Day of the Dead

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Day of the Dead The zombie apocalypse continues to ravage the Earth, and one of the last pockets of survivors makes their home in an abandoned missile silo. The group is divided unevenly between civilians and soldiers, but as the days pass and the undead keep coming, the tension among the living rises to dangerous levels. George Romero‘s Dead films currently number six, and while his most recent three are mostly forgettable, the original trilogy remains a classic both collectively and individually. And this is where I admit that I find Day to be the best of the bunch. Tom Savini‘s effects are the most gorily effective of the series, and while it lacks the previous films’ allegory and metaphor, it manages a self-contained story complete with good guys, bad guys, and entertaining set pieces. And hell, even John Harrison‘s score is fantastic. Scream Factory’s new Blu-ray gives the film the treatment it deserves complete with original artwork, a new HD transfer, and a load of extras including a documentary almost as long as the movie itself. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Documentary, commentaries, featurettes, galleries, trailer]

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Day of the Dead

Our society has a hunger for zombie movies. An unquenchable craving that drives us to consume and consume yet never be sated. But who knows- maybe one more zombie movie and we’ll finally be full.

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IntroBadassWounds

So you’ve been shot/stabbed/eaten/burned/dismembered/amputated/face melted by an ancient artifact, what are you going to do next? If you answered, “go into shock while screaming like an asshole” then you’re probably on track. In the movies, of course, that’s a different story – people like to do cool stuff while dying in movies, act all badass for our amusement. Let’s look at 20 such fallen heroes. Spoilers should go without saying. But we said it. Right there. So no one can complain.

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Scream Factory New Releases

Shout! Factory has been kicking ass on the DVD/Blu-ray front for a while now with a mix of genre and pop culture releases that appeal to the movie/TV lovers in all of us. Most specialty labels would be content with those successes, but it wasn’t enough for these folks. A few months ago they rolled out a new genre arm called Scream Factory that focuses on horror films primarily from the 1980s. They’ve already released some pretty fantastic HD transfers and Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Halloween II, The Funhouse, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Terror Train and They Live, and now they’ve announced their first wave of titles scheduled for 2013… and they include a certain space vampire’s ample and frequently nude assets in glorious high definition. Check below for the list of upcoming awesomeness as well as a look at their exclusive new cover art for From Beyond.

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According to Variety, Guillermo del Toro is headed back to Mexico to pair with director Jorge R. Gutierrez for a CGI romantic adventure called Day of the Dead. There is nothing short of fantastic about this news. For one, they’ve chosen perhaps the second best holiday as their backdrop – one that can provide a wealth of vibrant and meaningful imagery. For two, Gutierrez is an eclectic and skilled animator. For three, del Toro wrote the script along with Doug Landale – who has worked on animated television shows since the early 90s. As for the title, it’s unclear how George Romero will feel about it. There are some cool sensibilities here, and the story is supposedly “Romeo and Juliet”-style, so the fantastical elements can probably be in full force. Of course, del Toro has a tight schedule and he won’t be directing, but his reputation as a hands-on producer speaks for itself. There’s no doubt his presence will be known in the final product. Now if he’d make a horror film about La Llorona…

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Why Watch? You’d be amazed what you can do with the frost on some store windows. This jaunty short directed by Hoku Uchiyama features a catchy throwback 20s tune and finger-drawn animation from the Betty Boop era that comes alive on panes of glass as live-action strangers walk by. More a curiosity than a story, it still features some dark comedy that’s strangely perfect for Dia de los Muertos. It’s a witty toe-tapper of a short film that pulls off a crazy, creative idea with flawless, smile-inducing execution. Long story short? It’s just a hell of a lot of fun. What does it cost? Just 3 minutes of your time. Check out Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn for yourself:

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The horror icon is starting to look like Michael Jordan during that ill-advised baseball stint.

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We have one (1) prize pack of four original George Romero film including – Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Season of the Witch and the original The Crazies. Who wants it?

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Before zombies were everywhere, they were terrorizing the citizens of Pittsburgh, PA, directed by the disturbed mind of a kindly man named George A. Romero.

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Stark Sands as Bud the Zombie

The Day of the Dead remake ain’t actually all that bad. Sure, it’s an extremely pale, veiny, shambling, open-wound version of the original, but it’s not bad eye candy if you’re movies that are heaving on gore and and low on plot points.

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Day of the Dead

Today we have another entry into the overflowing category of “unnecessary remake type things.” Now, I can call this 2008 edition of Day of the Dead directed by Steve Miner a “remake,” completely, as a good number of things have been changed. Basically, it’s an origin story of sorts for a zombie outbreak, using the same location and characters as the original Romero version.

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