco was right, this film is about as well-conceived as buttcrust.
The review on the back of the dvd says "jaw dropping, " but the full quote probably reads "jaw dropping (because i was lulled to sleep like a baby)". There is about 30 seconds of truly jaw dropping footage, in the zombie attack scenes, but these scenes only account for maybe 5 minutes of the movie. The rest of this film consists of the ear-bleeding whines and yawn-inducing infighting of the human characters, ill-conceived and extremely unlikable caricatures of a pseudo-cynical and extremely redundant "evil side of human nature" message that would be better left to Jean Renoir (or even Adam Sandler considering the results here). I don't watch zombie movies for the characters, especially characters so vapid and unengaging. It seemed like the script writer read a novice's How To pamphlet and said "yeah, it needs some CONFLICT". If these characters weren't so constipated and bloated I'd give them a chance. One Amazon reviewer tries to justify all of the one-dimensional absurdity by crowning it with the weighty title of "social commentary," but that's just a mindless knee-jerk observation that fails to ascertain whether it was carried out sucessfully. It wasn't. You'd get more insight watching a kid frying ants with a magnifying glass. The critical ambitions of this movie are ill-fitting and embarassing, and ultimately just plain disappointing since they allot almost no time to showcase the director's real talent, which is (you guessed it) the lovely undead. The rest is monotonous dreck. I don't know why horror directors have so much insecurity about the worth of their strengths that they feel they need to shroud them in a poor man's dramatic rags.
All that aside, the ending is the worst anticlimatic cop-out in the history of horror movies. A horror movie that sucks for 3/4 of its duration needs a cool climax to redeem itself, but the cut-away at the end makes you wanna kick the director in the gonads. Sorry, but anyone who calls this a classic is a friggin soundbite-repeating moron.
- One of the best Zombie movies out there!!!
Day of the Dead is the third movie in the now quadrilogy of Dead movies. The first two Dead movies explored the outbreak of the zombies and humans surviving while Day of the Dead focuses on the zombies complete take over of the world and last hope for humanity clingin to life in a military bunker. Thats what i like about this movive and the rest of George Romeros movies. Its not about the fact that there zombies out there but its about how the last humans deal with it. Instead of focusing on how much gore and blood and guts he could fill into his movies he focused on humanit's role in the world. Sure theres still exploding heads, decapitations, severed limbs, and a whole other mess of gore. But the way the humans in act in Day of the Dead is pure insanity. The scientists are trying to figure out how to make the zombies more human, while the military ( or whats left of it) is trying to kill everything and run things there way. Out of this movie two scenes stick out in my mind, When the zombie the crazed scientist is training named Bud actually starts to speak and shave, that scene put a new angle on zombies that Romero used in the next movie Land of the Dead where zombies are trying to become more human, and go back to what they were before they were turned to zombies. Its a creepy thought that zombies could take over, but its even creepier to think that they could try to mimic us and do the things we do and blend in. The other scene is when the revolver weilding corpral is cornered by Bud and Bud actually shoots him twice before the corpral is caught by other zombies who rip him apart dragging his legs away, and the tough as nails corpals dying words are "I HOPE YOU CHOKE ON EM" befor being consumed by the other zombie force. Its an excelent movie and i recommend it for Romero fans and zombie fans alike....more info
- Two stars only for the blood and gore!!!!!
Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow is the very best of George Romero!!! the rest is ok, BUT this one is BAAAAAD!!!!
BORING!!, STUPID story and complicated, BLAH,BLAH,BLAH!!, not too much violence, bad zombie make-up, very little action and suspense, so-so acting and a senseless ending.
The blood and and gore was SOOO COOOL! but THAT'S IT!! sorry.
Adios. ...more info
- Even though it came out twenty years ago, the blood and gore are just as good (if not better)
Even though it came out twenty years ago, the blood and gore are just as good (if not better) than any recent horror movie that I've seen. And while it's not as great as its predecessor, Day of the Dead still manages to be a really great zombie movie. I highly recommend this special edition DVD, as the sound and picture are amazing, and there are more extra features than most current Hollywood releases. ...more info
- 3 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
By far the least appreciated of Romero's original "Dead" trilogy, Day of the Dead might not have Night's raw power or Dawn's shock value, but it features the director's trademarked blend of zombie carnage and unpretentious social commentary, making it well worth a viewing for fans of the genre....more info
This movie although good gave me a rather grim out look on society, which i guess is the point of zombie movies :)...more info
- Best of the original trilogy.
As a rule "Day of the Dead" is considered to be the weakest of the original Romero 'Dead' trilogy the general criticism being that the film didn't take the zombie scenario anywhere new.
I for one would say that unequivocally this is the best of the three films for two simple reasons - it is the scariest, it has the best story.
The first of the trilogy "Night of the Living Dead" was a pretty decent B flick but by now is extremely dated. It is not so much scary as creepy and whilst there is clearly an underlying theme it is a little unsophisticated - man and zombie are not so different, i.e. both violent and sometimes, seemingly, unconditionally so.
Next up "Dawn of the Dead" is not really at all scary. It is not a comedy or spoof but is certainly light atmospherically. One might say that the underlying theme in this film is that people are like zombies insofar as they are mindless and habitual - they do the same things every day as if they were in some sort of unbreachable trance. The zombies look a bit silly - covered in strange blue paint - are not scary and I find a lot of the story is a bit 'empty'. It doesn't really seem to go anywhere.
In "Day of the Dead" you have a complete change in atmosphere. It is by far the darkest of the three films and in this film, much more than in the previous two, effort has gone into portraying the psychological effects on individuals and group dynamics as the desperation of the situation takes its toll. Characters find it difficult to sleep, yearn for escape from the hell they are in, get snappy with each other with respect to the amount, or lack thereof, of effort they are putting into the survival struggle. The music I think is stronger in this film - there is a creepy sort of pipe music played at the very beginning of the film, for example, and the caribbean-style music/song played towards/at the end is very metaphorical of the sense of freedom the characters feel at escaping the hell of the zombie-(and military-)ridden compound.
There is a pseudo-scientific attempt to explain how the zombies function and a strongly presented satirical point of an elite group of individuals trying to control the dumb masses, that are baying for blood, by military and scientific means. Should the masses be 'conditioned to behave' or just shot for failing to comply to the rule of the few in power? According to the head scientist Logan it comes down to reward - civil behaviour is only meaningful if rewarded, otherwise it is completely pointless.
There is a general social comment on the nature of human civilization and progress as measured by 'graphs and charts' and scientific sophistry. Logan's conditioning approach to solve the zombie problem is clearly unworkable - takes too long to train individuals, doesn't work on most zombies, only works on Bub because he is being fed warm human flesh (from dead soldiers). Logan's motivation is in any case not so much to solve the zombie problem but to assuage his own psychological imbalance by acting as a parent to the conditionable zombie Bub so as to compensate for his own sense of parental absence as a child. The scientists bewilder the military, impatient at the lack of results, through their sophistical prowess, the military's bullying nature though must have its vent sooner or later...
Then there is the chief protagonist the scientist Sarah and, Yin to her Yang, John the helicopter pilot. Sarah believes they have to do everything they can to resolve the zombie problem - rational and logical thinking will resolve everything. John believes man has created hell on Earth partly as a result of his need, and attempts to control, that which, ultimately, cannot be controlled, i.e. mortality. Man has moved so far from nature he no longer lives and yet is not dead either but exists in an altered state - disoriented, confused, driven by primeval urges, inclined to eat human flesh and watch reality tv shows. John does not see the point in a futile struggle to attempt to civilize that which is, for the most part, not amenable to a process of civilization (i.e. man/nature) and thinks it better that they just escape from it all and find an island so that they, mankind, may start over. Whilst the allusions to Dante's 'Inferno' are in evidence here it does not take a religious person to appreciate that the west's (over)emphasis on science and military is a pretty lethal cocktail - it is not clear what man is progressing towards, other than self-destruction perhaps.
The impact of plot of course depends on the atmosphere which in the case of this film above and beyond the others in the original trilogy is dark and the final 20 minutes extremely gory and intense. I think this actually contrasts well with the final escape and the relief of the three 'heroes' of leaving behind a 'world gone mad'. The special effects and rotting zombie look is particularly foul and this adds to the sense of bleakness in the film - the zombies are scary looking not comical as in Dawn.
So, to compare, above all, with "Dawn of the Dead", I would say this film seems to have more to say, is more atmospheric and just more impactful. It may not be fun in the same way that Dawn is but as a movie with a point I think it is the most complete of the series and definitely worth owing on dvd....more info
- Philosophy of science and medicine
This movie is an absorbing symbolic depiction of the initial public response to HIV/AIDS--emphatically making unreasonable demands on scientists, who respond by overhyping the immediate value and scope of their work, which all scientists do anyway, that's their job. Dr. Logan has a plausible strategy. An army of Bubs trained to protect live humans and shoot undomesticated zombies in the head could in principle have solved the whole problem and saved humanity since other zombies would not attack them (zombies only go for live and recently-dead people). But it's unworkable for reasons which become obvious. This sort of thing has a technical name: "Proof-of-Principle". Sometimes, more-conscientious scientists phrase their proposals as efforts to study obstacles to solving a problem rather than as efforts to solve the problem. And sometimes the outcome is good, if the obstacles are few and solvable like the thermoinstability of DNA Polymerase which made PCR impractical until they cloned the thermostable polymerase from ocean-floor hot-springs organisms. Too often it's an excuse for relegating obvious critical impracticalities to the world-changers of the future.
Among the worst abusers of "Proof-of-Principle" and the closely related "Even-if-it's-useless-it's-still-basic-science" argument today is the collective of industrial and academic scams called Gene Therapy. It's based on the plausible-sounding idea that we can genetically program cells in our bodies to make good proteins, by putting artificial DNA into them, the way we program cells in flasks to do. Without screwing things up worse than they already are. Even though we have almost no ability to modify the genomes of live multicellular organisms except in a random, non-directed fashion. We can control which genes go in but not where in the genome they go. ALso, our control over which cells in the body get the DNA is very primitive and leaky. The whole thing gets less and less plausible the more you learn about it.
Anyway, the exchange between Captain Rhodes and Dr. Logan also sums up the point of the trilogy nicely: "Civility must be rewarded, Captain. If it's not rewarded, there's no use for it. There's just no use for it at all!" That's George Romero's total essence in one line, including other movies like THE CRAZIES and MONKEY SHINES.
This movie contains at least FOUR world-class character-acting demonstrations: Joe Pilato as Captain Rhodes, G. Howard Klar as Steele, Richard Liberty as Dr. Logan, and Howard Sherman as Bub. These make up for poor work in the protagonists' roles. In fact the good guys are the main problem with this flick. They're too good; except for token weaknesses there's nothing objectionable or even less-than-saintly about any of them. You never wonder what they're gonna do or say next--it's always the most good-guy possible thing. They face the facts, intercede for others, spare their enemies, lay down their weapons, and martyr themselves. Mr. Spock himself was not so goody-goody. Where are the ambiguous, flawed good guys who made the previous two chapters of the trilogy so interesting??? The protagonists of DAWN have no problem waging lusty semi-comedic war against the biker invaders, and even Ben (the black truck-driver in NotLD) kills his (live) enemy in righteous anger, invariably drawing the most enthusiastic response from the audience. In this one we get John the pilot instead. The only black character is also the superstitious anti-rationalist who wants to find a desert island and loaf, without even keeping a calendar. A veritable noble savage. Pardon me for being PC but I expect something less ham-handed from Romero.
So it's a flawed masterpiece but everyone interested in medical technology and society should see it. In fact all students of any health-care profession should see it. Oh yeah, the torn-to-pieces-by-zombies scenes are very effective too, and Tom Savini should get an award just for the make-up on the elderly female zombie who gets loose and bites someone. She is about as scary and repulsive as anything I've ever seen on screen....more info
- Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead (Divimax Special Edition)
Loved this version of a classic zombie movie, very exciting from the very start! Like the idea of people trying to domesticate a dead person, if you can't stop them, use them....great!...more info
- My personal favorite of the "Dead Series".
Keep in mind I'm reviewing the dvd not the film.
As for as the dvd goes I say it was great transfer. The first disc contains the film and commentaries by Romero, Lori Cardille, Tom Savini, and Cletus Anderson. There is also another commnetary by fellow Day fan Roger Avary.
Now the second disc it contains all the trailers and tv spots(as I know). Poster, Advertising, Behind the Scenes, Production stills, Memorabilia galleries, and also a zombie make-up gallery included(shows how nasty those Day zombies are up close!). A interview with Richard Liberty(before he died), a Wampum Mine Promotional Video where Day of the Dead was filmed and of course the 39 minute The Many Days of the Dead doc(Very informative it is!)
There is also a 31 minute behind the scenes production footage with Tom Savini. Shows you the transformation of the extras to the gruesome zombies they become in Day.
The only reason I knocked a point of is because of that. Since this is the Ultimate Edition of the Day you would think they would get all of the production footage with Savini which is 4.5 hours long(which could be found at ebay at times) but, nope they only got 31 mins of it.
Oh well. I recommend this 2-disc special of Day of the Dead only if your a fan of the film or the Dead trilogy in general....more info
- If you're a self proclaimed zombie fanatic, and you for some reason don't own this disc, pick it up today!
My favorite of Romero's "Dead" series, and my favorite zombie flick of all time. This is the movie I compare every zombie flick I watch to. The scene where Rhodes has his head torn off is one of the best scenes in any movie ever.
The overall atmosphere of the film is disturbing, and its alot less light hearted than "Dawn."
If you're a self proclaimed zombie fanatic, and you for some reason don't own this disc, pick it up today!
- A MASTERPIECE OF ZOMBIE-HORROR! 9.5 OUT OF 10
First and foremost, I would like to thank my Amazon friend J-Train for recommending this sublime zombie movie to me. It truly blew away what I thought of zombie movies. This is a great film, that was unfairly panned by film critics and other people who gave it low review scores. This film, in my opinion is George A. Romero's true zombie-horror masterpiece.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: It's about a group of survivors who live in an old missile silo working on research for domestication and possibly a cure for the zombie infection. There is a lot of tension between the survivors that gets so bad they threaten each other with weapons and interfere with the research. An insane dictator-like leader has taken over command of the silo and despises anyone who opposes him. The main characters also have their own problems between each other, hope to find a cure, and leave the hellhole they reside in. This film is focused more on great dialogue than zombie gore, but it's assembled in a superbly crafted fashion.
MUSIC: This music is a mix between crappy and good. I can't tell if I like it or hate it. This is ultimately the low point of the film.
GORE FACTOR: This film is gorier than many zombie films even to this day. I let out more than a few "EEEWW" remarks because the gore looked more graphic and far more disgusting than Dawn of the Dead. You too will probably be disgusted by the gore as well.
ENTERTAINMENT: This film is great and truly awesome as a zombie movie. If you like zombie movies there is no reason to overlook it in any way. This film has great dialogue and tension between the characters, disgustingly graphic gore, and characters you truly care about. This film must have had a good enough impact to influence later zombie films like Resident Evil because I spotted some of the similarities between them, not much but some ideas were borrowed from this movie.
OVERALL: This film has a great story for a zombie movie, but unfortunately it's not on par with Resident Evil's storyline, but it's close. This is a fantastic zombie-horror classic that should not be overlooked like it was when it released those many years ago.
THE GOOD: Great story, great characters, good dialogue, disgusting gore, and good zombie designs.
THE BAD: The music is not very good, the film is a bit slow in the beginning.
P.S.: J-Train, you must now go watch the Resident Evil trilogy! I loved your recommendation and I hope you love the Resident Evil films as much as I do! Oh, but be warned about watching the Day of the Dead remake, it's not even like the original at all. It's basically an entirely different zombie movie....more info
- The Best of the Romero Films
There's no doubt that this is the best of the Romero films.
I. The special effects really are the most convincing in this film. There is a particular scene with guts spilling out of a zombie and it is incredibly realistic. It is so real it leaves you wondering how they did this.
II. The feeling of claustrophobia is intense. The characters are alone. There is no link to the outside world through t.v. or radio. They have a helicopter but their search through surrounding areas is in vain. To top it off they are underground which brings the feeling of claustrophobia and hopelessness to an extreme. It is odd that the Zombies rule the day and the world while humans have been relegated to the dark underground. Quite a reversal!
III. The issues dealt with are very, very current. The whole thing about the manipulation of humanity by the military and scientists is very alive at the moment and is arguably of more importance than the other issues dealt with in the other Romero movies.
IV. I've read many reviews that criticize that there is a lot of talking in this movie. It is true that there is, but there is a lot of action too. The speeches really illustrate very well the different groups represented in the film.
V. The soundtrack is incredible....more info
- Aww man, I can't resist...CHOKE ON 'EM!!!
George A. Romero's Day of the Dead is a hands-down zombie classic that is criminally underrated, not only in comparison to "Night of the Living Dead" or "Dawn of the Dead" but as a zombie movie itself. Of course, this doesn't mean it's unheard of, look at all the great reviews it's gotten! But "Day of the Dead" is quite the contrast to "Dawn of the Dead", for several reasons.
1) "Dawn of the Dead" was a two-hour cross between zombie gore and social satire. It looked at the sociality of consumerism and exploited it, and added the gore of the undead at multiple times.
Now, "Day of the Dead" isn't so much about social satire as it is about character development. That's something you don't see too often in horror movies, as horror is about what happens to you, but the character development works great here. Also, "Day of the Dead" is only 90 minutes, so it didn't aim to be the social epic "Dawn..." was.
2) "Dawn of the Dead" did something similar to "Night of the Living Dead". It left the zombies only as the ravenous monsters that were out to attack and munch. Even so, I gotta admit, it was something else to see the blue Hare Krshna zombie in "Dawn..."!
In "Day of the Dead", a zombie is treated as a full-fledged character, "Bub". He picks up traits and habits he did in life before he got turned into a zombie, and the doctor here studies Bub's habits and treats him as a friend and a lab specimen.
3) "Dawn of the Dead", as previously mentioned, has gore all throughout, in between the comedic scenes and social satirism.
"Day of the Dead" waits until the last fifteen minutes for the zombie outbreak to rip everything apart!
So that's the difference between DAWN and DAY. How does DAY do on it's own? Well, I know my review's already pretty long, but READ ON!
DAY OF THE DEAD takes place at an underground military base in the middle of the day, with lots of characters that eventually develop themselves. As the movie progresses, you discover which characters you like...and which character you wouldn't mind see get their intestines eaten.
As I said, the gore doesn't fully kick in until the last 15 minutes, but when THAT happens...WATCH OUT! Seeing the guy getting literally ripped in half by the zombies and consumed is totally awesome, and the gore you'd expect from special effects wizard Tom Savini!
Now, the movie ends on a positive note, a little brighter than NIGHT and DAWN, a little more hopeful, indeed. The all-of-a-sudden happy ending kinda comes outta nowhere, but at least it makes sense to the plot.
So, what are you waiting for? Don't miss out on this zombie classic! It's one of the defining moments in zombie movie history! Though it isn't as critically acclaimed or remembered as DAWN, DAY OF THE DEAD definitely delivers! Get your piece of flesh today! Thanks for the time, and peace....more info
- Excellent presentation of perhaps the weakest "dead" film
As the good commentary track with Romero, Tom Savini, and Lori Cardille notes, Day of the Dead is some fans' favorite film of the "Dead" series. Generally, though, I think it's considered the weakest, certainly in comparison to Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Now I think Diary of the Dead may have displaced it as the least favorite all around. However, this excellent Blu-ray presentation did give me a chance to re-think my opinion of the film and to recognize the many virtues I had not noticed or considered before. The best thing about Blu-ray may be that its picture quality allows us to pick up on small visual details that were obscure in previous versions. The commentary track helps in this respect as well. This edition is definitely well worth purchasing, particularly if you can get it at a good price, to replace the previous "regular" DVD release. Oddly, I was hoping that the "tongue" zombie seen over the credits would be clearer, but he isn't. Oh, well. ...more info
- Hungry For More?
Day of the Dead doesn't get the same attention as Dawn of the Dead, but I think it is a great story and a great film. What I really like about Day of the Dead is that it begins to give us more insight into the zombies. The story takes place in an underground storage facility where a team of scientists are working to find answers about the zombies. We meet "Bub" who is a tame zombie that still holds onto some of what made him human. The head scientist figures out that zombies still maintain some human instincts in their brain stems and therefore he believes that rather than trying to cure the problem they should be looking at trying to domesticate the zombies. The military team in charge of protecting the scientists and gathering up the zombie samples starts to grow restless for answers and results, as more of their men are dying. There is a rift between the two groups and all hell breaks out. This is a classic movie and a must see. I love zombie movies and this is probably my favorite one because the story is so interesting to me. The acting is pretty bad and it isn't a perfect film by any means... but I have to give this 5 stars because, if nothing else, the story is just awesome. ...more info
- Day of The Dead Reckoning.
Day of The Dead is an excellent film. It's very nihilistic, but has a hopeful ending. The hardcore gore FX are second to none, the best of Tom Savini's career, the characterization and dialog are excellent, and it's just a fun, great, depressing film overall. It's slow, but that doesn't mean it's bad. I love this movie. It breaks every rule of horror cinema, and does it with style, and has a lot to say. A supremely intelligent, literate zombie movie (which isn't saying much, I know) that is a very worthy sequel to Dawn of The Dead, that splatteriffic incredible satiric achievement. Buy this movie. You won't regret it. If you have any taste in great horror movies at all, that is....more info
- The Brightest Day
This is the ultimate version of George A. Romero's Day of the Dead. Hands down. I can't imagine what else would be included unless Joe Pilato or Lori Cardille came to your house and talked about it. The transfer is incredible, to say the least. Special Features all over the place, including multiple commentaries and Dr. Logan's note pad. While it was kind of shocking to see how the stars had aged (and realizing it's been over 20 years since this gem was made), it is nice to know who is still around. If you ever wanted to give Day a shot, here's the best shot to give it. It's a mostly forgotten & under appreciated Romero masterpiece and you should check it out NOW! ...more info
- Very Good
I bought this along with Dawn of the Dead on Blu-Ray, and I must say that I am more impressed with the Dawn of the Dead transfer. However, this is a great addition to any Romero fan's collection. It is definately an improvement over the DVD versions, of course. So if you are a Romero fan, or have never seen Day of the Dead, I really reccomend this Blu-Ray version....more info