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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

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NOTE: The U.S./Canada Region 1 DVD release only has the first two commentary tracks listed here. The Korean region 3 release only has the first commentary track. All four commentaries are only available on DVD on the Region 2 DVD, but are all also available on the 2009 Blu-ray release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Co-screenwriter/actor Simon Pegg and co-screenwriter/director Edgar Wright Rating:7.8/10 (32 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by droidguy1119 on April 11th, 2006:Find all reviews by droidguy1119
Simon and Edgar talk quite happily about the making of the film, making jokes and pointing out little details. Of the four tracks on the Region 2 DVD, this one delves into the actual making of the film the most, and it remains entertaining all the way up until the end. A good listen if you're a fan of the film.
Reviewed by nile19 on July 27th, 2009:Find all reviews by nile19
Wright sounds tired, or like he's having a bad day at first, but Pegg cheers him up after awhile. Great fun of course, Wright and Pegg and always great together.
Reviewed by reidca on June 15th, 2010:Find all reviews by reidca
Note: don't bother with the trivia track as much of the information is imparted in this commentary anyway and I prefer listening to these guys yammer on. They goof and shot off like machines guns and even get in some Farrelly Bros. type call outs.

There's some great stuff on the difference between referencing and flat out stealing from others (including themselves) plus some gossip on the minefield that is music legal clearances (eg. they didn't use Prince music because its so expensive).
Reviewed by Tone714 on August 24th, 2010:Find all reviews by Tone714
This was a fairly entertaining and enlightening commentary track. I am completely glad I watched this because it caused me to look up Edgar Wrights and Simon Peggs U.K. TV series "Spaced". So for causing me to stumble upon the greatest TV series ever 10/10.
Reviewed by Station51 on December 5th, 2015:Find all reviews by Station51
I thought this would be much better than it is. Edgar and Pegg just spend the time making references to things most people wouldn't understand and then don't elaborate any further. Their use of London colloquialisms gets a bit tiring as well and makes them come off as insular and unrelatable to a greater audience. Its as if their own brand of 'groupspeak' got them by somewhere, sometime and they can't turn it off. It ends up limiting their ability to communicate ideas or speak in broader terms. It had a lot of potential to be a good listen but just isn't. I'm just judging it by what they really tried to give to the public which comes off as very little.
Reviewed by grimjack on January 1st, 2024:Find all reviews by grimjack
I feel it could have been better. But it is interesting for at least half of it, even when it is not very informative. Sometimes just talking about what is taking place on the screen.

But I did appreciate hearing various ideas that did not make it into the film, and why some things happen the way it did.
Commentary 2: Co-screenwriter/actor Simon Pegg, and actors Nick Frost, Dylan Moran, Kate Ashfield, and Lucy Davies Rating:7.6/10 (21 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by droidguy1119 on April 11th, 2006:Find all reviews by droidguy1119
A rowdy and highly entertaining but generally uninformative commentary. Nice to hear all the stars getting along, and their impressions of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and each other are quite amusing. Occasionally they talk about what's on screen, but generally the track is just here for a laugh. Lucy Ashfield doesn't seem to have much to say, though.
Reviewed by JWINGS on December 30th, 2009:Find all reviews by JWINGS
This was a fun track! Pegg and the cast all seem like true friends, and it sounds like they had a great time making the film! Good track for one of my fav zombie flicks!
Reviewed by reidca on June 17th, 2010:Find all reviews by reidca
The track lacks the informative quality of the Wright/Pegg commentary but breezes by because they don't take themselves seriously at all and unlike many actor commentaries that can be a mess (and an editor's nightmare probably) these people are genuinely funny people in real life. Lucy Davis is quieter than the others although she at least has an excuse (jet lag) and Pegg introduces a faux incentive to hang around until the end of the credits which brings up a point about how commentators either end abruptly and succinctly right when the credits start or amble through to the very bottom of the last copyright credit and name check as many people as possible (or is someone like Robert Rodriguez who probably doesn't want to stop talking at all).
Commentary 3: Actors Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton Rating:5.3/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by droidguy1119 on April 11th, 2006:Find all reviews by droidguy1119
The person who gave this a 0.0 is more than a little harsh, but certainly this isn't an essential listen. Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton are a little unsure of themselves doing a commentary, and they do tend to leave gaps, but I found their banter lightly amusing and they do occasionally offer up some amusing factoids and opinions you don't get elsewhere on the DVD (Simon and Edgar taking up most of the documentary time).
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on January 24th, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
They have nothing interesting to say. They just go "Oh that's funny" and "Oh that bit is good." Penelope groans at the gory parts and Bill keeps telling her to wise up.

Bill makes fun of Dylan Moran. This track is not really worth your time, though.
Commentary 4: "The Zombies": Actors Paul Putner, Timothy Mark Chipping, Patricia Franklin, and Steve Emerson Rating:4.3/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by droidguy1119 on April 11th, 2006:Find all reviews by droidguy1119
Another ruckus of a commentary. Generally all the participants just seem to be thrilled with the film and not really sure of what they're doing, so the commentary gets a bit spotty at times, but it's amusing to flick on once in awhile. At least they sound like they're having fun.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on January 24th, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Really all they do is laugh at every gag and praise every moment. Meh.