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Blu-ray Review: 'The Dead'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
February 16th, 2012 10:12am EST

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Stranded with zombies in...Africa?  It’s both nightmare terrain and ghoulish monsters as the deadly threats in the Ford Brothers undead opus "The Dead," hitting Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 14 from Image Entertainment.  Afterlife reveals below!

 

The Dead Blu-ray

 

 

   Title: "The Dead"

   Grade: 4

   Cast: Rob Freeman, Prince David Oset, David Dontoh

   Director: The Ford Brothers

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 105 minutes

   Release Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment

   Website: www.anchorbayent.com

 

 

 

The Flick: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the Ford Brothers have style.  They’ve wisely used the dim and barren landscapes of Africa and mixed it with some of the creepiest zombies to date.  Dark mood and tense tone are both elevated by the casting of seemingly ‘regular’ guys like Rob Freeman, giving the viewer a feeling of being on the front lines.  Not that there isn’t plenty of movie suspense (the beach scene is a whopper!) and gore galore (rotting flesh anyone?!), but there’s also a spiritual side to the Ford’s work that fits alongside the captivating real locations - authenticity has its rewards. 

Best Feature: Love the 'Behind the Scenes' footage of shooting in Africa, but for more bang for the buck it’s the Ford Bros. 'Commentary' that’s comes back to life (they describe the track as ‘unpleasant’ at one point due to the multitude of shooting problems - hardly gents!)

Best Hidden Gem: The addition of the 'Deleted Scene' is highly memorable – wish they had more of their extra footage to watch!

Worth the Moola: A cunning combination and examination of the dark and light elements of the undead – style is always better with substance included. 

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment