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Night of the Living Dead (Special Collector's Edition) (1968)

Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille , Charles Craig (II) , George Romero  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille, Charles Craig (II), Frank Doak, Marilyn Eastman, Jack Givens
  • Directors: George Romero
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • 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: ELITE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 1997
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (663 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000007SI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,751 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Night of the Living Dead (Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • S. William Hinzman, Keith Wayne, Kyra Schon, producer Russell Streiner and production director Vincent D. Survinski

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The Elite DVD was made as the definitive collector's edition of the film, boasting even THX sound. Included are two wonderful commentaries, one by the filmmakers and the other by the actors who played the zombies, a joyous trip down memory lane for them. There are TV ads, trailers, and a mostly boring, one-joke parody film, called Night of the Living Bread. The transfer is crystal clear, making this disc the only choice for true collectors. --Jim Gay

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We can hardly imagine how shocking this film was when it first broke into the film scene in 1968. There's never been anything quite like it again, though there have been numerous pale imitations. Part of the terror lies in the fact that it is shot in such a raw and unadorned fashion that it feels like a home movie, and is all the more authentic because of that. It draws us into its world gradually, content to establish a merely spooky atmosphere before leading us through a horrifically logical progression that we hardly could have anticipated. The story is simple: Radiation from a fallen satellite has caused the dead to walk, and hunger for human flesh. Once bitten, you become one of them. And the only way to kill one is by a shot or blow to the head. We follow a group holed up in a small farmhouse who are trying to fend off the inevitable onslaught of the dead. The tension between the members of this unstable, makeshift community drives the film. "Night of the Living Dead" establishes savagery as a necessary condition of life. Marked by fatality and a grim humor, the film gnaws through to the bone, then proceeds on to the marrow. "--Jim Gay"

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279 of 309 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE!! Stay away from the 30th Anniversary edition! October 10, 2004
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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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165 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Millennium edition is really good. July 14, 2002
By D. Mok
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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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32 of 33 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 Everyone has to watch this Movie.
George A Romero Started it all here. The Zombie Craze would be nothing without this wonderfully crafted film, I watch it several times a year. Mostly in October.
Published 11 days ago by Rohdentkill
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch Night alone at night.
I waited until I was an adult to see this the first time, and even then, I found I kept looking over my shoulder all the way to my car. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jim Straley
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece horror film
I originally purchased this for a Halloween party and while everyone still got the creeps watching this film, I watched it again the next night--alone!! Read more
Published 23 days ago by Deidre Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
I was a good black and white movie, hated the ending but wait it's from the 60s so I should have expected it.
Published 25 days ago by cloaked
5.0 out of 5 stars still the best
original zombie apocalypse in black and white still the best. George Romero was a visionary, ahead of his time. A must for all fans of this genre to see where it all began. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Felix
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever Is Now Even Better
I am no fan of the zombie genre. Mainly because I feel it has run its course. It has just become tired and formulaic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Best horror movie.!
My favorite horror movie at the time! I really like the opening scene in the graveyard. This movie is definitely a classic.
Published 1 month ago by JohnBurns
5.0 out of 5 stars the one that started it all
the original new wave of horror- this film has the feel of all my nastiest nightmares - and I think you'll find you have a similar reaction- somewhat wooden acting at times but... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard A. Luc
5.0 out of 5 stars Be aware
always a classic. It bring memories of childhood running scare from the movie. Now, it is a great movie to see and remember the past.
Published 1 month ago by JOse Quinones
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie review
Not bad for a black and white film. They have come a long ways in make-up since this movie. A fun watch.
Published 1 month ago by Jerry D. Kazee
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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
Versions....
Millennium Edition is the best
Mar 27, 2010 by MattT |  See all 8 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.
8 days ago by Mumbabeal93 |  See all 3 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
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