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Dawn of the Dead (1979)

NOTE: These commentary tracks are only available on the "Ultimate Edition" DVD release, although the first track was also available on the previous "Divimax" release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director George A. Romero, make-up effects creator Tom Savini, assistant director Chris Romero, and moderater Perry Martin (on theatrical version) Rating:7.8/10 (24 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on April 29th, 2005:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
Screenwriter/director George A. Romero, make-up effects creator Tom Savini, assistant director Christine Romero, and moderater Perry Martin thankfully all recorded in the same room over this US Theatrical Version of the film. The DVD Moderator does a good job of kick starting the chat and from then on its as if old friends are chatting around a glass of wine.
Tom Savini is ever the entertainer and George Romero takes us through the production of the film (as does his wife - they married in 1980)
George even shares a few tokens of information on the "in development" fourth Zombie flick.
I will also add that this is a newly recorded track as they do mention the remake that was being worked on at the time of this recording.
Reviewed by Brian Thibodeau on June 15th, 2005:Find all reviews by Brian Thibodeau
A wonderfully relaxed, insightful commentary that actually improves on the old laserdisc commentary for this film, though largely in areas that address director Romero's dreams for his fourth "Dead" picture, LAND OF THE DEAD, and his wife's (justifiable) belief that her husband could really blow away all pretenders if studios would trust him with large budgets and more time. The track is recorded in Romero's house, and when construction sounds from his neighbour's garden threaten to become audible on the track, Tom Savini notes that that's exactly the kind of stuff he likes to hear on audio commentaries when he listens to them: moments like that are precisely why THIS audio commentary is such a gem. Standard to a track like this, and especially in light of the 2004 DAWN remake, are the usual mixed feelings about the use of CGI in modern film, but to their credit, Romero and Savini, unlike many old-school directors heard on tracks to their films, actually admit that newer generations of film fanatics have been taught to read effects sequences differently, which in a sense justifies much of what is done today, in films where it's not done to excess. Fans of both the original LD commentary should be pleased with this revision, which benefits from even more hindsight. That this track was laid down before the DAWN OF THE DEAD DVD Box Set even existed is evident early on when the the participants discuss the many and varied international cuts of the film, and Savini jokingly notes that they'd need a box set with multiple commentaries to bring it all together!
Reviewed by aph86 on December 18th, 2007:Find all reviews by aph86
Lots of info, they cover almost every aspect of the film in this great commentary. Highly recommended.
Commentary 2: Producer Richard P. Rubinstein (on extended version) Rating:7.2/10 (11 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Brian Thibodeau on June 16th, 2005:Find all reviews by Brian Thibodeau
Far and away one of the most listenable commentaries I've yet heard, this interview commentary provides a veritable textbook of information on the independent filmmaking process from a long-time expert in the field. In fact, the conversation between Rubinstein and the moderator is so rich with character and incident and valuable information, you’ll barely notice that the participants literally never comment on the on-screen action. It is only during one brief moment that Rubinstein makes a comment based on something that caught his eye on screen that you realize he has, in fact, been viewing the film all along! The remainder of the track is witness to one fascinating, candid anecdote after another about the process of bringing this DEAD to life. Rubinstein is quite forthcoming about the financing of the film, and shares vital information about everything from securing rights to shoot in Monroeville Mall to the storied release history of the film, including an entertaining aside about one legendary festival screening in Dallas, as well as various run-ins with censors from which the film always emerged uncut (with the exception of a very rare “R” rated version that double-billed with Romero’s earlier THE CRAZIES to unanimous disdain). Rubinstein’s also quite honest in his musings on Romero, whom he considers an auteur with a poor business sense who left his own company after it went public and cranked out a string of forgettable movies throughout much of the late 80’s and 90’s. Towards the last third of the film, Rubinstein talks at length about the 2004 DAWN remake and allowing the listener to hear a first-hand account of how the field of producing has changed in the last 25 years. Rubinstein is an amiable, knowledgeable interview subject with an endless supply of interesting stories and a complete unwillingness to skimp on juicy details, and his track is arguably the best of the three in this set. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on October 16th, 2006:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
As already said, this is an excellant commentary and seems more like an interview than a dvd commentary but it definately works.
I learned a lot from this audio and obviously with it being from a producer, the chat focuses on the producing side of things which i found fascinating.

highly recommended.
Commentary 3: Actors David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, and Gaylen Ross (on European version) Rating:7.0/10 (15 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Brian Thibodeau on June 17th, 2005:Find all reviews by Brian Thibodeau
Oh, dear. Anyone expecting a yack-track hat-trick with the Dawn Box will have their hopes dashed by this typically superficial actor track. To be fair, MOST actors suffer from a distinct lack of anything profound to say unless it's put in their mouths for them, and this bunch is no exception. While the track gets points for its producers being able to FIND all four of them in black hole of career oblivion, the reunion is a tepid affair at best, despite the joviality on display throughout. Early on, the quartet make good with the gush, praising every sequence, shot or line as their favourite in the whole movie and repeating the routine throughout the film, and since their memories are not as strong as those of Richard Rubenstein or the Romero-Savini triumvirate on the other tracks, we're left with little insight into the actual creative process and plenty of narrating and catcalling of the action onscreen, so much so that the group sounds more like everyone who's ever annoyed you at the movies than the participants in a commentary to one of the most famour horror movies ever made. Good to see them all back together, but the need for a moderator is all too apparent.
Reviewed by aph86 on December 18th, 2007:Find all reviews by aph86
Very fun commentary as the cast really enjoy themselves as they talk about the times they had working on this movie. Highly recommended.