DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004) REVIEWED
“Dawn of the Dead” was pretty exciting when it came out. A major studio was backing a major zombie movie at a time when the creatures were still a novelty. The original cast returned for the most part. Well, half of the mall crew. Plus, you got Tom Savini acting again. You know how much the world loves Tom Savini the actor and not Tom Savini the genius makeup artist. The film holds up in both cuts until they have to escape the mall.
Then, the Cameron influence takes over, as the mindless hordes chomp all over the social commentary. While I appreciate the overwhelming sense of dread, the film still has giant logic problems. The zombie baby doesn’t make a ton of sense. The constant shuffle of people and the video game like push to secure the mall doesn’t make sense. The 1978 version got away with it, because the process shown very mechanically and it was a rural mall in the Pennsylvania sticks. If you look at the surroundings in this film, it appears to be a suburban mall in a major metro area.
That being said, I did import an Unrated cut DVD from Hong Kong back in 2005. Now, you kids get to have both cuts readily available on Blu-ray. This is why I constantly yell at you to get off my lawn.
- Deleted Scenes
- Behind-the-Scenes footage
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 10/31/17
- Video - 94%94%
- Audio - 95%95%
- Supplemental Material - 97%97%
- Film Score - 93%93%
The Plot Thus Far
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.