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Feature 10
Video 9.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 9.8
Distributor: Madman
Classification: PG
Running Time: 125 Minutes
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak

9.8


Dead Set

Bloody hellÖ this is the best TV series of the year!

This is a dream come true for those people that find reality TV shows a bore or more particularly filled with egotistic and charismatically dead personalities. If you want your revenge, than my friends, you have come to the right place.

Written and produced by Charlie Brooker, Dead Set centres on a Big Brother production in the United Kingdom, however when Britain falls to a zombie virus, the contestants for now are oblivious to what is happening in the real world. This of course spells trouble with a capital T.

Think Big Brother meets the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead and that is what Dead Set is all about. Although itís a horror movie that is quite violent at times and the special effects are bloody marvellous, there is also a healthy dose of comedy oozing out of its red stained production walls. The characters are all well cast and some are quite obnoxious like their real-world Big Brother counterparts that makes the series that even more compelling.

Even though this is a British production, itís ironic that the Big Brother characters are a worldwide phenomena and with that said, the archetypes must be universal as well. For instance, there is a blonde bimbo, male hunk, nerd, obnoxious man & woman and even the token gay character. UghÖ itís so predictable that it makes you sick but of course this is where Dead Set really shines. Match that with the sleazy producer and a Greta Colleen clone who hosts the show and unfortunately gets zombified early on in the piece, it will almost make you root for the Zombies.

Unfortunately, I've already spoilt a tiny part of the story but anymore and you'll wish I was made into a Zombie. The story is... priceless!

The video quality is quite stunning, especially the special effects that would put some Zombie movies to shame. Although the piece is quite slick at the start as the movie progresses, it moves to handheld high definition cameras which makes the entire experience that even more nerve racking. The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and really has a few wow moments in the series that will send shivers down your spine.

The only unfortunate aspect of Dead Set Special Features is the lackluster special features which a shame but it does give some interesting tidbits behind the creation and some interesting interviews with the cast.

In conclusion, once I started watching, I had to sit and watch the entire series and this is what good TV is all about, captivating the viewer. So move over Romero because thereís a new Sheriff in Zombie town and all I can say is that this movie is bloody awesome! Hopefully the rumors are true of a second series!

DVD Special Features

60 minutes of extra content including sneak peeks behind the scenes, a tour of the set, special effects featurettes and interviews with cast and crew






 
 



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