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THE DEAD (2010)

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 105 minutes, behind-the-scenes featurette, audio commentary, deleted scene
VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:   English SDH, Spanish

STUDIO:  Tricoast Worldwide/ Indelible Productions/ Latitude Films/ Anchor Bay Entertainment
RELEASE DATE:  2-14-2012

THE DEAD is not just another zombie film.  It takes the premise of a zombie film and takes it out of its' element.  Instead of having the zombie film taking place in a place like the United Kingdom or the United States, THE DEAD is set in the African bush.   Air Force engineer Brian Murphy (rob Freeman) finds himself stranded in Africa after his plane crashes.  He was supposed to be evacuating from the growing zombie hordes only to struggle across the bush in hopes he can get out of Africa.  He is assisted by Sgt. Daniel Dembele as they have their own missions to carry out.  Daniel wants to be reunited with his son while Brian wants to get home to his wife. 

THE DEAD is a little different as it throws the zombie movie into an area where you usually don't see the film take place.   The zombies keep coming and you never can seem to get away from them for long enough as they wander through the bush as Brian and Daniel try to make it across to a military base.  For a low budget production, it flows together quite well.    You feel the dread as the characters try to make it cross a hostile environment that just happens to also has zombies too.   The Ford Brothers have created an amazing zombie film played out against a beautiful and sometimes hostile landscape.

The audio commentary is with Howard J Ford and Jon Ford, the two directors of the film.   From the audio commentary, they had their struggles in getting the film made and it was a project that took several years to finally get made including cutting scenes out of the script.

The Behind-The-Scenes featurette is very quick filler and I wish they had some interviews to compliment the behind-the-scenes footage.  The deleted scene is interesting to watch even though it could have broken up the film with its inclusion.

FINAL ANALYSIS:   THE DEAD is an amazing zombie film.  It is a little different while being the kind of film that zombie movie fans will like.

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