|Night Of The Living Dead (Rifftrax Version)
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- Excellent Old Classic Horror
I bought this movie recently and is superb. The sound is crispy and the visual rich.
For the Extras, i was happy to watch and see for the first time most of the actors talking in the present and an interview with Duane Jones (rip)....more info
That's all. And if I have to elaborate; Scary, interesting, dated but still worth watching. If you expect a modern zombie-movie you'll be dissapointed, and the pace will be too slow for you.
If you want a classic, to see the roots, then it will be a great watch. Plus, it's so ridiculously cheap now (my copy, brand new dvd, was around 4 dollars) that it's not that big a loss if you don't like it.
- a true classic in every way....
This is a classic flick in every way! It has some not so great acting, and a little cheesyness here & there, but all in all it has several scary moments. The funniest thing to me, tho, is at the opening, the zombie that attacks then chases Barbara is moving pretty quickly, then when it shows him arrive at the house later, he slowly turns to look at the other zombies, THEN he starts swaying and moving really slowly & stiffly! It's like he probably thought, "oh yea, I'm a zombie, I guess I better stiffen up!" Try to notice that the next time you watch this classic. I bet when this came out in 1968, it was considered horrible & shocking! ...more info
- Best Version I have Seen
I have only owned about 2 or 3 versions of this film and I have to say this is probably the best. For the price you really cant go wrong with both versions the black and white and color. Its not like its in high definition or anything but the quality is good enough for me to say its almost the best I have seen for an older version of this. Not much more can be said about Night of The Living Dead but it is the all time classic zombie movie that paved the way for so much garbage zombie films and the good ones. No doubt in my mind that a company is trying to make more money off a good movie with a new version but at least this one is worth it. Special features are rather disappointing but I think it makes up for it by the commentary track. Odds are if you have never seen this movie and this is your 1st than you might be disappointed by the claustrophobia of the whole film except the beginning but for me I enjoyed that aspect of being in one place. The zombies move about the pace of a turtle so I think it would be fun to play with these zombies over the current run after you aggressive type. You might find yourself wondering why anyone is scared of them except for they want to eat you. I have to say though that a slower pace and claustrophobia is a good feeling in a movie for me especially a zombie movie. Overall in my opinion this is still the definitive zombie movie (not so much the dvd) for me....more info
- No 3-D glasses included
Forget about this product. Does not include the glasses needed to view. No mention in the box or product descript on where to purchase the correct glasses. no mention on the product description on Amazon that the glasses were not included....more info
- The One Time the Living Dead were truly Terrifying
In 1968 George A. Romero took the world by storm with an incredibly violent, low-budget, horror film that introduced what would grow to be the modern day interpretation of the living dead (referred to as zombies by most modern day moviegoers). These creatures are the reanimated corpses of the recently deceased, they shuffle, moan and eat the flesh of the living, and the only ways to kill them being incineration and a fatal blow to the head (via gunshot or clubbing). Naturally these aspects would lead these monsters into being the most common form of canon-fodder in today's video games.
In recent years the zombies, due to their stupidity, and the fact that they are easy to kill, have made them nothing more than things for the heroes of a film to blow apart in increasingly gruesome manners (so long as they're zombies the MPAA does not care how the characters go about killing them). So what is it about Romero's first Dead film that makes these creatures so darn scary? Two out of the three sequels to this cult classic (the classic Dawn of the Dead, and the more resent Land of the Dead) have used these creatures to create socially satirical environments exploiting human nature, while never bringing real spine tingling moments, the concepts (at least in Dawn) were equally frightening to the horror of Night of the Living Dead, just in a more psychological aspect.
How do these pitiful excuses for monsters bring in the scares within this low-budget exploitation film? I'd have to place my bet on the claustrophobic atmosphere Romero creates within the farmhouse, where ninety-five percent of the film takes place. In films such as Dawn, and Day of the Dead the characters had a lot more maneuverability. They could run, they could hide, and easily out maneuver these slow, clumsy creatures. Here, there is no room to move about, and you can feel that there truly is no way out, and no place to hide.
The film starts as a brother and sister drive to apply the annual decoration to their father's grave. The two individuals are Barbra and Johnny, and as the two leave they are assaulted by a man. Barbra flees to a nearby farmhouse, and the story begins. Soon after she arrives she encounters a strong willed man by the name of Ben, who quickly establishes that Barbra is hysterical and must be taken care of. Taking responsibility for both their survival Ben soon boards up the doors and windows, preparing to sit the infestation out until help arrives.
During the stay they discover some more survivors living in the house's cellar. There's the eager to help young man by the name of Tom, and his loyal girlfriend Judy, and then the paranoid Harry Cooper, his wife Helen, and their ill daughter Karen. Mister Cooper instantly protests against the command of Ben, saying that they all should retreat to the cellar, because there's only one way in and out of the cellar, as opposed to the house with its many doors and windows. Ben denies this, not wanting to be enclosed in a death trap without any means of escape if things were to go badly (which you know they will). In the end it seems only ironic as to how each character meets his or her fate.
I must point out the Ben character played by Duane Jones because he is obviously the star of this film, and for good reason. Considering this was the 1960s, and racism was still a huge factor throughout the country it feels remarkable to see such a well done performance by an African American actor, with such great intensity, especially with such a low-budget. He is strong willed, and won't let people change his mind, even to the point of ignorance, but he does so with such passion we, the audience, can't help but side with him as the character, even when he is clearly wrong at times with his decisions. His survival techniques are not perfect, but with his strong attitude he is able to make the survivors inside the house side with him, over the over-cautious (yet, in all fairness, intelligent) Harry Cooper.
This film has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the best horror movies to date, and still beats out all of today's zombie films by a mile. Here the zombies really are scary, without resorting to being anything more than slow moving, clumsy beings (unlike the remake of Dawn of the Dead where they felt inclined to super power the creatures). Also, the setting is so normal it further increases the scare factor. How many people haven't been in houses like the one in this film? Imagine being trapped in one of these houses, surrounded by vicious flesh-eaters in the late hours of the night. This is where Night of the Living Dead succeeds where others of the genre have miserably fallen. If it wasn't for the original Night of the Living Dead, and Dawn of the Dead (both of which have been remade with a less positive response from critics and audiences alike) zombies would be some of the worst movie monsters ever conceived. This film innovated and created the concept of the living dead which have been embraced by mainstream audiences, and it is fitting that it is perhaps the ONLY film involving the creatures that has legitimately frightened me. Maybe it was watching it at night with the lights turned off, but I can say that few films have actually scared me when I watched it. Let me put it this way, most classic horror films that truly deserve their status don't scare me when I'm watching them, but end up poking my mind later on in the day (Examples are The Shining and the original Nightmare on Elm Street). With this film I was constantly holding my breath, and looking about the room nervously.
The reason I was frightened (and surprised) by this film was due to its incredibly fast pacing, which is very similar to the way films are made today. This film just never has its dull moments (not to say I like all action, I was just surprised how quick it was). The plot is extraordinarily simple, and could've easily been covered in thirty minutes, but Romero was careful to grab the audience in the first attack scene, and keep their attention through means of suspense and violence.
Now that brings us to the violence, and there is nothing that the undead are more associated with then excessive amounts of blood and gore. For the 1960s this film is incredibly violent, especially when it shows the undead feeding on the flesh of their victims. Being low-budget the victims are not seen being torn apart like they are in the sequels, but you still are given some disgusting shots of flesh from the bones, or fighting over intestines, which in some perverse way reminded me of people fighting over a chicken wing at a local KFC buffet. The images are just truly grotesque, maybe not to the avid, modern day gore lover, but to the common moviegoer it still holds up as being disturbing.
This is the best film of the living dead subgenre, followed closely by its sequel, Dawn of the Dead, and certainly holds up in all regards to the modern, brainless horror film. The film goes out to scare, and manages to pull it off, even to this day. Though the zombies are most associated with gore, and for the 60s this film surely had it, this is a film with more brain than blood, and that's why it has terrified people for so long, and will continue to do so, even as the creatures continue to become even less threatening through video games and modern interpretations (which happen to be video game based, for the most part). With their decline as an actual icon of terror, at least we can still return to the gut wrenching human struggle, and terror of George A. Romero's definitive horror picture.
5/5 stars; a classic that has endured the test of time with more strength, emotionally, and in the form of pure terror, than many films of the same era which possessed a larger budgets, certainly being on par with some of Hitchcock's greats.
- Night of the Living Dead
he first and best of George Romero's zombie series, a horror classic made on a low five figure budget way back in 1968. Some of the acting is less than stellar, but this hardly affects the tightening knot in your stomach. More restrained than later outings, the zombies are less turbo-charged, which only increases the prevailing sense of dread. Film builds to a nifty surprise finish. Consistently creepy, punctuated by moments of unbridled terror. Be warned!...more info
- The Dead Walk Again!!
This film is a Masterpiece, most people who have seen this film should agree with me if you do not then you do not like Cinema or you do not have any respect for great films of the past and their Directors.
There seem to be a lot of these people who i have mentioned above do not have respect for great classic films and there directors they would go out and see or buy garbage like Charlies Angels, Titanic, Bridget Jones Diary, Basic Instinct 2, etc, instead of buying any classic films of the past or recent memory, these people piss me off and insult me you should stay out of watching or owning movies!!!.
Anyway to this DVD, this 40th Anniversary Edition of The Night Of The Living Dead is a great film but it does not have enough extras to make it as good as Dawn Of The Dead UE 4 Disc set.
With this Restored and Remastred Edition the Black and White picture is sharp and i have spotted no grain whatso ever the picture is also so very clear to the Eye.
The sound is also very good with the music roaring to the sound of the extreme horror which dominates my HDTV.
Again going back to the extras i just wished there was more and i was hoping for either a 2/4 Disc set but nether mind thats life eh, the extras consist of the following:-
A 83 minute Making off Production Documentary
2 Audio Commentaries by the usual Suspects!
Q/A Session with George Romero
Ben Speaks The last interview with Duane Jones
could of been so much more.
So final verdict
George Romero's 40th Anniversary Edition Of Night Of The Living Dead Restored and Remastered is a great classic Horror movie but with average extras.
- Second only to the Millenium Edition
If you want to pick up this timeless horror classic, theres really only two ways to go. if you dont mind spending a little more, the Millenium Edition is deffinitely the way to go, with its multitude of bonus features. other than that, the 2 versions are identical (picture/sound/ect). this version also features an all new 80 minute documentary, some incentive for even the Millenium Edition owners to purchase this one. only if they're they most hardcore of fans though.
Everyone knows the story, the recently deceased are rising from the dead to feast on the warm flesh of the living. it opens with that legendary scene in the graveyard, along with perhaps the most quoted line in horror (THEY'RE COMMING TO GET YOU BARBARA) it doesnt take long for things to lose control. the sudden attacks by seemingly normal people interrupt the sibling quarreling between Barbara and her brother. Barbara runs and takes shelter in a nearby farmhouse. she meets some other survivors and as they barricade themselves inside, a lot of attention is paid to the character interactions, and how we would react to one another in such a situation. who will live to see morning?.. you probably already know but still..
the special features are probably the main draw for most of us in this case, and they deffinitely delivered the goods. 2 commentary tracks. one from Romero, one from the cast. 80 min documentary on the making of and events leading up to NOTLD. audio only interview with Duane Jones, and a 15 min Q+A with Romero.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.....more info
- scary movie
This is the scariest movie I have ever seen. I lived in Pittsburgh when the movie came out originally. The movie is set in Pittsburgh with news celebrities that were still working after the movie. When one of the living dead reached through the wall and grabbed the person, I was trying to get their hand off my shirt. And then I looked around and about half the people were doing the same thing. ...more info
- Oh what a night!
Simply put: If you have not seen this classic film, then you are missing
THE zombie film that started a legacy. ...more info
- Almost every zombie film uses some unholy marriage between repulsion and humor. This one simply uses good old fashioned horror
The Colorized DVD of Night of the Living Dead is something to treasure (and is required viewing every Halloween). The thing that I really liked about it was that it also contains the black and white version if color is not your taste. It also contains audio commentary and trailers. The first thing we see before you press "play movie" is an eerie image of Barbara's face and a full moon with creepy music which sets the mood perfectly.
Being chased and cornered by undead humans who want to eat warm flesh had never been envisioned before this movie was envisioned. While many good zombie movies have been made since its release, none has surpassed Night of the Living Dead's eerie atmosphere. Virtually all zombie films try to make some unholy marriage between horror, comedy, and gore (like Dead Alive and Return of the Living Dead). Some even try to throw romance into the mix. Night of the Living Dead, with its simplistic nature, just goes for scary and, because of that, it's still the best zombie movie ever made. Roger Ebert, in his review of this movie, said that it was so scary when it was released that children were crying in the audience he was in. And it's effective even today (especially the last 10-15 minutes).
Indulge yourself and get the zombie flick that started it all....more info
- There's Always A Beginning
This is the movie that started it all. If you love horror movies, and more specifically, if you love zombie movies you owe a lot of your enjoyment to this film. Shocking for it's time and still holds up. What is most important about this film is that it gave director and creator George Romero a path to make the movies he wanted to make. For that alone it deserves immense respect as one of the all time classic films. 5 stars because I can't give 5 million stars....more info
- THE ULTIMATE ZOMBIE CLASSIC!!!
This is the Godfather of Zombie films! It's been 40 years since George A. Romero directed this classic, and all these years later, we still enjoy it! The storyline is awesome! The gore is awesome! The twist ending is awesome! It has the classic look and feel of the late 60's. If you love classic horror and zombies, you'll love NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD!!!...more info
- 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.
- In Unliving Colour
George Romero's 1968 masterpiece gets a decent colourization job in this must-have DVD release. The previous attempt at colourizing Night, in the mid-80s, brought new meaning to the word 'inept'; thankfully, this job is much better. You'd never mistake this for an actual colour picture, unlike the astonishingly good colour-job done on Plan 9 From Outer Space by the same folks, but you can only do so much with the bleary basic stock here. Mike Nelson's commentary is the main reason I bought this - it'll be the top reason for all my fellow MST3K fanatics, too - and Mr Nelson doesn't disappoint in the wisecrack department; but, often you get the feeling he's just making cheap shots at what is not by any stretch of the imagination a bad movie. Mainly because he is, which is sad considering that the guy's a genius. The only other extra (apart from trailers) is a Zombie Celebrity 'game'. It's not a game, it's not funny, who the frak cares.
Night 68 ain't perfect, and it hasn't aged well, but for my money it is still powerfully frightening if you accept it for what it is. The recent movie 28 Weeks Later starts with a homage to Night, proof of the movie's lasting influence.
This is where the modern zombie movie all began. A small group of people, thrown together by circumstance, are besieged in a farmhouse by an army of killers. As time passes, the nature of these crazed attackers is revealed, and it soon becomes obvious that unless our heroes can work out how to live together, they will die together....
Romero's first zombie film, considered shocking and even Satanic in the late 60s, is almost tame by modern standards, lacking the gore and frenetic cutting that have become staples of the modern living dead flick. It retains its' power to disturb, however, partly because it is so understated....and one cannot avoid the fact that this is the movie that started it all. You don't start a whole genre with a turkey, after all.
A 100% must buy for Romero fans, who are probably sick of buying yet another edition of the same movie (Survivor Cut, Millennium Edition, Fake 3D version etc), and also for those of limited imagination to whom black and white photography means 'boring old film'. This movie's a stone cold
killer, babies. And now it's in colour for the digital age. May offend purists, but not as much as the 30th Anniversary Edition did. The ultimate indy drive-in horror movie.
- The Best of the Colored Versions
This is by far the best of the colorized versions of this film.
They did a pretty good job with it overall, although there are some spots were it seems weird (the car is bright orange and looks like the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard...and whats up with the psychodelic colored walls???) it is solid overall. The fire is mesmerizing looking, but Ben's skin tone isn't quite right (at least i hope not).
The quality of the picture isn't bad, but it still is not as sharp as some of the remastered black and white versions of this film. so this version is a little more blurry, but not enough to detract from the overall enjoyment of what you're looking at.
The movie itself is unchanged. No new cuts, edits, or soundtracks, just the original stuff.
The bonus features are lame, and the commentary track is retarded and not even worth listening too.
Basically, if you want to see what this movie is like in color, buy this one. It actually makes it feel like a whole new movie, and you find yourself thinking ahead and trying to guess what color various things in the film are going to end up being.
I think overall they did a good job, and it is worthy of a place in my Romero collection....more info
- Real Horror
If you are looking for an interesting, original horror movie this is the one for you. This is not your typical movie at all.
There are no stars and Duane Jones (Ben) is the only substantial character (other than catatonic Barbara played by Judith O'Dea). It was shot on a shoestring budget (estimated at a little over $100,000) around Pittsburgh, PA.
The movie starts swiftly and emerges the audience without any warning into a nightmarish world. The quick pace of the film makes it easy to watch, and the intensity of it all--gripping the edge of your seat to see what happens next--totally captivates.
This movie is truly enjoyable. In the original black and white, it is an eerie film, not gory or gruesome. It is terrifying.
This edition also comes with the colorized version, which is not bad, but just strange (some colors are so vibrant and intense it shifts the mood of the scene, meanwhile other colors are paled or grayed and actually enhance the feeling of the scene). Watch it in black and white first, and then try it in color.
Either way, this film is a must see for horror fans.
One of my personal favorites! ...more info
- NIght of the living dead is great
The original Zombie movie. If you like Zombie movies at all and you haven't seen this... then you need to check it out. This is a nice DVD release, digitally remastered in the original creepy black and white....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
- The one ,the only.
This is the movie that turned me into an obssesed horror fan. My friend told me about it and let me borrow it and I had no idea this movie would effect me the way it did. Ever since Iv'e been trying to get my hands on any old/underground horror flick I could find. At the beginning of the movie I was thinking "oh god,this is going to suck" and by the end I was convinced that this was one of the best horror films ever made.(*Spoilers*)The idea of somebody making a movie where a little girl eats her mother in 1968 was unbelievable to me. The extremely ironic ending was the icing on the cake and IMO is one of the best endings in horror history. My favorite in the "dead" trilogy by far.
When I first seen this colored version on Amazon I thought it was a disgrace(this movie is made to be watched in B&W and should be watched that way for the first time)but when I realized it contained both versions I had to have it. The commentary is pretty annoying and very insulting to fans of the movie(its done by the guy from "mystery science theater" and he doesn't take the movie seriously at all,it really pisses me off)but if your a fan of the movie and always thought "I wonder what color barbara's shirt is,what color is the car" ect.,ect. I highly recommend this version. If you've never seen this movie I still recommend this version but WATCH THE B&W VERSION FIRST, I repeat WATCH THE B&W VERSION FIRST, its the way it was meant to be seen for the first time....more info
- More Notes on the 40th Anniversary DVD
Having owned a couple of the earlier public domain releases, I'm pleased to say that the quality of this new "remastered" print is pretty darned good, all things considered.
The greatest value of the disc, however, is in the extras. The nearly and hour-and-a-half documentary, "One For The Fire", is by itself worth the modest price of the DVD. It covers the entire genesis of the film, beginning with Romero's earliest attempts at filmmaking and the production company formed by him and his college buddies through to the collective decision: "Let's make a movie!". It also explains how it almost instantly (and accidentally) fell into the public domain and how all of the original elements of the film (along with all of the company's commercials and industrial films) were destroyed in a basement flood. The documentarians seem to have interviewed almost everybody associated with "Night of the Living Dead"'s creation and filming, and it's a fascinating journey that (unlike many DVD extras) doesn't need to rely on showing a lot of prolonged scenes from the movie just to fill the time. It's very informative, engaging, and a great bonus for this release.
Also included is a 15-minute audio-only interview with lead actor Duane Jones, who seems to have kept his association with the movie very much at arm's length over the years. It was recorded a year before Jones' death in 1988 and is candid and pretty riveting.
The 15-minute footage of a Romero Q&A at a comics convention isn't all that interesting, unfortunately, since the bulk of the information is covered in "One For The Fire".
I understand that the commentary tracks are carried over from an earlier DVD of the film (which might explain why the heard-in-the-background audio of the movie itself is out of synch with the picture, which is kind of annoying). They're still entertaining, though.
Throw in a still image galley and a comically bad original theatrical trailer, and you've got a great bargain for the price. While watching all of the extras, I was reminded of Criterion's DVD release of Herk Harvey's "Carnival of Souls" - in that it will probably be of most interest to filmmaking buffs in general than to casual fans of zombie movies. But it should please both camps.
- A documentary at last
Finally a documentary on the production of NOTLD, we've been waiting years. This and the Millenium Edition are the only ones to own....more info
- WHO NEEDS MONEY TO CREATE MOOD AND ATMOSPHERE?
This review is for the Millennium edition DVD only. A great transfer to a classic with excellent bonus material for the Millennium edition DVD. This movie has more atmosphere and chills than new films costing 100 times what it cost to make this classic gem. The acting is nothing special, but the mood and atmosphere are sure to send chills up your spine. If you love horror movies this is a must have DVD....more info
- even if you already own it, get this edition!
Like its zombies, Night of the Living Dead just seems to keep coming back from the grave. The latest DVD release of the classic is a 40th anniversary edition that comes with an outstanding set of extras. There's no doubt that Night of the Living Dead is one of the most influential horror films of all time. George Romero and John Russo didn't invent zombies on film, but their prototype of the shambling, flesh-eating, shoot-the-head to kill them, has become the zombie of choice in popular culture. Without Night of the Living Dead we probably wouldn't have Max Brooks' World War Z or other popular zombie fiction novels; we probably wouldn't have video games and film series like Resident Evil. When you consider the film was made on a budget of around $100,000, produced and acted by essentially amateurs, it makes its status all the more incredible. The film was a community effort. The actors served as producers, directors, and make-up artists. Everyone did multiple duties. If the film did have a bigger budget it likely would not have the same impact. Can you imagine it being in color rather than its stark black & white?
The lack of funds forced the crew to be creative. Chocolate syrup stood in for blood, mortician's makeup was used to fashion the zombies, and a fireworks expert created the gunshot effects. The eerie soundtrack was stock music taken from a variety of sources. If some of it sounds like it came from a campy 1950's Sci-Fi film you'd be right on the money as some of it did come from the 1959 film Teenagers from Outer Space. Karl Hardman and Marilyn Eastman who played Mr. and Mrs. Cooper, also provided the sound effects and Eastman did the makeup. Modern critics have lauded the film for its subversive qualities and Vietnam-era take on American Society. But when you hear the actors talk about the film you don't get the idea that they were trying to send any messages to viewers. They were just trying to make a scary horror film. Night of the Living Dead is an instance where the planets aligned just right and in a remarkable confluence of events and efforts, a near perfect horror film was created. The amateur actors work because they are real people and not professionals.
This 40th anniversary edition features a fully restored and re-mastered cut of the film with features overseen by George Romero himself. First, there are two audio commentaries: One featuring Romero, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, and John Russo. The second features Producer/Actor Russ Streiner (Johnny), Judith O' Dea (Barbra), Kyra Schon (Karen Cooper), and Karl Hinzman (cemetery zombie).
The main attraction of the 40th Anniversary Edition is the brand new, 83-minute documentary that covers the film from beginning to end. The documentary opens in black & white as an SUV drives through a cemetery. The film switches to color as Streiner and O'Dea visit the same grave where they placed a wreath forty years earlier. The documentary features comments from almost all the surviving cast members including Eastman, Hardman (who just passed away recently), Schon, Hinzman, George Kosana (Sheriff McClelland) Bill Cardille (reporter who played himself), and Ella Mae Smith who played a zombie, along with Romero, Russo, and others in the crew.
It's fascinating to hear their stories and memories about making the movie. Russo and Streiner returned to the infamous basement where little Karen killed and ate her mother. The basement was actually in an office building in Pittsburgh and looks much the same today. Streiner laments about a flood, which destroyed a number of the film's assets including prints and press kits. Hinzman (who looks actually younger now than he did as the Cemetery Zombie) talks about the problems he had breaking the window of Barbra's car with a rock. They also discuss the mistake made in not copyrighting the film, which fell into public domain a few years after the release where it remains today. The documentary alone makes this edition a must have.
"Speak of the Dead" is a 15 minute Q & A with George Romero that took place at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto in August of 2007. Romero discusses many of the film's influences including the EC Comics from his youth.
"Ben Speaks" is an audio only interview with Duane Jones. The last interview the reclusive actor and professor gave in December 1987. He would pass away the following Summer.
There's also a still gallery and a copy of the script in .PDF format.
Because of its public domain status there are a lot of versions of the DVD available but this is the only one you MUST own!
- The original, and still the best
With rare exception, the living dead in every zombie movie produced, behave precisely like they do in this film. Today, they stagger, stumble, gape, grope, chomp and chew guts just as they did under George Romero's direction. This film is the great grand daddy of zombie movies. I've heard the theories that the film is, at its base, about racism. I've heard the opinions that it is a thinly veiled "us against them" metaphorical and moral diatribe against racial prejudice. The film can be construed as such, I suppose, but I don't think that was on the writer or director's mind at the time. Sure, some elements of racial hatred and vigilante justice seem present at the end, but I think the analogies are incidental to the story, perhaps utterly accidental. There is nothing ever accidental about racism. The real gist of the story is visceral horror, of girl children eating their mothers, of strange and grisly transformations, of shots to the head to kill cannibalistic, murderous zombies. I doubt the thought ever occurred to George Romero that casting Duane Jones as the black hero of the film might sharpen that racial edge that was basic to the story, `cuz it's not a theme in it. It didn't occur to Duane Jones either who said, "It never occurred to me that I was hired because I was black. But it did occur to me that because I was black it would give a different historic element to the film." It did that. Duane Jones was the first African-American to be cast as the hero in a horror film. The real value of this film is the legacy of horror it spawned for two generations of zombie movie fans. Is racism a persistent theme in zombie movies today? Perhaps a very marginal and an accidental one at best. And how do those racial demographics parse in terms of good guys and bad guys? I have no idea. I'm watching for the gaping, groping and gut chomping....more info
- NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
This is an excellent edition of Night of the living dead because of the extras. It contains interviews with the living cast members except for Judith Ridley who played Judy.It was nice to see Barbra and Johnny back in the cemetary 40 years later.Unfortunately Duane Jones(Ben),Karl Hardman(Mr.Cooper)and Keith Wayne(Tom)are no longer with us.May they rest in peace!But it was nice to see the others talk about this classic movie! This will always be George Romero's one and only masterpiece!!The film quality is excellent considering all the bad copies of this movie out there. I will always be a loyal fan of this film and it will always remain my favorite....more info
- What A Great 40th Edition Of This Classic Film Dead.
I like many other night of living dead fans i have been scratching my head over which version of this film to get. because it seems like every tom,dick and harry who is in film company biz has release their version of this classic film, which explain why there are so many versions. it's a headache too choose which one to get, i know george and his associates are bit upset over this problem too. well i got this version because it was endorsed by george himself and was filled with goodies that the others didn't have like duane jones last interview in audio form on this DVD which is great and all the other extra have interviews with the surviving cast members of this classic dead film. showing where they shot most of key shots in the film and fun stuff like that, plus the film has been cleaned up with the scratches and dirt removed from so it looks as if it was shot today with exception of the vintage automobiles etc. it is a pristine print , clear and vivid . This definitely the one to get out of all the ones on the market.
Highly Recommended. ...more info
- THE CLASSIC THAT STARTED IT ALL
This is the classic that started the whole flesh eating zombie genre , this is a good start to a new genre , this is the best edition dvd you can find , great acting for unknown actors , highly recommended....more info
- Best Movie Ever!!!
The one and only. The oringinal Night of the Living Dead was by far the best horror movie ever made. If you like scary movies its a must see film....more info
What more needs to be said about Night of the Living Dead? The word "cult-classic" is practically defined through the experience of watching Romero's magnum opus...
Nevertheless, for the savvy shopper, this is perhaps the best version of the film to-date, because it's essentially a three for one. Not only do you get the original black and white film in all of its terrible glory, but this new DVD release also contains a newly colorized version (that also features 5.1 surround sound) that provides a completely different viewing experience for even the most ardent fan, and is that much more likely to interest the younger generation. Additionally, this version contains a hilarious, heckling "audio commentary" by Mike Nelson, of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame. The commentary itself is worth buying in of itself, as anyone who has chanced across MST3K before can attest.
From what I can tell, this version is the best bang for you buck, since you get those three distinct experiences for the same money as just buying the black and white version. Get to it!...more info
- Zombie Pioneer
Ironically, I decided on seeing "Night of the Living Dead" after reading The Undead and Philosophy: Chicken Soup for the Soulless (Popular Culture and Philosophy), (I am sure the authors did not have that response in mind). Anyway, after much reference to Romero's movies, I decided I had had a deprived existence for not having seen them.
Shot in black and white, Romero casts a dark and dank mood over the movie, making it all the more creepy. With the addition of some serious gore, (for 1968, that is), and some excellent photography, the movie starts the tension early and keeps it going right to the end. While the explanations for the zombie phenomenon are never really fleshed out, (no pun intended), the radiation from a space probe seems to be the one offered. The main characters are holed up in an isolated farm house, and each has distinctly different responses to their situation. Ironically, the very thing they fear seems to come to pass.
Some of the sound effects seem decidedly "cheesy", such as the "blood" dripping from the stairs onto the floor. However, this is more than compensated for by the overall tension and darkness of the movie. This would have to be one of the creepiest movies I have seen.
I have not seen later editions, so this review refers to the original 1968 release. It is an excellent movie that spawned a whole sub-genre of horror movies. It is simply a masterpiece. ...more info
- 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. But he was backed by excellent actors in Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, and dozens of zombie extras. Those people were amazing!
A note of warning: Buy not the Alpha print. Horribly scratchy image and sound, to the point where I had difficulty telling what was going on. The best cheap print I've seen was the Diamond Ent. copy, paired with "Dementia 13" -- lovely, clear and sharp.
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
- night of the living dead 1968
Is a classic in the horror for those who like George A. Romero movies....more info
- Formerly the definitive dvd version of NOTLD
This was the definitive version of NOTLD to own until the 40th anniversary came along. Night of the Living Dead 40th Anniv....more info
- The only version of "Night..." that you should own... DO NOT BUY THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY ED.!!
I am a purist and like the grainy quality of this movie on the video taped version that I have. However, if you are going to buy a version of night for the DVD era, this is the MUST BUY edition.
Before I continue, let me say DO NOT BUY THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION! It is only interesting in its novelty, but is a disgraceful re-writing of the original masterpiece.
Make no mistake, "Night of the Living Dead" is a masterpiece, a brilliant selection of moments, camera angles, and black and white horror that still resonates to this day. The protagonist is strong, and the antagonist is a perfect foil.
The ending is the greatest movie ending I have ever seen in my 31 years. It shocked me to the core. "Seven" is a distant second when it comes to rattling endings.
The extras are fantastic, with many of the original cast members coming to provide commentary. It is excellent.
No one can call themselves a fan of the zombie genre without owning or at least watching this movie. ...more info
- The MST3K legacy lives on.
We all know Night of the Living Dead is a classic, for it's zombies and for its social commentary. Mike Nelson's commentary alone makes this dvd worth the price and then some. It does however make you really miss MST3K though....more info
- Great Original
This movie was great! I enjoy the original in all of its black and white glory compared to its remake. ...more info
- George Romero has caught Lucasitis
Jesus Christ George! How many times are you going to re-re-re-re-release this movie? Their are as many versions of this movie floating around as their are Friday the 13th episodes. Quadruple dipping must be a George thing....more info
- The original , The classic
The original version , the classic, un-censored.
Pretty restored with a new transfer and audio remix in 5.1.
this is not the 30's anniversay edition.