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Tale Of The Tape

''Dawn of the Dead'' vs. ''Dawn of the Dead'' -- EW examines the differences between the classic zombie movie and this year's remake

Do you like your zombies slow and steady or fast and furious? That's the difference between the Dawn of the Dead DVDs: the Unrated Director's Cut of this year's remake and the four-disc Ultimate Edition of the 1979 original.


1979
HEROES' REFUGE
Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, Pa.


2004
HEROES' REFUGE
Crossroads Mall in suburban Milwaukee


1979
KILLING TIME
When not fending off the living dead, the mall inhabitants rob a bank, play videogames, and go figure skating.


2004
KILLING TIME
All worries fade away when you're playing rooftop chess, watching Animal House, and, occasionally, cross-dressing.


1979
ZOMBIE MOCKING AT ITS BEST
A biker gang not only swipes jewelry and wallets from attacking flesh eaters, but starts a zombie pie fight.


2004
ZOMBIE MOCKING AT ITS BEST
The remaining humans amuse themselves — and us — by shooting Jay Leno and Burt Reynolds look-alike zombies from the roof.


1979
MOST CREATIVE ZOMBIE DEATH
See the zombie's scalp? Not after it gets chopped off by a helicopter rotor blade.


2004
MOST CREATIVE ZOMBIE DEATH
Croquet, anyone? Oh, wait — let me jam a mallet through this zombie's skull first.


1979
MEMORABLE ZOMBIES
Baseball-player zombie and nun zombie are nice, but Hare Krishna zombie?


2004
MEMORABLE ZOMBIES
If the birth of a zombie baby seems so wrong... why does it feel so right?


1979
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
''We got this by the ass!'' boasts Roger (just minutes before having his own you-know-what handed to him by a hungry mob).


2004
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
''Do it, man! I'll catch up!'' instructs C.J. (Dude, C.J., when will you people learn? No one ever, ever ''catches up.'')


1979
NUMBER OF SURVIVORS
Two (but they're stuck in a helicopter with barely any fuel and no place to go. Hey, happy flying!)


2004
NUMBER OF SURVIVORS
??? (but judging by the footage that accompanies the end credits, it certainly doesn't look good)

Originally posted Oct 29, 2004 Published in issue #790 Oct 29, 2004 Order article reprints