*Updated Birth of the Living Dead release dates* Not too long ago, we showed you the trailer for the Night of the Living Dead documentary previously known as Year of the Living Dead, which has been playing at a number of festivals since 2012. Now named Birth of the Living Dead, the doc will be released later this month.
"In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed "Night of the Living Dead," a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day.
"Birth of the Living Dead," a new documentary, shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers — policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner — to shoot, with a revolutionary guerrilla, run-and-gun style, his seminal film. During that process Romero and his team created an entirely new and horribly chilling monster -- one that was undead and feasted upon human flesh.
This new documentary also immerses audiences into the singular time in which "Night" was shot. Archival footage of the horrors of Vietnam and racial violence at home combined with iconic music from the 60s invites viewers to experience how Romero's tumultuous film reflected this period in American history. "Birth of the Living Dead" shows us how this young filmmaker created a world-renowned horror film that was also a profound insight into how our society really works."
We've been told that Birth of the Living Dead is expected to be available on VOD services on November 6th. There is no word on a Blu-ray or DVD release, but we expect IFC will make an announcement shortly. *Updated: The documentary is expected to be available on iTunes on October 15 with a limited theater release on October 18th in the US.