Director Zack Snyder received most of his acclaim for his work on "300," but this critic believes his work for "DAWN OF THE DEAD," was infinitely more impressive. To begin with, he took a film and genre that had been explored to death, and revitalized it and not only made a good film, but a "very good" film that almost transcended the horror genre.
The opening 10 minutes to the film, wherein the "zombie" epidemic begins to take root, is brilliantly presented, and achieves a narrative structure far better than what Roberto Rodriguez strived for in his recent "planet terror" film.
There is actually a skillfully managed blend of humor and scares in the beginning and even throughout most of the film, although the "scares" more than outweigh the humor as the film moves along.
Well acted, brilliantly directed, "DAWN OF THE DEAD" is one of those rare horror films that will surprise and delight even those viewers dragged to watch it.
UNIVERSAL has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/VC-1 blu-ray release. It's a great looking transfer, sure to please fans of the film. While there are a few instances wherein the image falls flat, most of the film offers "jump-off-the-screen" depth. Colors are rich, even when fleshtones are intentionally subdued. Inky blacks provide stellar contrast and three-dimensional detail in darker scenes. Grain is unavoidably present in many scenes, as it appeared to be even in theatrical showings.
UNIVERSAL has upgraded the previous Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix found on hd-dvd with a new DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. The mix is one of the best of 2008, offering consistently impressive directional/discrete and panning effects. Surrounds provide a 360 degree environment from beginning to end. Bass effects are also prominent without overshadowing dialogue. A GREAT MIX!
Most of the extras found on the dvd and Hd-dvd are carried over here including commentary and more.