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Dawn of the Dead (2004) HD DVD still censored!!!


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#1 of 53 OFFLINE   EnricoE

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Posted August 22 2007 - 06:37 PM

i just received conformation that the american hd dvd of zack snyder's dawn of the dead is still censored. the scene in question is when ana arrieves at the bus and a naked woman passes by on her car. the windshield has digital blood to cover the naked's woman breast.

i'm not going to buy this release and wait for the proper european or asian version.

#2 of 53 OFFLINE   Jari K

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Posted August 22 2007 - 07:25 PM

Bad news for sure. I also wait for the other releases..

#3 of 53 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted August 22 2007 - 11:40 PM

Was the Unrated US DVD also censored in the same way? I don't recall the scene so I can't say.

Either way it's unfortunate but one digitally altered T&A shot isn't a deal breaker for me as long as the PQ is up to snuff.
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#4 of 53 OFFLINE   Jari K

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Posted August 23 2007 - 12:11 AM

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Was the Unrated US DVD also censored in the same way? I don't recall the scene so I can't say.

Yes it was. Basically R1 was the only (="Unrated"-version inc. "blood on a car window") one, since other "Unrated" DVD-releases included "a shot of a topless zombie". Sure, this is not the end of the world, but I have to admit that "topless zombie"-shot is quite powerful. I definitely want it if other HD-releases include it..

I love the film. Even when it´s a "remake".

#5 of 53 OFFLINE   EnricoE

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Posted August 23 2007 - 12:40 AM

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... but I have to admit that "topless zombie"-shot is quite powerful.

she isn't a zombie. just a girl who was able to escape from the bus Posted Image

#6 of 53 OFFLINE   Jari K

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Posted August 23 2007 - 12:53 AM

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..just a girl who was able to escape from the bus Posted Image

Whatever makes you tick, Enrico.. Posted Image

#7 of 53 OFFLINE   WillG

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Posted August 23 2007 - 01:53 AM

Why was it censored in the first place?

There's already a few topless shots, including a sex scene
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#8 of 53 OFFLINE   Bleddyn Williams

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Posted August 23 2007 - 02:15 AM

I got the R3 DVD, which didn't have the blood obscuring the boobs. To be honest, although I can't imagine why anyone bothered to make the change for the R1, its such a non-event that it doesn't really matter to me.

What I want to hear is the PQ of the disc. I'm hoping its a winner, because this film has real rewatch value for me!

#9 of 53 OFFLINE   Rob Young

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Posted August 23 2007 - 03:08 AM

so covering a boob shot with blood that signifies violence and death...yep, us north americans have awesome priorities. hehe

I for one do not get the point of covering it up but I also do not get why someone would not buy a film because they don't get to see a boobie.

Whatever floats one's boat I guess.

#10 of 53 OFFLINE   Jari K

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Posted August 23 2007 - 04:48 AM

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Whatever floats one's boat I guess.

You´re missing the point. If US-version is indeed censored, BUT the other HD-releases are not (e.g. Euro, Asia), then it´s going to be one of the non-US releases for me. With "Kung Fu Hustle" Blu-ray, I of course bought the uncensored version from Korea (cost roughly the same also) and not the US-version.

This (more or less) has been my policy with the SD DVDs also, so why it would change with HD?

#11 of 53 OFFLINE   Vincent_P

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Posted August 23 2007 - 06:16 AM

In his commentary, I believe Zack Snyder mentions that the girl in the shot is a friend of his. I wonder if perhaps she REQUESTED that he alter the shot when she learned it was being re-instated for the DVD, and being her friend Zack complied? I can't think of any other reason for this mild bit of nudity to be blocked in such a way from an unrated version of a movie. Maybe the reason the shot was intact in other regions is simply because those discs had already gone to press at the time.

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#12 of 53 OFFLINE   Dave Anderson

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Posted August 23 2007 - 06:38 AM

You guys do realize there is a lot more censored than just the shot of the topless zombie? I suppose that is the easiest way to identify cut/uncut, and perhaps that is what you are all referring to. But there are several extended gore shots in the unrated version.
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#13 of 53 OFFLINE   Jari K

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Posted August 23 2007 - 06:46 AM

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You guys do realize there is a lot more censored than just the shot of the topless zombie? I suppose that is the easiest way to identify cut/uncut, and perhaps that is what you are all referring to. But there are several extended gore shots in the unrated version.

Dave, we are talking about the "Unrated"-version, but that "Unrated"-version is censored in the US DVD (and also in the upcoming HD DVD, it seems).

US "Unrated"-version: "blood on a car window"
Other "Unrated"-versions: "topless zombie"

This is the ONLY difference between the US vs other "Unrated"-versions.

Then there´s "R-rated"-version, which is indeed "cut" even more.

#14 of 53 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted August 23 2007 - 06:49 AM

I don't know if censored is the right word. Different would be a better choice. How or why do you censor an unrated movie?

#15 of 53 OFFLINE   Jari K

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Posted August 23 2007 - 06:56 AM

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I don't know if censored is the right word. Different would be a better choice. How or why do you censor an unrated movie?

Well, we can use different names, but I want those boobies in HD. Posted Image At least if the "fully uncensored" (another name) is available in HD. If not, then it´ll be that US-release.

In this review you can find some screen caps (warning! Minor zombie nudity):
http://www.dvdtimes....contentid=13171

#16 of 53 OFFLINE   Zack Gibbs

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Posted August 23 2007 - 08:02 AM

Most people get upset about this thing as a matter of upholding the integrety of the art. If its just about the boobs then watch some porn, lol.
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#17 of 53 OFFLINE   Dave Mack

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Posted August 23 2007 - 11:37 AM

Yep, I bought the Korean DVD so I could see ALL of the film..

(wink, wink...)

Ah, the benefits of being region free...

#18 of 53 OFFLINE   MattFini

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Posted August 23 2007 - 01:17 PM

I'm not a fan of this film and won't be buying it, but that's frustrating to hear all the same. It's not the biggest deal, really, but I can see where its fans want the most complete presentation possible.
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#19 of 53 OFFLINE   Ed St. Clair

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Posted August 23 2007 - 02:20 PM

The "unrated" version is "censored"?!?!?!
That's just W R O N G ! ! !
Especially for one little shot.

Blood not Boobs, what a country! :-0
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#20 of 53 OFFLINE   Doug Schiller

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Posted August 23 2007 - 03:18 PM

What always bothered me about this when it was first discovered, no one ever asked the "uber cool" Snyder why he would allow it.
No buy for me, just a rental. I'll stick with my censored "uncensored" SD version.


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