Document of the Dead

1985

Action / Documentary / Horror

22
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 643

Synopsis


Uploaded By: OTTO
Downloaded 18,971 times
April 05, 2015 at 04:20 AM

Director

Cast

Groucho Marx as Ronald Kornblow
George A. Romero as Himself
Tom Savini as Himself
Susan Tyrrell as Narrator
720p 1080p
682.80 MB
1280*720
English
Not Rated
23.976 fps
1hr 42 min
P/S 1 / 3
1.22 GB
1920*1080
English
Not Rated
23.976 fps
1hr 42 min
P/S 0 / 2

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by poe426 10 / 10

Zombies will never die...

It was a remarkable thing to see DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD when it first turned up on video tape: here was an on-location look at the making of a horror classic- incredible stuff! And it still is, after all these years. The bonus scenes included on the new(est) DVD release are must-see, as well: there are extended interviews with Romero and Savini and commentary by Frumkes himself. Watching it takes me back to those Golden Days of Yore, when DAWN OF THE DEAD first exploded across Movie Screens. It's nigh impossible to convey to Latecomers just how shocking (and Original and Imaginative) DAWN OF THE DEAD was Back Then. There'd been nothing like it, and we were ALL blown away. (I'd seen it the first time while suffering from pneumonia: as I left the hospital and staggered up the street toward the bus stop, I spotted a marquee a block away: DAWN OF THE DEAD. I decided that, if I were going to die of pneumonia, at least I could die watching a horror movie. I made it to the theater, bought a ticket, and wobbled down the aisle to the middle of the sixth row. The next thing I knew, heads were exploding and great dripping chunks of human flesh were being ripped from screaming victims by man-eating zombies. It was overwhelming. I made it home and promptly had the only hallucinations I've ever had in my life- of zombies piling out of a van I was driving to attack the traffic cop who'd pulled me over. To say that it was quite an experience is an understatement. I went back to see it at the next opportunity and for years it was the one movie I suggested whenever it turned up at a Midnight showing. It remains, to this day, one of my all-time favorite movies.) (I was so smitten that I sat down and wrote a "sequel," which I titled DAY OF THE DEAD, and sent it off to George Romero in Pittsburgh. For legal reasons, I was told, there was nothing he could do with the script, but it was fun writing it and I've since written scores of stories for Neil Fawcette's HOMEPAGE OF THE DEAD- including a series entitled THE UNDEAD- and shot my own Romero-inspired zombie movie, THE LIVING DEAD.) It was also exciting to see a documentary about the MAKING of DAWN OF THE DEAD. On one of the dvds, there's a home movie that someone shot showing a gag that never appeared in the final film: someone shoots a zombie in the eye with a crossbow. The effect looks good to me, but it's never appeared in any version of the movie I've ever seen. Tom Savini, in one interview that appears on the latest DVD, states that the word "zombie" doesn't really describe the creatures in the DEAD movies (although Ken Foree's character is the one who calls them zombies in DAWN OF THE DEAD, when the motorcycle gang invades the mall). I would suggest "the undead." Regardless, zombies will never die.

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.

Read more IMDb reviews

0 Comments

Be the first to leave a comment