Synapse Films have revealed that they will release a combo pack edition of Roy Frumkes's documentary The Definitive Document of the Dead. The release, which will be limited to 1500 units and sold exclusively via the label's web site, will be available for purchase on November 13th.
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!
The release contains a DVD of the new version of The Definitive Document of the Dead (along with the new commentary), as well as a Blu-ray of the original 66 minute 16mm 1979 version of Document of the Dead, created for educational use at The School of Visual Arts, remastered in high-definition. Also included in this limited edition combo is a fold-out poster, created by artist Wes Benscoter, of the new George A. Romero painting used on the cover art.
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
Nice! Too bad this couldn't have been done for the Anchor Bay blu of Dawn of the Dead, and hopefully the price won't be too insane. Either way, great to see more film-based vintage documantaries getting HD remasters!
Synapse also released a limited BD of Intruder. Also with a bonus DVD. I'm guessing we'll see a regular single disc edition soon enough. Although had this bonus "Definitive" cut been on Blu-ray instead of a DVD, than I would have ordered it.
A dvd in disquise? A BD release of highly questionable quality considering it's age and elements, whose chief attraction is limited to a dvd? For 30.00? Yeah, that makes sense. Might be good for investors, but as much as I "hate" spending good money on standard definition, I don't think I can justify paying $10 more for a BD of an hour long doc, that would likely be relegated to an extra feature, if the property owners of any of the actual films it's about had license to it. It pains me to say, but I'll probably be going with the dvd-only release for this. Commissioning a new, more exhaustive cut of the doc just for dvd, but packaging it in a Blu case with a bonus BD copy of the original cut either for nostalgia's sake or just to exploit the BD market too, doesn't cut it at any price, much less full srp.