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George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead (Two-Disc Ultimate Undead Edition)

2009 horror film directed by George A. Romero

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  • Aug 8, 2010
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Survival of the Dead follows the exploits of Sarge Crockett, a National Guardsman who was for a brief moment an internet celebrity when he was captured on video robbing the film students from Diary of the Dead and a feud between two clans on a small Atlantic island community.  Sarge and his soldiers are now in survival mode and they're looking for a place to hide out from the zombie plague.  One of the island's clam leaders has been exiled from his home along with his followers and have been hiding out in a dock under the alias of "Captain Courageous".  Sarge and the "Captain" strike a deal about hiding out on the island if they help im overthrow his arch rival.  With the zombie problem growing worse by the day, does Sarge and Company have a choice?  Why was "Captain Courageous" exiled in the first place and will the zombie plague ever reach it's zenith?

I saw this film on VOD a few months ago and I really enjoyed it.  Romero's social commentary is not as heavy and overhanded as it was in Diary of the Dead but it's still there.  His observations on religious dogma, political and social rivalry is on the mark,.  Even in death we will never give our point of views a rest.  It was interesting to see Romero make a movie that's a direct sequel (something he has never done before) and working with the same actors playing the same character.  This time around we learn more about Sarge and learn that he's not really the scum bag that he portrayed in Diary of the Dead.  He's just a survivor who's looking out for his fellow soldiers and laments the fact that he robbed those kids.  The feud between the two clans is real interesting.  The two families are set in their ways that there beliefs and dangerous views have endangered the lives of those around them trying to prove a point.

The gore effects are quite impressive (even on a low budget) but the digital effects in some scenes look cheap and pixilated.  I still enjoy how Romero comes up with new ways for the zombies to be killed.  I wished this movie has a wider theatrical release or went straight to video instead of lingering around forever.  I liked this movie so sue me. 
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August 09, 2010
(computer's really slow, sigh) Anyhow, I heard different things about this one but yours is the 2nd positive review I've read on this movie recently; I'll give it a rent. Thanks!
 
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Let’s be honest here; George Romero is certain to have a spot in the “Horror Hall of Fame” since he has indeed given us the best in “undead” entertainment. His fans have always seen that the man can do no wrong, but honestly, his “dead” series has been really inconsistent and some may even say that it is indeed a ‘dead series’. After my disappointments with “Diary of the Dead”, I wonder what in heaven’s name am I doing …
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*1/2 out of ****      Isn't it strange how one day, a man is an inspirational director who re-invents a genre, and then the next day he's a generic, forgettable bloke? George A. Romero, King of the Zombies, is without a doubt one of those men. The man has made good to great films before; take the original "Dawn of the Dead" for example. But his zombie career, particularly in the "Dead" series, has gotten worse and worse as time goes on. His zombies …
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Forewarned is fore-armed and perhaps that's the best way to view George Romero's latest zombie flick SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD. One always hopes for another classic of the same stature as NIGHT, DAWN, or even DAY OF THE LIVING DEAD but audiences should cut the guy a little slack and realize that no one can give them what they want every time out of the starting gate. I went into this flick expecting something that was absolutely unwatchable, and what I got was a film that (had …
review by . November 01, 2010
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review by . April 18, 2010
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Diary of the Dead was Romero's attempt to cash in on the shaky cam craze while putting his own zombie mastermind spin on it. Although technically his fifth film in the living dead series, I never really considered it on the same field as Night, Dawn, Day and Land. It seemed more like a spin off film, an add on, to make a gaming analogy Diary of the Dead was a bonus pack, not a new game in and of itself. For me, and for many, many other long time Romero fans, Diary was a bitter disappointment. It …
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With George A. Romero, it's always about social critique. "Night of the Living Dead," released at the closing of the 1960s, examined the horrors of war - specifically the Cold War and Vietnam - and the harsh reality of racism. "Dawn of the Dead" satirized American consumerism. "Day of the Dead" suggested that man's greatest enemy isn't a world full of zombies, but his fellow man. "Land of the Dead" explored political divisions between classes in a post-apocalyptic community. "Diary of the Dead," …
Quick Tip by . November 01, 2010
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Great 2-Disc set full of wonderful extras, the special features alone are worth it.
Quick Tip by . October 04, 2010
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Survival of the Dead: It was ok. The cultural commentary seemed forced. But, movie seemed more like a comedy than a horror movie. There is a reason by Return of the Living Dead is not considered to be up to par to the Dead series. This compares to the recent D zombie movies that have been coming out.
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Sequel to Diary of the Dead.

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Writer-director George A. Romero, who invented the modern zombie film with 1968's Night of the Living Dead, returns to the graveyard for Survival of the Dead, the fifth sequel (of sorts) to his landmark movie, with his trademark gore and social commentary intact. Survival picks up shortly after the events of 2008's Diary of the Dead, which offered a revisionist take on the zombie outbreak in Night; here, a minor character from Diary (Alan Van Sprang) takes center stage with his team of fellow mercenary soldiers as they make their way to remote Plum Island, where two feuding Irish families sort out the best way to deal with the living dead. As is often the case with Romero's films, the ideas don't always match the execution--his dialogue and characters remain painfully stock at times, and the CGI elements of the effects look amateurish--but at its core, the picture retains his fascination for entropy in American society, as personified by the twin family patriarchs, who cling stubbornly to their beliefs as their world literally dies around them. Parallels between this story and the conservative movement of the early 21st century are obvious, and while others have made more artful statements about the situation, Romero once again cuts to the bloody heart of the matter. Limited in scope and budget, Survival isn't on par with Night or 1978's Dawn of the Dead, but it's a watchable and intriguing addition to his zombie ...
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Director: George A. Romero
Genre: Horror
Release Date: September 9, 2009 (Venice Film Festival)
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: George A. Romero
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Blank of the Dead Productions, Magnolia Home Entertainment
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