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  • Actors: George A. Romero, Larry Fessenden, Mark Harris, Gale Anne Hurd, Elvis Mitchell
  • Directors: Rob Kuhns
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FL02H1E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,215 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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I can't tell you how awesome it is to see romero just talking about what he does best!
Thomas Napier
This was unprecedented in entertainment at the time, yet within the context of the story these aspects were ignored.
Charles Ashbacher
NLD was truly the most terrifying horror sci-fi film ever made, unlike any of it's imitators IMO.
Paul A. Klinger

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. conway on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sleazemaniac on February 25, 2014
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kale Smith on 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 By Joe Russo on 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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Could be half as long. While the interview with George Romero is fascinating, so much of the rest is needless fodder seemingly there to make the film into a feature. The school teacher and the kids...SO NOT NEEDED. I just found myself bored. Which is something Romero himself would never do.

Watch the Romero interviews, then scan though much of the rest.
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By Thomas Napier on June 24, 2014
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If you are a horror fan, this is amazing. I can't tell you how awesome it is to see romero just talking about what he does best!
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By jetdoc on June 14, 2014
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A very excellent documentary on the making of the movie but I have to take away one star because none of the original cast made any appearances in this film. In my opinion the Night of the Living Dead is a masterpiece and I would have liked to have heard from the actors and actresses who are still alive and get their take on the making of this film. That's the only gripe I have about this documentary; other than that it was excellent!
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Often, D.V.D. releases of movies include a "The making of" extra that you may either find interesting or turn off after a few minutes. The 2013 documentary BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD, which tells the story of the 1968 film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, is a making-of that's good enough to merit its own separate release, as opposed to being tucked in with a deluxe reissue of that horror flick. Building the narrative around new interviews with NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD writer-director George Romero, BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD delivers bet-you-didn't-know-that anecdotes and scenes from the groundbreaking film, not shorting the viewer on either. If you have yet to see NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, please note that this documentary gives away its ironic ending.

Speaking of endings, don't turn off BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD as its closing credits roll. As if the filmmakers could hear you calling for an encore, before the final fade to black you'll see what became of Bill Heinzman, who played perhaps the most famous zombie in movie history.
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