Document of the Dead

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Eric Alan

Plot: What’s it about?

Dead wrong. They did it dead wrong.

“Dawn of the Dead” has withstood the test of time. It has never died and remains an all time classic.

Having said that I WISH I could that “Document of the Dead”, the feature length documentary of this classic, was a good film. I wish I could say it truly documented this shoot and provided good insight on the making of a film that will always remain a personal favorite.

But I would be dead wrong if I made that claim.

Only the most avid fans will care to see this film, and thatÆs just because itÆs the only documentary available on this classic.

It appears that this was a halted film project-in fact the format of it which pads the length with coverage of RomeroÆs much lesser “Two Evil Eyes”. The actual footage from Dawn of the Dead seems to come from about one or two days of shooting.

The film took about 20 years to make, or more likely about 20 minutes to accumulate enough boring footage to pad a feature and even tougher job getting a distributor.

Interview segments with Romero and production crew are largely boring, as is this whole film.

If I cared more, I would provide a more thorough review.

But frankly George, I didnÆt give a damn.

Video: How does it look?

Difficult to say because the footage is so dark and dreadful. Bad is bad.

Audio: How does it sound?

Mono. Boring, un-insightful…and luckily only taking up one channel of sound.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Oddly enough this film was cursed with a few features. It is six minutes more boring than the thatrical release. And it has directorÆs commentary. Odd and interesting concept to have behind the scenes commentary on the making of a behind-the-scenes documentary. If I hadnÆt been so bored for the last 90 minutes I might have listened. In ANY other film I would have listened.

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