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Birth of the Living Dead (2013)

George A. Romero , Larry Fessenden , Rob Kuhns  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George A. Romero, Larry Fessenden, Mark Harris, Gale Anne Hurd, Elvis Mitchell
  • Directors: Rob Kuhns
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2014
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FL02H1E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you re a fan of zombies in any way, shape, or form, you need to watch this movie one of the most extensive, informative, and even entertaining looks at Night of the Living Dead. Very highly recommended. --Brian M. Sammons, Hell Notes

Fascinating, hugely entertaining documentary chronicles the making of the classic horror film while also tracing its lineage, its colossal influence on the zombie sub-genre, and analysis of its cultural import. And kudos to director Rob Kuhns; he s crafted a spot-on, ingratiating, informative film that should appeal to the died-in-the-wool horror fanatic as well as the interested newbie. This is easily one of my favorites of 2013 so far. --Dean Galanis, Forces of Geek

Mesmerizing...I finally understand why I was not only scared out of my wits, but was simultaneously watching a cinematic breakthrough and cultural phenomenon. Birth of the Living Dead is immensely watchable and abundantly enlightening, with one ah-hah moment after another. --Bill Moyers

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In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day.

Birth of the Living Dead shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner to shoot a revolutionary guerrilla style film that went on to become a cinematic landmark, offering a profound insight into how our society worked in a singular time in American history.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME documentary October 22, 2013
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Wow what a fantastic and educational documentary . I'm a huge romero fan , even met him at a horror con, nicest man I've ever met next to john carpenter , this doc is right up anyone ally if you like night of the living dead it basically tells all from beginning to end of making a movie outside the Hollywood machine that makes utter crap these days .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documenary! November 2, 2013
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Great documentary for one of the greatest horror movies all time. kudos to the filmmakers who made it. A rating!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time. October 26, 2013
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Nice documentary of an extraordinary film. Even if your not a fan you will be amazed at how things came together to make a legendary film that still continues to have an impact today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birth of the Living Dead March 31, 2014
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I thought I was going to watch something else, but finally got into the thread of the film and was drawn in with a great force. I didn't know much about the original 1968 film The Night of the Living Dead, but now I understand its significance. This documentary presents the context in which the original film emerges, and analyzes, with great success, its significance. A lively documentary, and an education as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my George Romero collection March 26, 2014
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Although it's only available on DVD this is a great film about his early movies. A great insight to how he got started.

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This is NOT a documentary on the making of the film, so if you want to see interview clips of all the surviving actors and whatnot, you'd be better off watching the extras on the countless DVD releases of the film. BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD takes a much different approach, more from a cultural and critical perspective, analyzing the impact of the film at its time... and since. All aspects are touched on in this documentary, as to what was going on in the world at the time - the racial tensions, the Vietnam war, etc. Romero has frequently admitted that much of that was unintended during filming, but that does not reduce the social relevance of the film today. Romero is on hand and is always candid with his information and recollections, and other critics, historians also voice in. Usually I would steer clear of a film that takes an historian approach, where most of the talking heads weren't involved in the film, but this is a rare case where it really works perfectly. I've seen NOTLD a million times (the first time at a drive-in at age 10 in 1971 - which changed MY life), and I expected to be watching just another boring retread of Russo or whoever recollecting details of the shoot and so forth. But that is not the case with BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD. This documentary made me all excited about the film again, making me remember how exciting and horrifying it was for me back in 1971 and the many times I watched it after that - I even bought and owned the full film w/sound on 8mm (very expensive) to show friends in the mid 70's! Those were PRIMITIVE days folks! NOTLD had a HUGE impact back then to movie or horror buffs, something that may not be as easily understood today where everything and anything is at your fingertips with the swipe of a mouse. The BIRTH of NOTLD started not only with its creator(s), but also with its audience. And that's what this film shows. Excellent!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The tumultuous late-60s birth of the living dead February 18, 2014
George Romero's Night of the Living Dead is one of the most influential, independently-produced films of all time. Not only did it create a new horror genre that's lurched resolutely forward for more than fifty years, its transformation of low-budget constraints into story-telling assets is a template that's been reused throughout the world of filmmaking. Romero's semi-professional and amateur cast and crew, improvised effects and black & white film stock all contributed to an unrehearsed, reportorial feel that gave the film's overt horror an even deeper psychological edge. And if that was all there was to the film, it would still stand tall in the horror canon; but there was much more to be found beneath the shockingly gory surface.

Night of the Living Dead was both a product and reflection of its times: the social upheavals amid which it was made, the city that rallied behind its hometown production, and the world into which the film was released. First Run Features' 78-minute documentary explores the film's production and the commercial and social milieus in which it was created. Threaded throughout are clips from a 2006 interview with Romero and commentary from a number of filmmakers and critics. An additional 33-minutes of interview footage is included as a bonus feature, augmented by an extraordinary 10-minute audience Q&A from a 1970 showing of the film at the New York Museum of Modern Art. The bonuses are rounded out with a short report on a world-record-breaking zombie walk at the same Monroeville mall at which Romero made Dawn of the Dead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome documentary February 17, 2014
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the documentary enlightened me with facts about the movie I didn't know about. The only thing I wished it had was interviews with the other actors and actresses that were involved with the movie. Otherwise, I was glued to the documentary from start to finish.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A social history lesson within a film history lesson
There are few movies that can truly be said to be ground-breaking and "Night of the Living Dead" is one of them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charles Ashbacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look behnd the scenes
Great documentary on the making of this well known film. Especially fun to hear about the personalities of the various actors used in the film and the film-making process. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TBo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary!
This documentary is very well done. It captures the time in which Night Of The living Dead was filmed perfectly, and focusses on every single detail. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Birth of the living dead
Why would this title not be released on the blu ray format. I've been anxiously waiting on this release. But only on bluray or HD will I purchase it. Very disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by Phillip m. Puckett
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I thought it would be
If you are into politically correct racist bs, then this is the documentary for you. I pre-ordered this dvd hoping that it discussed the very early days of Latent Image and the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by skyking
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombie fans will Love it!
Anyone who grew up on the Romero films will love to learn how Romero and his Pittsburgh ad company came to make the movie Night of the Living Dead. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eric Matthues
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film for die-hard fans!
I thought I knew all there was to know about the ultimate modern horror classic. WRONG! Watch the film and discover just what went on behind the scenes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mathew Klickstein
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