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Watch Excerpts from a Rare 1980 Japanese TV Cut of 'Dawn of the Dead'

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Back in 1980, the Tokyo Broadcasting System aired a cut of George Romero's zombie classic Dawn of the Dead under the funky title Zombie: Earth SOS Dead Rising. The main source they used was the well-known “European Cut” supervised by Dario Argento, which most true Dawn fans have seen in some form or another... but we're betting many of you haven't seen or heard the film quite like this.
 
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The horror site Basement of Ghoulish Decadence has compiled some fuzzy but fascinating clips of that broadcast, which includes some drastic cuts to Argento's version to remove some of the gorier scenes and fit the network's time slot... but that's only the beginning. The Japanese distributor added a brief text intro (in Japanese and English) explaining how gamma rays from space were causing he dead to walk and consume human flesh, and you can kinda see some of that intro in this clip if you squint really hard:
 
 
Also, when the dialog was redubbed into Japanese, completely new sound effects were used, and huge portions of the original Goblin soundtrack were removed and replaced with alternate cues – many from other Goblin scores like Suspiria and La Via Della Droga (the latter being familiar to even casual Goblin fans from their Greatest Hits CD), but also several tracks from other prog-rock and electronic music artists like Yes (“The Revealing Science of God” from their album Tales from Topographic Oceans) and Jean Michel Jarre (Equinoxe). The final product is known by fans as the “Suspiria Cut.”
 
The only official releases of this cut beyond the 1980 broadcast are a Japanese VHS release and an alternate audio track for Argento's version included in the Japanese DVD box set, but there's obviously a lot of bootleg material and captures to be found. Be sure to visit Basement of Ghoulish Decadence for the complete story and a few more of these curious clips – including this final sequence from the film, re-scored with the music from La Via Della Droga:
 
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