Document of the Dead


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Groucho Marx as Ronald Kornblow
George A. Romero as Himself
Tom Savini as Himself
Susan Tyrrell as Narrator
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682.80 MB
Not Rated
23.976 fps
1hr 42 min
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1.22 GB
Not Rated
23.976 fps
1hr 42 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by neil peter huthnance ([email protected]) 8 / 10

An historically important documentary with some insights into the struggles faced by independent filmmakers

Given the avowed intentions of George Romero as an independent filmmaker, we can see his zombie epics as no mere tilting at windmills. Rather, Romero can be seen as a reflexive artist: his metaphorical depiction in these films of the constraints on attaining a fulfilling life run parallel to the difficulties he faced in the production process. This documentary charts the trajectory of Romero's career through a period in which access to the means of film production, he acknowledges, has become less possible for like minded independents trying to get a start in the film industry. These struggles are symptomatic of how globalisation has helped foster the libertarian survivalist mentality of "the player", dependent upon multi-skilling, movement and market "freedom" from government regulation and civility/citizenship (or loyalty to and/or lifetime employment by one studio/company). "Day of the Dead" depicts the destructive restlessness of soldiers and 1 mad scientist trapped in a bunker. With no government to sanction their role, they become increasingly mercenary/asocial. Rebellion against regulation is celebrated in the caricatures of BIG GOVERNMENT as Nazis or "the Evil Empire" in 2 of the biggest flagships for these changes; the Indiana Jones and "Star Wars" films produced by major studios. Their return of the "hero" cultivates reliance upon adaptive individual resources ("Han SOLO" indeed!) and changes in consciousness rather than social structures...the teachings of Anthony Robbins echo Yoda. Since the period in which this documentary was made, changes in media cross- ownership have led to films of popular computer and video games. It seems Romero has finally had to follow the trends by making "Resident Evil", if only to finance the concluding installment of his zombie series.

Reviewed by Scarecrow-88 7 / 10

Document of the Dead

Here is a really interesting relic before the DVD documentary become a standard of today, focusing primarily on the set of the making of DAWN OF THE DEAD. Nicole Potter's uninspired narration sounds as if she preferred being elsewhere, but there's some fascinating anecdotes provided by Romero regarding the filmmaking process and seeing live stuff(not to mention interviews)from '78 is like discovering buried treasure if you are a DAWN OF THE DEAD fanatic as I am. We get to see a specific and arduous special effect set up for the Romero/Savini collaboration, TWO EVIL EYES. We get to hear about how Savini was supposed to direct GRAVEYARD SHIFT for New World. We get to see Romero in the editing room, cutting and splicing scenes of DAWN OF THE DEAD. The documentary is rather rough around the edges and raw..this is before future documentaries were better produced and structured. The interviews are what makes DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD a must-see curio for zombie/Romero fans. Romero has always been free and easy when talking about his method behind filmmaking which makes DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD essential viewing for his devoted followers. Major emphasis is also given to MARTIN and, obviously, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. While this documentary is a bit uneven(perhaps due to its unfortunate history), I'm happy it simply exists period and that I had a chance to see it.

Reviewed by Warren Hawkes 5 / 10

Not quite 'beautifully created' as they made out...

'Document of the Dead' is an interesting look at the making of 'Dawn of the Dead' and other works of George A. Romero, but despite the subject matter, 'Document...' for me was a little disappointing. Well hyped in the press and by the production crew itself, I couldn't help feel a little sold short by the final package. Admittedly this in part can be explained due to technical difficulties when the film was being made, (see trivia) and we can only guess how much more interesting 'Document...' would have been with those extra 66 shots, but the film has other faults. Sound quality at times was poor, while the voice of narrator Susan Tyrell I found coma inducing, and at times narration was overtly technical to the point of boredom. There was also some repetitive cuts (including a whole rerun of the final credits and time coded footage) that obviously wasn't supposed to be there, though I'm not sure if this was down to the original production team or the video distributor.

Die hard Romero fans will no doubt salivate at the behind the scenes and extra unseen footage, as may curious independent filmmakers and students, but the presentation here will more likely bore unfamiliar, less technically minded audiences. Romero's work, and how he works is in no dispute though, it is fascinatingly interesting. He comes across eloquently while still remaining down to earth and you can't help empathise with his struggle despite his successful track record. Interviews with Tom Savini also help immensely, livening the film with his energy and obvious passion he has for his work.

'Document...' isn't quite the companion to 'Dawn of the Dead' that I was hoping for, but under the circumstances it's understandable, in fact it's a credit to the film makers that it ever got put out there at all! But despite covering some of Romero's other work, Dawn footage is what we were all here for and it's a shame that in the end there just wasn't quite enough.

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