Day of the Dead (1985) (Ultimate Edition) (Umbrella Entertainment BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Day of the Dead (1985) (Ultimate Edition) (Umbrella Entertainment BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Day of the Dead (1985) (Ultimate Edition) (Umbrella Entertainment BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Day of the Dead (1985) (Ultimate Edition) (Umbrella Entertainment BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: George A. Romero
STARRING: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato
RATED: R/REGION B/1:77/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Umbrella Entertainment

Day of the Dead displays plenty of guts, as FX Maestro Tom Savini really comes of age with an amazing splatter platter of sliding guts, faceless zombie freaks, and provocative new makeups delivered with a chunk-blowing gusto deserving of the highest praise.” – Chas Balun, Beyond Horror Holocaust In horror maestro, George A Romero’s gruesome follow-up to the acclaimed Dawn of the Dead the flesh-eating undead have wiped out every last vestige of the civilized world and now outnumber the living 40,000-to-one! Hidden deep within a fortified underground missile silo an isolated and increasingly unstable ragtag group of scientists and soldiers continue to work to find a cure for this unstoppable plague. Tensions soon escalate between a maniacal bloodthirsty military leader and a borderline mad scientist, sparking a climactic assault on the bunker by thousands of zombies… one final battle for humanity’s survival. Named by Romero as his favorite “dead” movie, Day of the Dead showcases his tight, taut direction and unleashes a cavalcade of non-stop zombie carnage courtesy of gore wizard, Tom Savini.

Day of the Dead doesn’t have the excitement of Dawn of the Dead but one thing it does have is gore effects to match or perhaps even top it. Savini turned in here what many consider to be his very best work and I may be in line to agree with that group. From the look of the zombies to people being torn in half to Dr.Logan’s zombie-filled room, the movie has enough blood to tickle anyone’s fancy. Also, the characters here are pretty slim pickings as far as who to side with goes. The people who are dislike-able are very dislike-able and you feel almost as isolated as the few good people there when watching it. Sarah is a strong woman character if not perhaps a little too strong, but you still have the laid back John and McDermott to keep you company while watching everyone else go crazy, power-hungry, or are already dead. This is a movie that I didn’t love when I first saw it, not reviewing what I believe to be my fourth copy of it overall, my enjoyment of the movie has grown over the years and the older I get the more I seem to enjoy this movie for what it is and what it stands for.

Speaking of dead people that brings me to the films best character, and my favorite out of all the Dead movies Romero made, Bub! Bub is a Zombie that Dr.Logan has actually trained pretty well, his star student so to speak. As long as Bub is being fed (something that plays a key into things later along with everything in Logan’s room) he seems to act a little more human-like than every other Zombie. He enjoys music and he still seems to have his military instincts from his previous life. Bub also seems to have loyalty, just making him a very grand character even if he’s technically not alive. All this and more can be seen on the Umbrella Ultimate Edition of Day of the Dead on Blu-ray. If you just want to talk about extras, then this does seem to be the ultimate version of the film, as it seems to combine stuff that we’ve seen on the Arrow and Scream Factory versions of the movie before. As far as looks go, it seems to be a lot like the Scream Factory version and that isn’t a bad thing. It does seem to have some areas that might not look perfect and some grain in it, but it’s still a very solid release with great extras.

Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
Audio Commentary with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Cletus Anderson & Lori Cardille
Audio Commentary with Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, Everett Burell & Mike Deak
World’s End: The Legacy of Day of the Dead (HD 85:26)
Behind the Scenes: On Set (SD 21:12)
Behind the Scenes: Tom Savini (SD 30:42)
Interview with George A. Romero at the 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival (SD 49:26)
Theatrical Trailers (SD 05:23)
TV Spots (SD 02:31)
Gateway Commerce Centre Promo Video (SD 08:12)
Disc 2 (DVD):
The Many Days of the Dead (SD 40:14)
Joe of the Dead (SD 50:53)
Reflections of the Living Dead (SD 78:39)
Travelogue of the Dead (SD 17:44)
Image Gallery (SD 8:54)

Quality of Transfer: 93%

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