One thing I hate about Blu-ray is the damn region locking that plagued DVD. Before importing a disc, I’ve got to do plenty of research to ensure it’ll work in my player, which sometimes leads to depressing news. While we have a pretty sweet version of Day of the Dead in high definition already thanks to Anchor Bay, today’s announcement of a UK edition sounds even sweeter!
Frankly, this announcement is so cool that I’m listing every word here:
Specially commissioned for this 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release of Day Of The Dead, the world exclusive 24-page comic ‘Day Of The Dead: Desertion’ is written by ‘Hack/Slash Meets Re-Animator’ co-writer, Barry Keating, and ‘Halloween: Nightdance’ creator, Stefan Hutchinson, with artwork by ‘Halloween: The First Death of Laurie Strode’ illustrator Jeff Zornow. The storyline recounts the dark and disturbing origins of Day Of The Dead’s iconic zombie, Bub. Only available as part of this Blu-ray release, ‘Day Of The Dead: Desertion’ is just one of the many features that makes this release the one, must-have edition of Day Of The Dead for fans and collectors worldwide.
The Day of the Dead Blu-ray was developed in conjunction with the members of Cult Labs – a forum where film distributors interested in fan opinions spend time getting their expert feedback. One of the artwork options included in the packaging – the triple layer Night/Dawn/Day of the Dead poster – was their most popular alternate choice. The main artwork is an all-new oil painting commissioned from artist Rick Melton.
Two all-new documentaries were commissioned for this epic release. In Joe of the Dead (directed by Calum Waddell) actor Joe Pilato talks about his career in movies – beginning with his work in the little-seen Pittsburgh horror outing Effects (which also featured Romero regulars Tom Savini and John Harrison) to his small parts in Dawn of the Dead and Knightriders and, of course, his work as Captain Rhodes in Day of the Dead. In addition, Pilato addresses the remake, where his career went following Day of the Dead’s disastrous box office upon its initial release and his thoughts on the movie being rediscovered and hailed as a classic.
In Travelogue of the Dead (directed by Naomi Holwill) join Pilato as he travels across Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow in October 2009, celebrating the 25th anniversary of DAY OF THE DEAD. Witness him meeting the fans, reciting his most famous lines from the movie – live and on stage – and drinking with the best of them!
Calum Waddell also penned the For Every Dawn There Is A Day collector’s booklet, which is an essay on the making of the movie that collects brand new interviews with Romero, Savini, editor Pasquale Buba, asst director/composer John Harrison and actors Joe Pilato, Lori Cardille and Gary Steele
The two-disc 25th Anniversary Edition Day Of The Dead (cert. 18) will be released on Blu-ray by Arrow View on 29th March 2010.
– Four sleeve art options
– Double-sided fold-out poster
– ‘For Every Dawn There Is A Day’ collector’s booklet
– ‘Day Of The Dead: Desertion’ – an all new exclusive 24-page comic
– 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio and 1.0 Mono audio options
– Theatrical feature
– Audio commentary with Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, Everett Burrell and Mike Deak
– Joe Of The Dead – Acting In A Romero Classic; Travelogue Of The Dead.
– The Many Days Of The Dead
– Behind the Zombies footage
– Romero Zombography
Make sure you check out The Associates to preview the absolutely wicked cover choices (you can pick from four of ’em) and dig on the comic image below.
Boy, do I want the drawn image of the hands crashing through the brick wall – it looks incredible!
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