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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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  • Nov 1, 2010


There have been many things said about George Romero and even more things said about his Dead films post the original three. For the most part people liked "Land" and just excepted it for what it was; people seem divided on "Diary" and as for this one well people kinda disliked it. Now I will say from jump right now that I have enjoyed all of them, honestly I have. I really liked all of them and that includes this one, do I like some more than others, of course. Where would this one rank, well I am sure most people could guess.

This film is based on a solider you may have seen in the previous two "Dead" films, he is labeled something different in each but in the special features Romero says he is the same character. The film follows him and his group of comrades as they make their way to an Island off of the coast of Delaware. This island is home to two different families who hate each other; you know the classic blood feud story. The O'Flynn's want all zombies terminated while the Muldoon's are trying to round them up and save them for the day a cure is found. Seems like something is wrong on both sides but I [if this really happened] may be on the side called TEAM PEOPLE were we kill the zombies threat. Say what you want but they tried to kill Simon Pegg, and poor Nick frost was turned into one, that is unforgivable.

When the military click happen upon a video thanks to a kid that tags along in which a man claims to have boats to get to an island off the shore line in Delaware, they make their way to it. After a very entertaining stand off with not only the man and his men at the boat place but with the dead as well they finally make it onto one and head over there. It is here that the real zombie killing begins and the fun begins as well, the blood feud is still very going on. O'Flynn came along for the ride to make it back home finally after being banished by Muldoon and is looking for his daughter and revenge.

The film is really just that but with a lot of gore and death so it is still fun, especially for fans of this type of film. The film is not perfect and the flaws are there, this is not the best of the "Dead" films but with no expectations it is still kinda fun. I think it is a fun twist on an old story, kinda like the "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies" style books. The acting is good at least for the most part and every one seemed like they were having fun on this. O'Flynn was my favorite for some reason; he was just funny to me and his character was great.

Speaking of that all of the acting seemed good, the characters and even the performances some times seemed 2-d but for the most part I kinda thought it was over the top good. Romero always has strong scripts and his direction is always great here I think he said "I am just going to have fun with this one". The reason I say that is because it feels a little more loose than his other works. Still I found it to be a good enough movie that does not match the earlier films but is still worth my dollar.

This two disc version is excellent with loads of features, everything from featurettes to full length making of. Of course the always great commentary is a highlight on any film geeks list so you know I loved it. There are little shorts on here as well and many more things zombie fans will enjoy. To be honest getting the 2-disc version is really worth the money even if you didn't care for the film as much as his others. I say go ahead and buy this 2-disc version if you already haven't, it would be worth it.


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January 20, 2011
I want to see this although I am not enjoying Romero's movies these days as much as I used to. Don't get me wrong. The first three were excellent. Even Land of the Dead was a decent comeback but I just couldn't get into Diary Of The Dead. I will give this a try eventually though as curiousity will get the best of me surely. Great write-up!!
February 19, 2011
The 2 disc is the way 2 go
November 02, 2010
uh-uh. Oh no you didn't LOL! Well, I actually see you liking it more than I did. I didn't like this one but @Dave79 did change his mind after a second viewing. Nice review, but I have to say we are on opposite sides of the fence on this one. :)
November 02, 2010
I actually would give the flick by itself a 3 or something but with all the features it gets a bump up to 4 since I reviewed the 2-Disc DVD release.
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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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