Documentary Review – The Definitive Document of the Dead (1978)

The Definitive Document of the Dead
Directed by Roy Frumkes
Courtesy of Synapse Films
Original Release Date: 1978
Release Date: November 13, 2012

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Before my blog crashed and I lost four years worth of archive data, I had made several posts in regard to George A. Romero and how he is officially the Emperor of the Dead. Even though my data is gone, that statement still holds true. Romero is and forever will be the original pioneer of the zombie genre. DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD is an excellent and unique glimpse into his world.

If you are not familiar with DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Synapse Films:

George A. Romero, director of the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, is one of the horror genre’s most celebrated filmmakers. Roy Frumkes’ amazing 1978 documentary DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD was an intimate look at Romero’s creative process, with an outstanding collection of interviews, effects demonstrations (courtesy of make-up artist, Tom Savini) and behind-the-scenes footage from the classic horror film, DAWN OF THE DEAD. This newly re-edited and re-mastered 2012 version of the award-winning documentary contains all-new exclusive material including additional interviews with Romero’s family and friends, candid on-set footage from TWO EVIL EYES, LAND OF THE DEAD, DIARY OF THE DEAD, SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD and many more surprises! THE DEFINITIVE DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD is a loving portrait of a horror legend, and a must-see for any hardcore horror fan!

Any fan of zombies, Romero, or horror must own a copy of this documentary. In it, we get to see the master himself in his youth, as a darkly bearded youngster. I wouldn’t say he was in his prime back then, because I think he’s STILL in his prime now. His work just continues to get better and better.

DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD takes us behind the scenes of his hit film DAWN OF THE DEAD. This exclusive look gives us an insider’s view of how the film was made as well as those people involved with its production. In addition, this new 2012 edition of the documentary also gives us peeks into some of Romero’s more recent works.

DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD is chocked full of clips, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, commentaries, and even some personal insights from the master himself. If you are one of those freaky people like me that always peruse Blu-rays and DVDs for the Special Features, then this documentary is for you. It is available now on DVD.

Also, while supplies last, you can order the very limited edition Blu-ray of the film from the Synapse Films website.  The exclusive Blu-ray is not sold in stores and includes the following:

*  Limited to 1500 Units!
*  Contains the new DVD version of The Definitive Document of the Dead, along with a high-definition Blu-ray of the original 1979 16mm version
* A fold-out poster of the new George A. Romero painting used on the cover, created by Wes Benscoter

Regardless of what format you choose, make sure to add this one to your collection soon!

MSB

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