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
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4367 Birt
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Learn about the making of the landmark film Night of the Living Dead, including how it was made with the help of everyday folks on an extremely low budget, and its lasting impact in film, art, and literature.

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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.

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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