The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead Paperback
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages, 500 photos, colour and black & white
- Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/09/2010
- Category: Film production: technical & background skills
- ISBN: 9780859654609
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Review by Kenser
I think this should go without saying, however this book was tailored for the fans of the “Return of the Living Dead” franchise. For me personally, I am a huge fan of the first movie, and a lesser fan of the first two sequels followed by never seeing the fourth or fifth installment. This book spends a bulk of its 280 or so pages on commentary from the cast and crew of the first film. That suited me well.Essentially this book is organized commentary from the cast and crew from each of the films. Segmented by film, and then again by lesser topics and many of the intricacies and nuances of getting these films budgeted, through production and onto the screen as told by those who made the films themselves. The narration of this book was provided by the commentary of the cast and crew. Our authors were only present in providing transitions from one topic to the next, including a large portion of the factoids presented in this book.Aside from the interesting dialogue, often delving into personality differences between the directors, actors and producers, one of the main draws to this book is the gorgeous artwork and movie stills. Page after page this book is laden with enough artwork to keep a coffee table happy.I’ll have to admit thought, I was a bit disappointed in the presentation of the material. I understand the authors‘ intentions in allowing the commentary to drive the text, however this method for me left me desiring more. For instance, facts one would expect to find on popular movie web sites seemed omitted and final financial statements and more details surrounding the specific business of the movies were ignored altogether. All in all, I really enjoyed this book on one of my all time favorite films. I recommend it to anyone who loves these movies, or anyone who wants to read the downfall of a great franchise. The artwork alone is worth picking it up. However, I hardly call this history of the “Return of the Living Dead” series “complete.” Something tells me that there is much more to tell behind these movies then this book gives us.