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This is one of the true cult classics and one of the scariest movies of all time. The dead are walking and hunger for human flesh. A group of panicked survivors are barricaded in a deserted farmhouse while the army of flesh eating zombies hovers outside their door. This over-the-top disk includes a restored original black and white version, and a color version that will thrill the horror film fan and horrify the film purist. We've added a 5.1 surround sound mix, and bonus features including a hilarious audio commentary by Mike Nelson of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Quick! Hands up everyone who has not seen George Romero s Night of the Living Dead. That s what I thought, but for the uninitiated, NotLD tells the story of a small group of people holed up in a Pennsylvania farmhouse, trying to survive the night while zombies try to get into the house. The zombies are being created by radiation from an exploded space probe that had recently returned from Venus. The film, which is at times slow, builds it s unease from the opening scenes and continues with healthy doses of claustrophobia and paranoia. The viewer never knows more than the characters on the screen know up until the shock ending.
Night of the Living Dead is the blueprint for most horror and nearly every zombie movie made since 1968 even those films that don t take some inspiration from the film are intentionally trying to not show the influence. The film has been sequeled, parodied, re-made by rarely bettered. It has also been seen as an allegory for the Civil Rights Movement and/or the Vietnam War. Of course any film made between 1967 and 1972 could be seen as addressing one of these issues. The racial element is pretty obvious and makes some sense especially in the closing scenes. An allegory for the Vietnam War? I think that s a stretch by people trying to read something that isn t there. Night of the Living Dead has a weird history on DVD. There are countless releases of edited, public domain prints on discs that sell as low as one dollar. Trust me, save your money and get a good quality disc.
The recent DVD from Legend Films would be a good place to start. The disc features a really nice, un-cut, restoration of the film complete with 2.0 mono and 5.1 Dolby Stereo sound. There is also a Rifftrax® commentary from former Mystery Science Theater 3000 alum, Mike Nelson. Ok you aren t going to get a lot of inside information or a film theory lesson, but the track is quite funny, and even die hard fans of the film will get some chuckles and some handy Zombie cocktail recipes during the slow spots. The disc also has a colorized version of the film. Without getting into any of the merits of colorization in general, the results on this film look good, far superior to the mid 1980 s attempt, although I always imagined Johnny s car to be blue, not red. Plus you ll need to watch it at least once to hear the commentary track. Plus Legend Films have given the purists a great black & white version as well, and all for a very affordable price. --Stroke of Midnight Blog at blogs.ink19.com
I've always wanted to see this movie in color and the option to watch it in black and white is really cool as well. Glad to add this to my horror collectionPublished 1 month ago by chris
I got the black and white Millenium Edition which is better than any "improved" color version since it captures the original flavor of the movie and of the time it was made. Read morePublished 24 months ago by The Curmudgeon
product was of good quality and well packaged and shipped quickly...will watch again come Halloween! Sometimes the originals are the best.Published on March 8, 2013 by michael burke
Romero made this classic exactly how I would imagine the zombie apocalypse. And now it's in color! I enjoyed this horror flick from the second it came in. A must see!Published on December 28, 2012 by Rami J.
Of the many versions, remakes, etc., of this film None compare to the original. This one has the original black and white as well as the colourized version. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Endora Aphrattos
This was the first movie showing the "modern zombie". Its a classic for many reasons. any horror buff or zombie fiction enthusiest will have this movie in their vaults.Published on December 25, 2012 by Carlos Padilla
First of all, I openly confess I'm not a fan of colorized movies, even less if they're somewhat "classical", as this is in the horror genre. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Renzo Strada
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Millennium Edition is the best
Mar 27, 2010 by MattT | See all 10 posts
|How is this legal?||
"Night of the Living Dead" is in the public domain due to intricacies of U.S. copyright law, therefore this is not a "bootleg" copy of anything.
Nov 20, 2008 by KORY A. SCHAUBHUT | See all 8 posts
|40th Anniversary edition||
I believe back then, movies were shot in full frame. Perhaps they made it widescreen by simply adding black bars at the top and bottom? They did the same thing with Toxic Avenger, and I think Jaws.
Apr 30, 2010 by compsciguy | See all 5 posts
|Can you name this old horror movie?||
Isn't that Dr. X? It came out in the early '30s but was surprisingly shot in color. You can buy it on DVD in a set called "Legends Of Horror" for about 20 dollars.
Apr 10, 2014 by Joeywoodburn | See all 4 posts
|Like it or hate it....It's STILL a collector's item!!!||
Things grow in value because they were originally wanted at some point to where they are searched for decades later, being limited is just the added bonus.
Nobody wanted this 30th anniversary edition to begin with, and once the few who did get it saw it, they spread the word it was garbage.... Read More
Jul 11, 2010 by Primogen | See all 7 posts
|anyone know if it has spanish subtitles????||Be the first to reply|