Media

Movie Renter's Guide - October, 2008

ARTICLE INDEX

 

"Dawn of the Dead" (2004) (Blu-ray); "Land of the Dead" (2005) (Blu-ray)

movie-october-2008-dawn-of-the-dead-land-of-the-dead.jpgSynopsis

When a virus turns dead people into flesh-eating undead ("Zombies"), everyone takes refuge in a shopping mall where they must do their best to keep the Zombies out.

The only way they can be killed is to shoot them in the head and burn the bodies. (End of Dawn of the Dead.)

And then, just when the human race (at least those in New York City) thinks they have everything under control, the Zombies mutate into much more disgusting-looking creatures and they are tougher to kill (Land of the Dead).

To kill Dracula, you pound a stake through his heart, for the Wolfman, a silver bullet, so how do you kill a mutated Zombie?

Someone forgot to embalm these characters, because the body decomposition is just too much to view them properly in a funeral home.

 

Specifications

  • Universal Pictures
  • 2004, 2005, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 50 min, 1 Hr 37 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35: 1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento
  • Directed by Zack Snyder (Dawn), George A. Romero (Land)
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
  • Video:
  • Audio:
  • Extras:
  • Violence: Explicit
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

In 1968, Night of the Living Dead was released, directed by George A. Romero, and it became an instant classic as well as a cult film that has lasted all of the past four decades since its initial release. I am surprised it took this long for sequels to start popping up. Dawn of the Dead was directed by Zack Snyder, but Land of the Dead was directed by Romero, and it shows. Land is much more stylistic and graphic. It is also more humerous, if rotting bodies that walk can be funny.

Technical

The image quality is good on both films, but the use of surrounds is much better on Land of the Dead.

Extras

Dawn of the Dead has only some basic extras, like the feature commentary, while Land of the Dead has lots of things such as Scenes of Carnage, Zombie Effects, and Scream Tests.