Arrow Video have announced the UK Blu-ray Disc release of Day of the Dead on 6th April 2010 priced at £24.99 RRP. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of writer-director George A. Romero’s 1985 horror film, Arrow have created a special two-disc Blu-ray release that features a host of world exclusive extras, including a restored presentation of the film, a new hi-def soundtrack (the original ‘uncensored dialogue’ version, completely restored), four alternate sleeves, a double-sided poster, a 24-page collector’s booklet ‘For Every Dawn There Is A Day’, plus a very special collector’s comic – ‘Day Of The Dead: Desertion’ – featuring a brand new ‘Bub’ storyline. There are also two all-new retrospectives ‘Joe Of The Dead’ and ‘Travelogue Of The Dead’.
Here is the breakdown of the package…
- Four sleeve art options
- Double-sided fold-out poster
- ‘For Every Dawn There Is A Day’ collector’s booklet
- ‘Day Of The Dead: Desertion’ – an all new exclusive 24-page collector’s comic featuring new Bub storyline
- 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio and 1.0 Mono audio options
Disc One (Blu-ray)
- Theatrical feature
- Audio commentary with special effects team of Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, Everett Burrell and Mike Deak
- Joe Of The Dead – Acting In A Romero Classic
- Travelogue Of The Dead
Disc Two (DVD)
- The Many Days Of The Dead
- Behind the Zombies footage
- Romero Zombography
- Photo Album of the Dead
- Souvenirs of the Dead
- Night Of The Living Dead trailer
- Dawn Of The Dead trailer
- TV Ads of the Dead
- The Audio Recollections of Richard Liberty
- Wampum Mine promo
Following the artwork are some excerpts from the press release which elaborate on the various exclusive extras included…
Excerpts from the press release…
Specially commissioned for this 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release of Day Of The Dead, the world exclusive 24-page comic ‘Day Of The Day: Desertion’ is written by ‘Hack/Slash Meets Re-Animator’ co-writer, Barry Keating, and ‘Halloween: Nightdance’ creator, Stefan Hutchinson, with artwork by ‘Halloween: The First Death of Laurie Strode’ illustrator Jeff Zornow. The storyline recounts the dark and disturbing origins of Day Of The Dead’s iconic zombie, Bub. Only available as part of this Blu-ray release, ‘Day Of The Dead: Desertion’ is just one of the many features that makes this release the one, must-have edition of Day Of The Dead for fans and collectors worldwide.
The Day of the Dead Blu-ray was developed in conjunction with the members of Cult Labs - (www.cult-labs.com) - a forum where film distributors interested in fan opinions spend time getting their expert feedback. One of the artwork options included in the packaging - the triple layer Night/Dawn/Day of the Dead poster was their most popular alternate choice. The main artwork is an all-new oil painting commissioned from artist Rick Melton.
Two all-new documentaries were commissioned for this epic release. In ‘Joe Of The Dead’ (directed by Calum Waddell) actor Joe Pilato talks about his career in movies - from his early appearance in the little-seen Pittsburgh horror outing ‘Effects’ (which also featured Romero regulars Tom Savini and John Harrison) to his small parts in ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ and ‘Knightriders’ and, of course, his work as Captain Rhodes in Day Of The Dead. In addition, Pilato addresses the remake, where his career went following Day of The Dead's disastrous box office upon its initial release and his thoughts on the movie being rediscovered and hailed as a classic. In ‘Travelogue of the Dead’ (directed by Naomi Holwill), we join Pilato as he travels across Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow in October 2009 celebrating the 25th anniversary of Day Of The Dead and witness him meeting the fans, reciting his most famous lines from the movie - live and on stage - and drinking with the best of them!
Calum Waddell also penned the ‘For Every Dawn There Is A Day’ collector’s booklet, which is an essay on the making of the movie that collects brand new interviews with Romero, Savini, editor Pasquale Buba, assistant director/composer John Harrison and actors Joe Pilato, Lori Cardille and Gary Steele.