“A thrilling, disturbing commentary on a man-eat-man world …” – San Francisco Examiner
Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero returns to unleash another chapter in his zombie series! In this new tale of terror, Romero creates a harrowing vision of a modern-day world where the walking dead roam a vast uninhabited wasteland and the living try to lead “normal” lives behind the high walls of a fortified city. A new society has been built by a hand of ruthless opportunists, who live in luxury in the towers of a skyscraper, high above the less fortunate citizens who must eke out a hard life on the streets below. With the survival of the city at stake, a group of mercenaries is called into action to protect the living from the evolving army of the dead waiting outside the city walls. Land Of The Dead features a cast of great actors including Dennis Hopper, Simon Baker, Asia Argento, Robert Joy and John Leguizamo.
Land of the Dead was Romero’s first zombie film back after the long gap after Day. It was the first Romero film I was able to see in the theater upon its first run. The film takes the logical next step after the apocalyptic Day, and presents us with a dystopian world, where the poor scrounge the streets for supplies to sell to the rich, whom have entrenched themselves in a gated community where only the elite can live. Romero has always created genre films with political undertones, and Land proves that such undertones can be used as story canon, and expanded upon, while preserving the original message. If Dawn of the Dead used zombies as a symbolism for consumerism and greed, land takes it to its logical conclusion.
Land of the Dead takes a lot of crap from some zombie cinema fans, but in my eyes, it’s Romero’s last great film. And though it’s bigger and glossier than his original Dead trilogy, it continues the concepts set forth by Night, Dawn, and Day perfectly, which is something that cannot be said about the Romero zombie flicks that would follow. Granted, I’m not certain that Diary of the Dead or Survival of the Dead were meant to continue the four films that preceded them, but between Land and Diary there is a very noticeable dip in quality. It’s no secret how that is, because Romero did not remain quiet about how difficult it had become to secure traditional funding for his zombie movies, and he took his roadshow back over to the independent side of things. With that comes a tighter budget, which means less funds for things like huge staged practical effects gags. Even so, Land of the dead sort of started the implementation of more CGI mixed in with the practical, so maybe they are loosely connected.
Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of the film is the best presentation we’re probably ever going to see for Land of the Dead. Sure, somebody down the line will probably release the film to UHD, but it will probably be a studio release, and won’t receive the amount of love it did with Scream. For a film that some considers to be horrid, this release treats it as if it was top shelf. From the commissioned artwork, to the remasters of both the Theatrical cut, as well as the Unrated cuts of the film, and a swath of extras. Featured is an AVC-encoded 1080p transfer in 2.35:1, and both 2.0 and 5.1 DTS-HD MA tracks. Extras listed below. Visit Shout! Factory’s website to purchase a copy of your own.
DISC ONE: Theatrical Cut
- NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
- NEW Cholo’s Reckoning – An Interview With Actor John Leguizamo
- NEW Charlie’s Story – An Interview With Actor Robert Joy
- NEW The Pillsbury Factor – An Interview With Actor Pedro Miguel Arce
- NEW Four Of The Apocalypse – An Interview With Actors Eugene Clark, Jennifer Baxter, Boyd Banks, And Jasmin Geljo
- Dream Of The Dead: The Director’s Cut With Optional Commentary By Director Roy Frumkes
- Deleted Footage From Dream Of The Dead
- Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
DISC TWO: Uncut Version
- NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive With HD Inserts
- NEW Audio Commentary With Zombie Performers Matt Blazi, Glena Chao, Michael Felsher, And Rob Mayr
- Audio Commentary With Writer/Director George A. Romero, Producer Peter Grunwald, And Editor Michael Doherty
- Undead Again: The Making Of Land Of The Dead
- Bringing The Dead To Life
- Scenes Of Carnage
- Zombie Effects: From Green Screen To Finished Scene
- Scream Test – CGI Test
- Bringing The Storyboards To Life
- A Day With The Living Dead Hosted By John Leguizamo
- When Shaun Met George