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 In the U.S. Dawn wasn’t available for home viewing until 1983 when Thorn EMI Video released the clamshell cased theatrical version (TV1977) in December, borrowing the Posterbook cover graphic, just adding a green logo. Although it rented well and sold respectably (even at a pricey $59.99) in early 1984, a small-box commercial version didn’t arrive until summer 1987 as part of the affordable HBO/Cannon Video reissues of early 80’s Thorn EMI vids. Another small box edition, with a darker reprint of the pakaging and no stills on the back, came out in 1989 from HBO/Weintraub. A BETA version was only available on Thorn EMI Video (TXB 1977) until 1986. Republic Video, as they did with Night, brought the dead to life again in 1992 with their Lumiere Pictures print of the theatrical version. This VHS (5831) had noticeably sharper video and superior sound to the earlier videos and retained the same basic packaging as the HBO/Cannon (note the hooded mummy from basement on left corner of box). An interesting point about these Republic tapes are that they all read 131 minutes for the running time, but they were not longer prints. They simply didn’t tell you that the tape also contained commercials for other features, Amityville: A New Generation and Witchboard 2. The tapes were in available for up to a year afterwards. Initially the covers read "director’s cut" and were replaced with "unrated theatrical cut" anticipating Anchor Bay’s upcoming ‘director’s cut’. In reality Republic actually had the director’s cut!

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Ironically Anchor Bay’s first release of Dawn to video was a hasty EP budget version (SV10005) of the old Thorn EMI print in early 1996. It was the first American VHS to use the original US art, now in shades of orange and yellow. Just before Halloween that same year, a long-awaited Collector’s Edition two-tape set with purple logo (SV10006) arrived using the Elite Entertainment transfer prepared for laserdisc. First editions were released full screen in err, revealing more picture top and bottom that was cut off by the black matting of the laserdisc. This was corrected in subsequent editions. The second tape includes the last hour or so of the movie plus a few domestic and two European trailers. Three years later, AB were at it again, discontinuing this version, and offering a full screen VHS (SV10781) as the 20th Anniversary Director’s Cut! Simultaneously they put together a widescreen, 128 minute print (with the police dock scene almost all intact) as the 20th Anniversary Theatrical Cut (SV10780). Psychedelic Andy Warhol soupcan-inspired artwork adorned the covers.

Originally Japan’s Victor company issued two prints of Zombie on VHS. The first from 1985 (JHF-0106) was of the Italian zombie crowd art. In 1990, the elevator burst shot was used (JSL-10005). In 1994, Emotion Gaga issued two VHS videos. The first edition (AKC ACH1-31201) was the so-called "director's cut" with elevator burst cover. The second (AKC ACH1-31202) was the 119min. "Argento's cut" with a cover of the zombie crowd Italian art. Released in conjunction with the laserdisc on March 24, 1995, both editions were re-released with chrome versions of the covers.

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In the United Kingdom, Intervision/Alpha Video released the first video (AA0358) on PAL VHS and BETA ever of Dawn, entitled Zombies and running 119 mins. with all gore cut. Cover was the same as quad art. After being out of print for eleven years, 4 Front/PolyGram re-issued it (EIV 086-198-3) with new art: Stephen’s zombified face caught in a crosshairs with a red logo in the same font as sequel Day of the Dead. This version is of collector’s interest. Although essentially a heavily cut version of the U.S. theatrical cut, the main difference is that before Fran wakes in the station, the film turns blue. The logo of Dawn lifted from the Day trailer is inserted in place of the standard title! Entertainment In Video re-issued it (EVS-1027) in 1995. The 140m. cut made its UK debut on BMG Video (74321-443663) two years later. A photo of the bald airport zombie in black and white took up the cover.

In Australia, the 138m version had already been released by CBS/FOX (6594) in October 1985. The cover was a photo of Stephen zombified, and the back read: ‘This is the complete full-length version, originally released on 16mm for non-theatrical presentation. Due to the age and scarceness of the material on this videocassette the picture quality might not be up to our usual standards.’ The theatrical version (6594-50) was issued at the same time with the same cover. This was re-issued with a variation on the bald zombie artwork and the comment: "There is no doubt that this the most gruesome horror movie of our time."

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Spain’s IVS/New Line issued two versions with number (3093) in 1987, both badly dubbed 127 min. versions and with dark contrast. The first was commercially sold (machete art from French poster) and the other was the rental only with unique artwork of Peter with his M-16 and zombies all around (Flyboy up top). Because of the notoriety at that point of The Return of the Living Dead, which had been released as El Regreso de los Muertos Vivientes, Zombi’s former subtitle was changed to El Crespescule de los Muertos Vivientes or Twilight of the Living Dead.

Italy first issued Zombi on Playtime (?) in 1986 with a very silly painting of a zombie face and two SWAT troopers who looked nothing like Peter or Roger. Further proving the distributor had no clue, the back has a still from Day of the Dead. Cardinal Pictures’ (284/80171) was not much better.

One of the best looking prints had to be from the Netherlands’ Cor Koppies Video (50420). Subtitled In De Greep Van De Zombies (roughly "In the Grasp of the Zombies"), the colors are bright and clear for a VHS. Plus there’s no dubbing, just subtitles. All the gore in the Euro version is intact and it runs 115 mins. Dutch Film Works issued a Hi-Fi stereo edition of a 141 min. print (DFW K00925) in 2000 with a cover almost exactly the same as UK BMG PAL.

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The German market started with a dubbed 115 minute cut from Marketing Film (VV 3015) in 1983. The BETA edition (VU-3015) was identical to the VHS, except covers give top billing to David Crawford (the actor who played Dr. Foster) instead of the lead David Emge! A 109 min. version appeared in 1991 on VPS Video (3881) but unlike the colorful photographic covers of the former tapes, it had a basic black cover with just the red splashy logo. In the 1990’s, Astro reissued Zombie several times. The 117 min. cut with Spanish video artwork (01/96) and with the French crowd art (NF20303). Both of these artworks were re-used for the Ultimate Final Cut dubbed Zombies Im Kaufhaus (NF 344404-VI). This was a poorly transferred 156 min. composite for die-hards only. UFA Buscher-Film issued Zombie on Super 8mm over 3 reels.

The French released a dubbed print that ran 100 mins. on SECAM format in 1986 on Rene Chateau Video. Another emerged in 1997 as part of the Cinefantastique Mad Movies Series from TFI Video. This jacket had a tinted picture of blonde truck zombie, with elevator shot at bottom.

Venezuela (ADB Video BC-A036)
Rising zombie head, 125 min, Spanish subs.

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Australia (reissue of above)

Bald zombie. 

Brazil (Arrakis)
Cover: One of the strangest, a skeleton silhouetted with "Mortos Vivos: La Batalla Final".

Germany (Astro NF 344404-VI)
French crowd art, 156 min, The Ultimate Final Cut.

Germany (Astro NF20303)
French crowd art. 117m

Germany (X rated Video) 

Netherlands (Movies Select Video 2731)
"In De Greep Van De Zombies." 120 mins.