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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Duane Jones , Judith O'Dea , George A. Romero  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (683 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Writers: George A. Romero, John A. Russo
  • Producers: Karl Hardman, Russell Streiner
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Madacy Records
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 1998
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (683 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305013608
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,007 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Night of the Living Dead" on IMDb

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  • Lobby poster
  • Interactive trivia questions and answers
  • Movie credits

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Unfortunately, the DVD by Madacy Entertainment falls far below acceptability in the visuals area. The transfer seems to have been made from tape, resulting in a deteriorated image, if you'll excuse the disgusting imagery. --Jim Gay

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Night of the Living Dead [DVD] [1968] Hollywood Classics Judith O'Dea Russell Streiner

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283 of 316 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE!! Stay away from the 30th Anniversary edition! October 10, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The five star rating I gave Night of the Living Dead is, of course, for the original, uncut, unadulterated edition. The original is, quite simply, the most terrifying movie I've ever seen, even when compared to horror classics like Diabolique (the original French version), Psycho, Rosemary's Baby, Halloween and The Shining. I saw NOTLD when I was 9 years old on Creature Features at midnight after a funeral. I had nightmares for the next two nights. The film still gives me the chills whenever I see it (usually at Halloween).

When the 30th Anniversary Edition came out, I bought it on VHS as I was curious to see what they termed as "new footage." What I got was a horrible mess that butchered the original film, removed the original music for a terrible synthesizer score and added pointless footage that makes the viewer want to grind his teeth down to the gums. One of the additions is a new character: a fire and brimstone preacher. While the acting in the original is amateurish, at best, the "actor" who plays the preacher makes the original cast look like Oscar winners by comparison. He snarls, and howls and gnashes his teeth like he has rabies. Even more ridiculous is the extra footage of Bill Hinzman -- the "cemetary zombie" in the original. The extra footage shows Hinzman's character emerging from the grave, then cuts to the original 1968 opening footage with Judith O'Dea and Russell Streiner. It's absolutely ridiculous as Hinzman looks 30 years older in the new footage. In addition, there are more zombies and a new ending to the film that makes no sense whatsoever. This "new" version is a piece of trash that desecrates the most frightening film of all time. Avoid it like the plague!

ORIGINAL VERSION: *****

30 Anniversary version: No Stars
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167 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Millennium edition is really good. July 14, 2002
By D. Mok
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This review pertains only to the Millennium Edition DVD of Night of the Living Dead.
Okay...as I'd feared, my negative review of the John Russo-massacred "30th Anniversary Edition" of Night of the Living Dead has been lumped unwittingly into this product's review, so I' m writing this one to clarify.
This DVD edition is the best edition I've seen of the film yet. Anchor Bay may have raised the ires of legions of Living Dead fans by releasing the sacrilegious 30th Anniversary Edition, but Elite Entertainment did right by this new edition.
George A. Romero's personal appreciation appears in the back of this DVD -- this immediately restores our faith. And the contents don't disappoint -- the picture and sound are good, and though this doesn't exactly contain the richest batch of bonus materials (sets like the excellent 3-disc edition of Dario Argento's Suspiria and the recent double-disc Re-Animator both feature loads of extras), it is a nice solid collection. You get a Duane Jones interview (sadly with only audio and no image, but still great); an on-camera chat between Judith Ridley (Judy) and Marilyn Eastman (Helen); the hilarious student-film spoof "Night of the Living Bread" by Kevin S. O'Brien (which also appeared in the double-cassette VHS edition); two commentary tracks with Romero, Russo, Russ Streiner, Eastman, Karl Hardman and others. One very illuminating portion of this DVD for non-film-scholars is visually boring but informative -- several histories outlining the beginning of Romero's Latent Image company, on Hardman and Eastman's company, and how the two were married to produce Night of the Living Dead.
THIS is the right edition of Night of the Living Dead, the one to get for both fans and non-fans alike.
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90 of 101 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: This is NOT the movie you think it is! January 13, 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
When I first saw the packaging for this Special Edition of Night of the Living Dead it said there was 15 minutes of new footage and a new score. Well, GREAT I thought. 15 minutes of new footage that must've been cut out from the original release! New score, well, that could be a good thing too!
Until I opened the box to see the little booklet that revealed the ugly truth... There are new scenes alright. New scenes made by new people TWO YEARS AGO! The new scenes are badly acted, badly written, and badly edited. Scenes that subtract from the overall impact of the film and do nothing but taint a true horror classic. The new music is a cheesy synthesizer score that does nothing but irritate and distract throughout the film. (Cheesy synthesizer is good for other horror films, but it does NOT work well here.)
I originally bought this at a store, got it home and didn't even sit through the whole thing. I zipped through various chapters to see the HORRIBLE new additions in all their glory. The next day I took it back and told them it skipped because I was so determined to get rid of it.
STAY AWAY!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A great film butchered. July 4, 2002
By D. Mok
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This review pertains only to the "30th Anniversary Edition".
I had been collecting George A. Romero's "Living Dead" trilogy on DVD and had purchased this without paying enough attention. Big mistake.
Night of the Living Dead has had some colossally confusing release patterns thanks to a copyright gaffe which had enabled every company under the sun to release the film and profit from it. But of the 'rogue editions' I've seen, nothing is worse than this one.
Notice the list of personnel involved in this project: John Russo, Russ Streiner, Bill Hinzman...anybody missing? That's right: George A. Romero himself. This "30th Anniversary" edition is a collaborated effort by Romero's former colleagues in the Night of the Living Dead crew to rip off Romero's work and make a profit from it.
The result is disastrous indeed. The new footage written and directed by John Russo serve to butcher the original film. Not only do the new scenes not contribute to the story, they look amateurish, mostly due to horrible writing. Russo had always wanted to claim more credit for the success of Night of the Living Dead than was due him; this attempt at appropriating credit for the original film only shows that Romero is the only one who understands the concept of the Living Dead films. Russo's heinous, childish writing and direction -- which are no better than that of the tongue-in-cheek soft-core videographers of, say, Seduction Cinema -- barely rise above the level of beginner film students. And his claim that the new footage matches the old is just ludicrous. Basically Streiner, Russo, Hinzman et al.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Very cheesy and terrible acting.
The "additional footage" is recently filmed and edited in black and white. Very cheesy and terrible acting.
Published 15 days ago by Patrick Flattery
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply, the greatest horror film of all time.
This has been my favorite movie since I first saw it when I was 6 years old. It gave me horrible nightmares that night and I've loved it ever since. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Debaser 0
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic...now with even more laughs!
When I first saw "Night of The Living Dead" it wasn't the full movie that I saw, but was actually on a TV show in 1986 called "Mad Movies" where they re-dubbed all... Read more
Published 28 days ago by J. Campbell
2.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Horror Film Is Dug Up Once More
"Night of the Living Dead" remains one of the most influential and preeminent horror films to have ever been made, so much so that it has made the crossover to mainstream... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Steve V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD.
Published 1 month ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars You owe it to yourself to pick this up!
You owe it to yourself to pick this up! Also, this is the only version I've come across that has been completely remastered. The results are amazing! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dustin J. Isenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The one that started it all!!!!
Published 1 month ago by JOSHUA D DIAZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Night of the Living Dead [Blu-ray]
The first is usually always the best!
Published 2 months ago by Conan the Barbarian
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I kind of like it...
Okay, I'm well aware that purists and Romero fans (usually one and the same because I'm one of them) hate this edition, mainly because of the new footage. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John A. Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars George A. Romero's Classic Film will always be around because its such...
This movie has now become a classic. George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead is
a superb film about Zombies coming to life and chasing after real people to eat them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Pylant
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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
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