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Night of the Living Dead (2008)

Duane Jones , Judith O'Dea , George A. Romero  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (676 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: Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (676 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0013D8LAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,874 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Night of the Living Dead" on IMDb

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Additional Features

The 40th anniversary edition of Night of the Living Dead comes equipped with some old special features and some new wrinkles. But first off, buyer beware: the endless copyright problems of NOTL are still with us, and a public-domain version of the movie, also billing itself as the 40th anniversary edition, is floating around out there (the one you want has George Romero's replica signature in silver at the bottom of the front cover). This new package contains some pre-existing features, including an intriguing audio interview with leading man Duane Jones, a somewhat tortured intellectual who sounds conflicted about his fame from the movie. Two commentary tracks allow Romero and other key collaborators to sound off about the film, and the original script is included as a DVD-ROM extra. A brief Q&A with Romero onstage at a festival is all right, but the real draw is a new feature-length documentary, One for the Fire, about the making of NOTL. It's got great anecdotes about the genesis of the project and the scrappy group of Pittsburghers who came together to make the world's greatest zombie movie. There's also info about the post-production goof that resulted in the film going out without a copyright attached--a detail that cost Romero and his backers millions. --Robert Horton

Product Description

"The granddaddy of modern flesh-eating zombies" (Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle), George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead still sets the standard for all indie fright flicks. This 40th Anniversary Edition, authorized by the director himself, reanimates the landmark tale of five strangers who struggle desperately against hordes of the walking undead. Remastered and loaded with all-new Special Features, Night of the Living Dead remains "a bona fide classic... still very scary after all these years" (Jason Jones, Classic-Horror.com)

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281 of 314 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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166 of 189 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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88 of 99 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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33 of 35 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Night of the Living Dead [Blu-ray]
The first is usually always the best!
Published 8 days 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 12 days 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 16 days ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars A zombie classic I never get tired of! ;p
Where it all started with the zombies! Great cinematography in black and white. Creepy and even funny at times. A must watch for true zed fans! ;p
Published 1 month ago by Janie E.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOCK YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS, AND REMAIN IN YOUR HOMES
Why was this film berated by American Critics, and revered in Europe? Why has it endured? Why is it in Black & White? Read more
Published 1 month ago by ACRIMONIOUS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Zombie movie
If you are zombie fan, you have got to watch this classic. One of the movies to really start it all off. Good thrills and zombie lore
Published 2 months ago by Josh
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie didn't scare me at all
My Mother is obsessed with this movie since she was 5 because it was soooo scary. Guess what I just watched it and it wasn't. She was scared watching it though. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Margaret K.
3.0 out of 5 stars liked it
This is a good movie that had a lot of surprises around every corner. I am happy I added it to my collection
Published 2 months ago by bsfirebird0503
5.0 out of 5 stars Millennium Edition gets it right.
I bought this because I have a very early DVD release of the film from GoodTImes. The sound quality is poor (by DVD standards) and there are no special features or subtitles. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MrBlindPenguin
1.0 out of 5 stars What it's really about
So there's a guy. He takes charge during a zombie attack. He starts giving orders. He tells a guy protecting his family in the basement that they shouldn't stay down there; it's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by DS
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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
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