|Night Of The Living Dead
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- TERRIBLE VERSION
This is one of the worst transfers of Night of the Living Dead I have ever seen. It looks to me like this was an old 16mm educational print that was "reamastered" (read re-transferred) to DVD to avoid copyright violation of re-releasing someone else's videomaster. For those who don't know, NOLTD is in public domain and these pirates are releasing the film without compensating the filmmakers for their hard work. If you want to see an excellent transfer with great extras that has been approved by the filmmakers, check out the Millennium Edition from Anchor Bay....more info
- Millennium Edition
For fans such as myself...the Millennium Edition is the one you want!
Great content...great movie!...more info
- A Great Social Commentary of the Late 1960's, without the Complexities of the Counterculture
This movie is just great. To clarify my title, Here we have young Romero and Russo, slightly older than your typical counterculture representative. In an arguable statement, I believe they dodged the "We are going to change the world" mentality of the late 60's and brought us a bare bones, practical, albeit entertaining, depiction of what was going on in the US and other parts of the world. That's getting deep. On the surface, we have the redefining of a genre (horror), monster/creature (zombies) and the impact that movies could have on you in general (forcing you to look over your shoulder when your alone in the dark, for the rest of your life). The Night of the Living Dead is not particularly scary, though, I admit, I watched this grainy version of the movie with shoddy sound during the day. Not to mention the blinds were wide open. But 'tis how I watch most horror movies. I am a wuss. Nonetheless, I can only imagine, that this movie was incredibly scary for its time. Kudos to the Romero/Russo vehicle. And kudos to Duane Jones, playing one of the first portrayals of a black man/person as a human being....more info
- Low Budget Shocker
The film begins on a country road. A couple stop at a cemetery to place a wreath on a grave. Barbara kneels in prayer. Thunder crashes. Suddenly Johnny is attacked by a stranger! The stranger chases Barbara until she takes refuge in the house. What is happening? Where are these monsters coming from? The monsters are afraid of fire. Can they barricade the house? The dialogue tells about what is happening. A radio station tells about the mass murders by ordinary looking people. Everyone must stay home and lock their doors! They have food, a radio, a rifle and bullets. Will they be safe?
The survivors argue about the safest place in the house. TV brings the latest word - those who died recently are coming back to life and devouring live humans! Is there a solution to this problem? Dead bodies must be burned immediately. They have a plan to escape. But things don't work according to plan. Daylight brings the police and militia to shoot the zombies. There is an ironic ending to this story.
This was a surprise hit in March 1968. It resonated with the fear of strange forces attacking America. Do the zombies symbolize a nuclear attack? What makes these films popular with audiences?
- Night of the Living Dead does wonders for the Horror Genre
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 and if you've seen the film, countless times, watching this DVD is almost like viewing it for the very first time.
- They're coming to get you
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!").
But then things get creepy, gross AND action-packed, when they slip out to fight the zombies. Romero switches the tone from eerie to downright terrifying -- the characters just reek of desperation -- and builds it up to a slam-bang finale. And along the way, we get terrified people fending zombies off with torches -- what could be better?
Duane Jones is the standout performance here: he's strong, kindly, take-charge and resourceful, but he also knows how to kick undead butt. By the finale, his character is the one that is remembered, especially given the haunting, shocking last scene, with an all-too-realistic racial undertone. But he was backed by excellent actors in Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, and dozens of zombie extras. Those people were amazing!
Stripped-down and stark, "Night of the Living Dead" is the sort of movie that should never be watched at night, and might make you look twice before going outside. Creepy, innovative and bizarre....more info
- Romero's night of the zombie cannibals.
I revisited this film before seeing George Romero's new film, Diary of the Dead, upon its theatrical release this weekend. Romero is best known as the director, writer, editor and actor in his "Dead Series" of five zombie-apocalypse films, which also offer his commentary on modern society. In the late Sixties, Romero and his friends kicked in roughly $10,000 each to produce the low-budget (i.e., $114,000) black-and-white zombie cult classic, Night of the Living Dead (1968). Duane Jones stars as Ben and Judith O'Dea as Barbra. The film tells the simple story of the mysterious reanimation of the dead and the efforts of Ben, Barbra and five others to survive the night while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse that is under attack by ravenous, flesh-eating zombies. Meanwhile the radio reports an epidemic of mass murders in the eastern United States, and an emergency television broadcast reveals the hungry murderers are consuming their victims' flesh. One scientist believes the reanimation of the dead is the result of radiation emanating from a Venus space probe that exploded in the Earth's atmosphere. A gunshot or heavy blow to the head is recommended to stop the "ghouls." The film features disturbing images especially for the 1960s, and one can only imagine what it was like experiencing this horror film upon its initial theatrical release. (Roger Ebert has described the film's effect on the audience: "The kids in the audience were stunned. There was almost complete silence. The movie had stopped being delightfully scary about halfway through, and had become unexpectedly terrifying. There was a little girl across the aisle from me, maybe nine years old, who was sitting very still in her seat and crying.") Astute viewers saw Romero's film as much more than a simple zombie flick. It offers his critique of late-1960s Vietnam-era America; one film historian called the film "subversive on many levels." To date, Romero has made four sequels to his film: Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985), Land of the Dead (2005) and Diary of the Dead (2008), and Night of the Living Dead has inspired countless other zombie films. This DVD edition (a must-have for any Romero fan) has been remastered to THX specifications from the best materials in Romero's possession, and offers many DVD extras.
G. Merritt ...more info
- Wrong one - don't waste your time with this
I wouldn't waste my time on this one, don't get confused like me - the one we're all looking for says "40th Anniversary Edition" and "2 Disc Set" or "No B.S." in the title and description. That's the original movie released to celebrate the 40th Anniversary....more info
- Classic Romero
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
- This is the NOTLD to buy
After listening to the hilarious interview between Max Brooks and George A. Romero at last years COMICCON, I was reminded how upsetting it was that GEORGE never got the copyright logo put on his original release of NOTLD. This means that for years George has been denied royalties and a means of making a living from the FILM he created. I approached him and offered that he should simply release his own PUBLIC DOMAIN version but fill it with stuff only he has access to. The 40th anniversary release gets this right and is a signature George Romero cover. This is the NOTLD to buy if you want to support the artist who originated the Zombie phenomenon, and support future visions from one of Horror Cinemas true legends. Support George by buying this DVD and STAY SCARED.
In case you weren't sure about the film, the transfer is terrific and NOTLD is an absolute must for any collector of DVDs horror or not....more info
- George Romeo's Masterpiece
George Romero's first dead film about zombie's is a must see. This movie also is about racism if you pay attention.George Romero has a way of putting socially relevant matters into his films with out throwing them in your face. His movies really get you thinking. A must have for any horror movie buff. This movie leaves you wanting more. There is a bit of humor slipped in to the movie too. This was the first time a horror film made me laugh. I recommend watching this movie before Dawn or Day of the dead. From the first moment I saw Johnny and Barbara I could not stop watching. The diversity of the characters is also great. You will com out of this rooting for Ben and cursing Mr. Cooper. The ending is a great surprise that you won't expect....more info
- New 40th anniversary edition of the best movie ever made in Pittsburgh
There have been numerous versions of this film circulating on DVD for years from cheap public domain copies on the 50 Movie Pack collections to more deluxe releases. Now here comes another version with - count them - two audio commentary tracks.
Along with "Carnival of Souls", this movie stands out as one of the definitive black-and-white horror movies of a bygone drive-in movie era. This movie scared me horribly when I first saw it back in the sixth grade. I had seen other scary movies before, but I think what makes this film so frightening is that there is a somewhat scientific explanation involved and that the horror is occurring to average people. The terror is not due to some supernatural occurrence that we know to be fantasy such as a vampire or some other relic from a 30's or 40's Universal horror film. Also, the drama is playing out in and around a farm house in rural Ohio, not some mythical haunted mansion. This puts you into the dilemma with the players. The fact that such bad acting is in play here just adds to the realism rather than making the film campy.
This movie showed something that could have only occurred pre-Watergate. At one point, the people trapped in the farmhouse discover a television and turn it on in search of news of what is going on. Something almost as remarkable to today's audiences as the dead rising from their graves is seen to occur. In Washington, reporters confront a government official about the situation, the government official tells the reporters the truth, and everyone believes what the government has told them. All of this would be truly remarkable in today's environment of mutual mistrust between citizens, government, and the media. Also, although we don't have actual vampires as the villain here, we have a similar dilemma. As the radiation causes the dead to become animated and seek to eat the flesh of the living, each time a victim is bitten, that victim eventually dies only to rise minutes later seeking the flesh of the living themselves, producing a problem that grows geometrically, just as vampires do.
Finally, this film has something important to say about race. Ben (Duane Jones), an African-American man, is the sole survivor of the group. Unique to 60's films, the group in the farmhouse accepts Ben as a leader since he is smart and a quick thinker. This portrayal of an African American as protagonist and problem solver is also unique to films of forty years ago. However, in the end, as morning arrives, Ben is sitting near a window of the farmhouse as the posse that is hunting down, shooting, and burning the zombies finally arrives. Happy to see his rescuers, Ben makes a movement, hoping the posse will see him. Unfortunately they do, and they shoot him dead. The film ends with Ben's body being carried from the house and being put in a pile about to be burned. He survived the whole ordeal for nothing. This begs the question, would the posse have shot first and asked questions later had they seen a white person waving from the window? Did they automatically assume - perhaps subconsciously - that there was no good reason for a black man to be in mainly white rural Ohio and therefore just assume he was a zombie? I don't know if this question was hung out there intentionally by the film's creators for the audience to ponder, but it is a point that is almost impossible to ignor. The extra features include:
Audio Commentary by George A. Romero, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman and John A. Russo
Audio Commentary by Russell W. Streiner, Vince Surinski, Judith O'Dea, Bill Hinzman, Kyra Schon and Keith Wayne
One For The Fire: The Legacy of Night of the Living Dead
Speak of the Dead: A Conversation with George A. Romero
Ben Speaks: The Last Interview with Duane Jones
Original Theatrical Trailer
Original Screenplay DVD-Rom ...more info
- Not the original you thought it was.
I use to be really big into Romero's dead series. My favorite of the series remains "Day Of the Dead". But these days as I got back and view these films, I see just how badly directed they are.
NOW, I just watched "The Last Man On Earth" with Vincent Price (which came before NOTLD) nd I just couldn't help but to think how Romero basically ripped off this film. If you think Romero's take on zombies is original, check out the Vincent Price film....more info
- Night of the living collectors: The nightmare never ends!
After doing a very detailed research of this product online in many different serious and complete product pages, i sincerely didn't find anything new about the picture or sound quality, or any improvements on the film itself whatsoever , something that can make this DVD edition worth to buy again! I think we all got the edition of our preference of this classic milestone, epic landmark, outstanding masterpiece that changed, using the director's passion, ingenuity, and imagination more than an actual production budget, the fate of the horror genre forever. I'm really holding myself to keep writing about this incredible masterful work , this accidental , disturbing, visceral, gruesome, menacing and creepy portrayal of paranoia and claustrophobic madness, a film that ended the concept of valiant heroes, happy endings and supernatural-related sources of evil and terror in the horror film genre of the late 60's. A rule shatterer for its time that excluded the emotional buffering proper of the audiences's standards, in this movie the good guys can't possibly win but only try to remain calm and sane, monsters become more powerful because of the endless unstoppable source of contagion that nobody can escape, authorities are dangerous and inept, friends and families turn against each other, prolonging their agonies in angst, fear and despair.... Add to this madness the macabre concept of the flesh eating zombies, re-animated corpses of our own people, blinded-by-hunger mindless ghouls made of human rotten shells. No wonder this independent low-budget movie shaked the foundations of american cinema, and haunted the collective fears of viewers with sheer realism.
Oops! Sorry for loosing my track. Going back to this edition, and only for the photos and comments of this product that i collected in every corner of the web, i'm pretty sure more than one fan will be absolutely thrilled about this 40 year anniversary DVD edition. All i can say so far, is that the best most acclaimed previous edition was re-released in this new great format with this spectacular cover signed by George A. Romero. I 'm almost positive that this extra material is new, but only based on mere trust, after all Romero loves to talk about his productions, detailing every possible aspect of production, details already published in thousands of interviews before, but for collectors it's always a pleasure. Fans who apreciate mr. Romero's interviews and comments must be excited about the promised new material, check the rest of the cast and crew audio comments. If they don't know about the shooting of the film, who does? Check the extras list to find out yourselves:
-Original screenplay DVD room only.
-Original theatrical trailer (for this edition)
-Speak of the dead: interview with George A. Romero
-Last interview with Dwane Jones: Ben speaks.
-Documentary: One for the fire.
-Audio commentary: All new- George Romero, Karl Hartman, Marilyn Eastman, John Russo.
-Audio commentary: All new- Judith O'Dea, Russell Streiner, Vince Zurinsky, Bill Hinzman, Kyra Schon, Keith Wayne.
-English 2.0 mono original soundtrack (not confirmed)
-English 5.1 remastered dolby soundtrack
-English and spanish subtitles.
In my humble opinion, this extras are spectacular for any collector and a must see for fans. Too bad, yet another version of my favorite vintage horror movie of all times, it will be my third and i can't care less about money right now. Struggle with your thoughts and logic for a while, then order the movie. It's not that hard, it worked for me!
Five stars for the new 40 year collector's edition, you know this classic....
- On DVD yet again, but a good DVD nevertheless
There are ump-teen versions of Night of the Living Dead floating around on DVD, so do we really need another edition of it? Not really, but this 40th Anniversary Edition from the Weinstein Company's Dimension Extreme (who released Romero's recent Diary of the Dead) is a pretty good release of the landmark horror film. Since we already know just how great, influential, and legendary Night of the Living Dead is, I won't bother going into the film's storyline, but will instead focus on the DVD itself. Featured here are two commentary tracks that contain George Romero, John Russo, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, and more besides, as well as an excellent hour and a half long documentary on the film's creation and legacy. There is also an interesting video Q&A with Romero, and the final interview with Duane Jones. There is also a still gallery, the film's trailer, and the ability to view the film's script via DVD-ROM to boot. The special features alone are good enough for this single-disc release, and are worth the price of admission. However, if you already own the superior Milennium Edition of the film, there really is no reason to pick this up. If you don't though, then by all means pick up this new edition of Night of the Living Dead; it's a horror classic that even 40 years later can still scare the daylights out of you, and still proves ever effective....more info
- Elite's Editions are still the BEST
Having snagged a copy a couple of weeks before street date, I watched this special edition last night. I have mixed feelings and I'm happy to share them.
The Transfer: No better than what you can get on the current Goodtimes or any of the Elite versions. In fact, watching this on HDMI Upconvert, the image wasn't quite as good as what you find on the Elite and Good Times editions.
Audio: Weak stereo surround and, unless it's hidden somewhere, NO option for the original mono soundtrack. That is very wrong.
Commentary Tracks: The same that are found on the Elite ediitons.
One For The Fire - This is the second feature-length documentary to commemorate NIght of the Living Dead. This one is very downbeat and quite sad in places. Although interesting in spots, especially whwn you get to see some "Night" locations and interviews with veteran zombies, I felt that this is more of a tribute FOR those connected with the original film, and not so much for the fans. But that's not a bad thing, I still recommend this documentary.
Overall a pretty good special edition of "Night of the Living Dead," and the cover is really cool, but personally speaking, I like the Elite Millennium edition the best. That version was and is still the definitive edition of "Night of the Living Dead." I actually own two copies, in case something happens to the original!
- Great Original
This movie was great! I enjoy the original in all of its black and white glory compared to its remake. ...more info