“Bloody Good Fun.” – Ebert and Roeper
Heart-pounding action and bone-chilling thrills power this edgy and frightening remake of George A. Romero’s apocalyptic horror classic, Dawn Of The Dead! From visionary filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), this pulse-pounding jolt-a-thon stars Ving Rhames (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Sarah Polley (Splice), Jake Weber (Wendigo), Mekhi Phifer (Divergent) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family).
The world is in danger when a mysterious virus turns people into mindless, flesh-eating zombies. In a mall in the heartland, a handful of survivors wage a desperate, last-stand battle to stay alive … and human!
Dawn of the Dead ’04 is considered by some in the horror community as the case study as far as horror remakes go. And while I admit that I am a fan of the movie, I personally feel as if it has a couple of faults which prevent it from living up to the original, which also keeps me from claiming it to be the “best” horror remake. People hate Zack Snyder, or so they say, but they have no trouble whipping Dawn of the Dead out when discussing modern horror. Maybe it’s James Gunn’s writing credit which allows them the loophole.
Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead is basically a remake in name only. The only characteristics it possesses to draw comparison to the original is a concept, and a similar location. Otherwise, the films couldn’t be more different. Romero’s original epic is a slower burn. Zack Snyder’s film starts off with a bang, with one of the most memorable opening scenes in modern horror. Honestly, if it weren’t for the zombie birth, and subsequent zombie baby, this would be a highly effective zombie action/thriller from start to finish.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the film is the definitive edition up to this point. It features brand new transfers for both the Theatrical Cut, as well as the Unrated version, and a plethora of extras. It features a 1080p, AVC-encoded transfer, in 2.35:1, and DTS-HD MA audio tracks in both 5.1 as well as 2.0. The extras range from new to old. On the Theatrical Cut disc, including interviews with actors and an interview with James Gunn, as well as a Special Effects featurette. Also included are several pieces of bonus content ported over from older releases of the film. If you’ve made it into this stage of home video and don’t already own Dawn of the Dead ’04 on Blu-ray, then this is the release you’ve been holding out for. If you already have the original release, this is one Blu-ray that justifies a double-dip. Visit the Shout! Factory website to purchase a copy of your own.
DISC ONE: Theatrical Version
- NEW HD Master Derived From The 2K Digital Intermediate
- NEW Take A Chance On Me – An Interview With Actor Ty Burrell
- NEW Gunn For Hire – An Interview With Writer James Gunn
- NEW Punk, Rock, & Zombie – An Interview With Actor Jake Weber
- NEW Killing Time At The Mall: The Special Effects Of Dawn Of The Dead – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artists David Anderson And Heather Langenkamp Anderson
- Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Zach Snyder And Producer Eric Newman
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery
DISC TWO: Unrated Version
- NEW HD Master From The 2K Digital Intermediate With HD Inserts
- Audio Commentary With Director Zach Snyder And Producer Eric Newman
- Splitting Headaches: Anatomy Of Exploding Heads
- Attack Of The Living Dead
- Raising The Dead
- Andy’s Lost Tape
- Special Report: Zombie Invasion
- Undead And Loving It: A Mockumentary
- Drawing The Dead Featurette
- Storyboard Comparisons
- Hidden Easter Egg