DAY OF THE DEAD VERSIONS
DAY OF THE DEAD still has not been released on
video properly to date. The brightest and crispest print is the 1998 Japanese cut (an
edited for TV version). The problem is that it is not unedited. The best SOUNDING version
is the out of print Japanese laserdisc from 1986, which is true stereo and is a completely
different viewing experience for the mere fact that the soundtrack is balanced, coming
from the additional channels and the film is even more dynamic and claustrophobic when the
characters voices echo and resonate throughout the cave in a more natural way.
The Elite laserdisc I wouldn't have purchased had it not contained a behind the scenes
video journal. In fact I proposed this feature to Elite when they ready to release it with
just a teaser and a featurette. The DVD has much better picture (although still not as
defined as the Japanese cut). The laserdisc and the Anchor Bay DVD are the same print
although I saw more right information in the DVD than the laserdisc, which is pretty
The 2003 Anchor Bay special edition is
the best looking uncut version.
102m: Media video print: dark, bad transfer, uncut., actually runs 100m.
Fullscreen so includes some top and bottom picture not in the Anchor Bays. The stereo Japanese laserdisc of 1986
cut a second out of the machete arm chop scene (where it makes contact). UFDC leader
starts the film. No Soundtrack title at end.
USA: July 30, 1988 Saturday Nightmares and 1989 Up All Night USA Network
broadcast: Not widescreen. Video print (dark, undetailed). 97m.
Pr: Japanese Producers Cut/TV print: Not widescreen. Nice transfer (Bright,
detailed). Dubbed dialogue, 97m. Zombies look a bit too greenish, and the blood bright red
102m: Anchor Bays 1998 remastered, widescreen transfer. Aside from top/bottom
information missing, this is marred by an overly bright picture (leaving out the
saturation in other prints). Besides a teaser being incorrectly mentioned as being a
trailer. The Behind the Scenes featurette follows the Soundtrack Available title at the
end. It runs about 15m and is made up of scenes from the 65m work print. No UFDC leader.
2003: The bestlooking print of all, this transfer restored the UFDC leader.
Uncut, but with minor dialogue changes left in from the TV print which this was
100m/2003: UFDC leader with sound. Video Treasures (including foreign
videos) do not include this leader.
USA: Hal Roach Studios Presents leader instead of UFDC.
Pr: No sound to the UFDC leader. Subtitle for calendar and newspaper headline.
100m: Sarah by helicopter, says "Then were shit out of luck."
USA: Deleted line. Jumps to "theyre getting too riled up."
Pr: Dubbed in line, "Then were just out of luck".
100m: Miguel says in helicopter "This whole fuckin unit is
everyone except you
.I know youre strong. So what?"
USA: Deleted line. After he asks "Collapsing from stress?" it jumps to Miguel
leaving the chopper.
Pr: Dubbed in line, " The whole front unit is collapsing
.so what if you are?"
100m: John tells Sarah, "Theyre gonna come up behind you and bite off your ass.
This is bullshit what were doing here. Its crazy."
USA: Deleted line.
Pr: Dubbed in line, "
theyre gonna come up behind you and bite off your
this is dumb what were doing here
100m: John tells Sarah, "Shit
I could do this even if part of this was going
USA: "Shit" deleted.
Pr/2003: Dubbed in word, "Right
100m/USA: John says to Miller, "You got that right, mon."
Pr: Dubbed in line, "Damn right mon."
100m: Rickles in golf cart says "We gotta bring in two more dumbfucks. Lets
USA: Deleted word. Jumps to "Lets go."
Pr: Dubbed in line, "We gotta bring in two more dirtbags."
100m: Sarah says "Christ. Ill go."
USA: "Christ" deleted.
Pr: Dubbed in line, "It is!" (her own response to her saying its (the
corral) too dangerous for two men)
100m/USA: Rickles and Steel dialogue while en route to the corral is inaudible but
theres coarse language of course.
Pr: One of the mens lines are dubbed in, "Say bye bye puss brains!" as
they head out and Sarah looks at the men in front of her heading towards the Ritz.
100m: Lets go you dumbfucks, get over here! Hey! Here we are!
USA: Steels calls start with "get over here!" The other profanity cut and
jumps to Miguel dropping pole before ghouls arrive. Sarah saying "Jesus" is
deleted. Miguels "goddamn" pole line is deleted. Steels continuous
cursing is replaced by extending his laughs. "You almost fuckin killed
Rickles" is deleted. Sarah saying "Goddammit!" is deleted.
Pr: Steel: Lets go you dirtbags. Come on, come on, come on. Come on, you
what the hells the matter with ya?
Steel: (making gestures) Come on you slime faces
see what I got for you?
(to Sarah): Right better meat than back in the cave.
Rickles: It means youre a caveman thats what. Youre a dumb throwback.
Throwbacks all got big heads.
Sarah: Hes freaking out, look at him. (instead of "hes collapsing for
Miguel: Let go of the damn pole.
Steel: Dirt bags
hey nice haircut..
When Steel is yelling at Miguel, the word "fuckin" is removed and replaced
"You lousy monkey! You lousy yellow monkey!"
Captive zombies in lab:
USA: Finger gesture deleted and cursing
Pr: Rickles: I hope you rot. (his finger gesture is seen and even has a subtitle)
USA: Miguels line deleted. Jumps to Sarah turning with needle. Miguel: You made me
look like a jerk
you made me feel like a nothing.
Meeting room with Rhodes:
USA: Starts with Fisher saying "Half the work we do
"Fuckin A" deleted. Rhodes saying his line about risking asses is deleted
and jumps to Steels gun cocking. His interjection of "no shit!" is deleted
and it continues with his laughing. Steel saying "spics" is deleted.
Steel supports Rhodes saying "Fuckin A", Rhodes says "just what the
hell it is my men are risking their asses for?" ; Steel interjects Sarah with
"No shit!"; "You son of a bitch"; "Fuck you sir!"
Steel: (interjects "Thats right" instead of "Fuckin A") Rhodes :
risking their necks for? Steel: "No kidding."
Sarah: Dont you care about that? (instead of "You son of a bitch")
Sarah: Yes sir, go to hell sir.
Fisher and Sarah in hall:
100m: Fisher tells Sarah "I thought Cooper was an asshole.."
USA: Lines deleted. Starts with Fisher saying "We could be in real trouble."
Pr: Fishers dubbed in "I thought Cooper was a jerk
USA: Deleted are the guts of the dissected corpse spilling onto the floor, and the blood
running down the face of the drilled head.
Pr: Cut scenes: dissected corpse, closer up shot of brain as its charged, guts spilling,
Logan drilling, Sarah retching.
100m: Steel: Lay off the fuckin booz for a while, why dont ya? And get somebody on
that fuckin horn, pronto!
Ill have to lay off the fuckin booz Steel cuz there wont
fuckin be any of it fuckin left.
USA: Starts with Billy saying "long range or short, high band or low
Deleted are Steels booz line, .and his subsequent cursing. His whole line about
"keep it up and Ill shove that
" is deleted. Rhodes saying
"I wanna know if youre doing something thats gonna help us out of this
deep shit were in or
" and Rickles "yellow dick" joke both
deleted. It just cuts to the soldiers laughing.
Fishers "Goddammit!" deleted. Rhodes saying "You think Im
fuckin around Steel?" is deleted. "This aint a goddamn field trip
" is deleted. His lines about dumbfucks next door and shooting them in
the heads is deleted. The scene jumps to Logan entering "No
we let them overrun
us.." When Rhodes explodes at Logan, a shot of Logan looking at Fisher is spliced in
the exact moment Rhodes would have said "Fuck". "Piss" and
"asshole" are deleted from Rhodes next line. All the "looney
bin" dialogue deleted. Rhodes line has "shit" deleted. In the moment
that Rhodes says "fer Chrissakes" they dubbed over the line Sarah exclaims
"It was very Rushed." Rickles blurting "bullshit!" deleted.
Rhodes saying "fucks" in his next lines cut out.
Steel: Lay off all the booz and get somebody on that horn.
there wont be any of the booz left.
Steel: (Youre best aint good enough) so lay off! (instead of asshole!)
Steel: (we dont appreciate) your lousy jokes
(keep it up and) youll find that
bottle of yours broken on your head.
Rhodes: I wanna know if youre doing something to help us out of this deep mess
were in or if youre all in there just jerking each other around.
Rickles: She doesnt have to Captain, shes got all kinds of needles to get off
on..hey baby, stick me and Ill start to sing!
Fisher: (God cut out) Dammit
Rhodes: You think Im fooling around Steel?
Rhodes says "This aint a god damn field trip, people. This is a fuckin
Rhodes: "This aint a damn field trip people. This is a real war. Where does it
say we gotta keep those dirtbags next door.."
Steel interjects with "Youre right Rhodes!"
Rhodes: I wanna know what youve done with my time?
Rhodes: Im gonna have my men blast every one of those
and leave you and your
hi-falutin gang of friends to rot
Steel: ..filthy looney bin.
Rhodes: Now youre telling me that you dont have the junk you need?
(Were running low on men)..weve lost a dozen!
Sarahs speech about survivors redubbed to cover up profanity by soldiers in
and you better not make me mad. (Understand?)
and anybody fiddles with
(instead of fucks with my commands)
100m: Miguel says to Sarah "Youre full of shit, you know that, Sarah?
Youre really full of shit. Im through with you."
USA: The guts once again do not spill and hit the floor. The above line is deleted.
Pr: The actual nightmare is deleted completely. Sarah just wakes up from a dream.
Miguels line is dubbed to "Youre full of it
youre really full
Billy and Sarah in hall:
100m: Sarah says to Billy about the brandy "Shit for the heart and eats up your
USA: Dubbed in word, "Good for the heart and eats up your liver."
Pr: Dubbed in line, "Sure for the heart
100m: John says "Whos ever gonna give a shit?" "Maybe he figured we
was getting too big for our britches trying to figure his shit out."
USA: First one is deleted. The other deletes the last part of the sentence.
Pr: The first line is dubbed over with "Are we ever gonna care?" The second is
dubbed in, "
trying to figure his creations out.."
100m: Fisher says "you son of a bitch!" as he tries to control the captive
zombie. "Dammit! Its no good. Its no fuckin good" he adds.
Sarah says about the zombie eating the beef treats, "Shit I wouldnt
USA: "Dammit!" is the only word intact besides "its no good."
"Shit" is deleted.
Pr: Fishers dubbed lines are "You lousy dirtbag! Its no good at
" is deleted.
100m: When Rhodes is asked to salute Bub, he says "Salute my ass." Fisher reacts
to Bubs gun toting with "Jesus.. Christ."
USA: Rhodes ass line is deleted. Fishers line is deleted.
Pr: Rhodes ass line is dubbed over with " Im doing nothing!"
Fishers line is dubbed with " Unbelievable! He knows!"
100m: Rhodes shouts "What the fuck is wrong with you people? Theyre dead!
Theyre fuckin dead.."; "Is this the shit that is supposed to knock
our socks off?"
USA: The scene starts with "I dont want them to do anything but drop
over!" Deleted is "shit" from his socks line.
Pr: Dubbed lines, "What have you done with those people? Theyre dead! those
freaks are dead
"; "Is this the thing that is supposed to knock our socks
Johnson/Millers Death/Miguels Bite:
USA: Johnsons death is intact, only the last tearing shot of Miguels bite is
deleted. Miller is shown getting shot but not his head squib. The actual chop to
Miguels arm is deleted.
Pr: Deleted are bites, Millers lines and death, arm chop/stub burning.
100m: Billy says "Jesus, Mary and Joseph." When the soldiers are heard
approaching. Steel says "Its his yellow fuckin fault
Get out of the
way bitch.."; "We just lost 2 men cuz of this motherfucker." Rhodes says
"Thats bullshit, lady." "From now on you aint gettin shit
from me and my men." Steel tells John "Youre on my shit list,
USA: Yellow fault line deleted. "Bitch" and "motherfucker" deleted and
Bullshit line is deleted, it goes right to "Ive seen a thousand of them.."
"Shit" deleted from Rhodes line. "Shit list" deleted.
Pr: Billys redubbed to "Oh the poor guy."
Steels redubbed to "He deserves to be offed..get out of the way
"We just lost two men because of this pervert." Rhodes is redubbed to
"Thats hogwash, lady." "From now on, you aint gettin
nothin from me and my men." Steels redubbed to "Youre on my
Johnsons Head in the Lab:
Pr: Deleted are all shots of Johnsons head.
100m/USA: Sarah says "oh Jesus, it cant be.." when she sees the bucket of
Pr/2003: Deleted are all scenes of Bub eating out of bucket. Sarahs lines are dubbed
over, "I cant look
USA: The shots getting fired into Logans body deleted. "All their fucking
Pr: Logans death scene is intact! Rhodes is dubbed over with "All of their
100m: Rhodes warns John "Unless you get your black ass out here
"You give me any shit about it, I blow his head off." And "Now you get your
shit together whatever you need." Billy says "Jesus, Mary and Joseph" while
USA: First one is deleted. Second has "shit" deleted. Fishers death
Pr: Dubbed in lines, "Unless you get your body out of here, flyboy." And
"You give me any static about it I blow his head off." Fishers death is
intact. "Now you get your gear together whatever you need." Billys dubbed
line is "Oh I dont want to think about it, Sarah." (in response to her
saying the zombies will tear them apart).
Steel bullies John:
100m: Rhodes says not to shoot John and that "We need his ass." He orders Steel
to kick him around because "it might knock some sense into that jungle bunny
head." When he sees Sarah and Billy escaping into the cave he says "Run you
USA: Lines deleted. Third line is there but "fuckin" deleted.
Pr: Dubbed in lines, "We need the idiot." And "it might knock some sense
into that jumbled head." "Thats it, run you freaky pussbags."
100m: Steel hears the siren and says "Christ, thats the elevator."
USA: "Christ" deleted.
Pr: Dubbed line, "You hear it? Thats the elevator."
Sarah and Billy in cave:
USA: Deleted is the shoveled head rolling away.
Pr: Billy says "Oh lord" instead of his lines. Deleted is the shovel
decapitation and all head on ground scenes. His "this way" line was dubbed also
at the end of the scene.
At the elevator:
100m: Steel says "I swear! Someone took this apart." ; "Jesus" as he
looks up at the elevator. "Its the fucking spic that did this." Rhodes
wakes up and says "bastard" when he finds John took his guns.
USA: "Jesus" deleted and the rest of the scene is deleted when Rickles says
"Fix it. Cant you fix it?" Rhodes line is deleted.
Pr: Dubbed line, "Damn! Someone took this apart." And "Were
stuck."; "The freaking spic did this. He tore the box apart." Rhodes
dubbed line when he wakes up is "Smart guy."
John in the cave:
USA: Zombie gore intact except for the blood running down the face of the last zombie
Pr: Deleted are the first and last zombies shot by John. The one before last you
dont see the second blast.
100m: Steel shouts "fuck!" when he gets an electrical shock repairing the box.
Steel explains to Rhodes, "The spic. He ripped the controls out the little yellow
bastard." Rhodes comments, "The spic. He tried to make a run for it."
USA: Deleted is "fuck!" in the power box scene. Then Steels line is edited
to "He ripped the controls out." Rhodes line is edited to "He tried
to make a run for it."
Pr: Steels dubbed lines are "damn!" in the box scene, "The spic. He
tore the controls out the mother."
Rhodes dubbed lines are "He did it because of her."
100m: When Steel sees the zombies on the elevator he says "Holy shit! Holy
USA: Steels lines are deleted.
Pr: A few closeups of ghouls are deleted. Neck bite rippings are too. Steels lines,
"Holy (shit deleted)
(dubbed in) We gotta get out of here."
The men regroup:
100m: Steel yells Rhodes! You bastard!"
USA: Deleted line after "Rhodes!"
Pr: Dubbed line, "Rhodes! Come back here!"
Pr: Torrezs head is not shown being ripped off completely as he screams.
100m: Rickles nervously cries "Shit!" while evading the zombies in the cave.
USA: All the "shit" lines are deleted but the gore and closeups are there except
for the last laugh.
Pr: "Oh shit" is now dubbed in "Oh Damn!" His death is deleted once he
is taken away by zombies.
100m: Steel trying to get in the locked complex door, shouts "Goddammit Rhodes! Open
the door you son of a bitch! Rhodes!!"
USA: Steels scene is intact except for the deleted line he shouts at the door to the
complex. He just says "Rhodes!" Also deleted is the "pussbrain bag of
shit" line he says while Bub is behind the door of the lab room.
Pr: Scene starts with Steel firing last shot from his handgun then taking out his M-16. At
the locked complex door, the dubbed line "Open the door! Go on! Open it!" Dubbed
in also is "pussbrain dirtbag" instead of "pussbrain bag of shit"
while Bub is behind the lab door. Deleted is Steels neck bite and all shots fired to
100m: Two zombies appear in the silo.
USA: The first zombies head blast is edited (the pus pouring out). The second is not
Pr: Zombie scenes deleted. Like nothing ever happened.
100m: Rhodes calls Bub "You fuck!" or "Puss fuck!" numerous times.
USA: Deleted profanity. "Come on!" lines are still in there. The scene is cut
after the first second or so of Rhodes getting pulled apart. The zombies dragging his legs
down hall are deleted, but the shot of the dead walking back up the hall after he dies is
Pr: Dubbed lines, "You freak!" or "You pussbag!"
(Note: No subtitle when he says "come on!" near the door)
USA: Deleted are the shots of the intestine fight, the blood splattering on the lab wall,
dog tag chef zombie, zombies eating by machinery.
Pr: Deleted is the entire feast scene. It picks up with ghoul walking by fence and fade-in
to fence on surface.
100m/USA: Sarah says at the gate, "Oh my God!"
Pr: Dubbed in line, "They better have." (in response to the guys filling the gas
tank). Subtitle for calendar date.
Pr: Like on the first Japanese laserdisc, vocals removed from theme.
"Saturn Soundtrack available"
title at the end.
2003: No soundtrack title.