Day of the Dead (1985) [Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray]
Director: George A. Romero
Cast: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato
Release Date: Collector’s Edition Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 10/10
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.
Fans of George Romero’s third entry in his Dead saga ‘Day of the Dead’ arrives on Blu-Ray like you have never seen it before, and you will without question want to be adding a copy of this phenomenal collector’s edition to your collection as soon as you can. Scream Factory’s release features a new High-Definition Transfer that looks absolutely stunning. It is truly amazing the level of time and care that Scream/Shout Factory continues to put into these releases. This is one company that truly cares about the fans and is also continually providing them with what they want which we all know is a very rare thing.
I’m personally not a huge fan of Romero’s Dead films, though I have not had the pleasure of viewing them all either. I know for certain I missed the most recent two entries. I had never seen ‘Day of the Dead’ up until a couple of months ago, and I wasn’t overly impressed with it. This Blu-Ray was my second viewing of the film, and I must admit I enjoyed it quite a bit more this time around. I’m sure the stunningly beautiful video presentation had a lot to do with that, but I think it might just be one of those films that will take a little bit of time to grow on me, and I will certainly give it its fair chance to do so.
The one positive thing I can certainly say for ‘Day of the Dead’ is that the gore effects were superb. Tom Savini was on the very top of his game here, and friends who have praised the gore effects of this film to me for some time where certainly not exaggerating how wonderfully done they were.
Fans of ‘Day of the Dead’ are going to be blown away by this release, and it is sure to bring a grin to their faces. Scream Factory has once again brought us the definitive version of a classic film, and this is without question the version you will want to pick up. For fans who already own the older Blu-Ray release, I would highly recommend upgrading to this one. I’m almost positive that you will not regret doing so once you see just what it has to offer.
The Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release of ‘Day Of The Dead’ features a new 1080p High Definition transfer which utilizes the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio and the difference between the video presentation on this Collector’s Edition and previous Blu-Ray releases of the film is the difference between light and day. This remastered version looks absolutely stunning and I would have never imagined it possible for this film to look so good. Every fan of Romero’s series should be ecstatic with this new High Definition transfer and it alone is more than enough reason for fans to upgrade to this release.
The Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release of ‘Day Of The Dead’ features a lossless Mono DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack which as far as uncompressed non multichannel soundtracks go, sounds pretty wonderful. The box and disc note the audio as being DTS-HD MA 1.0, though when viewing the disc, my receiver reads it as a 2.0 DTS-HD MA track, so simulated surround sound is certainly an option for those who are bothered by only stereo sound.
As is usually the case with these phenomenal collector’s editions from Scream Factory, this Blu-Ray is absolutely jam packed with extras. Included are a new 85 minute insightful feature length documentary titled ‘World’s End: The Legacy of Day of the Dead’, 30 minutes of behind the scenes footage, commentary with writer/director George Romero, makeup artist Tom Savini and others, Photo Galleries, theatrical trailers, tv spots and a whole lot more. This collector’s edition couldn’t possibly be more overflowing with extras and fans will be through the roof with all of these goodies.
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 10/10
‘Day Of The Dead: Collector’s Edition’ is now available to own on Blu-Ray & DVD from Scream Factory.