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

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It looks like a blurred orange mess on the Blu-ray but you can tell the individual flames and color changes inside the fireball on the 4K disc), and the blacks are incredible. They performed a full restoration and remaster of those elements while under the supervision and final approval by the director of photography, Michael Gornick.

What makes Dawn of the Dead (the remake) so good is that it doesn’t try to EMULATE the original Romero film, but neither does it stray too far from that base. Effects are spread across the speakers, with some heft supplied by the sub; it is quite atmospheric with the surrounds coming into play, obviously limited by the source, this is never-the-less natural sounding. The mall itself becomes a microcosm of American consumerism, a source of supplies for a group that over time becomes seduced by the easy pleasures that free access to such a wide range of material goods can offer. His work here maybe isn’t as refined as his later work, but this is purely due to the sheer volume of effects in the film. It was re-released three years later in 1992 on the Entertainment In Video Polygram 4Front label with its recognisable gold coloured VHS cover (Cat no: 086 198 3), and re-issued again in 1995 with further cuts by the distributor now running at 1h 58m 05s, with a total of around 7m 20s of cuts (Cat no: EVS 1027).

Romero's film Dawn of the Dead (1978), starring Scott Reiniger, Ken Foree, David Emge, Gaylen Ross, and Tom Savini. Ana is naturally the center of attention, and Sarah Polley is above reproach for playing the terrified, but hardened nurse who does what needs to be done, yest still exercises her conscience.

I've no wish to denigrate the considerable work put in by those who work to bring any film to the screen (I know from personal experience how hard that can be), but a remake simply does not involve the same level of creativity and risk as the original that spawned it because the blueprint has already been drawn up, the product successfully road tested, the brand name established and the audience pre-primed. My colleague Marty Liebman reviewed the first American high-def release of Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead (2004) nearly ten years ago. Whether you have or haven't seen this movie, the 4K HDR experience is, by far, the best way to watch.It was shown as part of the BBC2 Forbidden Season of films "exploring dark and disturbing areas of the imagination". Though again seeing a group of people holed up in a bid to survive the onslaught outside, the tone and scope is very different. Realising they might be on to a good thing, they decide to hold up for a while and plan their next move.

This site is a destination for AV enthusiasts to share experiences, opinions, and ideas with others, eschewing egotistical debate, with an end goal of helping each other design and tweak systems to reach this “nirvanic” state. is top-notch and there is a lot to appreciate about the amount of detail that went in to the design.Their only hope is a daring exodus to a remote island they believe to be safe from the flesh-eating fiends. The old Blu-ray always crushed like crazy with black levels, but here you can actually see all of the details that you were missing in those dark spots. Even Andre is played well, as a gang banger/thief who is willing to team up with the afore mentioned people and survive.

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