For those who thought director Zack Snyder's remake of George A. Romero's zombie classic packed an impressive punch in theaters, Universal Home Video's DVD release of the unrated director's cut provides even more bloody fun -- in addition to offering some impressive bonus materials that actually serve to enhance the viewing experience. Lovingly presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release of Dawn of the Dead looks fantastic. Not only does the presentation feature colors that are as bold as they are vivid, but it also offers great skin tones, shows little to no signs of edge enhancement, and delivers pitch-black darkness in the nighttime scenes. Dawn of the Dead is a very high-contrast film, and Universal has done a terrific job in faithfully preserving its visual presentation on the small screen. The Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix likewise does an effective job in keeping viewers ill at ease by means of punchy music cues and eerie directional effects. Additional footage that didn't appear in the theatrical release covers everything from more graphic zombie mayhem to some revealing and endearing character development. Even with such a hearty visual presentation, the reason most viewers will be purchasing this disc is for the generous bonus materials -- and they're not likely to be disappointed. Unlike the sometimes superfluous extras on most over-bloated special edition DVDs, Dawn of the Dead offers some bonus materials that truly draw the viewer in to the experience of the film. "The Lost Tape" of gun store owner Andy (Bruce Bohne) offers a videotaped document of the one of the more appealing but justifiably underdeveloped characters in the film, while "Special Report: Zombie Invasion" offers a faux newscast which covers the epidemic from the first reports to the moment when broadcast television gives way to the Emergency Broadcast System. If the 12-plus minutes of deleted scenes aren't necessarily the "pulse-pounding scenes too terrifying for the final theatrical release!" that the packaging promises, they do offer a few nice scares and some great character development in addition to showing, through the optional commentary, that Snyder has a keen eye for pacing. For those interested in special makeup effects, this release offers a trio of unrated exclusives that are both revealing and informative. "Raising the Dead" finds special makeup effects designer David Leroy Anderson and other filmmakers discussing the process of creating the frightful zombies, and while "Attack of the Living Dead" may give the impression that it's little more than a zombie-kill montage, it's actually a detailed study of the special effects behind six of the film's most impressive visuals. If viewers are at all curious how the filmmakers get those zombie noggins popping, they need look no further than "Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of Exploding Heads," in which Anderson, Snyder, and crew reveal how they make the head-shots so convincing. A commentary track by Snyder and producer Eric Newman is also involving and entertaining, showcasing not only the director's dedication to the project and sense of humor, but also his love for the original Dawn of the Dead. The two interact playfully throughout the lively track, and in addition to making light of the typical horror logic presented in some points of the film, they also point out scenes that were extended or added to the DVD release and expand on why they think the scenes add to the overall impact of the film. DVD-ROM materials are also accessible.
"Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of Exploding Heads" -- The gory details of how the filmmakers make the head-kills in the film look so believable; plus designs, test models, and final weapons used by the actors
"Attack of the Living Dead" -- An up-close look at the film's most memorable zombie kills
"Raising the Dead" -- From early concept to final effects: turning the actors into undead killers
The Lost Tape: Over 15 minutes of terrifying footage revealed -- Chilling images from a recovered "home movie" document Andy's last horrific days as he battles zombie hordes outside his gun shop
"Special Report: Zombie Invasion" -- Startling news coverage includes panicked updates from the White House and scientific experts as the nation is thrown into chaos
Over 12 minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary from director Zack Snyder
Feature commentary from director Zack Snyder and producer Eric Newman
Richard P. RubinsteinProducer
G. Marq RoswellMusical Direction/Supervision
Tyler BatesComposer (Music Score)
Andrew NeskoromnyProduction Designer
Arvinder GrewalSupervising Art Director
Armyan BernsteinExecutive Producer
Dennis E. JonesExecutive Producer
Eric NewmanExecutive Producer
Marc AbrahamExecutive Producer
Thomas A. BlissExecutive Producer
William ChengSet Designer
Denise CronenbergCostume Designer
John J. ThomsonSound/Sound Designer
Robin D. CookCasting
David Leroy AndersonMakeup Special Effects
Dennis BerardiVisual Effects Supervisor
George A. RomeroFrom Screenplay by
Miroslaw BaszakSecond Unit Director Of Photography
Scott A. HeckerSupervising Sound Editor
William HoyAdditional Editing
Dawn of the Dead
Year of Release
DVD, Unrated Director's Cut, WS
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
Dawn of the Dead [WS] [Unrated Director's Cut] [DVD] 
This is one of the rare remake/reboots that actually work. This is Zack Snyder at his best, when he makes his movies fast and lean, not bloated with a ton of slo-mo and overly stylish shots. Shout out to James Gunn (pre-Guardians of the Galaxy) for the screenplay. Also, go for this Shout Factory set over the standard, with both rated and unrated versions and fun extras!
Looks fantastic on bluray! Sounds good. Loaded with extras. One of the better remakes to come out recently. Very worthy of its predecessor. Shout Factory produces some great stuff and this is one of them. A staple in any horror buffs collection.
Arguably Zack Snyder's best movie. He introduced running zombies for the first time. His take on the Romero classic was also very fast paced. One of the best remakes i've ever seen. Scream Factory did an excellent job with this release. I was waiting for this release for a long time. I'm glad it got the Scream Factory treatment. The first blu ray release doesn't hold a candle to this. If you are a fan of this movie, this is the version you need. Includes theatrical and unrated cuts of the movie.
This review is from Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray] [2 Discs] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Standalone Remake
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
Though it might not hit all the social commentaries of the original Romero classic, this is still a great action movie.