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Anchor Bay's Dawn Of The Dead 4-Disc Set


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#1 of 186 OFFLINE   Will K

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Posted June 11 2004 - 08:37 AM

From Fangoria:

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Fango has just learned the complete contents of Anchor Bay Entertainment’s four-DVD DAWN OF THE DEAD special edition, which streets September 7. This astounding package will contain:

DISC ONE: U.S. THEATRICAL VERSION
(same contents as March’s single-disc release)
• Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs
• Audio commentary by writer/director George A. Romero, makeup FX creator Tom Savini and assistant director Chris Romero, moderated by Perry Martin
• Theatrical trailers
• TV spots
• Radio spots
• Poster & advertising gallery
• George A. Romero biography
• Comic book preview
• 5.1 DTS Surround sound
• 5.1 Dolby Surround sound
• 2.0 Dolby Surround
• Original mono track

DISC TWO: EXTENDED VERSION
• Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs
• Audio commentary by producer Richard P. Rubinstein, moderated by Perry Martin
• Monroeville Mall commercial
• Behind-the-scenes photo gallery
• Memorabilia gallery
• Production stills
• Original mono track

DISC THREE: EUROPEAN VERSION
• Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs
• Audio commentary by actors David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger and Gaylen Ross
• International theatrical trailers
• UK TV spots
• International lobby card gallery
• International poster & advertising gallery
• International pressbook gallery
• U.S. & international home video & soundtrack artwork
• Dario Argento biography
• 5.1 Dolby Surround sound
• 2.0 Dolby Surround
• Original mono track

DISC FOUR: DOCUMENTARIES
• DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD, The original documentary filmed during the making of DAWN by Filmmaker Roy Frumkes
• THE DEAD WILL WALK, an all-new 75-minute documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew members Claudio Argento, Dario Argento, Pat Buba, Tony Buba, Zilla Clinton, David Crawford, David Early, David Emge, Ken Foree, Michael Gornick, John Harrison, Clayton Hill, Sharon Ceccatti-Hill, Jim Krut, Leonard Lies, Scott H. Reiniger, Chris Romero, George A. Romero, Gaylen Ross, Tom Savini and Claudio Simonetti
• On-set home movies with audio commentary by zombie extra Robert Langer
• Monroeville Mall tour with Romero

No retail price information is available yet, but it sounds like a bargain at any price…
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#2 of 186 OFFLINE   Jay Gunn

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Posted June 11 2004 - 08:56 AM

Holy. Crap. That sounds like possibly one of the best DVD sets ever. The only negative I see is that the extended cut has a mono-only soundtrack. Regardless, that one is on the very top of my must-must-must buy list.
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Posted June 11 2004 - 09:04 AM

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Posted June 11 2004 - 09:12 AM

Damnit! I bought the single disc thinking I wasnt going to care about getting this one. Now after seeing the rumored specs looks like im double dipping.

Shit.
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#5 of 186 OFFLINE   Matt Stone

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Posted June 11 2004 - 09:16 AM

Wow! This will be a much appreciated double-dip.
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Posted June 11 2004 - 09:28 AM

Sounds great but why on Earth would they put the cast commentary on the Euro version? Either way, it's good to finally get a definitive version with all the documentaries and cuts of the film.

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Posted June 11 2004 - 09:41 AM

Must....have...now......unghhhhh
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Posted June 11 2004 - 09:49 AM

So which cut is the equevalent to "The Directors Cut" that anchor put out on VHS?

I'm still holding onto it just in case it doesn't show up. It has too much great gore to not keep!

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:32 AM

After literally years of waiting for details for this mega-set, it finally comes. I was convinced that they wouldn't be able to get rights to "Document of the Dead" but they came through.

Can any die-hard fans think of a conceivable extra that's not mentioned here? The only thing I can think of would be an Argento commentary, but frankly, his English isn't so good. Perhaps it's for the best and he'll be on new documentary anyway.

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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:35 AM

Looks like it was worth the wait.
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Posted June 11 2004 - 10:47 AM

Wow, I can't wait for this title.

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The only negative I see is that the extended cut has a mono-only soundtrack.

I see this as a good thing, the original tracks should be used on all films released.
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#12 of 186 OFFLINE   Rob Lutter

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Posted June 11 2004 - 12:30 PM

I'm surprised they didn't get Argento to do a commentary on the Euro version. Other than it that looks SOLID.

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Posted June 11 2004 - 12:34 PM

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Can any die-hard fans think of a conceivable extra that's not mentioned here?
Yes, they didn't port over the 1994 Elite Box Set commentary (also with George, Tom & Chris) for the "Director's Cut".
I know some have said that it was boring but I strongly disagree, in fact it's one of my favorites because IMO it has much more interesting tid-bits and side stories than the new track, I personally think it is more fun and humor filled.

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Posted June 11 2004 - 02:43 PM

I'm relieved that I don't have to keep the single disc version that came out in March. It's going up on Ebay this weekend Posted Image

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Posted June 11 2004 - 02:58 PM

Nice....I'm glad that I resisted the urge to purchase the previous release. This will be mine come September.Posted Image
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Posted June 11 2004 - 03:47 PM

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Yes, they didn't port over the 1994 Elite Box Set commentary (also with George, Tom & Chris) for the "Director's Cut".


Yeah, I noticed that too. Now that someone has mentioned the info on that track is different, I'm definitely dismayed that is not present on the extended cut (being that it is only using 2 audio tracks anyway [commentary & mono]).

The usual DVD-ROM feature of the original screenplay is also missing, which in this case is quite important. The Elite laserdisc also featured this as a supplement, showing the much darker nature (and alternate ending) of the version Romero had in mind before production began.

Not to sound disrespectful or at all unappreciative of this wonderful and drool-inducing set, but I am concerned that it didn't include the Elite features they had previously promised. Anyone who is interested to know of the possibility of their inclusion/exclusion, as I am, should email Anchor Bay at:

questions@anchorbayentertainment.com

Otherwise, this is definitely THE set I am looking forward to the MOST this year. By far, the most surprising supplement is the all-out, new, feature-length documentary. DVD companies have made a bad habit out of shying away from doing feature standard running times (40 or more minutes) to avoid extra costs... but 75 minutes is terrific! Buba, Gornick, Harrison, all the important but usually ignored crew members are here. This is just... geez... fantastic.

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Posted June 11 2004 - 03:53 PM

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I'm surprised they didn't get Argento to do a commentary on the Euro version.


I've heard that his running commentaries are difficult to deal with because his grasp of English still isn't all that great. I'm surprised they don't have a Goblin score-only track on the European edition...

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The only negative I see is that the extended cut has a mono-only soundtrack.


That's probably because of the nature of the print. The source material was only intended for temporary viewing purposes at the Cannes Film Festival, when the other two were done for commercial purposes and the source material is probably easier to manipulate.

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So which cut is the equevalent to "The Directors Cut" that anchor put out on VHS?

The extended cut is what was once known as "The Original Director's Cut". It is not in fact Romero's intended cut, but just the one he quickly threw together to meet the deadline of the Cannes film festival. Critics and fans usually seem to agree that is the superior cut in terms of character and story inclusion, but it lacks the post-production finese and final sound cue and soundtrack selections found in the theatrical cut. Romero prefers this version.

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Posted June 12 2004 - 01:44 AM

OH MAN! I am SOOOOO buying this!
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Posted June 12 2004 - 03:12 AM

Criterion's edition of The Leopard has a new rival...

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Posted June 12 2004 - 04:29 AM

So, September 7th eh? Where is my time machine when I really need it? MUST speed up time!


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