Land of the Dead details
|Formats:||15 DVD, 18 Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy|
|Director:||George A. Romero|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL|
Land of the Dead
|Rental release:||26 Dec 2005|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
George Andrew Romero takes his zombies seriously. With 2005's Land of the Dead, Romero positions the bulk of his story in a giant skyscraper which houses the last humans left on the planet.
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FUN!By a customer from camden , 11 Oct 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]So Land of The Dead eh?
I liked it.
Yes it lacks some of the doomed fatalism of the other films, and yes it is very glossy (of course it is going to be pretty polished looking, they have a bigger budget than the last 3 put together, turbo-modern effects, and an A-List cast). But the claims that it scrimps on the gore and waters down the concept and content for a resident evil weaned teen audience are just a load of old rot.
Heads explode (man can those motherf**kers pop a skull), screaming victims get torn apart by armies of decaying ghouls, yard after yard of slimy wet innards get yummed up, there really are some grotesquely inventive eviscerations on show here. The screen is regularly awash with gore. He may have higher production values this time out, but Romero has not gone soft.
Land of The Dead is a tight, well-paced, well-executed entertainment; its a coffin-load of fun. Most surprisingly of all, the self aware and sympathetically presented zombies angle that they are going for that had filled my heart with fear (I really did think it was going to be total gash) kinda works. My friends and I often found our selves going aw poor zombies (tellingly Romeros Black hero character that features in each film in the cycle is a zombie this time out, we are not supposed to root for the humans).
Despite a fairly bland and generic human hero (who has some fu*king excretable lines in the last scene), the cast and characters are all uniformly amusing (Argento, Hopper and Leguzamo et al all perform nicely), with snappy dialogue and likeable quirks (the Samoan squaddies every line is priceless I came here to do something. Why are we standing around? Lets do something.)
The heavy handed social commentary is all present and accounted for, Savini gets a cameo, it feels like a worthy addition to the series
yeah there are naysayers but f*ck em, they are wrong. I am seeing it again next week and thoroughly looking forward to it.
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what a waste!By tigerbadger (2 reviews) from Paisley , 16 May 2009romero fans will be severely disappointed in this one. With a good cast, big budget and Romero at the controls we're left wondering, where did it all go wrong?
for non-romero fans or people who haven't seen the previous 'dead' films, it comes across as your usual run of the mill, cheesy script hollywood flash in the pan movie.
zombie fans are as well as skipping this one and goin straight to diary of the dead. i mean seriously, zombies using guns!?! what was romero thinking.
Land of the DeadBy Josh from Durham, England , 25 Apr 2009At one point in his candid commentary, as he talks over a sequence in which someone's hand is torn apart, George Romero sighs and says, 'You know, for some reason this just works better on the small screen.' He's dead right.
Maybe it's the years of scrutinising his first three instalments on VHS, maybe it's this fourth part's contained claustrophobia - ironic, seeing as by this stage of their evolution both zombies and humans have more room to manoeuvre than ever. Either way, Land Of The Dead seems to have found its natural home on DVD. Here's hoping that now, after lacklustre theatrical receipts, its gruesome charms will be more widely appreciated.
Land of the dead.By rob3969miles (1 review) from Gloucester , 12 Feb 2009Sam Raemi delivers an awesome zombie film,I personally rate this as his best yet, despite the advance in special effects I was gripped from start to finish, this takes the zombie film genre another step forward!
okBy a customer from Portsmouth , 03 Feb 2009watchable if your bored, maybe washing up might be more interesting
A poignant political satire - with a background of zombie apocalypse!By a customer from Hamilton , 16 Jan 2009Perhaps closer to Romero's vision for Day of the Dead that this film's predecessor was, once again Romero uses the post-apocalyptic zombie world to comment on current socio-political issues. The zombie effects are fantastic, and it's a relief that Romero keeps to makeup effects wherever possible. As with the others in the series, the real horror is in the human relationships, attitudes and politics.