The Definitive Document Of The Dead
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George A. Romero, director of the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, is one of the horror genre's most celebrated filmmakers. Roy Frumkes amazing 1978 documentary DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD was an intimate look at Romero's creative process, with an outstanding collection of interviews, effects demonstrations (courtesy of make-up artist, Tom Savini) and behind-the-scenes footage from the classic horror film, DAWN OF THE DEAD.
This newly re-edited and re-mastered 2012 version of the award-winning documentary contains all-new exclusive material including additional interviews with Romero's family and friends, candid on-set footage from TWO EVIL EYES, LAND OF THE DEAD, DIARY OF THE DEAD, SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD and many more surprises! THE DEFINITIVE DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD is a loving portrait of a horror legend, and a must-see for any hardcore horror fan!
- All-New Audio Commentary from Writer/Producer/Director, Roy Frumkes
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There is also a segment on Two Evil Eyes which reunites Romero and Frumkes. It focuses on a special effects segment detailing on what can go wrong in movie making usually does. Quite effective.
The DVD supplements feature a fascinating audio commentary with director Frumkes, cinematographer Reeves Lehmann, and narrator Nicole Potter, with lots of anecdotes, including a very sad one detailing the lost alternate ending of the original cut of Dawn Of The Dead. There are also seven minutes of deleted footage from the original documentary, plus a twenty minute interview segment from Two Evil Eyes with Adrienne Barbeau, George Romero, and Tom Savini.
Required viewing for future filmakers and, of course, fans of Dawn Of The Dead, George Romero, and Roy Frumkes.
A job well done.
Simply put, this is one of the best documentaries concerning filmmaking. Going from pre-production to distribution, Document of the Dead covers all the grounds that Romero went through in order to get Dawn of the Dead on the silver screen. It's a treat particularly for Dawn fans being that it contains scenes not seen in any version of Dawn of the Dead and the now-legendary alternate ending is addressed. Also worth mentioning is Make-up Effects Artist/Stunt Cordinator/Actor Tom Savini at work creating zombies out of filmmaker Frumkes and his then-girlfriend.
My main complaint is the 4th Act/"10 Years Later..." segment shot on the set of Two Evil Eyes. The documentary was just fine chronicaling the first 10 years of Romero's career. Though, the footage/interviews aren't bad in any manner, the documentary worked better concerning Romero's attempts to make his films his way in Pittsburgh during the 1970s. Once the main story arc (Romero fighting for his cut of Dawn of the Dead for U.S. theatres and succedding with the film becoming a critical/commercial success!) ends, there's nowhere else to go.Read more ›
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All the behind info you can want in this one. If your an old-school zombie fan, then this is for you. Fascinating and fun...Very informative.Published 12 months ago by Greg Jenkins, PhD
This is a George Romero ego-fest and not a documentary of zombie films. This "movie" consists of director cuts, interviews, and behind the scenes at a handful of Romereo's... Read morePublished 13 months ago by The Movie Guy
I have this on DVD , but when I saw that it was being released on blu ray I was a little skeptical if how it would look since this documentary was out in the 70s , boy was I wrong... Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by C. conway
Aside from some interesting footage from the original documentary, which has its flaws, there is no flow or structure to the additional footage. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by Mattie
This was a Christmas present for my husband. He love it and has added to his horror collection. Thank you!Published on April 19, 2013 by smileycat
I Love romero so this is a must have doc which contains all 6 romero's zombie films FOR THE FIRST TIME in a dvd plus a look to more gems like "two evil eyes"... Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by V. K. Manglaveras
Im a HUGE fan of Romero's dead trilogy. Especially, Dawn of the Dead (which this movie goes behind the scenes to)... Read morePublished on March 17, 2001 by John K