LAND OF THE DEAD - UNRATED
Land of the Dead - Unrated Director's Cut
Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy
Director: George A. Romero
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
Run Time: 93 min
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Available Audio Tracks: English, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Commentary by: Director George Romero, Producer Peter Grunwald and
Editor Michael Doherty
Undead Again: The Making of Land of the Dead
A Day with the Living Dead
Bringing the Dead to Life
The Remaining Bits
When Shaun Met George
Scenes of Carnage
Zombie Effects: From Green Screen to Finished Scene
Bringing the Storyboards to Life
Scream Tests: Zombie Casting Call
the near future the planet is almost overrun by mindless cannibalistic
there any other sort?) because of a plague that somehow brought the
recently dead back to life.
What is left of humanity as we know it is
barricaded in urban areas while the undead roam the countryside unopposed.
Depressingly enough humanity has organised itself in terms very similar to
its previous social structures: a small rich elite still lords it over the
poor masses through the use of force.
But the day of reckoning is coming: the zombie multitudes are evolving,
becoming cleverer by the day and slowly they are heading towards the last
enclaves of humanity left . . .
Land of the Dead is of course legendary director George Romero's
return to the zombie genre -
a horror subgenre he practically invented
back in the late 1960s with Night of the Living Dead. Of course zombie
movies have been the staple of B-grade low-budget flicks until recently
when it finally went mainstream with 28
Days Later and Dawn of the Dead (a remake
of the 1970s Romero film of the same title). The genre was even
successfully spoofed in the recent British comedy
Shaun of the Dead.
Ironically Romero had nothing to do with this mini-revival of the genre
until the rather belated Land of the Dead. Even more ironic is that
the movie did rather poorly at the U.S. and global box office -
which is a
pity since Romero deserved better.
THE DISC: Anyway, maybe Land of the Dead will do better with
its release on DVD now. The disc has some OK making of featurettes and
While there are some trailers for other Universal
horror movies (which start up when you insert the disc -
luckily you cans
kip over them unlike some of the more mercenary Disney discs) there isn't
any trailers of Land of the Dead itself. This unrated director's
cut has a longer running time than the theatrical version, probably to
more lovingly linger over shots of zombies eating the entrails of their
victims I suppose.
WORTH IT? Land of the Dead isn't half-bad and deserves a
bigger audience. Like Night of the Living Dead
it can actually be described as a science fiction movie in the guise of a
horror movie instead of the other way round. Mixing plenty of zombie gore
and action with some astute political and social commentary, it just may
be the first Marxist zombie movie ever made and who can resist that?
RECOMMENDATION: Buy or rent it.