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  • Better than the original and STILL not on Netflix library!!!
    I'm a HUGE zombie fan and can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that Savini's remake here is a heck-of-a-lot better movie than the original. Not just in effects and dialogue (which are still two good points) but also in the storyline as well. Unfortunately there isn't a good DVD put out that gives this movie much care for by adding a great digital picture, clear soundtrack and cool bonus features that most DVD's have today. Maybe nearing the 2010 mark there will be a "collector's edition" or something to mark the 20th anniversary. I still can't believe Netflix doesn't have this movie in their library. I e-mailed them on it a couple of times but to no avail, so i ended up buying this bad copy here on amazon. I guess i can't complain, it's still better than watching it on the vhs i have. :)...more info
  • Good Watch, Nice Price
    Better than the 1930's version??
    Mmmm, I'd love to know WHAT version that is :-) ??
    Anyways, nice to see this film in widescreen. Disappointing to some degree that the sound is not full 5.1 surround... and what is this 2.0 surround ??? However, the plus is that the sound uses left, right front as well as center... so it does provide some ambience, but little use of the subwoofer.
    The print is a good transfer.
    If you are after this version, I will assume that you know the original story, and likely this edition as well. However, if not, just suffice to say that the edition is a fun horror blast.
    The Featurette has some edited content, that shows that the producers could have done an unrated cut, but unfortunately did not. Savini is very informative in the feature, and the few cast members who participate in interviews reveal a lot of the elements in production, and behind the scenes work... a nice touch.
    Savini's commentary has a nice touch, and adds a lot of background info, but he kind of "zones" out at points, and just stops talking, but mostly he has some interesting comments.
    Overall, for the price that Amazon is selling this for, it is a decent item, and a far better edition than the VHS version that you might have seen....more info
  • Savini's remake of Romero's classic is good.
    Tom Savini gives his motion picture directing debut with Night of the Living Dead, a 1990 remake that tries to add some more gore, but is ultimately hindered by the MPAA's strict R policy, which has lightened up since, considering films like DOTD 2004 is much more grisly than this one, which cuts away after a half second of gore to satisfy the MPAA. Would have given this four stars had Savini created an unrated director's cut.

    Still, he stays true to Romero's classic, adding color and a few new concepts here and there, like a strong heroine rather than Barbara being a squeamish little mouse like in Romero's original.

    The zombies look good, but this could use more gore and guts for zombie fans to feast on. Nonetheless, a solid, though somewhat repeated entry into the zombie genre. The original still rules, but this is a nice compliment worth noting....more info
  • completely silly!
    Who would give the green light to this?

    It is a total remake of the 1968 classic. The only difference is that there is a slight revamp to reflect modern times.

    Since it mirrors the original then it deserves what the biggest complaint hsould be of it...it pales in comparison to the original. This was really weird to remake this movie.

    "Dawn of the Dead" was cool b/c it had a new, fresh spin to the story. This has no scares, no atmosphere, no innovations and no riveting performances.

    Skip this one ...more info
  • Not the Barbara I Remember!
    In the 1968 NOTLD (if you havent seen the original please watch before you watch this version) the character of Barbara was a scared, stunned, stereotype of woman. The men were the strong protective ones, while she cowered and Meeped and covered her face. In this 1990 version, Barbara kicks undead bootatie like she was born into it. We think that Barbara (played by pat tallman) is mousy with her giant glasses, muted shoulder pad outfit and the 10 minutes of screaming in the beginning but soon with Bens (Tony Todds) presence of mind she changes into an assertive leader who becomes the lone voice of reason till the end of the movie. This version mimics the original, They even tried to cast people with the exeption of Barbara who looked the same. Bigger budget and color makes this a worthy remake, although to me the black and white one was much creepier. Tom Savini on the featurette explains that they tried to make everything look as real as possible anatomically, when they used dummies instead of stunt people we were not supposed to tell, and for the most part he got it right except for two instances
    a) When Barbara's brother is attacked by the cemetery zombie they fall together and his head hits a tombstone with fatal results, you could tell that it was a dummy, the way it bounced instead of just freefalled.
    b) When Uncle Regis attacks Barbara in the living room and she takes a crow bar to his head its shot from behind Uncle Dead guy, again obviously a rubber Dummy on some sort of Dolly, the crow bar bounces of the head instead of inflicting the type of damage it would usually do with that kind of force.
    Two more complaints I had were the "mouse" eating incident, where they kept the camera on the zombie too long, long enough to see that the dude wasn't going to eat it. And the ending montage shot in sepia, which I suppose was shot to be artistic but came off instead as an unnecessary final shot.
    Overall it was a satisfying addition to the "walking dead" genre. The makeup was amazing; the zombie extras were believable in their slow hungry driving quest for human flesh. The "zombie" of the movie award has to go to the daughter zombie, her glazed Skippy little shuffle and braces!! The worst zombie award goes to the Mother she just looked like she needed a Tylenol and a cup o coffee. I wish that Tom would make more like this instead of his upcoming film Vampirates.
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  • Classic Romero but not the best version
    Night of the Living Dead (1968), directed by George Romero, is a black-and-white horror film that was an independent production. Early titles were: Monster Flick (draft script) and Night of Anubis and Night of the Flesh Eaters (production). Ben (Duane Jones) and Barbra (Judith O'Dea) are the protagonists of a story about the mysterious reanimation of the recently dead, and their efforts, along with five other people to survive the night while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse.

    George Romero produced the film on a $114,000 budget, but, after a decade of cinematic re-releases, it grossed some $12 million dollars domestically, in the United States, and $30 million dollars internationally. On its release in 1968, Night of the Living Dead was strongly criticized for its explicit content.

    Night of the Living Dead had a great impact upon the culture of the Vietnam-era U.S., because it is laden with critiques of late-1960s U.S. society; an historian described it as "subversive on many levels". Although it is not the first zombie film, Night of the Living Dead is progenitor of the contemporary "zombie apocalypse" sub-genre of horror film, and it influenced the modern pop-culture zombie archetype. Night of the Living Dead (1968), is the first of five Dead films directed by George Romero. ...more info
  • The way the original was SUPPOSED to be
    Yeah, that's right - Romero got it right this time. Quit your "if it's not B&W, bad acting, terrible effects and zero budget then its not worthy" whining. This is a new century, and people expect believability and accuracy in movies these days. Even Romero knew it, and that's why he re-wrote the script.

    Consider the following:

    0. Say this out loud until this undeniable truth sinks in: "First" doesn't mean "only" or "best". If you're still driving a Ford Model A, however, then you have every right to deny that progress serves a purpose.

    1. The most outstanding difference between this version ("90") and the original ("68") is that in the 90 version, people actually behave like real people. This is a new century, people are smarter, and lame acting just doesn't cut it anymore. The "Oh, I fell down and lost my shoe so I better just lay here and act helpless" crap doesn't cut it anymore (and hasn't for decades). The only exception to the realistic behavior found in "90" is Harry Cooper. In real life, it would have taken less than 10 minutes for those in the house to shoot the selfish, lazy jerk and throw his carcass out into the yard as Purina Zombie Chow.

    2. 90's makeup and effects were great (they did some major homework to get it right). 68's sucked. Period.

    3. The zombies are much more true-to-form zombies in 90. They come off as actually being dead. In 68, they were too intelligent and ran too fast, and merely looked like your typical hangover.

    4. What little gore there was in 90 was actually very believable and very well done. The "gore" (chocolate syrup, actually) in 68 was ridiculous.

    5. The end in 90 was WAY better than in 68. Romero fixed his own movie. Hear that Romero worshippers?

    6. There is one more realism hit in the movie, but Romero corrects it: Fact is, Americans know guns and we know how to use them. At any time, those in the house could have walked out of town with ease, effortlessly plinking any zombie in the forehead that wadered into their path. What turns this plot blunder into a great bit of realism in the movie, however, is that Barbara herself makes this very point (but they ignore her for the sake of the story). Kudos to Romero for having one of the two main characters actually state the obvious reality of the situation in the movie.

    I just bought this DVD. Like everyone else, I have seen the original B&W. Because of this fine remake, I have no interest in the original B&W, regardless of it's historical value to the genre. This remake the movie the original was supposed to be. If Romero himself didn't think so, he wouldn't have remade it....more info
  • 15 minutes later and you'll be Hungry again...
    Let's just say you're a zombie fanatic.

    You've seen Romero's classic "Night of the Living Dead" a million times and you've even picked up the gold standard of that tasty little gem of zombie goodness, the Millennium Edition. You've had many a night of popcorn and beer watching all four of the movies in the infamous "Living Dead" series back to back.

    You're easily pleased with the bucketloads of linguine with red clam sauce served up by Italian Master Chef Fulci in "Zombie", "House by the Cemetery" and "The Beyond", you've gone punk and rocked the Casbah with "Return of the Living Dead", and you've grooved to the End of the World in Merry Olde England with the nihilistic "28 Days Later" and "Shawn of the Dead".

    In other words, if it involves flesh eaters, you've been there, done that, and seen it all. So what's not to love about the idea of a remake of "Night of the Living Dead", only in glorious techni-color (think red---bright, glossy, gory, glorious RED!), with the leering Candyman himself Tony Todd in the lead, and with Gore Maestro Tom Savini helming up the production?

    Good question. Look, I'm no remake snob; if a director has something new to say, or a different way of saying it, by all means slap a fresh coat of paint (or blood and gore!) on that bad boy! But this 1990 remake of "Night of the Living Dead" says pretty much the same old thing, only with less flair, less suspense, less sheer bone-chilling horror, less style, and surprisingly---given that Savini helmed this little outting---less gore. Where's my red clam sauce, Savini?

    Once again the Dead Walk: Barbara (played by Patricia Tallman, a career stunt-woman and all-around tough cookie who played the Deadite witch in the Pit in "Army of Darkness") and Johnny go to a lonely cemetery, Barbara and Johnny run afoul of the Living Dead, Barbara seeks refuge in an abandoned farmhouse, and ultimately teams up with a frightened ragtag group of fellow survivors. We've heard this little song before, but for my money, zombies ambling about the Pennsylvania countryside looking for flesh to chew on never gets old.

    The editing is tight, the pacing is pretty good, and the acting is all spot-on: Tallman ditches the hysterics and grabs a rifle, Tony Todd is eerily note-perfect in his homage to Duane Jone's Ben, and Tom Towles glowers and acts spineless as Mr. Cooper (Towles showed up as the doomed Deputy in "House of 1000 Corpses", and also played the evil Otis in "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer")---and is it just me, or is Heather Mazur the cutest flesh-eating little girl in movie history?

    There are also some deft little twists at the end, and all in all the remake of "Night" is a fun little romp, and while it can't measure up to the ghoulish brilliance of the original, it gets lots of mileage for its $4.2 million budget.

    So why am I still hungry after this zombie snack? Gore, that's why---there really isn't any of it. Evidently the initial cut would have gotten a triple-X rating, and Savini had to make some liberal slices off his film to get an "R"---so I reserve the right to add two more stars once I get my hands on a juicy unrated Director's Cut.

    Final Verdict: Savini's "Night of the Living Dead" tastes great, but is way less filling. Have a backup copy of the original just in case.

    JSG...more info
  • Great Remake
    Tom Savini ruled as "the king of splatter" during the eighties...why not give him a shot at directing George Romero's 1968 classic "Night of the Living Dead". Savini's revision is an honorable remake. The special effects are great. Savini captures the creepy mood and atmosphere of the original. The cast of characters are likeable. Great job by Tom Savini. This remake should stand the test of time. ...more info
  • Dead still walkin'
    I love Tom Savini's remake. I like how this time Barbara is a much stronger character than a bumbling freakout in the original. This time played by Patricia Tallman (professional stuntwoman). The effects and acting are wonderful. In no way is this better than the original. However, it is a nice facelift....more info
  • Better of the Two Remakes!!!
    Between this remake, and the 3D remake with Captain Spaulding, this version is a LOT better, because it's more true to the original. In this one, Barbra is tougher than her 1968 counter-part. At least Ben is black, not like the 3D version with Ben as a white college boy. The zombies are scarier looking. All I'm saying is that the 1968 version and this one is hella better than the 3D remake with Capt. Spaulding! If you love horror, remakes, and zombies, you'll love NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD!!! ...more info
  • Worthy Remake
    I really enjoyed this remake written by the master himself, george romero. I liked the character devlopment better, and these are some of the best zombies i've seen. I only wished that savini had gotten to film his extra stuff and make an unrated version. That would have been great. I liked this film, honorable to the original, but with good enhancements, some I find better. ...more info
  • GREAT remake... dare I say better than the original
    Now, I'm not trying to hate on the original. Obviously, it's a classic. But, come on. It's boring. It's black and white and slow. And I'm sure it scared your parents and was shocking and all that good stuff. But it needed to be updated.

    The two main characters (including the CandyMan) deliver some great acting. I'll admit the other characters are a bit weak, but that's made up for by the zombies being incredible.

    This movie really shows (by driving the point home a few times) how humans don't know how to treat each other. It's not just a horror movie. It actually has a point to it and makes a humanitarian statement. Rent it, buy it, whatever. But check it out. It's a great movie....more info
  • WOW!
    This is THE BEST version of "Night of the Living Dead" It fixes a lot of plot problems from the original, and has much better portrayals of the characters. These actors play their roles with much more passion and drama than in the other versions. They really immerse you in the story/action. If you are used to the original version, watch this with an open mind and remember that everything has room for improvement....more info
  • Better then the original 1930s movie
    This movie has got some great acting in it. Patricia Tallman (Barbara) plays a good part of being a woman running from the zombies after one of them killed her brother. She found a house same goes for Tony Todd who plays (Ben) is the barvest of the group he was in charge of bording up the windows in the house with wooden boards of doors....more info
  • good
    it's good
    Night of the living dead was good, the remake in my opinion is awesome. I think this has great suspense, but it has a lack of gore. I don't want to say this movie is better than the original because the original was also good had good gore and okay suspense and its not often the remake is also good as the original...more info
  • One Night With The Living Dead
    Without a doubt, this is one of the best horror movies I have ever seen. The intensity and suspense really start to pick up speed at about ten minutes in, and it doesn't let up until the end credits. Although it would be impossible to top George A. Romero's phenomenal, original 'Night Of The Living Dead', Tom Savini's 1990 version truly is an excellent remake and an all around superb horror movie. Out of the countless zombie flicks that I have seen, I highly regard this as one of, if not the best. If you are looking for a movie that best depicts what it would be like if the dead were to rise, then I suggest you immediately look into this film. ...more info
  • Savini's Remake Is Cool
    If anyone can make this a great remake, it's Tom Savini. This remake of Romero's zombie masterpiece Night Of The Living Dead is a well made remake.

    I like the way how the characters in this film are different from the original one. Barbara {Tallman} is more tougher and braver. Ben {Todd} is not as ruthless as the original Ben, but he still has that big hatred for Cooper {Towels}, who in this film is more meaner, arrogant and only cares for himself. His wife Helen {Anderson} really isn't happy with him at all. Tom {Butler} seems like he's more focus of getting out of the farmhouse. While his girlfriend Judy Rose {Finneran} is more of a scary cat. Even Barbara's brother Johnny {Moseley} acts more like a older brother, if you know what I mean. Nothing different about the Cooper's daughter {Mazur}, just her name is different in this one.

    Thefil may not have a lot of flesh-eating gore, but it's still a great remake. The original is still better, but this remake is a great remake of the classic Night Of The Living Dead.

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  • Obsolete
    Obsolete remake, indeed. From the very beginning this film is a bad joke. The terrible non-stop screaming from the women makes you want to see them become zombie-food as fast as possible. Barbara's brother in this film is an i.d.i.o.t., blablaing his text down already in the arriving-scene inside the car. George must have thought: Well, let's have Tom bullfrogging his ego with a remake, it will always be... this. I don't wanna be mean to Mr. Savini, I really appreciate his work, his acting in some films too, but this here: Was a mistake. Or, I miss the point and this was meant as a comedy, but nevertheless, I say it doesn't work....more info
  • Remake better than the original a rarity
    I love the original "Night of the Living Dead," finding it one of the funniest films ever (considering when I saw it, it was the second feature of a double bill with the original horrific "Last House on the Left"). When Tom Savini announced he'd be directing the remake, we fans of the horror film community looked forward to it, and he delivered big time. Also written by George A. Romero, the storyline deliberately tweaks a number of story and character aspects from the original film, making having seen the original almost a prerequisite, but not completely. this version even comes across as far more "believable" regarding the group's situation. This remake stands alone well, but I must stress it does stand up Even Better when the viewer has full knowledge of the original, mostly to spot various homage nods....more info
  • Well done
    Doing a remake of a classic movie is a task that is often unnecessary and takes a turn for the worst. "Night of the Living Dead (1990)," in my humble opinion, was unnecessary but did turn out very well. I'm really glad that Savini was chosen to direct, as he is probably the only director that could have done a remake without changing the entire script, ala the "Dawn of the Dead" remake. The story is kept about 95% true to the original thought some of the characters were acted differently. The original Harry Cooper was much better as this version depicts him as a complete menace to the house which leaves the viewer no room for sympathy. The makeup effects are wonderful and the gore is all there. The biggest thing that really killed me about this movie is the change in Barbara's character, which is now the clich¨¦ brazen zombie killer by the end of the film. The ending was also changed for the worst as well. This film was done about as well as can be expected of a classic horror film and also the genesis of the entire zombie genre....more info
  • Not That great, actually is kinda bad.
    Dont get me wrong, i'm kinda young but i love 80's / 90's movies specially the horror ones. I had great spectation for early Geoge Romero movies. But both night of the living dead and day of the dead are pretty bad. Gorge Romero is a pionner of the zombie movies and sure a that time they were scarry, but for today standars they are not, even they are not that good for most of the 80's 90's movies.

    The Bad:

    1. Acting is not beleavible. It looks like the were "acting"
    2. The dialog's are not how people actually talk.
    3. The soldiers at "Day Of The Dead" are a shame, they are fat stupid and dont have any dicipline. They behave like a bunch of drunken teenages and they are grown ups

    4. More than half of the movie you just see them talking and yelling each other.
    5. I think is stupid that zombies behave like living humans (listening music, shooting, "talking" )
    6. the only 3 scarry moments are just the tipical fast escenes from a quiet moment. Theres is not any frightening atmosfere .

    The Good:

    1. The gore scenes are really good, maybe too much bloody. It shows how good in cammera effects are rather than computer generated.


    So far the only great zombie movie i have seen, beleive it or not is Resident Evil 1.
    Resident Evil 1 has it all. Resident Evil 2 NOT. Resident Evil 2 is one those "just shoot and kick" movies and I'm not a fan of cliches or indiscrimanated violence ala rambo.

    So if you want a gory movie, maybe you may like this movie, but the gore is just at the end of the movie. You will be better pleased with "Cabin Fever".

    If you want a frighten atmosfere and real fear look somewhere else maybe Resident Evil 1, Poltergeist, the original japanese version of The Ring and The Grouch, ScareCrows. Alien, Aliens and even Alien 3 not Alien 4 (It Sucks).

    But the Best review is your own so i recomend you rent them and judge them by your own and decide if the worth the price....more info
  • They're not going to get this Barbara...
    This drew a hell of a lot of flak when it was released in 1990 and quite unfairly too. People compared making a remake of the classic 1968 "Night of the Living Dead" to remaking "Citizen Kane". Some fans of the original howled with horror before the film was even released!

    Of course there were those who kept quiet and waited until the actual film was shown before passing comment. There were some too, who changed their mind upon finally seeing the film.

    NotLD (1990) still divides Romero's fans into two distinct camps. You either love it or you hate it. There are few fans of the series that are completely neutral.

    The remake of "Night of the Living Dead" is, in fact, a rather decent attempt at trying to something new with a film that is very much an essential part of cinema history. It was never going to be universally loved, but credit must be given to Tom Savini for having a go and producing a very good update on the story and it's a story that few horror/film fans would unfamiliar with.

    Basically, Dead bodies are returning to life, inexplicably, with a ingrained need to feed on flesh. A group of people must garrison themselves in a farmhouse and hold off the dead until the morning.

    While the story is simple, the execution in both versions is well done. There is a constant level of strangeness and uneasiness throughout and this time 'round the living dead look better too, allowing for the advancement in make-up effects.

    There are a number of changes in the basic story, none of which take from it and there are some changes in character and situations that allow both versions to have enough of a difference for the remake to have a point. Remakes, on the whole, are a difficult prospect though. Differ from the story too much and you have something like the appalling "The Wicker Man", or stick to the original story too much and you have a situation like Gus Van Sant's utterly pointless "Psycho" frame-for-frame remake.

    This is no gore-hound paradise though. Anyone expecting Savini to pull tons of guts out of his make-up box and have hundreds of disgusting on-screen zombie munching are going to be disappointed. Savini's version of his Buddy George Romero's film is remarkably restraint. This time around there won't be the same outrage that accompanied the original 1968 movie, even though that is now tame by today's standards. That's not to say that the films effects are not good, they are, but this film is no "Day of the Dead".

    NotLD (1990) needs to be approached from a fresh perspective, if at all possible. The viewer who is familiar with the original must try and leave it to one side and enjoy the remake for what it is...a well acted and effective zombie/horror film....more info
  • Boo!
    Frankly, I'ma fan of the originals...you know the ones. The black and whites that would hardly scare a thirteen-year-old of this "modern world". But I must say, this movie is wonderful. And alot more scary than the original, of course.

    So I'd recommend this to any zombie movie buff, and trust me...I am a zombie movie buff!...more info
  • One Of The Best Zombie Movies Ever, And Essential Horror
    The 1990 version of the immortal "Night Of The Living Dead" tale - the newly dead rise from the graves and a group of strangers seeks safety by barricading themselves in a farmhouse that is quickly beseiged - is in many ways actually even better than its legendary predecessor. Certain elements from the original are admittedly truncated - the 'news-reel' footage from the first in which a tv set in the farm house plays out reports across the country as the characters inside go about making preparations - is virtually absent, for example. But that was one of the better parts of the first NotLD, and shortening the parts that were already perfect, and building up other aspects that weren't as developed the first time around, may have been wise. The character of Barbara is a good example of this. One of the pair of siblings (in both versions) that first encounters a zombie in the graveyard, in the first movie the character had little to do once inside the farmhouse; the male characters took over the focus of the movie. In this remake the character (played by Patricia Tallman) becomes one of the two leading figures of the survivors, along with Ben (Tony Todd). With the other characters, the 1968 original set them up very well with differing reactions to the situation and differing personalities; in the 1990 remake those same characters are expanded on and used to even greater effect.

    The action this time is ratcheted up, with a more violent, intense and gory assault by the dead; excellent special effects stand up brilliantly 18 years after this one's release. Inividually not as dangerous as the fast, savage zombies in the Dawn of the Dead (Widescreen Unrated Director's Cut) remake or 28 Days Later (Widescreen Edition)/28 Weeks Later (Widescreen Edition) the zombies are a bit more aggressive and monsterous-looking than in the '68 original. All the different takes on the living dead - the slow, human-looking shamblers of the original, the berserk beasts of 28 Days/28 Weeks, or the ones sort of inbetween, can work great if done well; this remake may be the definitive take on this particular breed of living dead. And the movie itself is a quintessential horror film, definately one of the field's essentials....more info
  • Romero's Genius brought the Horror Genre to the 21st Century
    For a film that is widely considered a horror classic, "Night of the Living Dead" has been handled with surprisingly poor care in the home video market over the years.

    For the longest time, the film was generally only available on VHS copies that could often be found in the bargain bins of your local video store. The reason for the cheap price became apparent after viewing. The picture quality of many of these editions was so poor that viewing them made you feel as if you were watching the movie through dirty aquarium water.

    With the advent of DVD there have been ocassional first rate packages out there but more often than not the film was still mishandled. n if you've seen the film, countless times, watching this DVD is almost like viewing it for the very first time.
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  • Pay attention Hollywood, If you're going to continue to churn out remake after remake, THIS is how you do it.
    This movie shatters the remake mold.

    Pay attention Hollywood, If you're going to continue to churn out remake after remake, THIS is how you do it. Excellent cast, direction(by tom savini.) excellent special FX.

    If you're a fan of the George Romero "Of the Dead" series, Add this disc to your collection.

    8/10...more info