- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 18, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Collectors Edition
- Director's Cut
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
- Dolby Digital DTS 5.1 Surround - English
- Subtitles - English (SDH), French, Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: George Romero - Director; Peter Grunwald - Producer; Michael Doherty - Editor
- UNDEAD AGAIN: THE MAKING OF LAND OF THE DEAD
- A DAY WITH THE LIVING DEAD
- BRINGING THE DEAD TO LIFE
- THE REMAINING BITS
- WHEN SHAUN MET GEORGE
- SCENES OF CARNAGE
- ZOMBIE EFFECTS: FROM GREEN SCREEN TO FINISHED SCENE
- SCREAM TESTS: ZOMBIE CASTING CALL
- Bringing the Storyboard to Life
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 06/24/2005
"[A]n excellent freakout of a movie....One of the enormous pleasures of genre filmmaking is watching great directors push against form and predictability, as Mr. Romero does brilliantly in LAND OF THE DEAD."
Los Angeles Times - 06/24/2005
"[The film] reveals that Romero remains the master of a genre he reinvented."
USA Today - 06/24/2005
"[The film] does have an 'old friends' dimension that warms the heart as its familiar-looking zombies eat hearts..."
Uncut - 10/01/2005
"This is zombie infestation writ large, hundreds lurching through a nocturnal wasteland, photographed in an impressively desolate palette."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2005
"Paradoxically, this is the most hopeful film in the series, in that it presents a genuine movie-style hero in Simon Baker's handsome and compassionate Riley..."
Rolling Stone - 10/20/2005
3 stars out of 5 -- "[The franchise] sprouts a new one, and a good one....[Argento] comes off like a tatted-up Meg White..."
New York Times - 10/18/2005
"Mr. Romero is one of the great form-givers of the horror genre....The fresh element here is that the zombie underclass has evolved a leader of sorts, who possesses both a sense of historical self-awareness and an ability to use automatic weapons."
Zombie movies slip in and out of fashion, but it's always a special occasion when the man who helped turn the undead into a worldwide phenomenon decides to add an installment to his ongoing saga of flesh-eating films. George A. Romero's zombie movies have all appeared in different decades, beginning with NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD in 1968, DAWN OF THE DEAD in '78, and DAY OF THE DEAD in '85. Romero skipped the '90s, but a zombie renaissance in the early 21st century (28 DAYS LATER, SHAUN OF THE DEAD) finds him back in the directors chair.
Often seen as allegories for their times, Romero's films have been connected to societal events such as the consumerism of the '70s (DAWN OF THE DEAD) and the spread of the AIDS virus in the '80s (DAY OF THE DEAD). With 2005's LAND OF THE DEAD, Romero positions the bulk of his story in a giant skyscraper which houses the last humans left on the planet; although his intentions are foggy this time, LAND appears to be Romero's commentary on the post-9/11 political landscape. The zombies only bother crews who venture outside the makeshift city for supplies, but the people are kept sedated by their leader, the irascible Kaufman (Dennis Hopper), who exaggerates their threat. What Kaufman doesn't realize is that the zombies are learning skills they half-remember from their old selves, leading to some impressively blood-soaked scenes of tumult. In an unusual move for Romero, Hopper is joined by name actors such as John Leguizamo and Asia Argento. The film greatly benefits as a result, successfully portraying an atrophied civilization that has regressed to a primitive state, allowing its undead tormentors to sense that a free lunch may be just around the corner.
- Theatrical Release: June 24, 2005 (NY)