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  • Actors: Tyler Cassity, Jay Boileau, Peter Bart, Michelle Best, Brent Cassity
  • Directors: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman
  • Producers: Ellin Baumel, Julia King, Sheila Nevins
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007KK57
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,077 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Young and the Dead" on IMDb

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An irreverent look at how a fertile imagination and 21st century technology can turn the most unlikely business into and exciting--and profitable--undertaking. The Young and The Dead tells the story of how the Hollywood Memorial Cemetary became Hollywood Forever. A metamorphosis from decrepit burial ground to a modern, interactive, state-of-the-art facility, with touch-screen kiosks and a gift shop complete with souvenirs. And how a cemetary became, according to LA magazine, one of the sexiest places in LA!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2003
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The plot (if there is one) involves a young man named Tyler Cassity and his attempt to transform an overgrown, sorry excuse for a cemetery into the now beautiful Hollywood Forever. Mr. Cassity moves in a crack group of media savy professionals as his management team and they merge business savy, public relations expertise, and a hefty tranfusion of $$$$ to turn this cemetery around and make it a viable financial venture. They brainstorm new ideas and implement them and you realize that this business is like any other except it is very well run and the management team appears to have a better grasp on the situation at hand then most large corporations these days. The whole story sounds remarkably hokey at times and is reminiscent of a Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney 'let's put on a show' flick on a certain level. However, this is all for real and in spite of
some too cutesy interviews and a couple of oddball participants, the viewer really starts buying into this cemetery of the future concept where memorials are stored in video kiosks and the cemetery becomes the backdrop for a variety of activities that include not only funerals, but other activities such as concerts, parties, and picnics as well.
I'm not certain if I would have bought into this as readily if I had not visited Hollywood Forever before and after its transformation, but I was extremely impressed with the changes I saw. None of the concepts implemented seemed weird when you experience them firsthand.
The entire dvd was engrossing and contained all the essential elements: humor, pathos, romance, tragedy, comic relief, and even some subtle fun poking. The end result is that dying doesn't seem so bad if you're guaranteed a nice resting place at HF with the stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Calabrese on August 19, 2005
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If you have ever read Evelyn Waugh's satirical novel The Loved One or seen the film adaptation of the novel you will find the documentary The Young and the Dead interesting. It seems that Mr. Waugh's satirical view of the funeral and cemetery business in the US is now a reality. This documentary, part of the HBO's America After Dark series, takes a look at the transformation of the run down Hollywood Memorial Cemetery into the Hollywood Forever facility. Just when you think they could not come up with a new spin on the inevitable, the death industry comes up with a new gimmick. At the hands of its owner, Tyler Cassity, this ongoing tribute to dying is a continual work in progress. The film makers, Robert Pulcini and Shari Berman, do a great job of showing how much death is part of life in America. Apparently Mr. Cassity's family is in the corporate cemetery business and own Hollywood Forever and other cemeteries in the Unites States. What is endearing about this film and Tyler Cassity is that they care about the people, both living and dead, who make up day to day life at Hollywood forever. But the whole time I watched this documentary I kept thinking of Rod Steiger as Mr. Joyboy in the movie version of The Loved One. I thought the most interesting part of this film was when it focused on the cemetery's previous owner, Jules Roth. The film's only failing was that there wasn't enough footage of the run down Hollywood Memorial Cemetery and I would like to have seen more information on the corporate cemetery business in the US. As they say, "Only in California." This one is worth seeing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Hiller VINE VOICE on March 20, 2003
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"The Young and the Dead", part of the HBO series "america undercover", shows a twist to a side of life all of us have yet to deal with. Very reminiscent of the quirky "Six Feet Under" which would follow a year or so after,
Once in disrepair, forgotten, and ready for the scrap heap, Hollywood Memorial Park gets a wonderful chance at life again with the resurrection powers of Tyler Cassity, wunderkind of the funeral business. Bringing on a team of visionaries, they not only save the cemetery, but create new ways for loved ones to remember their dearly departed.
You get from watching this DVD the sense of honor and pride that the staff at the cemetery has at their missions in life. It honors the history of the place, while helping to bring it into the twenty-first century. Featuring people's stories brings to life the video, especially the internment of Hattie McDaniel,who was denied a spot their fifty years ago because of the color of her skin.
I wouldn't recommend purchasing this DVD. It wouldn't be something I'd watch again and again. But I would recommend a viewing of this simple, kind documentary.
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This film changed my look of disbelief into a frown. Definitely considered turning it off. It got boring after a while & I didn't want to Learn anymore about the new "revamped" (not "renovated") "Hollywood Memorial Cemetery". Appears to have been purchased/revamped by Disney...RIP Walt. You cannot only watch videos of your dear departed one's life, but I swear there're those little boxes w/short habitat descriptions in front of each cage...oops sorry...I mean grave. Like the ones at the zoo you need the blue plastic elephant key to turn on...

If I sound irreverent to this place of eternal rest - I am. One of the designers rollerblades round & about. The movie star's graves are pointed out just as in a tour & we get see videos of them in their prime. Is this a "iCemetery"? We also get to meet crazed/stuck in the past/big time fans. There's even a picnic table for them to gather at every day.

"Forest Lawn" cemetery is shown briefly. Truly beautiful w/white statues & well kept grounds. If I had my choice...
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