Label: Arrow Video
Release date: April 5 2010
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Joe Pilato, Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Richard Liberty, Howard Sherman
ROMERO'S ZOMBIE MASTERPIECE ON BLU-RAY PACKED WITH A HOST OF WORLD EXCLUSIVE EXTRAS.
This March, Arrow Video celebrates the 25th Anniversary of writer-director George A. Romero's 1985 horror masterpiece, DAY OF THE DEAD with a special two-disc Blu-ray release that features a host of world exclusive extras. These include a restored presentation of the film, a new hi-def soundtrack (the restored uncensored dialogue version), four alternate sleeves, a double-sided poster, a 24-page collector's booklet, 'For Every Dawn There Is A Day'. In addition there is a special collector's comic - 'Day Of The Dead: Desertion' - featuring a new 'Bub' story line. Also, after years of DAWN OF THE DEAD getting all the great documentaries, DAY OF THE DEAD finally gets the retrospectives it deserves with the all-new JOE OF THE DEAD and TRAVELOGUE OF THE DEAD.
Specially commissioned for this 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release of DAY OF THE DEAD, the world exclusive 24-page comic 'Day of the Day: Desertion' by 'Hack/Slash Meets Re-Animator' co-writer, Barry Keating and 'Halloween: Nightdance' creator, Stefan Hutchinson. The artwork is by 'Halloween: The First Death of Laurie Strode' illustrator Jeff Zornow. The story line recounts the dark and disturbing origins of DAY OF THE DEAD's iconic zombie, Bub. Only available as part of this Blu-ray release, 'Day Of The Dead: Desertion' is just one of the many features that makes this release the one, must-have edition of DAY OF THE DEAD for fans and collectors worldwide.
The Day of the Dead Blu-ray was developed with the members of Cult Labs, a forum where film distributors interested in fan opinions spend time getting their expert feedback. One of the artwork options included in the packaging - the triple layer NIGHT/DAWN/DAY OF THE DEAD poster was their most popular alternate choice. The main artwork is an all-new oil painting commissioned from artist Rick Melton.
In this, the third installment in Romero's continuing zombie saga, the living dead have now taken over the world and only small pockets of human resistance survive. One such group of desperate survivors, a motley crew of scientists and soldiers, are holed up in a 14-mile long underground missile silo. As the scientists experiment on forcibly captured zombie specimens to try to find a way to control them, the soldiers become increasingly impatient with the lack of results and are eager to wage an all-out war on the undead. Soon the tension between the two human camps erupts into a violent confrontation that is only overshadowed by the vicious zombie slaughter that surrounds them. The setting within a seemingly endless series of underground caverns adds an unbearable tension to a movie that is still as shockingly violent and claustrophobic today as it was twenty-five years ago.
DAY OF THE DEAD is the bleakest, goriest and most chilling of Romero's zombie movies so far. It sees Tom Savini and his special effects team hitting an all-time career high with an endless succession of superrealistic flesh-tearing, bone-snapping, gut-spilling mayhem that for some viewers will prove almost too much to endure. It's remarkably well done, and a little sobering when you realise that Savini's background as a Vietnam War photographer adds the sickening blemish of reality to these audience-pleasing shocks.
There are two all-new documentaries included with this epic release. In JOE OF THE DEAD (d. Calum Waddell) actor Joe Pilato talks about his career in movies. It takes us from his early appearance in the little-seen Pittsburgh horror outing EFFECTS to his small parts in DAWN OF THE DEAD, KNIGHTRIDERS and DAY OF THE DEAD as Captain Rhodes in. In addition, Pilato addresses the remake, where his career went following DAY OF THE DEAD's disastrous box office upon its initial release and his thoughts on the movie's rediscovery and elevation to classic status. In TRAVELOGUE OF THE DEAD (d. Naomi Holwill), we join Pilato as he travels across Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow in October 2009 celebrating the 25th anniversary of DAY OF THE DEAD. We witness him meeting the fans, reciting his most famous lines from the movie - live and onstage - and drinking with the best of them!
Calum Waddell also penned the 'For Every Dawn There Is A Day' collector's booklet. This is an essay on the making of the movie that collects new interviews with Romero, Savini, editor Pasquale Buba, assistant director/composer John Harrison and actors Joe Pilato, Lori Cardille and Gary Steele.
Arrow Video release the two-disc 25th Anniversary Edition DAY OF THE DEAD (cert. 18) on Blu-ray (£24.99) on 5th April 2010.
Disc One (Blu-ray)
Disc Two (DVD)