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Night of the Living Dead (Colorized / Black and White)

Duane Jones , Judith O'Dea , George A. Romero    Unrated   DVD
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We can hardly imagine how shocking this film was when it first broke into the film scene in 1968. There's never been anything quite like it again, though there have been numerous pale imitations. Part of the terror lies in the fact that it is shot in such a raw and unadorned fashion that it feels like a home movie, and is all the more authentic because of that. It draws us into its world gradually, content to establish a merely spooky atmosphere before leading us through a horrifically logical progression that we hardly could have anticipated. The story is simple: Radiation from a fallen satellite has caused the dead to walk, and hunger for human flesh. Once bitten, you become one of them. And the only way to kill one is by a shot or blow to the head. We follow a group holed up in a small farmhouse who are trying to fend off the inevitable onslaught of the dead. The tension between the members of this unstable, makeshift community drives the film. Night of the Living Dead establishes savagery as a necessary condition of life. Marked by fatality and a grim humor, the film gnaws through to the bone, then proceeds on to the marrow. Unfortunately, this version is somewhat marred by a poor transfer. If you're on a budget, this is adequate. Otherwise, you'll probably be happier with the collector's edition with THX sound, put out by Elite: Night of the Living Dead. It is complete with two commentaries, one by the filmmakers and the other by the "zombies" themselves. It's also packaged as a Fright Night Horror Classic along with Francis Ford Coppola's Dementia 13 and Revolt of the Zombies. --Jim Gay

Special Features

After years of murky tapes and fuzzy prints, Elite Entertainment showed the world what it was missing with the definitive presentation of the film on home video, mastered to THX specifications from the best materials in George Romero's possession. Elite has made the best even better with this new remaster for the Millennium Edition, and the DVD is filled with even more supplements. Romero and screenwriter John Russo discuss the challenges of the production with coproducers/costars Karl Hardman and Marilyn Eastman on one commentary track, while a cast party gathers for a raucous reunion on a second track. Other highlights include a gallery of Romero's TV commercials (check out the clever low-budget parody of Fantastic Voyage for Calgon), an articulate and thoughtful 16-minute audio-only interview with star Duane Jones (the last before his death), and heretofore unseen clips from Romero's "lost" film There's Always Vanilla. An essential disc for any horror enthusiast and still the definitive presentation. --Sean Axmaker


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the re-edited version! Jan. 19 2004
Format:DVD
The MOVIE is 5 stars.
This DVD is 1 star.
This is the re-edited version of the original classic. If you want the original classic them go elsewhere. If you want to see a new "version" - not a remastered version! - but a new "version" with new soundtrack, editing and scenes then this may be for you. If you want the original classic then go elsewhere to look for it!
You have be warned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic That Worms Its Way Into Your Dreams July 12 2004
Format:DVD
"Night of the Living Dead" is a classic that worms its way into your dreams. Truly amazing stuff. Back when Romero and Russo wrote and films this, they did not yet realize they were created a whole new subgenre of horror. Much as I like the remake, the undead are creepiest in the shadows of black and white film.
I'm writing to respond to one reviewer's nitpick and another reviewer's well-intentioned mistake. Complaining that most of it is in mono is like complaining that it's in black and white. That's how the original was made, plain and simple. Another reviewer complained about how horrible the version with added footage is. That individual is right about that version, but that's the 30th Anniversary Edition and NOT the Millenium Edition. The 30th Anniversary Edition with added scenes and weird, distracting music is too horrible for words, and not even in a "Plan 9 From Outer Space" so-bad-it's-funny way. The Millenium Edition is simply an official DVD made from a cleaned up print, with extras like the interviews. If you want to see the real "Night of the Living Dead" and get some cool extras for your money, this is the way to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living and dead Feb. 22 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
As with any other horror genre, the groundbreaking zombie movie is the best. "Night of the Living Dead" is a cult gem that has inspired every zombie movie after it, with its low-budget look and cast of excellent, unknown actors. And, of course, the flesh-eating undead who are rising to kill the living.

A crashed satellite starts emitting radiation, which somehow causes the dead to rise out of their graves to devour the living. Don't ask how, because it doesn't matter. Barbara (Judith O'Dea) is visiting a grave with her brother -- when suddenly a shambling, dead-faced man murders him, and chases her down the road to a farmhouse, where she manages to hide.

But she's not alone -- a kindly man named Ben (Duane Jones), a young couple, and a family are also hiding there. And without weapons or protection, they have very little chance of survival. The refugees barricade themselves for protection -- but now there are hundreds of zombies closing in. They must fight with fire and their wits... but it may not be enough to save them all.

"Night of the Living Dead" is one of those horror movies that chills viewers right down to the marrow. Romero creates a nightmarish, claustrophobic atmosphere in his movie, where no matter where you go, you're trapped -- and the humans might kill you if the zombies don't. The finale is a tragic, but very realistic twist.

Originally filmed in murky black-and-white, Romero manages to make this film feel creepy even when the zombies aren't there. And while they're hiding in the farmhoruse, he takes the time to make it realistic -- the refugees grate on each other in a believable way ("I ought to drag you out there and FEED you to those things!").
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is THE biggest waste of money I have ever encountered. I hadn't seen the film since I was a kid, so I bought it hoping to see a re-enactment of my childhood memories, and it seemed that this wasn't the way I had remembered the film.
So to compensate, I took a chance and bought the Elite Entertainment THX Millennium Edition of "Night Of The Living Dead" to see the way this classic was supposed to be.
Well, to say the least I snapped this "30th Anniversary Edition" in half and burnt the rest of the material in protest. In short, THIS ANCHOR BAY EDITION IS THE MOST HORRIBLE PRESENTATION OF THIS CLASSIC. YOU MUST AVOID!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If only there were negative Star ratings June 17 2004
By Wiggler
Format:DVD
If you liked the original, if you care about Romero's work or like any of it even in the tiniest axon in the darkest corner of your mind, I implore, beg, and plead with you NOT TO BUY OR RENT (OR VIEW FOR FREE) THIS ABSOLUTE HATCHET JOB ON THE ORIGINAL (I'm sorry to shout, but it's warranted). The extra footage sucks and is ludicrous. The new music destroys the movie. You're not event given an opportunity to revert to the original. After watching it, squirming in my Barcalounger, feeling like Alex being force to watch ultraviolence in A Clockwork Orange, I destroyed the CD and burned the pieces. I won't have it in my house. I won't sell it to some poor unsuspecting schmuck. I won't even bury it where some future civilization may find it and judge us by it. DESTROY EVERY COPY YOU CAN FIND --- PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A worthless pile of garbage May 15 2004
Format:DVD
Kudos to Anchor Bay for remastering the original footage (which is even sharper and clearer than Elite's version) but the lousy new synth score and stupid, pointless, badly acted new scenes are a case lesson in how you can take a classic and turn it into a turd.
And John Russo, the talentless co-writer of the original NIGHT and the director of the new scenes for this new NIGHT, says, "This is what we wanted to do originally."
If that's so, I imagine the conversation between Russo and George Romero in 1968 during the production went like this:
John Russo: Hey George, wouldn't it be cool if we added a subplot with a bald-headed geek as a priest and two gravediggers at the beginning?
George Romero: No, John. That's stupid.
Any self-respecting film fan should avoid submitting themselves to this catastrophic butchery of a classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars better than the 1990 version
i finally had a chance to see this movie.it is hailed by many as a
classic.while i can kind of see how that might be the case,i feel a bit
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Published on Oct. 6 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars "Night of the Living Dead (1968) ... George A. Romero ... 20th Century...
20th Century Fox presents "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD" (Released: 1 October 1968) (96 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White... Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2007 by J. Lovins
4.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITELY WORTH OWNING !
As a long time George A. Romero fan I didn't know what to expect when I purchased this DVD. A newly colorized version of "Night of the Living Dead" with 5. Read more
Published on July 6 2006 by The Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it this B & W version
My favorite horror film of all time is NOTLD and when I heard of the new colorized version I was naturally curious. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2004 by -|-
5.0 out of 5 stars great new version of a classic horror film
Great remastering job, and the color was great. Great dvd great price, get this one now.
Published on Oct. 15 2004 by Deimos
5.0 out of 5 stars NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
BY FAR THE ABSOLUTE BEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER!!! BEING IN BLACK AND WHITE ONLY MAKES THIS CLASSIC SCARIER.THE MOOD OF THIS FILM IS INCREDIBLE. Read more
Published on July 15 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Piece of Crap.
Another terrible movie from that terrible Director George A. Romero. This time, there are only about twenty zombies waiting outside. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Way To End Up Dead
George A Romero's zombie horror classic, Night Of The Living Dead, is a watershed film for the genre. Read more
Published on May 30 2004 by T. Lobascio
5.0 out of 5 stars George A. Romero's classic black & white zombie ghoul movie
Once upon a time a young girl and her brother traveled three hours from home to place flowers on the grave of their father. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by Lawrance M. Bernabo
5.0 out of 5 stars sure its Cheesy
maybe its a little corny, but its a classic! I like the ending to the movie its not what you would expect.
Published on May 22 2004 by alabama man
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