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Obsessed with an enigmatic series of tiles found embedded into the streets of major cities across the globe, Justin Duerr uncovers a mystery more fascinating than anyone could ever imagine.


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  • Actors: Justin Duerr, Colin Smith, Steve Weinik
  • Directors: Jon Foy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OTGS4Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Edwin B. Arnaudin on August 18, 2011
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Puzzles abound in Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles as three young Philadelphians attempt to solve a particularly interesting one that's drawn them together. In Philly, other major Midwest and Northeast cities, and as far down as South America, someone has placed colorful tiles in asphalt that all say the same basic message: Toynbee Idea/ In Movie 2001/ Resurrect Dead/ On Planet Jupiter. What does it mean and who is behind it? Justin Duerr, Steve Weinik, and Tim Lincecum lookalike Colin Smith try to find out as Jon Foy captures their every move.

The trio has been documenting and dissecting the tiles for years and Foy's film serves as both a springboard to finding the tiles' creator and a concise collective of the entire Toynbee Tile universe for hardcore enthusiasts and novices alike. Once Duerr & Co. bring the viewer up to date with the basics of the tiles and their various theories of the tiles' meaning, the amateur detectives follow up on the most significant leads to entertaining results. Efforts to contact a neighborhood recluse with the help of some local eccentrics gets them somewhere, as do various archival newspaper clippings, a short wave radio convention, internet communications, and a one act David Mamet play that hits on multiple hot spots of tile lore, despite the playwright's prior insistence that he invented the dialogue.

Foy presents the quest and its relevant information in classic "whodunit" style. The trio are knowledgeable of their subject yet patient and caring in relaying their thoughts and findings. The Toynbee Tiles are clearly important to them and their enthusiasm in cracking the case is a joy to witness.
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I was not aware of or knowledgeable about the phenomenon of the Toynbee Tiles before sitting down with Jon Foy's fascinating documentary "Resurrect Dead." Starting in the eighties, strange tiled messages started appearing on city streets in Philadelphia as well as other major American hubs and even into several South American countries. The message contained on the tiles apparently refers to historian Arnold Toynbee and to Stanley Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey." It seems to reference a metaphysical assertion that some form of resurrection is possible, the exact nature of which is open to interpretation.

The principle tiles read, although many also contain peripheral messages or rants:
Toynbee Idea
In Kubrick's 2001
Resurrect Dead
On Planet Jupiter

"Resurrect Dead" follows one man's obsession about finding out the truth behind the Toynbee Tiles. Justin Duerr, along with two other interested parties, made it a mission to discover the identity of the original tiler. Their exploits and investigations are covered extensively within the documentary. It is indeed a fascinating topic, and the film lays out the methodology they used to reach their final conclusions. It is an entertaining journey with some unexpected stops (a shortwave radio convention) and intriguing clues (a David Mamet play). The film covers the investigation well, and I was along for the big reveal.

But while I liked the movie (and I did), I'm not sure what it all really amounts to. The mystery is certainly more appealing than its solution. Once the primary suspect is revealed, we never get any closer. Duerr simply proposes numerous theories and suppositions about his motives. The mystery remains largely unsolved.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kerry A. Walsh on February 11, 2012
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I watched this movie after a friend recommended it. I was intrigued by the mystery of the Toynbee tiles and, living in Chicago, have actually seen one or two in my meanderings around the city. What I didn't expect was to be so emotionally moved by the film as the mystery unfolds. It will be difficult to be specific about why I find this film so poignant without giving away spoilers, so I will refrain. But, suffice it to say that there is a beautiful unfolding of a truly confounding mystery as well as a surprising tale of humans desiring to care for others on multiple levels of this story. I was actually moved to tears at one point and in several instances laughed out loud as revelations occurred to drive forward the investigation of these mysterious tiles. I hope that everyone will watch this film for two reasons: to discover something about an amusing and delightful mystery that I wish we had more of in this world and also to learn to take a second look at our neighbors, friends and family and to appreciate their individuality, quirks and eccentricities. It's what makes this world interesting and something we should all value rather than mock.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Brielmaier on August 4, 2011
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Fascinating film about the mysterious Toynbee tiles that have been seen all over the world. The doc basically follows one mans journey to find the person or group responsible for the tiles. Over a 10 year period he catalogs the tiles all over Philadelphia, New York and other cities and amasses information on the suspects he thinks are responsible. His path to uncovering the mystery takes him to some very interesting places that are all at once frightening and engrossing! Well worth checking out!
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