Dawn Of The Dead: The Extended Mall Hours Cut

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Dawn Of The Dead: The Extended Mall Hours Cut
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Original Release Date:
1978
Original Running Time:
139
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Fanedit Running Time:
155
Time Added:
16
Brief Synopsis:
This takes the epic “zed word” classic and extends it to its maximum possible running time.
Intention:
To create the longest possible cut closest to Romero’s shooting script.
Release Information:
DVD
Editing Details:
This is an idea I’ve had for a fan edit for years. I first heard about the Argento cut having exclusive footage around 1999. It wasn’t until 2004 with the release of Anchor Bay’s “Ultimate Edition” that I finally saw Argento’s version. I finally started working on this in fall of 2007 on a whim. Principal editing began around September/October, and was put on hiatus. Production resumed around December 2007 through January 2008. Like I’ve also said, while Romero’s 126 minute cut is my preferred version, I still wanted to create this cut to piece together somewhat of a “glorified workprint”.
Cuts and Additions:
Countless extra snippets throughout the Argento cut were added to the 139 minutes Cannes cut. These include a few extra headshots in the mall sequences, as well as various dialogue extensions, such as the bikers in the finale planning their “attack strategy” (“One by one, they’re gonna knock you off your little bikes”).

One full scene which was previously cut and added back in is a bit of dialogue between Peter and Stephen after they return from “shopping” the first time. Stephen acts cocky while Peter wants him to realize just how lucky they were. This scene contains the line “Let’s say the lady gets killed… you’d be able to chop off her head?” which was used in the English language Italian trailer.
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3 cover art variations by David (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Considering over 30 minutes has been added on top of the Romero cut, it felt like the right length. You would think a movie with long empty scenes of slow moving, pondering, gentle action, or watching the same truck drive sequence three times, or seeing bikers do many many random bits of raucous behavior would get old but somehow it just doesn't.

The 9 for audio is because there are a lot of gaps in the audio where background noise cuts out or a sound effect is cut short. I'm nearly 100% sure that this is due to the source material but there were a few that I felt could be due to the editing.

Truly an incredible cut of an incredible (and deservedly historic) movie, and for sure is the only version I'll be watching from now on.

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As is usually the case with the best extended cuts, scenes that develop character and/or setting are reinstated to the benefit of the whole. In the case, we get a much better sense of the cast from some quieter scenes, especially in the first act. All in all, this is a perfect version of one of the great horror movies -- and honestly best comedies, action movies and, for long stretches, laid-back 70s vibing movies. The longest possible version of one of the greatest films of all time? Why you'd have to be brain-dead not to love it!

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This is the only version I will ever watch. Fantastic transfer.

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i am a massive fan of this movie especially the argento euro cut with the stomping goblin soundtrack but this is by far the best version and the version that i wil from now on watch ;)

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Fantastic job. If you loved this movie for as long as I have, seeing it in a whole new light is wonderful, and inspiring. In fact re-locating this version recently, lead me to this forum, and lead me to try my hand at re-editing myself. Great job, great picture, great movie!!

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