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The George A. Romero Collection (Crazies/Martin/Dawn Of The Dead (1978)/Umbrella Entertainment/Region Zero/0/PAL DVD Set)


PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Zero/0 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.



The Crazies

Picture: D     Sound: D     Extras: C-     Film: C-



Picture: D     Sound: D     Extras: C     Film: B


Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Picture: D     Sound: D     Extras: C+     Film: B+



George A. Romero is, and always will be, the great granddaddy of the zombie film.  Starting all the way back with the genre staple Night of the Living Dead, this release contains three of the next films that Romero made, culminating in the legendary Dawn of the Dead.


The Crazies, while not technically a zombie film, is definitely one of the formative films that would influence Romero’s later flesh-eater flicks.  A government project gone awry has unleashed a virus on a small town that causes its victims to either die or go crazy.  This film sets up some of the standard tropes that will become familiar throughout the history of zombie and other horror films.


Martin is Romero’s take on the classic vampire story.  Reportedly Romero’s favorite of his own films, there’s a good reason for it.  A subtle character study makes us look at the vampire subgenre in a new light as we follow a modern day bloodsucker grappling with who, what, and where he is.  A fantastically written and executed film, Martin is reason enough to buy the set, but of course you’ll probably want it for the next movie.


Dawn of the Dead is, without a doubt, one of the most legendary horror films of all time.  After having cut his teeth and earned some respect with his previous films, you can tell that Romero was able to get a lot more funding for Dawn.  This is the film that makes you wish for a zombie apocalypse just so you can run amok in a shopping mall for months on end.


All three films are pretty low budget, and it’s very apparent.  The picture and sound quality are, quite frankly, pretty bad.  Dawn of the Dead has the best production values out of them all but it still looks dated and verges on sub-par, even anamorphically enhanced as they all are.  The aspect ratios vary but each disc has the option of Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1 sound, but no DTS of any kind.


All the films have commentary tracks, original advertisements, and stills galleries.  Dawn of the Dead actually has two commentary tracks, a near-feature-length documentary, and cast and crew biographies and filmographies.  Martin also has a making-of featurette.


These are films that anyone who has ever considered him/herself a horror fan should see.  This is a must-have collection with some fairly hard-to-find titles. Plus, you get the play the Spot-the-Savini game.


For more on Dawn Of The Dead, try these links:


U.S. Anchor Bay DiviMax DVD Set



DiviMax Single




As noted above, you can order this George Romero PAL DVD import exclusively from Umbrella at:





-   Matthew Carrick


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