Birth Of The Living Dead

Birth Of The Living Dead

DVD - 2014
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Shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers - policemen, iron workers, teachers, admen, housewives, and a roller-rink owner - to shoot a revolutionary guerrilla-style film that went on to become a cinematic landmark, offering a profound insight into how our society worked in a singular time in American history.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : First Run Features, [2014]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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TheSandoz
Jul 17, 2017

What works here is enthusiasm, enjoying a wealth of appreciation presented to a worthy production, reinforcing its status as a groundbreaking picture that reverberates to this day.

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ManMachine
May 03, 2015

(Classic movie quote) - "They're coming for you, Barbara!"

To fully appreciate and enjoy this documentary (that takes an in-depth look at the 1968 zombie-flick "Night Of The Living Dead" and the vast impact that it has had on the zombie-movie genre ever since), I think one really needs to watch said-movie first in order to remain interested in this DVD's content.

Through interviews with, amongst others, the 73-year-old George Romero, as well as vintage film clips and stills-galore, the viewer gets a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this classic, low-budget horror film (whose costs totalled $114,000) that was solely responsible for rebooting the tired zombie-movie genre, and, to date, has earned for itself over $30 million.

Naturally, there are people out there who want to read hidden, political messages into this film's gruesome, little story, especially since its protagonist was a black man who, at one point, actually resorted to slapping the face of a white woman.

For the most part - I did not feel, in any way, let down by this 76-minute documentary. In its generally good-natured way, it certainly delivered the goods on a truly haywire movie that literally terrified me silly when I first saw it on late-night TV as an impressionable kid.

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