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Faces of Death Collection (Vols. 1-4) (1981)

Michael Carr , James Brady , John Alan Schwartz , Andrew Theopolis  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Carr, James Brady, Mickey Crowe, Thomas K. Delahanty, John Hinckley
  • Directors: John Alan Schwartz, Andrew Theopolis, Susumu Saegusa
  • Writers: John Alan Schwartz, James B. Schwartz, Veronica Lakewood
  • Producers: Andrew Theopolis, Herbie Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000060MU9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,833 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Faces of Death Collection (Vols. 1-4)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Possibly one of the most talked about series of all time, "Faces of Death" examines the many guises of death in the extreme close-up. Sure to shock, horrify and even repulse, these brutal films are not meant for the faint of heart. Volume 1 - Features a

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Most of the footage was faked. January 26, 2005
Heres some old news for those who do not know: many of the death scenes in the FOD series were faked.

The original director, John Schwartz, admits to faking much of the footage (search google for "Lifting the mask from faces of death").

Also, a discerning eye and some quality video editing software is enough to disprove much of the footage as being fake.

So what is real? According to the director, the animals being slaughtered, the autopsy footage and around 20% of the death footage from Faces of Death is actually real.

My advice? If your interested in this kind of thing than take a pass on Faces of Death and go to Ogrish-dot-com or find the recent fan-made "Real Faces of Death" compilation which contains almost every clip Ogrish has published (92-minutes, look on P2P, about 730MB).
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Faces of Death Box Set (Vol 1-4) April 20, 2004
I saw the first two movies in '92 and was quite astounded by how graphic they were at the time. I have raved on about them ever since to my friends etc and have tried to find them again but never could until now with the help of the internet. So I bought the box set but was quite disappointed with the content. A lot of scenes that I remember to be real are obviously fake. If you didn't know any better, you could be easily fooled but some scenes are that badly portrayed that you would have to be from another planet not to know you are being duped. The 'Fact or Fiction' part enlightens the viewer about what scenes are staged from the man who directed these films. I understand his comments that certain things have happened to people throughout time but for whatever reason, he was not able to film or obtain footage of the event so they re-enacted it (quite badly for the most part). There are some interesting parts to these movies though and you would need a strong stomach to watch some of it. I would give the presentation of the box set and the service from Amazon.com 5 stars but the content only pulls a 2 from me.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absoloutely necessary..... February 18, 2003
Despite all of the negative reviews, these films are among my favorites, and are absoloutely necessary for horror and gore fans to see. Yes, it is fake for the most part, but that is not the point. The films are quite entertaining and despite what other reviews claim, the effects are superb given the time it was made. I promise that if you are a fan of gore, you should be fairly pleased with this collection, each film with the exception of "faces of death 2" has some quite shocking scenes.
The basic point of the films is a doctors personal study into the subject of death. The film is presented in a documentary style, piecing together many clips of people meeting there demise in horrible sorts of ways, and stock footage of accident aftermaths and morgues etc. As I stated earlier, the scenes where people are shown being killed are entirely fake. The fact that everyone thinks the fim is 100% real demonstrates the marketing genius that the director and gorgon video truly are.
Horror and gore fans , buy the collection, buy a case of beer, invite your friends over and have your first annual F.O.D. fest this weekend.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not For Everyone December 27, 2007
By BUB13
Faces of Death is a very unique horror/Documentary series that is not for everyone. This series is recommended for veteran horror or shock fans, I wouldn't advise that just anyone pick it up and pop it in. Let me warn you: These films are very disturbing even to hardcore horror fan, Mostly when watching one for the first time. I went into these films thinking they would be worse than they were. I was actually surprised of how good they can be, Don't get me wrong these aren't the best horror films of all time. A select few will enjoy this. If you are reading this review and have not seen these films or never really heard about them, Or if you're a regular horror fan that wants to go to the next level, let me warn you. Most likely you will end up turning it off or sending it back. I myself thought the price was a little steep but i wasn't disapointed. These films comprise themselves of actual and staged footage of violence and mayhem, Executions, Animal Death, Car Crashes and many other footage of violence. I enjoyed these movies oddly enough, But it's probably because i have a stomach of iron and am used to this kind of stuff (Hey That's Just Me).

If you are looking for a visual challenge or are just interested in true crime or are just curious i would recommend that you buy this.

But be warned. You may not enjoy them.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too gory for the Army May 6, 2005
I watched this collection in the barracks while I was in the Army while eating honey nut cheerios. Its hard to believe that as a hard core horror/gore fanatic that I did it now. I thought it was fascinating and gross at the same time. I love biographies and documentaries and liked the way it was presented. Not for people with weak stomachs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars those who love death June 19, 2011
Those who love death will love these movies. I seen them when i was like 9 years old and they helped make me the person iam today if you like visions of things that make you feel uneasy buy these films.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie teaches us a valuable lesson. August 1, 2004
OK First of all I would like to begin by saying anyone who trashes the movie is missing the point! This movie depicts scenes of death. It brings the reality of death right into our living room. We live in a society where everyone fears death and evil. And if we close our eyes it goes away. Well news flash, it is everywhere! People die every few seconds, and many of them die horrably. It is a fact of life. I dont think people were really wathcing this film eating popcorn on family night. It is designed to make you think, plain and simple. I enjoyed the movie, and many scenes were quite hilarius in an ironic sort of way. Yes death can be very sad for people, and no one likes to talk about pain. By blinding ourselves to the counterbalance of life and good, we can never truely appriciate the beauty of this world. There can be no life without death, no good without evil. So watch and be reminded of what the world is. Beautiful and sick at the same time. It is called being human. Anyone who says people who like this film are sick or need therapy, obviously were sheltered and are so warped themselves that THEY are in fact the ones with the problems. LIGHTEN UP ITS A MOVIE. Watch it for a laugh, it is no different than Freddy Kreuger or Friday the 13th, you watch those movies for the gore and carnage and you know it!!! This movie excites every last one of us, and those who freak out are just scared of the side of themself that they were raised to fear from birth. This movie is a must see for everyone at one point in there lives to get a taste of reality, and maybe the movie will inspire us to be better people. sometimes a good scare is what it takes to mold a good human being.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I remember watching these a long time ago it was cool seeing them again after so long. it was with the purchase!
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Rojas
5.0 out of 5 stars good movies
classics good movies they are the ones i remember as a teenager watching. me and all my friends watch them good product came on time
Published 3 months ago by Noreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Faces of death dvd box set
I remember watching these when i was younger. Great quality and still worth a great chill down the spine. Perfect for any death enthusiast!
Published 3 months ago by Travis Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
It's interesting all around makes u think about the taboos from all around the world, the scenes that are fake are just reenactments but hard to tell if it's fake or not I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eduardo Casillas
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time.
It was just re-acting of events, which were really cheesy. I would NOT recommend this dvd set to anyone. I don't ever return things much but this time I had to! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Miss Quail
1.0 out of 5 stars Faces of Laugh
No good death scenes in see more in a horror movie than this would not recommend save your money for something better than this
Published 13 months ago by amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
We watched these stories together and they were great! My husband gave this to his step son to watch and he in turn should htm
Published 18 months ago by teresa hatley
2.0 out of 5 stars King Isham
You can look at it all real close and notice all the suck that was put into it..... Try Traces Of Death, dont waste your money like i did.
Published 24 months ago by King Isham
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Had a big fod party. Good quality and was a blast. Footage was ok. It brought me back in the late 80's .
Published on June 2, 2012 by John Misiewicz
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Faces of Death
I really like this product. The shipment came on time and as expected. I have no complaints whatsoever and to speak of.
Published on December 1, 2011 by romy
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