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Dawn Of The Dead: The Director's Cut DVD Review

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by AVForums May 1, 2005

    Dawn Of The Dead: The Director's Cut DVD Review
    SRP: £23.99

    Picture

    The anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer
    is home to all kinds of visual trickery
    which mean that - while it is a technically impressive piece of encoding - it just
    doesn't knock your socks off as a
    particularly great-looking transfer. Going
    for a very stylised look which aids the film
    immensely, the picture has a green tinge
    and purposefully over-pumped colours,
    and there is evidence on several
    occasions of artificial dirt and grain being
    added to the image to give the film a
    gritty feel.
    Still, black levels are solid and
    consistent, colours are well-rendered and
    detail levels remain high throughout.
    Given the amount of both darkness and
    movement in the picture, it's also
    refreshing to see that the transfer is
    mostly free from compression artefacting
    and smearing.

    Sound

    With no DTS mix on offer it's up
    to the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack to
    impress the listener, and thankfully it really
    delivers. This is a solid surround track,
    with great use of positional audio, clear
    dialogue reproduction and excellent
    dynamic range. Indeed, there's so much
    bass on offer that as the film's climax builds and gets ever more explosive
    you could do with making sure that all
    breakables are firmly fastened down,
    as your subwoofer will soon have the
    room shaking.

    Extras

    Where the disc really lets itself
    down is with the extra features. Don't get
    us wrong: there's a fair selection of stuff
    on offer and some of it is genuinely
    interesting, but there's nothing that really
    documents the making of the film as a
    whole - except for the rather enthusiastic
    feature-length commentary by director
    Zack Snyder and producer Eric Newman.
    The remaining extras consist of a short
    video intro to the Director's Cut by Snyder,
    two spoof featurettes (a home video
    account of Andy's final days in the gun
    store entitled The Lost Tape, plus a rather
    badly-acted and not particularly
    convincing bogus news programme),
    eleven deleted/extended scenes with
    optional commentary, and a trio of
    featurettes looking at various aspects of
    the creation of the film's undead hordes
    and how they were dispatched (Raising the Dead, Attack of the Living Dead and
    Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of an
    Exploding Head)

    Verdict

    As utterly pointless as the film is, this remake of
    Dawn of the Dead is a whole heap of gory fun
    and is well served by the DVD.

    The Rundown

    Movie

    7

    Picture Quality

    8

    Sound Quality

    9

    Extras

    5

    Overall

    7

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