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An Excellent Documentary On George Romero From Roy Frumkes,
This review is from: Document Of The Dead (DVD)
This has to be one of the most thorough documentaries ever made about flimaking, independent or otherwise. It covers every facet involved; pre-production, scriptwriting, casting, storyboarding, production, post production, editing, distribution. It has interesting interviews with Romero, (producer) Richard Rubinstein, special effects artist/actor/stuntman Tom Savivi, several cast and crew members, and clips from Romero's two hour forty five minute version of Dawn Of The Dead which include some alternate footage not seen on the U.S. theatrical release. All interspersed with scenes from Night Of The Living Dead, Martin, and the Calgon commercial spoof on Fantastic Voyage.
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.