Once again the folks at Anchor Bay have added some hidden features to one of their releases – this time it’s the Ultimate Edition of “Dawn Of The Dead.”
Insert the first disc of the box set and on the DVD’s Main Menu go to the “Extras” submenu. Once you get there, highlight the menu entry reading “Main Menu” and then press the “Down” arrow key on your remote control. The silhouette of a zombie will appear on the screen, giving you access to the bonus footage. It is an almost 5-minute interview clip with George’s wife and production partner Chris Romero in which she recalls how the two of them met and how their romance began to flourish.
Another one can be found in the “Audio Setup, ” accessible from the DVD’s Main Menu. Once again, highlight the menu entry that reads “Main Menu” and then press the “Down” arrow key on your remote control. The silhouette of a zombie will appear and if you press the “Enter” key it will take you to an interview clip with FX-guru Tom Savini in which he talks about a practical joke he played on his girlfriend and neighborhood kids.
Now insert the second disc of the set and from the Main Menu go to the “Extras.” Now, highlight the “Commentary” menu entry and press the “Right” arrow key on your remote control unti lthe silhouette of the zombie on the right side is highlighted. Now press “Enter” and you will see a clip of Greg Nicotero talking about some of the special effects techniques and their effectiveness.
Time to insert the third disc of the DVD set, the one housing the Dario Argento cut of the film.
Go to the “Extras” menu and there highlight the “Trailers” menu entry. Using the “Left” arrow key on your remote control, click until you highlight the zombie on the left. Now press “Enter” and you will see a clip of John Harrison, the screwdriver zombie from the movie talking about an experience he went through when a fan recognized him while he was bowling and pointed him out as the screwdriver zombie.
And finally, insert the fourth disc of the box set. On the Main Menu press the “Right” arrow key on your remote control until the zombie on the right is highlighted. Pressing “Enter” will give you access to a clip of Buddhist monk, Yoshi, who is prominently featured in the film, talking about his experience with “Dawn of the Dead” back in 1978 and his master’s reaction to his student’s choice in film.