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  xFriday, May 23, 2003

day of the dead dvd details determined


w00t! DVD File has the details of the just-announced Anchor Bay edition of the third installment in George Romero's zombie trilogy, Day of the Dead.
Anchor Bay has informed Fango of the final specs on its amazing two-DVD release of DAY OF THE DEAD, coming August 19. This is the first Anchor Bay title to use the new DiviMax high-definition transfer process, and will present the film in 1.85:1, 16x9-enhanced widescreen. In addition to 6.1 DTS-ES and Dolby Digital Surround EX soundtracks, the movie will come with audio commentary by George A. Romero, Tom Savini, production designer Cletus Anderson and star Lori Cardille, and a second commentary track by filmmaker Roger (KILLING ZOE) Avary.

The second disc will be packed with a wide array of bonus materials, as follows:

• The Many Days of DAY OF THE DEAD—An all-new 39-minute documentary featuring interviews with Romero, producer David Ball, Savini and makeup FX artist Greg Nicotero, Anderson, assistant director Chris Romero and actors Cardille, Joseph Pilato and Howard Sherman
• DAY OF THE DEAD: Behind The Scenes—31 minutes of production footage from Savini
• An audio interview with late actor Richard (Dr. Logan) Liberty
• A promotional video for the Wampum Mine location
• Theatrical trailers and TV spots
• Production stills and behind-the-scenes photos
• Zombie makeup photo and continuity stills galleries
• Posters and ad art
• Memorabilia gallery
• DVD-ROM features: Romero’s original draft of the screenplay and production memos

The package also comes with a 16-page booklet designed to look like Dr. Logan’s notebook, containing liner notes and original production sketches from the film. And it’s all for just $29.98! Romero fans, start salivating now…


I am! While Day is undoubtedly the least of the three films (hey, it's stacked up against Night and Dawn, after all...), it's still a nightmarish vision of a world where the zombie plague has all but eradicated humanity, and people still can't cooperate enough to save their own sorry lives. The gore effects by master Tom Savini are amazing (among my favorites: When a vivisected zombie sits up on the operating table and his guts slide onto the floor...). Of course, Romero's refusal to trim down the gore to avoid ratings limbo resulted in much funding being yanked, so he couldn't fully realize the vision he created in the screenplay. That screenplay has been kicking around the Internet for some time, and it's good to see that the DVD will provide it as well, so fans will know what might have been.

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