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The Original Faces of Death: 30th Anniversary Edition

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The Original Shockumentary Is Back With a 30th Anniversary Edition DVD

It began as a graphic exploration of the one destiny we cannot escape. It would soon become the most controversial, critically reviled and fastest selling documentary in home video history. Parents tried to stop it. Video stores had to hide it. Yet across the nation, millions found ways to secretly watch it...if they dared. Renowned pathologist Dr. Frances B. Gröss is your guide to the most bizarre and grisly death scenes ever recorded, from executions, assassinations and mass murder to suicide, disease and disasters. Three decades later, is it hardcore gross-out, elaborate hoax or still the ultimate forbidden movie? One thing is certain: you will never forget the original FACES OF DEATH!

New HD transfer from extremely rare vault materials.
Includes never-before-seen bonus features that will lift the veil on the most discussed/debated documentary in history.


BONUS FEATURES:
5.1 Audio/2.0 Stereo
Feature-length commentary with director Conan Le Cilaire, who has never before publicly discussed FACES OF DEATH
Choice Cuts with Editor Glenn Gurner Featurette
The Death Makers with Special Make-Up FX Creators Allan A. Apone and Douglas J. White Featurette
Includes trailers, outtakes, and deleted scenes

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The Ultimate Taboo... --Entertainment Weekly

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Product Details

  • Actors: Frances B. Gross
  • Directors: Conan Lecilaire
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: GORGON VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BBAVPQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,980 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J. A Miller on August 18, 2009
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A film like FOD deserves to have a special release for it's 30th anniversary. I think this release will spark a lot of new comers to the film. Because of this, I think it is important to view this film completely within the context of when it was made. This hardly seems shocking in 2009 and we also now know much of it was faked. However, the way in which it was faked is pure genious. The way they were able to match film stocks, exposure and shooting style for each individual scene is really quite remarkable. Sure, you can tell now that some of the famous scenes are not real, but it is still hard to tell which shots are original and which are recreated within each individual scene.

The overall transfer is very good looking. It was also released on Blu-Ray but I really can't imagine that it looks so much better than this version. The special features are very nice. Special segments from the FX team and the editor are very interesting to watch. The audio commentary is also very good.

Anyway, nice treatment to such a classic and noteworthy film.
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Faces of death the most forbidden film of the 80's youth. I was in 5th grade when I saw this for the first time. Often this film was talked about on the playground,bragging to one another about eating and watching it. Making up details that weren't even in the movie to other kids which had yet to see it. They would tell their parents.
Some people a pissed to find out after all these years it was all a hoax. (I figured out some of it was fake years before the DVD) I think it makes it even better that in the end theirs such a weird funny story of how this classic shock film was created.
Anyways what's making me even write this review that I doubt will ever be read is. Another review said " what do you think people will think of you owning this DVD." All I could think as after reading that is. What would people think not seeing this in my DVD collection. I bought it right then.
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I remember watching this on VHS many years ago. It's a bit dated for today's fast moving device toting crowd. It wasn't as gory as I remembered. or maybe I've just seen too many gory films since! It managed to keep my interest to the end so that's a good thing. Watching it this time, I could tell there were a few scenes that seemed faked. (The monkey in particular) Fake or not, it is still a very good documentary on a once taboo subject.
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Well if you're looking for gore, you found it. In the DVD special features, some truths are revealed about this movie, it still doesn't make it any easier to watch. I have been watching horror films since I was 5 and I have a strong stomach, but some of the scenes in this movie were a bid hard to watch without cringing. There was only one part where I cried because it hit home. If you think you can handle it, go for it.
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First of all, I am a female. Not only guys look for stuff like this. I, too, watched this, as a young, naive girl. Huddled up with girls at a slumber party...thinking of the WORST thing we could watch. It is a classic, cult or otherwise. A reminder of a time when freedoms were celebrated, not policed. When individuality stood for something. At time, when we were not berated or ostracized for quirky (or outlandish) interests. Quit judging!!! To each his (or her) own!! Find something more productive to do than criticize those who have different interests than your own. Gain some tolerance, why dontcha!?!? And get a little happiness while you're at it!!!!
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In the year of our lord 2013, there are only 26 reviews for this classic piece of trash. Blasphemy.

Faces of Death, you have heard of it in some form. Maybe through those panic-fest newspaper articles from the 1980s or more recent coverage relating to the amount of the film that has been faked. For those who don't know, this is the film that supposedly contains all real death footage captured on camera. Face it (no pun intended),this film is a rite of passage. There really two types of people in the world, those who are clueless and the rest of us cynical, jaded folks who have seen Faces of Death.

The premise of this film is that it documents one man's journey to seek and understand the many faces of death. No credible reason is given for this personal journey, meaning the viewer can engage in transference and substitute their own reasons for wanting to see this film. This is a brilliant ploy on the part of the film-makers as it allows the audience to achieve an unparalleled sense of empathy with the host and - okay so I'm full of it, sue me.

This film was one of the first that offered viewers a chance to vicariously view the ultimate misfortune of others. Whether it was the man who was mauled by the bear, the guy who got the electric chair or the man who entered into a shoot-out with the police (to name a few). The host attempts to shoehorn these scenes into a linear narrative, with limited results.

Being a first-mover of sorts, this film continues to hold a degree of notoriety even in the age of ubiquitous death footage on the internet. However, as other reviewers have stated, this approach has been followed time and again and without the large amount of staged and faked footage, which will put off some viewers.
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