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"The Dead" (DVD) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - June, 2012

Synopsis

An American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, has to run the gauntlet across Africa battling with the living dead. With the help of a reluctant local, he must make his way to the nearest airport and hopefully get back home to the States. Unfortunately, the zombie plague is spreading across the globe and time is running out.

Specifications

  • Starring: Rob Freeman, Prince David Oseia
  • Directed by: Howard J. Ford, Jonathan Ford
  • Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Video: DVD 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Audio: DD 5.1
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

When I first heard about this flick by the Ford brothers, I had high expectations. I love horror movies as a genre and rumor had it that this was one of the best zombie movies in years. Alas, I was greatly disappointed. The realist in me says that a zombie can only last a week, two at the tops, in the heat of Africa . After that, they would totally decay into a pile of bones. Yet, those pesky zombies just keep on coming, day after day. Speaking of walking dead, the actors in this flick showed so little emotion; I thought they too might be zombies as well. Some of the make-up is quit good, but the clichés just keep coming: like the car is stuck in mud (in dry Africa, no less) and the zombies are coming, or you have to change a flat tire and the zombies are coming, or, "I wonder if there is a zombie hiding in this pitch dark room at the airport?". Still, even if no new ground is broken here, if you are really into zombies and are tired of Walking Dead re-runs, this movie might tie you over till the fall.

Technical

Since this is a DVD review, the picture can exhibit some crush in the shadow details. The overall movie is watchable, but it suffers from a soft picture most of the time. Skin tones tend toward orange in some of the out door scenes. It is hard to find, but the BD version is the way to go if really want the most from this film. Sound is mostly front heavy with little use for the subwoofer. Dialog is clear (including the monolog from the wise African chief who says the zombie plague is a product of man's greed and wanton destruction of Mother Nature…again with the clichés!).

Extras

Bare bones: audio commentary, deleted scenes and a featurrette.