"Though many on these shores are not aware of it Shaun of the Dead was not the only zombified romance to release in 2004. Portugese short I’ll See You In My Dreams was sweeping the world and sweeping festival prizes at around the same time, and for good reason. In every aspect other than the running time I’ll See You In My Dreams screams ‘feature’. With a strong cast and fantastic production values everything about this film is quality, so much so that on originally seeing it at the Worldwide Short Film Festival I assumed it was intended as a calling card to secure funds for a longer version, much as Sam Raimi shot Into the Woods to land cash for Evil Dead. The producers are now hard at work on an unrelated feature, disproving that theory, but the stellar short is now available on a stellar, and hugely English friendly, DVD release. Though it clocks in just a hair under twenty minutes there is a lot loaded into its efficient run time. Grim humor? A love story? Gore o’plenty? They’re all in there. Heck, they’ve even managed to give their hero a compelling back story. I’ll See You In My Dreams tells the story of Lucio, a man living in a remote Portugese village. It would be an ideal rural setting but for two things. First, Lucio hates trees. Second, the village is besieged by zombies. And while he may not be able to do much about the trees Lucio certainly can do something about the zombies, spending his days hunting them down with his trusty double barreled shotgun during the day before heading to the village pub – a pub populated by villagers with a remarkable affinity for horror director’s names, Lucio being joined by Sam and Dario – for a beverage. Lucio is well known as a zombie hunter but he has a secret, he keeps his zombified wife in a cage in his cellar. An odd affectation for a zombie hunter, true, but it seems to work for him until the day he brings the local hottie home from the bar. The wife may be a zombie but there’s no chance in hell Lucio is going to have another woman in her bed … Beautifully shot with excellent effects work provided by a Canadian effects house I’ll See You In My Dreams is not only the first ever Portugese zombie film and the most expensive short film ever produced in that country but it is also completely, one hundred percent independent, shot with the support of loans and the support of family and friends once their promised film institute support went down with a dishonest production company in the early going. It’s remarkable that the film was completed at all under the circumstances, that it stands comfortably with the best of the genre is stunning. So it’s good, but who shells out for a short film on DVD? If you’re a fan of the genre you will if you’re smart. This thing is simply stacked with extra features, all of them featuring English subtitles (and Spanish, and French) with the exception of the feature and deleted scenes commentary tracks. What do you get? The trailer, a music video, a making of the music video, a slide show, eleven minutes of deleted scenes, storyboard comparisons, a commentary track (unsubbed, alas), a doc tracking the short’s path around the world for various film festivals and two excellent larger form docs that deserve special mention. First there is the obligatory Making Of doc, in this case the fifty minute Longest Short. But while most making of’s are little more than thinly veiled EPK’s this one is truly exceptional, a proper production in its own right. It opens with a scene beautifully shot in black and white, a man rises from a coffin and gravely informs you that you are about to be told the story before proceeding into a detailed breakdown of the lives of the principal players and the years spent making the film. If you get the sense in this that producer Felipe Melo has a bit of a showman in him and is not above a bit of showmanship you are absolutely correct, and it makes the proceedings an awful lot of fun as the documentary sets about building a mythology purely its own. For example, in the early going the doc references a long lost film script for a zombie film abandoned when financing fell apart and tells you that Melo used that lost script as a starting point, intending his own film as a tribute to that tragically failed film maker. Thing is it’s all bunk. The script? The film maker? They don’t exist. But that doesn’t stop Melo from scattering his name throughout and then going and shooting a star-studded 22 minute documentary about his fictitious film makers life. That second doc, titled The Man Who Loved Zombies, is also included on the DVD. So, the film is twenty minutes and excellent. The extra features total another hour or so and are also excellent. Suddenly we’re in reasonable purchasing territory and to make it even better the disc is coded Region 0 and even includes a reversible cover insert with English text on the reverse side. Nice. Don’t let it pass you by."