Shout Factory has been on a major role lately with their Scream Factory brand releasing a wide variety of classic horror films to Blu-ray for the first time. As with all of the releases thus far, they include original new cover artwork that really makes them standout and this continues with their latest release George Romero’s 1985 classic Day of the Dead.
Day of the Dead follows a group of scientists and military personal hold up in a bunker trying to contact other survivors of the zombie infestation. Trying to find a cure, they indulge in strange experiments in hopes to find the cause of the zombie transformation. When the military and scientists begin to turn on each other it becomes a fight for survival from not only the zombies but each other. This third entry in George Romero’s zombie trilogy was far from the most popular of the bunch still sports some of the best gore and zombie effects making it a fun addition in the genre. Romero set the standard for the zombie genre and continues to this day to try to do different things. The story here is pretty simple and works, but the simplistic directions he goes with the zombies giving them a semblance of intelligence makes it even more entertaining. The acting in this entry is pretty bad, but almost adds a cheesy fun to the overall experience. While this film was far from the most effective of the Romero trilogy at the time, it has gained a cult status over time and holds up pretty well thanks to the always awesome gore and zombie effects.
This high-def blu-ray sports a beautiful transfer that enhances the bloody fun of the film as well as a brand new interview with George A. Romero as well as a bevy of insightful bonus features, including a new documentary World’s End: The Legacy of “Day of the Dead”, new audio commentaries, behind the scenes footage and more!