Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Diary Of The Dead Blu-ray Review

Diary Of The Dead Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
Diary Of The Dead comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation, and looks quite good. The film has pretty strong black levles, and the transfer features quite a bit of pop. Colors were just what I was expecting, very solid, although never amazing. Detail was very good, and clarity was strong in both day and night scenes. I was left quite pleased, and quite impressed even with the presentation. 8/10.

Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and sounds very good. I love horror films, and experiencing them with lossless audio is quite the treat. The film is made in a documentary form, as the events had already happened and have been recorded. That being said, the surround speakers do get quite a use, with gunshots, and gore galore. Dialogue was nice and clear, and just as I expected. It's not the strongest track, but it fits the film well. 8/10.

Extras
Feature Commentary by Writer/Director George Romero, Director Of Photography Adam Swica, and Editor Michael Doherty.
Character Confessionals (19:47) (SD)
The First Week (4:23) (SD)
The Roots (2:06) (SD)
Familiar Voices (5:14) (SD)

For The Record: The Making Of Diary Of The Dead:
Master Of The Dead: Writer/Director George A. Romero (13:20) (SD)
Into The Camera: The Cast (17:07) (SD)
You Look Dead: Make-up Effects (10:58) (SD)
A New "Spin" On Death: Visual Effects (19:03) (SD)
A World Gone Mad: Photography & Design (20:25) (SD)

MySpace Contest Winners:
Grand Prize Winner:
The Final Day by Paul Del Vecchio (3:02) (SD)
First Prize Winners:
Deader Living Through Chemistry by Kern Saxton (3:05) (SD)
Opening Night Of The Living Dead by Shalena Oxley-Butler (3:16) (SD)
& Teller by Teller & Ezekiel Zabrowski (3:00) (SD)
Run For Your Life by Jesse Blanchard (1:43) (SD)

The Weinstein Company provides quite a few extras, although all were in standard definition. My favorite extra was the short but sweet making of feature, not to forget the make-up effects extra, showing how everything was done. The MySpace contest entries were also quite entertaining for the most part, and found myself enjoying each one at least a little. 6/10.

Blu-news Summary
Diary Of The Dead was not a perfect film, but I would definitely say it's awesome. I love the whole idea, I love the story, I love the cast, overall it was very well made. I felt the ending was a bit weak,although not too disappointing. The Blu-ray presentation is quite strong, leaving me definitely pleased with both the video and audio. The extras were also quite interesting as well, although high-def extras would have been a plus. Overall I would say 'Recommended.'



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