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A thirty-something slacker named Shaun decides to turn his life around and win back the girlfriend who just dumped him by taking on the hoardes of flesh eating zombies that are beginning to take over the streets of London.
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Title: SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Street Release Date: 02/06/2007
Genre: COMEDY VIDEO
British horror/comedy Shaun of the Dead is a scream in all senses of the word. Brain-hungry zombies shamble through the streets of London, but all unambitious electronics salesman Shaun (Simon Pegg) cares about is his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield), who just dumped him. With the help of his slacker roommate Ed (Nick Frost), Shaun fights his way across town to rescue Liz, but the petty concerns of life keep getting in the way: When they're trying to use vinyl records to decapitate a pair of zombies, Shaun and Ed bicker about which bands deserve preservation--New Order they keep, but Sade becomes a lethal frisbee. Many zombie movies are comedies by accident, but Shaun of the Dead is deliberately and brilliantly funny, while still delivering a few delicious jolts of fear. Also featuring the stealthy comic presence of Bill Nighy (Love Actually) and some familar faces from The Office. --Bret Fetzer
- Awesome, funny film
I have watched this film several times and now and just love the humour. It is a horror film though so not for the faint hearted
Lets all go to the 'Winchester'....:-)...more info
- Very funny, great movie
I rented it thinking I'd be disappointed; I LOVED Hot Fuzz, but I'm not into zombie/horror crap. But this was at least just as hilarious, if not more. You really have to be aware of what's going on in the background, though, which makes this a great movie to watch more than once. In the scene where they leave the pub singing and call to the woman who appears to be dancing with a man, "what's wrong love, haven't you had your tea yet?"she's actually gnawing on the man's neck, and when they turn around, you can see his head fall off...they, of course, are so drunk that they miss it. This is just one of the many, many well-played humorous bits in it. ...more info
- Lets take the jag!
At first I didn't like this movie and I thought it was stupid. For some reason it grew on me. Now I can't stop laughing everytime I watch it. This is one of those movies that you think is going to be a bomb but then laugh so much from the weirdness. There are laughs all over the place and it takes a good half hour for Shaun (Simon Pegg) to realize that he is surrounded by zombies. Him and a friend that he lives with cook up a plan to save his ex-girlfriend, his mom, and stepfather (although Shaun would rather leave him to the zombies). Shaun believes the best place to wait it out is at the local pub.
There weapons of choice are: cricket paddles, old records (Shaun goes through which ones to through which is hilarious), his stepfather's Jaguar, and a metal pipe.
Shaun of the Dead is very entertaining and is one of those movies that you'd think you would skip if it's in the movie theaters and on T.V. When you watch it, you get hooked. The comedy is great as it mocks Dawn of the Dead slightly and any other zombie movie you've watched. It's a good addition to your comedy collection....more info
- A new comedy formula *spolilers*
Creating a formula picture is never a good idea - unless you have created a formula like Simong Pegg and Edgar Wright have done here. Initially, "Shaun of the Dead" in title and in plot description, sounds like a mere parody of Romero's dead movies ala "Scary Movie" and such. But Wright and Pegg, in spoofing the genre, create an homage pic. It's full of funny moments that tip their hit to Romero's 'Zed word' flicks, but it has so much original horror and humor to offer.
Namely, the premise is original. While many horror pics looks at the heroic survivors of a horrific tragedy, "Shaun" looks at those other guys. Unlike the inhuman heroism of typical horror pics, Shaun and his friend Ed are unapologetic slackers. In fact, Shaun's desire to save his friends may do more harm than good. Wright and Pegg craft an interesting bunch of characters that are really those other guys in horror films. They're funny and horribly flawed. Shaun's plan to save everyone is interesting in its successes and failures, breaking the trend of so much recent horror. In all its comedy, you'll still care about every character in the end. In that, its successful in its own right as a horror film, as much as it is in comedy.
But it's the comedy that triumphs above all. The writing is razor sharp. Listen to every piece of dialogue and you wil realize that Wright and Pegg have crafted an ingenious script that is constantly referencing itself as well as other horror movies. Key to the writing though is the pitch perfect delivery. This is something that Simon Pegg, in particular, has perfected. His humor is rather dry, sometimes subtle. Yet at the same time, he is also a brilliant physical comedian, as noted in this film's famous jukebox scene.
Pegg doesn't ride alone in his talent though. He has quite a bit of support, namely in his partner in crime Nick Frost - who's humor is much more direct as the lovable oaf Ed, and Dylan Moran, who has achieved fame in his own right doing stand up and in Black Books. While visibly more sober here, Moran is impecable as the uptight critical friend of Shaun's girlfriend.
But one sole review is not enough to express all the great things about 'Shaun of the Dead.' You're best served by watching the film. When you're done watch it again. If you have time, watch it again and just listen to it to hear all the witty dialogue. Then you can raid the extras. This DVD is full of them. While I love "plot holes" section, my favorite involves the making of the film. This is far from standard 'making of' fare, as it traces "Shaun" from it's young origins. Watch these guys at work - you'll realize more goes into this comedy than a simple script and a couple funny actors.
Just as a side note, for those curious, the Region 2 DVD differs in the fact that the UK trailers are included and that 3 (coun them: 3!) more commentaries are included....more info
- I Want To Go To The Windsor
A great movie. How long would it take you to realize that a zombie invasion was taking place in your community/life? I think we all walk around in this same haze throughout our lives. But social commentary aside, "Shaun of the Dead" rivals all of the other zombie flicks out there. It truly stands alone as a satire/horror movie. When it needs to be funny, it delivers. When it needs to be gruesome, it also delivers. One of the few horror films that takes the time to develop the characters in the film....more info
- Internationally Unifying
I can't think of a single other movie which so brilliantly ties together industrialized, Western civilization through story and character. It doesn't matter what country you're from, or what language you speak. If you live in North America, western Europe, or Austrailia, you probably personally know a version of Shaun and each of his friends. I personally can't watch Shaun of the Dead without forgetting that there's a border between the US and Canada, an ocean between those two and the UK, and a planet between me and Austrailia/New Zealand. It has no politics, no preaching, and no culturally polarizing commentary. It's good-natured comedy, clever writing, and memorable acting. Because of these reasons, this is certainly in my own top 10 favorite movies of all time....more info
Amazing that I liked it. I don't do horror. The best zombies ever were in the Michael Jackson video Thriller. I should say I like vampires and werewolves and licans, etc, but Night of the Living Dead was scary. My son walked away from this movie on TV, left it on, I happened along and sat down and started laughing. So I recorded it and watched it the next night with my husband and daughter. Both of them hated it, and I loved it. Like the other reviewer said, it's intellectual humour. Amazing. I'm going to rent it without commercials and the hack job Comedy Central did on it and try it again. I told my family, when you take out the non-scary zombies, it's just a story about a guy and his friends/girlfriend. That's what I liked about it. ...more info
I loved Shaun of the Dead when I saw it on DVD. When I got a HD-DVD player, I found out this movie was on HD-DVD and I had to have it! It was better watching it this time around than when I first remember. If you don't own the movie already, you need to get it, if you do own it, watch it again or buy the HD-DVD version if you want to support the format and/or Simon, Nick, and Bill....more info
- dvd purchase
Thank you for getting this movie to me so quickly and in the shape that was described!...more info
- Shaun of the Dead, even if you own it in standard version, get the HD version as well, 10x better
I almost didn't buy this movie since i already had the standard version. But at the price, i just couldn't say no. and wow, once i popped in the movie, i was greatly surprised. soo much more detail that i never noticed from the first one. This one really makes you want to go out and smash zombies heads in :D
buy it, you will not be disappointed.
- A twist on a rather old genra
The zombie thing has been done to death (no pun intended) with the big action hero in attendance. Ths movies shows how 2 normally screwed up, everyday people would react to it. I think this is one of the best zombie comedies ever made....more info
- Quite possibly the most perfect movie ever made.
Where do I begin? This movie has it all! Clever dialogue, cool plot, lots of humor, touching emotional scenes, romance, and of course- ZOMBIES!!!!
Shaun is your average Joe working for a living, living in a flat with his two roomates, trying to keep his relationship with his girlfriend together, and visit his Mum every once in a while. Oh- and make regular visits to the local pub.
His humdrum life is interrupted with a sudden surge of zombies in the neighborhood, and our average bloke must step up and become a hero.
What I really loved about this movie is that things were done that I have never seen in a zombie movie before- i.e. when Shaun and the gang figure a way to walk through a crowd of zombies without calling attention to themselves, and what becomes of the zombies when the story is over.
To really enjoy and appreciate the phenomena that is Shaun of the Dead, you should watch it 4 or 5 times, to truly grasp all of the nuances that you may miss because you are hiding behind your pillow or laughing too hard.
P.S.: You've got red on you!
- shaun of the stupid
This movie was funny i saw this long time ago and this was like jack frost all comedy no horror but exept jack frost did'nt have zombies. It's funny how they like to make fun of zombie movie's whitch is great cause it's like there saying oh people are getting board seeing the samething happening in zombie movie's so why don't we make it more fun and exciteing and that's what they did in this movie, this and dead and breakfest were the only two zombie comedy movies that came out, they should make more zombie comedy movie's but this movie was great and funny....more info
- amazing movie
i really think this is simon peg and nick frosts best orking together film besides the show spaced!!!...more info
- Very Funny, But Has Its Serious Moments
The basic plot: Shaun, a ne'er-do-well, finds his dead-end life interrupted by zombies taking over Britain. What follows is his attempt to save the people he cares about, in the middle of an undead apocalypse.
This movie is very, very funny. The writing is smart, and includes "inside" references to any number of horror/scifi movies. The main character and his buddy are reminiscent of Earl and his brother, Randy, from "My Name is Earl", but this movie takes the time to occasionally get serious, especially towards the end.
- Great Movie!
Great movie is all i can say mostly. I can watch this movie over and over again. Got to also add Amazon with there amazing fast shipping! ...more info
- The Best Zombie Movie
"Shaun of the Dead" is the best zombie movie I've ever seen.
There, I said it. The zombie movie has become a genre itself, spawning countless flicks that range from horrible (both in the good way and the bad away), to hilarious, to delicious social commentary, to downright frightening. "Shaun" takes a bit of all of that and blends it together into a quick-witted, relentless zombie romp that has more rewatchability than most of the movies on your top shelf.
Simon Pegg, both as an actor and a writer, utterly surprised me here. In scenes that he could have been played for shock-value or outright campy comedy, he gives a heart-wrenching performance that, oddly enough, doesn't feel out of place in this otherwise outrageous movie. If you're looking for a versatile movie, look no further, because "Shaun" is a movie that can fit into at least six different genres.
As a comedic buddy flick, it's at the same level as Superbad and, as I said before, if there's a zombie movie that's better than "Shaun," I haven't seen it. And that's pretty much the highest praise I can give.
- Watching it right now!
This is one of my all time favorite movies and I'm introducing yet another cohort!...more info
- Zombie Plagues are Tons of Fun!
I loved this movie: a little bit of gore, a little bit of heartbreak...they do their best to survive.
"Shaun of the Dead" brings good humour to this "romantic comedy with zombies" which comes to HD DVD with a fantastic HD picture and excellent DD+ 5.1 audio.
The local zombies are great...I liked the female Winchester regular, she made a nice creepy zombie, as did the [chubby] black one, and Mary grows on you even more through the second viewing...they all did a really great job! They do well to give several zombies more familiarity through character development.
There are plenty of extras on this HD DVD as well including deleted scenes, commentary, a gallery...it even follows up on a couple of happenings not shown in the film.
This is an extremely fun movie, and I highly recommend it.
- surely not hilarious...
it could have been much more better. the sc¨¦nario is very poor and acting is pretty bad.About laughing....search where and when..
as poor as Hot fuzz
rent it at the best....more info
- After you stop laughing--watch it a second time
First go around, I had to clean my glasses because they were fogged with tears from laughing so hard. "Shaun" is truly one of the most bizarrely funny cult films I have ever seen.
Since I had some trouble with my Mac scanning the DVD, I watched for a second time. What jumped out at me was Shaun's manager's pep-talk about 'teams' and what a study of human nature Shaun and his group would make. We saw thinking outside of the box, bravery in the least expected places, selflessness, and how utterly stupid the panicked group Critic could be.
Seriously, if the corporate trainers ever get tired of making their teams climb rock walls and build paper gizmos that nobody will ever use, they ought to have employees watch this film--twice--so they can see human nature in action.
Wouldn't dealing with zombies be a great way to explain difficult tech support calls? How many uses can you find for this scenario?
"Shaun" is a great film on both the funny and the serious levels. And it is one to be watched more than once. I seriously regret not seeing it in the theatre. ...more info
- Shawn of the Dead
This is my favorite movie. This movie really launched Simon Pegg's career.
Gory but totally funny. A great movie for all the brit comedy lovers....more info