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Diary of the Dead [Blu-ray] [2007]

  • SKU: 9056601
  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    72% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10 out of 14)

    Special Features


    • Feature commentary by writer/director George A. Romero, director of photography Adam Swica and editor Michael Doherty
    • For the Record: Feature-length documentary on film's cast, crew & creation
    • The Roots: The inspiration for the film
    • The First Week: A Visit to the set
    • Familiar Voices: Cameo outtakes
    • Myspace Contest Winners: 5 zombie films from the filmmaker fans
    • Character confessionals

    Synopsis


    George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead
    Horror icon George A. Romero effectively hits the "reset" button on his hugely influential Dead series with this scaled-back look at the zombie apocalypse as told from the perspective of a student filmmaker who sets out to shoot a low-budget fright film, but instead captures the breakdown of modern society at the decaying hands of flesh-eating ghouls. Jason Creed (Joshua Close) and his crew are shooting a mummy movie in the Pennsylvania woods when media reports begin pouring in about the dead rising from their graves to feast on the flesh of the living. While self-centered star Ridley (Phillip Riccio) beats a hasty retreat to his family's fortified mansion halfway across the state, the remaining cast and crew are forced to fight for their lives despite having no weapons to speak of, and only a wobbly recreational vehicle in which to seek shelter. Immediately recognizing the gravity of the situation and outspokenly skeptical of the media, determined director Creed decides to use his own camera to capture the real story in a documentary entitled "The Death of Death." Now, as the group attempts to fight their way to safety, the skeptics will all watch as their greatest fears become reality, and the realists will attempt to process a nightmare that modern science would pass off as impossible. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Joshua Close
      Joshua Close - Jason Creed
    • Shawn Roberts
      Shawn Roberts - Tony
    • Amy Lalonde
      Amy Lalonde - Tracy
    • Joe Dinicol
      Joe Dinicol - Eliot
    • Scott Wentworth
      Scott Wentworth - Maxwell



    Customer rating

    Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews

    71%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A horror tale that's drowning in its own message

      Posted
      CrimsonKing42

      Diary of the Dead is George A. Romero's return to his low-budget roots, and consequently seems like a re-imagining of his saga about the dead coming back to life and feeding upon/converting the living. The events of this film are concurrent with those of the classic that started it all, "Night of the Living Dead", but since the films take place in vastly separated time periods, it is unlikely that this film is intended to be occuring simultaneously with that one. The story begins with a group of student filmmakers making a horror film about a mummy with their professor, but are interrupted by reports that the dead are coming back to life and attacking the living. Together, the group embark on a winnbago and take a trip from Pittsburg to make their way to their respective homes to learn the fates of their families. Along the way, they encounter all manners of horrors as the dead have taken control of the country (and as the characters later learn, the world). The film is shown from the point of view of a series of cameras that the characters are using to record everythinng that is happening to them. Rather than bringing the audience closer to the characters, however, this technique makes the camera wielders unpleasantly detached. Several times throughout the film, the primary cameraman, Jason Creed, chooses to go on filming rather than helping a friend in need, making him less and less likeable.Also, his repeatedly mentioned obsession with showing their plight to the world, usually through video uploads on Myspace, become increasingly megalomaniacal, killing his supposed purpose. The film's blatant critique of how the world now relies on means like Myspace and Youtube and other internet sources such as blogs is so overwhelming that the film frequently forgets to also be an entertaining horror film. Night of the Living Dead and its superior sequel, Dawn of the Dead (still the best of the series and a masterpiece in its own right) succeeded as great entertainment because they were entertaining and the social commentary was more of an undertone. In this case it smothers the storyline. Give this one a miss unless you really feel the need to see every film in this series, as I did.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Better than the last one.

      Posted
      WillDu

      Forty years after Night of the Living Dead, but only three years since the last jaunt into George Romero's zombie territory, comes Diary of the Dead. Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead will probably never be topped, even by the man behind them. I'm probably sinning, but I'd give this one third place after those two, and just barely ahead of Day of the Dead. But there's not really room for comparison, this film and the other four are basically from different worlds, the first world's existence culminating in Land of the Dead, after which this new vision was a welcome change. George Romero is undeniably good at finding the most gnawing problems of a certain time period and converting them into socially minded zombie films. His subtlety has waned with age, but here in Diary of the Dead, his relatively overt message is less grating than that of 2005's Land of the Dead. The story moves from place to place sloppily at times, and the motvies for going to certain places just seem like they were written in to set up certain zombie deaths, many of which were actually pretty creative this time around. The sense of humor in this movie is pretty good, not all of the lines are delivered perfectly but for lesser known actors it's forgiveable, most of them did better than some actors with years of experience. All in all, I would recommend this to other people to watch at least once, it's not revolutionary to film or even to the zombie genre, but it's a decent watch and has some very clever moments strewn throughout. It could do with less in your face commentary but it could have been much worse. The special features are OK, nothing too wonderful the most notable on the disc were a few deleted scenes, some cast confessionals of which Tony stood out, and some Myspace user-created short films, one made by and starring Teller from Penn and Teller fame, that was just special.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Weakest entry in Romero's Zombie Flicks

      Posted
      Mellojoker

      This is Romero's fifth zombie flick, though it breaks away from the previous "trilogy" (plus "Land of the Dead"). And, lemme tell ya, I LOVE zombie flicks, particularly Romero's... That said, this was abysmal...The previous movies tackled deep issues such as race, consumerism/capitalism, the degradation of the family unit, the military-industrial complex, homelessness and even sexism/misogyny (in the remake of "Night of the Living Dead", which Romero wrote), using zombies as metaphors with subtlety, wit and humor. The media is already a self-parody (where "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" are the news shows with the most dignity and insight), so it hardly needs to be mocked, especially in such an obvious manner. Anytime someone breaks out the old "Who's really the monster?" line, I start groaning. Furthermore, whereas Savini used real blood and guts in previous productions, this one is fakey as can be with an overuse of CGI (AARGH!!!). Heck, there aren't even enough zombies in it for my taste. For that matter, the zombies weren't even used as the analogy here...the media WAS the media. If you want a really good zombie yarn, check out any of Romero's previous four entries...

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Diary of the Dead

      Posted
      MIKEoftheDEAD24
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      Romero's zombie films have been some of my favorites since I was a kid. As I grew up I started to understand the meaning behind each one. With this film I was intreged to hear that it was going back to when the zombie uprise started. After seeing the film I was sort of disappointed. This "Dead" film dealt with the manipulation of the media and also the number of access points that people have today to get ahold of news such as blogs or internet sites. This is a big issue in our society today but seems to be over done with shows like The Daily Show. I was not a fan of the some of the camera shots and the deaths. I have seen better from Romero. This is still a must have for anyone who is a fan of Romero's films.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Terrible

      Posted
      Cabbie

      This movie was so bad, I only gave it a chance on the Romero name. What a mistake. Bad acting, bad effects, minimal story and that's for a zombie movie, and general idiocy. It took quite a leap for me to accept the goofy guy who must film in cloverfield, but really this makes no sense at all. Instead of a clueless guy running around with the camera, diary is obsessed with moralistic views shoved in your face, like we have not been swimming with cameras for years now. Total crapp.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      George A. Romero's is a Great Director...

      Posted
      Ilovescarymovies

      George A. Romero's, is great director, when he made another zombie movie. I could not wait, to get it. The movie goes back to night living dead, people don't belive it's happing but it is. But the kids want's to tape what's happing, as they are travling to show the world what's happing and to help the other people, to know what's happing. It's very great movie, worth getting. You will be happy with movie. Plus worth the money...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great zombie movie!

      Posted
      redandblack6s

      To me, George A. Romero can do no wrong! But that's me, I love everything he does. This wasn't one of his more popular films, nor was it his best. But, I still thoroughly enjoyed it! This film got a lot of mixed reviews. I recommend it, if you like a good zombie flick. If you're a fan of his work, I definitely recommend it! Also, two of my personal Romero favorites are Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Bruiser.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Last Romero zombie flick I really like

      Posted
      JLee
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      Diary of the dead isn't a master piece of a zombie movie by any means, but I think it's one of Romeros last zombie movies that I found to be a enjoyable flick. If you're a fan of Romero I would say pick Diary of the Dead up, it probably wont become your favorite Romero flick but I think you will at least find it enjoyable.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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