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

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As much action and carnage as 300, but with a great cast of characters that actually play well off of each other. There's a distinct tonal shift from the first film here, with the apocalyptic chaos of the opening scenes signalling a move towards a more action-oriented approach in which the horror underpins the narrative and provides the motivating threat.

It was retitled Zombies and rated 'X' with 5m 05s of BBFC cuts to the violence and gore, running at 2h 00m 20s. The management works very hard to make sure the community is running the best software, best designs, and all the other bells and whistles. Escaping her home town only to see death and devastation around her, Ana meets up with surviving cop Kenneth (Ving Rhames), TV salesman Michael (Jake Weber), gang banger Andre (Mekhi Phifer) and his pregnant girlfriend Luda (Inna Korobkina). Additionally, these two HDR presentations benefit from the improved brightness levels, showering nearly every scene with inky, raven blacks.There is also better detailing visible in the clouds or in pretty much all daylight exteriors, and metallic surfaces have a more realistic shine to them, such as the scene with Peter and Roger hauling the trucks in front of the entrances. I was able to fit both main movies, and still had a fair bit of space left over on the first disc, so I added in a few extras. Disc two is modelled on the UK 1995 Entertainment In Video VHS releases' tape label, which matches the inside reversible cover on the existing set.

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. Comparing the Surround track to the one found on Land of the Dead, I found the latter to be more robust with greater speaker activity throughout. Extras disc: Audio commentary by Claudio Simonetti; interview with Tom Savini (18min); interview with Dario Argento (28min); interview with Nicolas Winding Refn (8min); interview with Michele de Angelis and Gianni Vittori (8min); Quando all'Inferno non ci sara’ piu posto: Interviews with Dario undandClaudio Argento, Claudio Simonetti, Alfredo Cuomo (ca.Following the Video Nasties scandal and the introduction of the VRA in 1985; the company went under. Colours are well realised and robust, but the lack of HDR means it loses the intensity and vibrancy of the other edits in the set, likewise the frame depth and sharpness suffer as the black level is nowhere near as strong.

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