Land of the Dead (2005)
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Dead Reckoning is the name of the tank-like vehicle seen throughout this film. And of course the word dead would have been a pun and linked the film to the other movies in the "Dead" series.
According to the trivia page, the title was given up to avoid confusion with the Humphrey Bogart film Dead Reckoning (1947) (1947). The other working titles were Dead City, Twilight of the Dead, and Night of the Living Dead: Dead Reckoning.
The phrase itself means the process of estimating one's current position based upon a previously determined position, or fix, and advancing that position based upon known speed, elapsed time, and course. (Wikipedia).
Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright appear briefly in Chihuahua's club. They are the two zombies on leashes having their photos taken with survivors. You can also find them on the poster and the DVD cover. Wright is on the left, next to Big Daddy (Eugene Clark); Pegg is off to the right.
George Romero gave them small roles as a gesture of respect for their work on Shaun of the Dead (2004) (2004), which Wright directed and both wrote.
As he explains, "It catches the light." Made it easier to see in the dark. This is a reference to 'Sergeant York" (1941) with Gary Cooper.
It's probably an homage to The Adventures of Davy Crockett, the 1954 Disney television movie that took America by storm. Davy always licked his finger and touched the sight on his musket before he shot at a distant target.
The song is "En El Camino," written by Antonio Hernandez, Raul Chapa Elizalde, Mario Alvarado, Jorge Alejandro Campos, Daniel del Rio, Felipe del Rio and Sergio Arturo Valdez; performed by Control Machete with Los Cabalieros del Plan G and Sekreto.
On DVD an Unrated Director's Cut has been released of George A. Romero's fourth zombie flick. Not only does it contain more violence, but also lines of dialogue have been added and story gaps have been closed.
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