Land of the Dead: Collector’s Edition
review by Bobby Blakey
Recently the world lost icon George A. Romero who is most famous for creating the modern zombie with his classic Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Throughout the years he returned to the genre numerous times and now Shout Factory is releasing one of his more modern takes to the undead with 2005s Land of the Dead.
Land of the Dead follows a world where zombies have taken over the world and the living have built a walled-in city to keep the dead out. But all's not well where it's most safe, as a revolution plans to overthrow the city leadership, and the zombies are turning into more advanced creatures. This latest entry into Romero’s undead legacy stars Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper and Asia Argento with special appearances by Tom Savini, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. This entry isn’t near as strong as some of this other films, but I found it way more enjoyable revisiting it than I did when I originally saw it after its release.
The story is a bit more out there as Romero tried to create a full on new world fully infested as opposed to the usual beginning of the attack. This gave him the chance to have some more fun, but the biggest difference was his attempt to change the way we see zombies as they got more intelligent. This didn’t seem to sit well with the hardcore fans, but I found it a refreshing even though it doesn’t always work. There are some great moments with these new types of zombies, but often times they felt forced and way too quick to figure things out for them just starting to evolve, either way it is still a lot of fun and one that I look forward to watching again soon.
The cast is fine here, but it was seeing Leguizamo in a cool different kind of role that stands out for me as a huge fan of everything he does. He is easily one of the most versatile actors out there and I love his character in this film. In addition to a great transfer of the film this release offers up tons of bonus content including interviews, commentaries, featurettes and more. Join the fight to survive and grab your copy of Land of the Dead: Collector’s Edition available now from Scream Factory.
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