Review-It is the holidays again, and Synapse Films has that zombie fan at heart when it comes to presents this year. While in the past people have seen bits and pieces of this on special editions of Dawn of the Dead, this is the definitive version which covers from Dawn and Day of the Dead and also goes into present day with his film from years ago Survival of the Dead. Though, the Survival stuff is sort of bits and pieces, it is still cool to have it on the dvd nonetheless. This is truly for Romero fans only, because this is such an intimate look at both his creative process, and a ton of interviews, you also get effects demonstrations to show you how things come across and work, and a lot of behind the scenes footage from Dawn of the Dead. As a full on documentary at 1 hour and 42 minutes, I felt it should have been so much more longer and went more in depth about his history and legacy.
I mean, this has no appeal to a non-horror fan, and where documentaries from horror in the last few years have really upped the ante be it Nightmare on Elm Street and Return of the Living Dead, you almost expect this now being remastered and new stuff being added to be so much more informative than it was. To me, when they get into the influences and they show this porn film spoof on Romero was funny and added a different light to his legacy, but things like that and the interviews seem to be like cliff notes and really not all that memorable after the film was over. Of course, you know this film will have plenty to offer you on the legacy of Dawn of the Dead, and spends a nice little bulk in the Monroeville Mall. Even though, we have seen this footage so many times on so many other documentaries, it is still good nonetheless. See things like that are what make this so hard to really think this is some definitive version, there is just so much more missing and not talked about. This does do a lot right, it covers pre-production, scripts being written, casting being done, storyboarding and all that for any up and coming or aspiring director or wanting to pursuit film. There is also a little piece about Two Evil Eyes that reunite Romero with Frumkes and it talks about what can go wrong in the making of a film.
If you have never been exposed to any of this before this would be a good watch, but if you have seen bits and pieces before on other documentaries, you may like to see this but there is only probably 20 to 25 minutes new stuff that is iffy if it is worth the dip to buy. This plays better after watching Dawn of the Dead then it would by itself. So, Dawn of the Dead and Romero fans if you have not seen it, spend the money this holiday or ask someone to buy it for you for a present. All in all, there is only one Romero and a film purist like me loves all he can get on people he admires and films he adores.
7.5 out of 10