Director George A. Romero is back again, with...another zombie film, "DIARY OF THE DEAD" on blu-ray from the Weinstein Company, just in time for . Borrowing a bit from "WAR OF THE WORLDS," "BLAIR WITCH PROJECT," and his other zombie films, the plot focuses on a film crew making a indie-horror film in the woods, only to find that zombie are actually running amok. With the help of the filmmaker's girlfriend, the production crew tries to find haven via a Winnebago, hoping to find safety back in their homes. Of course, they find there's no such place as home or safety with the undead around, and their chilling encounters are captured "live"(in a sense)as the filmmaker, Jason, elects to continue filming everything in real-time, as they make their plight. There are some genuinely chilling moments, but, there are also too many moments wherein the hand-held camera technique wears thin. Of course, even a bigger budgeted film(CLOVERFIELD)was far from perfect, so credit needs to be given to Romero for managing to craft a horror film, that although still filled with flaws, ends up providing plenty of chills.
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p blu-ray release. Surprisingly, the image is incredible! None of the low-budget grain, softness we expected this one to have, exists! Instead, colors are consistently rich throughout. Contrast is nearly flawless, with inky blacks, allowing for stunning detail in the frequently shadowy scenes. Depth is first-rate, with resolution continually offering "jump-off-the-screen" detail.
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix is also terrific. Surrounds are extremely effective and there's a rousing level of bass, creating added tension in many scenes. Dialogue, music and ambient effects are well balanced and the overall dynamic range is first-rate. A great release, and the best so far on blu-ray from the Weinstein Company!