Rifftrax: Night of the Living Dead - from the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
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I also recommend Rifftrax "House on Haunted Hill." It's terrific.
The fun starts early, with jibes not only aimed at the actors onscreen, but 'technical' aspects of a shot (which serves the dual purpose of making fun of commentary tracks in general). It continues throughout the film, at various levels of inspiration, from silly sex jokes to esoteric references to wry, shrewd observations. And since the film was shot around Pittsburgh, there are several references to the Pittsburgh Steelers, just to keep us on our toes.
I'm sure my neighbors must think I'm crazy, because I sat on the sofa laughing hysterically for at least half of the 96 minute runtime. Hilarious. I mean that.
Also, as a 'bonus,' you can watch the film without the RiffTrax commentary. For someone as into cult film as I am, this really is a true bonus...I can watch it for the original zombie suspense, or for big, big yuks.
The comedy of Mike, Kevin, and Bill is solid as expected. Some of the jokes are the word-for-word exact same as in the earlier version from Legend Films, featuring only Mike Nelson's comedy track. In this version, however, the delivery of those lines is shared by Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. Luckily, there is some new material mixed in that offsets the repeats. If you've never seen the previous version, you won't even notice.
I only had two real technical issues with this DVD. Firstly, the menu screen ran once and then stopped instead of looping back to the start. This meant that I had to start the entire DVD all over again. Secondly, the video was choppy in parts. The audio ran without issue, but some parts of the film seemed to be skipping video frames. I am not certain if this was an issue with all copies of this DVD or if it's specific to my player.
All in all, it's enjoyable and funny, a good buy for any fan of Rifftrax, Mystery Science Theater 3000, or Cinematic Titanic.
Riffing works as a critique of bad movies by lampooning them in real time; it's the viewer vs. the film, and if the riffs are funny enough, the viewer wins. RiffTrax's NotLD feels more like nitpicking than comic deconstruction, and before long I just wanted to watch the movie without the riffing. (But don't do that with this disc -- the movie is skipping video frames from beginning to end, for some reason.)
This is definitely one you will want to watch more than once--I couldn't stop laughing; Bravo to Rifftrax and keep 'em coming!!
I would gladly recommend this to a friend.
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What could be better than one of my favorite movies being helped along by the MST3K team? I'm so glad the guys decided to cover "Night of the Living Dead". Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Beammeuplori