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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The stories of the bikers are particularly enjoyable and don’t crop up elsewhere as a lot of the zombie anecdotes do.

So there is at least another 2-3 hours of footage which seems not to have been released in the bootleg community. Inevitably there's more emphasis on the budgetary and business elements, but these are a lot more interesting than you might expect, and he also covers aspects of the production itself, including the genesis of the project, Romero's directorial style and lack of business acumen, the working environment ("controlled chaos"), the specifics of using the mall, and the success the film enjoyed following its release. That tape was a little more worn being an ex-rental, but it certainly looked better than the chewed up sections, and they were patched together to make the final version. Via the same avenue, I could also get a scan a 35mm print of the Argento Italian cut of Dawn Of The Dead, along with a less desirable 16mm version of the Extended Cut. Bullets hit with great impact, and the shotgun that Ving Rhames carries sounds like a veritable howitzer cannon.It’s a tour de force track that hasn’t aged at all in the in the near 9 years since it was first released on Blu-ray. 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. 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. is top-notch and there is a lot to appreciate about the amount of detail that went in to the design.

Originally made as a teaching tool, the first half covers all the levels of the filmmaking process in detail, as well as offering plenty of wonderful behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Dawn of the Dead. It might make a decent future double-bill Blu-Ray project with the UK 1981 Intervision VHS release of Vigilante; another similar film which I do like. Especially when you consider the fact that this was Zack Snyder’s first feature film and he knocked it straight out of the park. 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. aspect ratios, the native 4K transfers are notably brighter than their respective Blu-ray counterparts, thanks to the boosted contrast balance.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).

I was able to track down a so-so quality copy of the Dawn Of The Dead Entertainment In Video VHS Trailer on YouTube, which was AI upscaled for inclusion here. The HDR/DV is MUCH better at dealing with oranges and reds (just look at the fireball at the beginning of chapter 12.Reportedly, they also used this along with a 4K scan of the best available internegative for the Cannes Extended Cut, both of which were also approved by Gornick, and another 4K scan of the best available interpositive for Argento's European Version, which for all intents and purposes appears to be the same as Midnight Factory's UHD release from four years ago. Colours are well realised and robust, but the lack of HDR means it loses the intensity and vibrancy of the other edits in the set, likewise the frame depth and sharpness suffer as the black level is nowhere near as strong. Chappel's 'The Gonk', a tune that is almost guaranteed to get fans of the film stumbling around with stiffened legs and outstretched arms. The film starts to stumble in the 2nd act when the truck load of people come in, but it picks up for a thrilling conclusion that fits perfectly in with the genre.

In addition to the first disc, I had some pre-existing bootleg VHS to DVD transfers which I though would have a fitting home on this set.I was initially dubious about having so many but they’re all markedly different and each offer something well worth listening to.

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