Dawn of the Dead: Look out! The dead are returning again! Just in time for Halloween and exploding with heart-stopping surprises and nerve-shredding fun, comes the DVD release of "Dawn of the Dead" on October 26, 2004. The DVD will be released in both a horrifying new version considered too scary for theater audiences, the "Dawn of the Dead Unrated Director's Cut," containing additional footage that not only extends the movie experience but turns up the terror temperature, and the theatrical version. An edge-of-your-seat roller coaster ride that FOX-TV calls "one of the best horror flicks in years," "Dawn of the Dead" is priced at $29.98 SRP and is also available on VHS for $22.98 SRP. Pre-order close is September 14 for DVD and September 28 for VHS.

A Screamfest of DVD Bonus Features

Both the rated and unrated "Dawn of the Dead" DVDs contain exciting bonus materials that deliver a frightfest of scary fun for fans, including two original segments created especially for the DVD: "The Lost Tape," a video diary containing over 15 minutes of the last days of Andy, one of the survivors; and "Special Bulletin," increasingly grim news reports about the zombie invasions that expand the film's nightmarish storyline. Also included are nail-biting deleted scenes, "incisive" interviews, commentaries from the cast and filmmakers, and featurettes about the creation of the unforgettably gruesome zombies.

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Starring Mekhi Phifer ("8 Mile," "Honey"), Sarah Polley ("Go"), Ving Rhames ("Mission: Impossible," "Pulp Fiction") and Jake Weber ("The Cell"), and directed by Zack Snyder, "Dawn of the Dead" follows a handful of survivors as they wage a desperate last stand to stay alive ... .and human ... as a mysterious virus turns people into voracious zombies who feed on the living.

Extra Features, Extra Frights! The "Dawn of the Dead" DVDs include these bone-chilling extras: * The Lost Tape: Over 15 minutes of Terrifying Footage Revealed Chilling images from a recovered "home movie" documents Andy's last horrific days as he battles the zombie hordes outside his gun shop -- and fights to maintain his sanity! Shot exclusively for the DVD * Special Bulletin: Zombie Invasion! Startling news coverage includes panicked updates from the White House and scientific experts as the nation is thrown into chaos! Shot exclusively for the DVD * Over 12 Minutes of Deleted Scenes Pulse-pounding scenes too terrifying for the final theatrical release! With optional commentary from director Zack Snyder. * Surviving the Dawn: Dare to Face Your Fears! A behind the screams feature with cast interviews, on-location footage and more! * Commentary Director Zack Snyder and producer Eric Newman offer their dead-on perspectives about making the film.

The "Dawn of the Dead Unrated Director's Cut" cranks up the terror level even higher with all of the above plus these exclusive horrifying special features:

* Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of Exploding Heads -- The gory details of how the filmmakers made the head-kills in the film look so believable. * Attack of the Living Dead -- Dissecting the film's most memorable zombie kills * Raising the Dead -- An in-depth look at turning actors into undead killers They're Dead ... Well, Dead-ish!

Heart-pounding action and bone-chilling thrills power this edgy, electrifying fright-fest starring Mekhi Phifer, Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley.

An unexplained plague has decimated the world's population and yet ... the dead aren't dying. They've become zombies stalking endlessly in a constant quest to feed on the flesh and blood of the few remaining living.

A ragtag group of desperate survivors seek refuge in a large indoor mall, where they must learn not only to protect themselves from the ever-increasing zombie horde, but also co-exist with each other as a last bastion of humanity. Sealed off from the rest of what used to be the world, the group uses every available resource in their against-all-odds fight to remain alive and human.

CAST & FILMMAKERS

Director: Zack Snyder

Screenwriter: James Gunn

Based on a Screenplay by: George A. Romero

Producers: Richard P. Rubinstein, Marc Abraham and Eric Newman.

Executive Producers: Thomas A. Bliss, Dennis E. Jones, Armyan Bernstein

Director of Photography: Matthew F. Leonetti

Production Designer: Andrew Neskoromny

Editor: Niven Howie

Costume Designer: Denise Cronenberg

Makeup Designer: David LeRoy Anderson

Composer: Tyler Bates

Cast: Mekhi Phifer, Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley, Jake Weber, Ty Burrell,

Michael Kelly, Kevin Zegers, Michael Barry, Lindy Booth

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

DVD

Street Date: October 26, 2004

Pre-Order Date: September 14, 2004

Copyright: 2004 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Price: $29.98 SRP ($19.95 MAP)

Selection Numbers: R-Rated: 23861 (Anamorphic Widescreen); 25469 (Full

Frame); Unrated: 25819 (Anamorphic Widescreen), 25820 (Full Frame)

Running Time: R-Rated: 1 Hour and 41 Minutes; Unrated: 1 Hour and

50 minutes.

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Full Frame (1.33:1)

Disc: 1 Dual-Layer (Single Sided)

Rating: R (Pervasive Strong Horror Violence and Gore, Language and

Sexuality) and Not Rated.

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/Caption; French Dolby

Digital Surround 5.1/Subtitles; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Surround/Subtitles

VHS

Street Date: October 26, 2004

Pre-Order Date: September 28, 2004

Copyright: 2004 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Price: $22.98 SRP ($15.95 MAP)

Selection Numbers: 62204 (R-Rated); 62820 (Unrated) 62808 (Spanish

Subtitled - rated R)

Running Time: R-Rated: 1 Hour and 41 Minutes; Unrated: 1 Hour and

50 minutes.

Aspect Ratio: Full Frame Only (1.33:1)

Rating: R (Pervasive Strong Horror Violence and Gore, Language and

Sexuality) and Not Rated.

Audio: Hi-Fi Stereo Surround

Brian B.