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5.0 out of 5 stars Shoot 'em in the head!, 4 Jun. 2003
This review is from: The Zombies That Ate Pittsburgh: The Films of George A. Romero (Paperback)
Gagne's book gives us the only real insight into Romero's films you can get in print. Unfortunately, it only covers his career up to and including Day of the Dead, and a few of the television pieces he did (e.g. Tales from the Darkside). This is no bad thing, as this earlier career period saw him do his best work. Gagne's book is passionately written - you can tell he's writing about someone he loves - the author ended up being a zombie in Day of the Dead, and is so proud of it that he has included a photo of himself in his zombie make-up near the end of the book. Bless. Seriously folks, if G.A. Romero is someone you have interest in, you should own this book. It provides some great information on behind-the-scenes facts, rather than wanky, pretentious 'interpretation' drivel that so many books about film-makers contain. This is very expensive - I got mine about 10 years ago for £22, but I would have paid more. If you buy this book, God bless you. If you don't, then i'm gonna have to find you and bite off your ear. Don't worry, i'll give it back when i'm done. Promise...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better read than dead!, 8 Mar. 2006
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This review is from: The Zombies That Ate Pittsburgh: The Films of George A. Romero (Paperback)
This book is invaluable to any Romero-phile. Simply put, if you dig the undead, buy this book! It delves deep in to the brains of Mr Romero and takes the reader through the creation of some of the most highly regarded films of the horror genre. Many interviews with cast, crew, producers, SFX boffins and the great zombie mastermind himself lend the book some weight. From idea to screen, with all the problems inbetween, this is a fascinating insight as to how no-budget, anti-hollywood films were made in the days of yore. Unfotunately, this print is 20 years old and could really do with an update. Now zombies are cool again, this seems highly likely (fingers crossed).
Mid-way through there are some tasty colour photo's with gore-aplenty for bloodthirsty types, i.e. me. The rest of the book is also spattered with b/w on-set photo's and promotional artwork etc. The author really knows and respects the subject matter and the whole thing is a pleasure to behold. This guy has done his research. Hats off.
Get it before you die!
That is all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated version please..., 19 Feb. 2010
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Mr. Leon Russell (Sheffield, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Zombies That Ate Pittsburgh: The Films of George A. Romero (Paperback)
Now 25 years old, The Zombies that Ate Pittsburgh did a fantastic job of profiling Romero's extensive career up to that point.
All of his films, including his auspicious debut, Night of the Living Dead, are lovingly recalled with the kind of detail that fans devoured as readily as one of Romero's zombies tore into entrails.
But a quarter of a century later, the book would certainly benefit from an updated edition. Romero has made several more films, and his reputation as a maverick film-maker is undiminished.
I understand that Richard Rubinstein, the producer of Dawn of the Dead and ex-business partner of Romero's, has refused permission to reprint or update. If so, that is a great shame, because this is the definitive Romero biography.

Note: A limited edition (350 copies) edition, signed by Romero and Gagne, was released in 1985. It is well worth tracking down, if you've got plenty of disposable income.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How much?!, 14 Nov. 2007
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J. MAY - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Zombies That Ate Pittsburgh: The Films of George A. Romero (Paperback)
I paid the grand sum of four quid for this book about three years ago from a secondhand bookshop in town. I had no idea it was worth so much! Would I sell it? Not a chance. Would I pay the prices being asked here? Probably yes.....if I didn't have bills to pay.
This books charts Romero's early career from the forming of Latent Image in 1963 up to Day Of The Dead in 1985 and is absolutely packed with information and reflection from Romero himself. There's also a section at the end from Tom Savini on each film and various interveiws from different associates of Latent Image, Laurel and UFD etc.
All in a great book.
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