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

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The documentary might be a little technical for some in its first half, but it moves quickly enough to prevent it from feeling dry. Things don’t get much better there, as the security guards try to control the group, and it’s not until they overpower and take things over themselves that they have a semblance of freedom. Even the muzak here is disappointing, lacking the satirical element and stick-in-the-brain catchiness of the Romero tunes.

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. track is awful, mixed too tight, with dialogue almost muffled and artificial sounding surround ambience. 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.

With so many features there is quite a bit of crossover in content but there’s something new in every piece and the cast and crew talk so fondly of their experience on the film that it’s a pleasure to listen to them talk about it each and every time. 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). ESPECIALLY in the horror genre, where the original is almost always cherished far more than other areas of film. Also the over blown contrast found on the Blu-ray is handled much better, along with the color grading. surround track opens up the sound field to give a well realised immersive experience, while still maintaining the essence of the original.

Whether you have or haven't seen this movie, the 4K HDR experience is, by far, the best way to watch. Following the Video Nasties scandal and the introduction of the VRA in 1985; the company went under. The Richard France interview is quite heartfelt and he’s an honest and interesting speaker, who offers a different angle on the film than many of the other contributors do.

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.

The action and visuals also enjoy a wider, more sumptuous array of colors, especially the animated candy-rose reds of blood giving the movie a more energetic pop. A whole host of extra features spread over all the discs in the set, with almost all the previous released material and an all new set to explore.For more about Dawn of the Dead 4K and the Dawn of the Dead 4K Blu-ray release, see Dawn of the Dead 4K Blu-ray Review published by Neil Lumbard on February 10, 2023 where this Blu-ray release scored 4. Bullets hit with great impact, and the shotgun that Ving Rhames carries sounds like a veritable howitzer cannon. This is unlikely to be a problem for most, although many Blu-Ray players in the USA will not play PAL content, so please check this won't be a problem for you. Ving Rhames is the hulking beast of a man who wants to get things done, while Ty Burrell is pure and utter self centered evil. I grew up watching George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead as young as 7 years old (at least that’s my first memory of having seen portions of it) and remembering it scaring the living tar out of me.

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.The picture quality for Dawn of the Dead was something I was fully expecting to be a “meh” 4K UHD when viewing. Now put the words 'horror', 'low budget' and '1970s' together and I almost instinctively lower my expectations for the picture quality, but this transfer certainly put me in my place. There’s a discussion about the remake too, which he was involved with (the commentary was recorded shortly before its release). 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. One of the things that sets Dawn of the Dead apart from other horror films is the focus on the characters.

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