"LAND OF THE DEAD: UNRATED" has been released as a 1080p/VC-1 blu-ray from UNIVERSAL. Set in the near future, zombies have gotten more intelligent, and the last major human sanctuary, is within Pittsburgh. Water on all sides and a fortified bridge are all that separate the zombies from their food source. Dennis Hopper plays a rich Trump-like real estate magnate, and owner of Fidller's Green, a posh, secure condo, filled with all the perks society had been used to in better times, ...fine dining, expensive clothing stores and more. Of course, everyone wants in, but few can pay Hopper's steep pricing. His lackies do all the misdeeds asked of them by Hopper, in hopes of being granted a place within the condo sometime soon. Groups of human mercenaries make treks into zombie land to search for humans needing to escape and searching for food and other items needed to survive. Sooner or later, these mercenaries have to make moral decisions, realizing Hopper may not be much better than the zombies they fight.
George A. Romero's latest zombie film is generally entertaining, although it still becomes predictable about half-way through. The cast is great and Simon Baker proves once again he's one of the most under-used actors around. Those fans looking for gore will certainly find it here, but it's actually more of an action film than horror thriller. However, Romero still shows a penchant for creating some genuinely hair-raising moments.
UNIVERSAL has preserved the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The VC-1 image appears indistinguishable from the solid looking hd-dvd transfer., and both are notably sharper than the standard dvd. The detail is terrific when compared to the dvd and it's generally sharper looking than the soft-looking image of the dvd, which typically came across looking flat . Colors are often rich and vibrant, and the image is far brighter and pleasing than one typically expects from a horror film. More impressive, there are no hints of oversaturation!
As impressive as the Dolby Digital Plus mix found on the hd-dvd, had been, this DTS-HD Master Audio mix blows it away. Scene-to-scene comparisons offer deeper bass and notably better dynamic range for highs and lows. The mix had always been aggressive, but now the environment is taken to a new level with consistently immersive atmospheric effects for the audience, making this one of the best sounding blu-rays of the past few months.
All of the extras found on the dvd and hd-dvd have been carried over, but are only available in standard resolution.