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

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The pause towards the end does the climax a lot of favours too and is where we get a lot of the emotional weight and satire, seeing how cold the characters have become towards each other after being isolated with all they need for too long.

The star prize here and the key selling point of the set is the Blu-ray transfer of the theatrical cut. As much action and carnage as 300, but with a great cast of characters that actually play well off of each other. Instead of copying the “teenager in peril” slasher phase of the 90s, Snyder chose to make it a gory zombie movie that is as hyper kinetic as his next few films have proven him to be.The Universal Blu-ray back in 2008 was rather “meh” considering it was encoded with the more bitrate intensive VC-1 codec, and Scream Factory’s 2017 release looked only marginally better in AVC. With a great balance of satire, action and horror, it transcends any minor flaws it may have, to more than justify its lofty status in the pantheon of genre movies. The stereo track performs best giving a fair sense of separation and cleaner ‘lines’ to the dialogue and layers to the music. 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.

Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. When they manage to break in though and find a secluded loft space the zombies can’t get to, the four of them decide to stay in the mall for a while. I used to feel Dawn of the Dead was a little overlong, dragging its feet more than Night, but I didn’t get that sense at all this time around.The second half goes long beyond the film’s release, looking at the rest of Romero’s career and how it, and the film industry, changed after Dawn. You do have to take into consideration the age and budget of the film, it was quite limited at the time, and thus the restoration is not going to work miracles – it is still a cheap horror flick and is never going to rival modern digital filming techniques – and judged on those merits this is an amazing picture. Romero's Dawn of the Dead remains a horror masterpiece, featuring poignantly relevant themes on modernity and consumerism.

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