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The Crazies [Blu-ray] (1973)

Lane Carroll , W.G. McMillan , George A. Romero  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lane Carroll, W.G. McMillan, Lynn Lowry, Richard Liberty, Richard France
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen, Digital Sound, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VRNJQ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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George A. Romero's Original Pandemic Nightmare!

Its code name is 'Trixie,' an experimental government germ weapon that leaves its victims either dead or irreversibly insane. When the virus is accidentally unleashed in Evans City, Pennsylvania, the small community becomes a war zone of panicked military, desperate scientists and gentle neighbors turned homicidal maniacs. Now a small group of citizens has fled to the town's outskirts where they must hide from trigger-happy soldiers while battling their own depraved urges. But even if they can escape the madness of this plague, can they survive the unstoppable violence of THE CRAZIES?

Richard France (DAWN OF THE DEAD), Lynn Lowry (SHIVERS, CAT PEOPLE) and Richard Liberty (DAY OF THE DEAD) co-star in this masterpiece of modern horror written and directed by George A. Romero (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, CREEPSHOW) that remains one of his most chilling and disturbing films ever. Blue Underground is now proud to present THE CRAZIES newly transferred and fully restored in thrilling High Definition!

EXTRAS:
Audio Commentary with Director George A. Romero
"The Cult Film Legacy of Lynn Lowry" - Interview with Star Lynn Lowry
Theatrical Trailers
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Review

"A Thinking Man's Exploitation Film!" -- Eccentric Cinema Eccentric Cinema

"Almost Unlimited Blood And Gore... An Onslaught Of Horror Upon Horror!" -- Cinefantastique

"Frightening And Exciting... A Surprising, Neglected Treat!" -- All Movie Guide

"Not To Be Missed... An Exceptionally Entertaining And Disturbing Film That Begs To Be Seen!" -- Monsters At Play

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Goin' Crazy, Crazy on You!" December 29, 2005
Format:DVD
After coming out of nowhere with NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD in 1968 Pittsburgh director George Romero made two flops that no one has ever heard of, THERE"S ALWAYS VANILLA and SEASON OF THE WITCH. Then in 1973 his financially strapped indie distributors begged him to make another "horror" film and for a paltry 270, 000 dollars he went to Evans City, PA and made THE CRAZIES. Its about an accidental bio-warfare spill that drives people crazy(you seeing where Danny Boyle got some inspiration for 28 Days Later?) and the Army's disastrous attempt at containment. Watching it today one is struck by its relentlessly downbeat tone and the power of the imagery; i was amazed at the hard-headedness; no one is spared unjustifiably to satisfy the demands of an audience--this is the 70's, remember--its got scenes that, in todays climate, seriously resonate: bio-suited soldiers taking over a small town, dragging screaming children from their beds, shooting escapees in the back; this has to be the most outright anti-militarist film from the early 70's besides PUNISHMENT PARK. This is heavy stuff, especially seen in the light of our current domestic situation,where police and military intrusions upon everyday life are becoming more and more "normal". You've got to hand it to George Romero, he doesn't pull any punches; At one point he has some civilians saying to our protagonists, " Let's wait for the army to help us!" to which one of the heroes, a vietnam veteran, replies,
"The army ain't anyone's friend, we know--we were in it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to a complete Romero collection August 15, 2003
Format:DVD
What a shame that we don't have more of a culture of independent filmmaking in this country. "The Crazies" is not "Citizen Kane", but Romero completists will appreciate this fine presentation. You won't find the script and production values of "The Andromeda Strain", but if you enjoy out-of-control virus thrillers, then this film is a good choice. It's an odd bridge between the bleak horror of "Night of the Living Dead" and the apocalyptic farce of "Dawn of the Dead".

As expected, many classic Romero themes begin to formulate in this early film. The replacement of one society by another, with the "new" society simply expressing exaggerated characteristics of the "old". We see a bureaucratized, inefficient government that ends of doing far more harm than good. And of course we see the usual two-dimensional negative depiction of military characters. (This has always been a weakness in Romero's word - we know the government is bad, why underscore that point with a bad cliche).

Like almost all of his work, Romero filmed this in the Pittsburgh area largely with local talent. The acting is hit-and-miss...but Romero takes some interesting risks, especially in light of its age. In terms of directing, writing, and cinematography, Romero accomplished a great deal with very limited resources. There are some images you won't forget...an insane grandmother killing a soldier with knitting needles is more disturbing than it sounds, for example.

I run hot and cold towards Romero's films. He's had some excellent success, and some profound failures - but in general, there should be more filmakers like him. I'd much rather see something as risk-taking as "The Crazies" than normal Hollywood fare. The extras on this DVD are first-rate. We're treated to a director's commentary, an interview with a period actress, trailers, and some clips from other period works.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Things Fall Apart February 1, 2006
Format:DVD
George Romero's non-'Dead' films are, as a whole, under appreciated, but probably none of them is in more dire need of greater recognition than 'The Crazies'. It's not a perfect film, by any means, but it's well done, considering the budgetary restraints, and ranks as perhaps his bleakest and most ambitious film, and is an interesting bridge between his inital masterpiece `Night of the Living Dead' and the later ones `Martin' and `Dawn of the Dead'. (The equally obscure `Season of the Witch' is also found in this era. It's a heavily flawed film, but better than you might think.)

The film involves the unintended contamination of Evans City with an experimental bio-weapon named Trixie. Needless to say, the virus causes the victims to go insane, though this can mean a lot of things ranging from homicidal rage to suicide to sheer goofiness. The military is called in to keep things contained, but the situation is clearly out of hand. 'The Crazies' is particularly ambitious because it shows the tragedy from a variety of angles: We primarily identify with a lone group of towns people who just wanna get the hell out of there, but we also get to know the central military command of the operation, the leadership on the ground, the scientists who both created the virus and are trying to now find a sort of cure, all while seeing plenty of conflict between the ill-informed soldiers and the other towns people, both crazy and normal. The film is particularly interesting in that it has no real villains. The military people are not overwhelmingly scrupulous in their conduct, but they are rarely truly malevolent either. (And the head of the operation proves to be one of the most likable characters in the film.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
GEORGE COULD AND SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER!! POOR EVANSCITY AT LEAST THEY HAVE NIGHT!!!
Published 1 month ago by cracker
5.0 out of 5 stars Romero goes Blue Underground...as a narrative in progress, "The...
Excellent job of remastering from Lustig's BLUE UNDERGROUND company (one of the few historical film companies that still care about the quality of B-movie presentations on digital... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
1.0 out of 5 stars Bottom of the Barrel George Romero
The Crazies is a pretty bad movie. Considering George Romero directed it, it's even worse. This movie is a NOTLD clone minus zombies. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Argyle Ronin
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic by Romero
From my perspective this is one of George A Romero's finest. Love the movie, and the blu ray format gives it a more clean screen view.
Published 9 months ago by Paul J. Rodriguez Voisin
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Waste of Time
This low budget zombie-esque film is a complete waste of time, I rented it thinking that it would at least have some frightening moments but what I got instead was a test in... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy movie
5 star only because I was an extra in the movie back when I was young. It does leave a lot to be desoired.
Published 10 months ago by DrQ
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
great classic. good picture and sound. I like the older version than the newer movie. would recommend this movie to george fans.
Published 14 months ago by roger
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmmmmmmm
This is one of my favorite all time movies much better than the remake and always will be. Nobody will ever beat it in my opinion if you like older horror you will love this!
Published 20 months ago by Altecian
4.0 out of 5 stars The Crazies
The small town of Evan's City is placed under quarantine when a deadly infection is accidentally released into the water supply by the government. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Carl Manes
3.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy??
A good film with many overlapping theories. Some mention of government conspiracy during a time in history where there was much social unrest, and conflicting issues with the war... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gun Guy 2013
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