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Full details/art: Scream Factory Blu-rays of “LAND OF THE DEAD” and “DAWN OF THE DEAD”

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Blu-ray/DVD, News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

One of George A. Romero’s zombie classics and the remake of another are rising again on Collector’s Edition Blu-rays courtesy of Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory line. The complete specs have been announced; read on for those along with the cover art.

Shout! will release Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD (pictured) and Zack Snyder’s DAWN OF THE DEAD on two-disc sets October 31, each containing both the theatrical and unrated cuts in new HD transfers. The special features are:

LAND OF THE DEAD

DISC ONE: Theatrical Cut

  • New 2K scan of the interpositive
  • New “Cholo’s Reckoning”: an interview with actor John Leguizamo
  • New “Charlie’s Story”: an interview with actor Robert Joy
  • New “The Pillsbury Factor”: an interview with actor Pedro Miguel Arce
  • New “Four of the Apocalypse”: an interview with actors Eugene Clark, Jennifer Baxter, Boyd Banks and Jasmin Geljo
  • DREAM OF THE DEAD: The director’s cut with optional commentary by director Roy Frumkes
  • Deleted footage from DREAM OF THE DEAD
  • Deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer

DISC TWO: Uncut Version

  • New 2K scan of the interpositive with HD inserts
  • New audio commentary by zombie performers Matt Blazi, Glena Chao, Michael Felsher and Rob Mayr
  • Audio commentary by writer/director George A. Romero, producer Peter Grunwald and editor Michael Doherty
  • “Undead Again: The Making of LAND OF THE DEAD”
  • “Bringing the Dead to Life”
  • “Scenes of Carnage”
  • “Zombie Effects: From Green Screen to Finished Scene”
  • “Scream Test”: CGI test
  • “Bringing the Storyboards to Life”
  • “A Day with the Living Dead,” hosted by John Leguizamo
  • “When Shaun Met George”

DAWN OF THE DEAD

DISC ONE: Theatrical Version

  • New HD master derived from the digital intermediate archival negative
  • New “Take A Chance on Me”: an interview with actor Ty Burrell
  • New “Gunn for Hire”: an interview with writer James Gunn
  • New “Punk, Rock & Zombie”: an interview with actor Jake Weber
  • New “Killing Time at the Mall: The Special Effects of Dawn of the Dead”: an interview with special makeup effects artists David Anderson and Heather Langenkamp Anderson
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Zack Snyder and producer Eric Newman
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Still gallery

DISC TWO: Unrated Version

  • New HD master derived from the digital intermediate archival negative with HD inserts
  • Audio commentary by director Zach Snyder and producer Eric Newman
  • “Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of Exploding Heads”
  • “Attack of the Living Dead”
  • “Raising the Dead”
  • “Andy’s Lost Tape”
  • “Special Report: Zombie Invasion”
  • “Undead and Loving It: A Mockumentary”
  • “Drawing the Dead” featurette
  • Storyboard comparisons
  • Hidden Easter egg

Retail price is $34.93 each, but you can pre-order LAND and DAWN from Shout! for $27.93 each and get them two weeks early, accompanied by free 18x24-inch posters of the new cover art while supplies last.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.
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