Dawn of the Dead (1978)
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Dawn of the Dead is a commentary on materialism and urban sprawl. George Romero is saying that America has become a land of mindless consumers. He makes this point satirically by showing that Americans, even after death, will congregate at the shopping mall. America will be left in ruins, he warns, if we don't curb our greed for material goods. Or it's a film about class warfare. The survivors represent the rich, who want to shut themselves in with their material goods and keep out the poor, i.e. the walking dead. Or it's simply a film about zombies, and no social commentary is intended. The viewers may decide for themselves. Edit (Coming Soon)
Sort of. Dawn of the Dead (1978) was released as Zombi in Italy. Its success led the Italian director Lucio Fulci to name his zombie film Zombi 2 (1979) (1979). Zombi 2 is the most prominent of many Italian rip-offs of Dawn of the Dead. Zombies were the most popular subject for cheap Italian horror films for years after its release. Edit (Coming Soon)
The chaos with the versions of "Dawn Of The Dead" is almost traditional. Dario Argento and George A. Romero made a deal which said Argento was allowed to edit his own version in all non-English-speaking countries (except South and Central America) and Romero's version especially for all English-speaking coutries like USA, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Both versions are significantly different.
Based on the two different original versions - the only ones which were in the movie theaters - new versions were edited in several countries. Many of them were edited due to censorship, but the particular publishers also removed or added some plot scenes. The fact that some masters were responsable for further differences while creating the version for a particular country made the mess perfect. As a result, not only three official versions (Argento Cut, Romero Cut and Director's Cut) exist but also many many so-called international versions. Mentioning all of them would be pointless.
1.)The Argento-Cut with a running time of 116 min. is the most common version in Europe because it's the official version in any European country apart from UK.
2.)The Romero-Cut was mainly released in North and South America. The running time is 127 min. which is approx. 10 min. longer than the Argento-Cut. This version takes more time for character development, but the structure and drama results in lesser pacing. Moreover it puts emphasis on comedy acts and is scored excessively with the well-known Library music. This is the version preferred by Romero himself.
3.)The Director's Cut was released in the course of the Special Edition madness in the 90s. This version was edited by Romero himself which means the name "Director's Cut" is not a marketing gag at least. Rumor has it the version is identical with the so-called "Cannes Cut" shown at the film festival in Cannes in 1978 to attract attention of international publishers. This version is supposed to be pretty rough but it contains the complete audio tracks including the final score. Whether or not the versions are equal is unknown but they're always being mentioned together. Romero distances himself from this version and favors his old Theatrical Version, but the Director's Cut is often the version preferred by fans - especially in the US. Edit (Coming Soon)