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Diary Of The Dead (Single Disc)

Released on 30 June 2008

Featuring: Michelle Morgan, Joshua Close & Shawn Roberts

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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When a group of film students making a horror movie in the woods discovers that the dead have begun to revive, they turn their cameras on the real-life horrors that suddenly confront them, creating a first person diary of their bloody encounters and the disintegration of everything they hold dear.
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.

  • Commentary with Romero, editor Michael Doherty and Director of photography Adam Swica.
  • Into the Camera - Interviews with Josh Close, Amy Lalonde, Joe Dinicol, Philip Riccio, Michelle Morgan, Shawn Roberts, and Scott Wentworth
  • Speak of the Dead - A highlight from George Romero's public speaking event at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto in August 2007

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 "We don't stop to help. We stop to watch."

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Romero's own reboot of Night Of The Living Dead is a solid study of terror rather than a groundbreaking one. However Diary still manages to cram in more social comment than most horror movies whilst slowly cranking up it's bleak premise into one of total despair.
Romero uses a student film crew to document this version of his apocalypse, a found tape or maybe even an uploaded record of the catastrophe-we can never be sure. Jason Creed's film, "The Death Of Death" allows the veteran director to give a frantic immediacy to a genre so familiar with the audience that nothing is taken for granted by them. Romero also knows how to shoot sympathetic characters and Diary succeeds where Cloverfield failed-we give a damn about the film makers even if we don't like all of them.
Most of the real horror takes place off camera-a snippet of footage here, a piece of a radio broadcast there, all of this when mixed with the student film highlights the dangerous misinformation of 24hr news media.
Romero plays with the ghosts of recent panics-9/11, New Orleans, the Florida hurricanes, but he never forgets to scare and in his advanced years he is still a true master.

 Lame Lame Lame!

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Maybe i wouldn't have hated this movie if cloverfield didn'y exist.. nah, i would. Terrible acting, terrible plot, terrible set up 'this is the movie we shot...i added music at some points to scare you'

Yeah because thats what people do. Its the end of the world, i must edit this movie with camera angles i got from the front of the van and the security footage, I'll be a youtube SENSATION!

The zombies had more personallity than the main characters. Zombie Diary's kicked this films behind, 10 times better than this. How long o lord can Romero ride his former glory?

 Bleak, Brutal and Brilliant

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If you're a zombie-movie fan, the name George A. Romero needs no introduction. Put simply, he's one of the most intelligent and visionary directors ever to work within the horror genre. But then, you knew that already. This, the much-anticipated fifth film in his apocalyptic 'Dead' series takes a (what will be for some, disappointing) step back from the comic-book action of entries like 'Dawn' and 'Land' to deliver a tense and almost unremittingly bleak character study of a group of film students attempting to find sanctuary in their lowly RV, as the chaos unfolds around them. Jason, who, unusually for a main protagonist, is actually little-seen on screen, quickly realises that the game is almost up for humanity and, to the chagrin of many of his companions, sets about spending what little time he feels the gang have left to obsessively documenting events via his always-on camcorder. "For whoever's left when it's all over." Thus, Jason becomes pretty much the audience's eyes and ears for the ensuing 90 minutes - it's a style which currently seems to be in vogue but that's purely down to the unfortunate timing of the theatrical release of this film (Romero reportedly began work on it shortly after completing 2005's 'Land of the Dead'). Speaking of 'Land', the two films couldn't be more different in style. 'Diary' is told from an intensely personal and understated perspective, utilising a cast of unknowns giving, at worst, adequate perfomances. In keeping with the despairing atmosphere, the film has a grey-ish palette, peppered only sporadically with splashes of gore - which, when they do happen, are pretty damn convincing. Highlights for me are the group's encounter with an Amish farmer, who can only communicate by writing on a slate - one of the film's few moments of light relief - and the final meeting with Ridley, a friend of the gang, who has 'buried' his zombified family in the swimming pool. Overall, your opinion of this film depends very much on whether or not you're an overt gorehound or if you prefer a bit of drama and real human emotion to go along with the claret. To be fair, all of the preceding films had that latter aspect but this is probably the most bloodless entry since the original 'Night of the Living Dead' forty - yes, forty - years ago. Then again, I expect the vast majority of Romero's audience are already converts who know his work and will lap this up as zealously as I did. Bleak, brutal and brilliant - bring on film #6, George.

 george hang your head in shame!!

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Omg what a total pile of naff! Im an avid horror/zombie fan and was shocked at how poor this film was and how bad the actors were, what a total waste of a film. Thats 1 hour and 35 minutes of my life i can never get back!!

 Diary of the zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!

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What a disappointment. Bought this film, even tho i read the reviews, cos i am a true zombie film man. Safe to say i was astonished by how the film lacked EVERYTHING. A poor poor film by a great director. What a shame!!!! I even went to do some washing up half way through. Gripping!!!!!! Lack of action, acting, slow slow slow and last of all boring zzzzzzzz I would sell but dont want to shame your eyes. Shine on !!!

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ActorsMichelle Morgan, Joshua Close, Shawn Roberts, Amy Ciupak Lalonde, Joe Dinicol, Scott Wentworth, Philip Riccio, Chris Violette, Tatiana Maslany, Boyd Banks, Daniel Kash & Trish Adams
DirectorGeorge A. Romero
Certificate18 years and over
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration1 hour and 35 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.