Land of the Dead: Unrated Edition

DVD Reviews | Oct 17th, 2005

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Starring Asia Argento, Simon Baker, Dennis Hopper, Robert Joy, John Leguizamo
Written By: George A. Romero
Directed By: George A. Romero
Studio: Universal
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Legendary film director George A. Romero is back with the 4th installment of his “Living Dead” series. This time, the dead have just about taken over the world, with only a handful of survivors left, trying to live normal lives. Warning: this movie is NOT for the faint of heart. This was probably one of the most violent, gory, graphic movies I’ve ever seen! But hey, that’s how a good zombie movie should be, right?

Romero was definitely going in a smart direction with this movie. Instead of having the usual slow, dumb witted zombies, they actually start figuring out how to “live again”. So, to sum that up in a sentence, the survivors are fucked. I wasn’t sure if I enjoyed that approach at first, but once I thought about it after finishing LAND OF THE DEAD, it was actually smart. Why keep the same thing going? He’s the one who started the zombie craze, he might as well change it a bit.

So, back to the movie itself. The films stars John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper. Together again for the first time since the Super Mario Brothers movie!! Aren’t you excited? I know I am. The film also stars Asia Argento (daughter of legendary horror film director Dario Argento), and Simon Baker. With a special cameo by a certain someone from SHAUN OF THE DEAD (see if you can spot him!). The survivors protect themselves by putting up electric gates around their “protected” city, which is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the ocean. They live happy but some are poor, who live in the streets. But also some people live the luxury life, like the Donald Trump-ish Kauffman (Hopper). How? We don’t know, nothing is really explained that well. Which is what I DIDN’T like about this movie! How the hell are these people making money? How the hell are these people doing ANYTHING? There’s really not too much you can write about a zombie movie. It’s pretty much a blood and gore fest. I definitely recommend it for ALL horror fans. Especially those who enjoy the Living Dead series.

For once, I actually enjoyed the special features on a DVD. For one, this is the unrated edition so more gore you couldn’t see in the theaters (good GOD do they go overboard!). My favorite of the special features was “Shaun Meets George.” Simon Pegg (“Shaun” of SHAUN OF THE DEAD) takes us on his adventure in becoming a zombie cameo for LAND OF THE DEAD. He makes it humorous and fun. Makes me want to be one in a movie now too…As for the other features, the MAKING OF featurette is great. Very interesting and fun to watch. It seemed like, as in most horror flicks, they had a blast making it. Of course there’s an audio commentary with Romero, deleted scenes, which we could have really done without, some more behind the scenes fun and a zombie casting call.

This movie’s a lot of fun. I STRONGLY suggest people purchase this DVD. Sure, it may definitely be a B-movie, but it’s classic in it’s own way. I hope Romero keeps going with the series. I’d hate to see it end.

Undead Again: The Making of Land of the Dead
Go behind-the-scenes and onto the set for an insider’s look at the blood, sweat…and more blood that went into the creation of George A. Romero’s most spectacular zombie film yet!
A Day with the Living Dead
From “first call” to “wrap,” star John Leguizamo takes you on a humorous personal tour through an entire working day.
The Remaining Bits
These tasty deleted scenes are definitely not your average movie leftovers!
Feature Commentary,br> Director George Romero guides your through his newest masterpiece.
When Shaun Met George
Stars from the cult hit Shaun Of The Dead (Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright) have some ghoulish fun with the cast and crew during their cameos.

Exclusive UNRATED DVD Features:
Bringing The Dead To Life
The film’s makeup artist Greg Nicotero offers insights into the fine art of crafting a convincing creepy zombie.
Scenes of Carnage
A killer music video featuring the movie’s most outlandish scenes!
Zombie Effects: From Green Screen to Finished Scene
See how zombie-actors, an unfinished set and computer-generated imagery combine to create the chilling illusion o reality
Scream Tests: Zombie Casting Call
Real-life and computer-generated zombies strut their undead stuff!

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC

Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: Whenever the dead figure things out (freakin great….), whenever they attack- sure it’s gory but absolutely fabulous
Rating: NR
Running Time: 97 minutes
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