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Diary Of The Dead: Limited Edition Steel Tin (2 Discs) (With Exclusive Sleeve Designed By Charlie Adlard)

Released on 30 June 2008

Featuring: Michelle Morgan, Joshua Close & Shawn Roberts

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

3.0 out of 5 (71 customer reviews) | Write a review

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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.

Features Exclusive Sleeve Designed By Charlie Adlard!

  • *Artwork Subject To Change
  • 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
  • Master of the Dead:Interview with George A. Romero with introductory comments from producers Peter Grunwald, Sam Englebardt, Ara Katz, Artur Spigel and executive producer John Harrison
  • You Look Dead!: A look at the film's practical Make-up Effects
  • A New 'Spin On Death': A detailed look at the Visual Effects work of SPIN VFX
  • A World Gone Mad: A look into the photography and design.
  • The Lead Up to Diary: UK Exclusive interview from Frightfest '08
  • 90 minute documentary on Romero and the Dead series (tbc)
  • Character Confessionals: featuring actors Joe Dinicol, Amy Lalonde, Shawn Roberts, and Michelle Morgan.
  • Familiar Voices: A look at the recordings of Guillermo Del Toro, Simon Pegg, and Stephen King's celebrity background voices in the film.
  • Shorts: "The First Week" - "The Roots"

customer Reviews

 Average rating (71 reviews)

 Brutal

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Pretty much what you'd expect from Romero - less polished than Land, but probably more entertaining. A lot of the young characters may merge into one generic teen, but there is still plenty of suspense. All-in-all an improvement on Land, with more humour and inventiveness.

 Not his best, but a very bold attempt at something new

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There is no escaping the flaws of this film, notably the rather iffy acting, a strained voiceover and some dodgy script moments, but Romero fans will find more than enough to enjoy. There is everything in this film that makes the Dead films so much fun to watch - plenty of gruesome zombies meeting very creative and hilarious ends while the cast of incompetents do their best to get themselves caught. There is also the thematic tropes which have made the Dead films timelessly appealing, and very neatly tie all the films together. Romero, especially as he approaches his 70s, should be commended for re-imagining the zombie film in light of 24hr news and the continuing growth of the internet and it's spread into popular culture. About 10-15 minutes in the film shifts from conventional filming techniques to being almost exclusively shot from just two handheld perspectives, which could've easily seen the film nosedive. Instead, Romero more than comfortably achieves his aim of making the film more personal and human, of telling the story of the zombie infestation and outbreak as told in a video blog-style format. The cinematic drama is unfortunately sacrificed, and a little clunkily added at points, but ultimately that wasn't what this film was about. While it isn't as good as Night of the Living Dead or Dawn of the Dead, it is much better than Land of the Dead or Day of the Dead, and is arguably the most cerebral of the Dead films. It left me thinking it over for days afterwards, and I've enjoyed it the more I have watched it. Diary of the Dead is a must for all Dead fans and I highly recommend it.

 Diary of the dead

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I don't really get all this negative reviews this movie been having, after watching the movie I think it's a really good film. Good cast, Good acting and good script, maybe there is not enough zombie action as people might want, but still I think it deserves 5 stars and a must watch.

 Didn't Cut It...

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As it was a Romero Film, I found myself watching this with high hopes.
Unfortunately, it did not at all live up to my expectations. It's just not worthy to be classed as a true Romero film. Like some of the other reviewers here, I believe that Romero was badly influenced by some of the latest films out, and other bad habits of inferior Zombie movies.

The actors in this movie were one of my biggest problems. I don't know exactly how old they were, but since they were playing as college students, I only can only assume they are around about 19-22. So; the main problem I had was that these actors, apart from the professor, just weren't convincing enough. I personally feel that the only way to make a good zombie film is to have convincing actors. These guys just didn't do it for me. It was as if they were following cue cards off stage.
I didn't like they medium of which this film was done in either... There seems to be a big burst in films using the Handheld Style. Sometimes, if it's done well enough, it can really heighten the realism of the film. But this time just didn't work at all.

This film can only be described as a 'hit and miss'. He tried something of what appears to be a new idea, (which actually isn't) and the end result is just a disappointment.

If you're not a Romero fan, I think you might like it as a typical zombie movie.
If you are a Romero fan, then I don't think you will like, but by all means, you should at least be willing to watch it, to make your own appreciations.

 "ROMERO'S BEST IN AGES"

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Land of the dead was a great comeback for romero a couple years back, but diary of the dead is much much better!! this film just proves that there is still alot of originality to be found in horror movies, giving us a much different take on zombie films. great story and cast, lots of classic gore too. this is an inteligent and fun film at the same time and well worth watching!!

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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
LanguagesEnglish
Duration1 hour and 35 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.