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Night of the Living Dead (Colorized / Black & White)

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This is one of the true cult classics and one of the scariest movies of all time. The dead are walking and hunger for human flesh. A group of panicked survivors are barricaded in a deserted farmhouse while the army of flesh eating zombies hovers outside their door. This over-the-top disk includes a restored original black and white version, and a color version that will thrill the horror film fan and horrify the film purist. We've added a 5.1 surround sound mix, and bonus features including a hilarious audio commentary by Mike Nelson of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Review

Quick! Hands up everyone who has not seen George Romero s Night of the Living Dead. That s what I thought, but for the uninitiated, NotLD tells the story of a small group of people holed up in a Pennsylvania farmhouse, trying to survive the night while zombies try to get into the house. The zombies are being created by radiation from an exploded space probe that had recently returned from Venus. The film, which is at times slow, builds it s unease from the opening scenes and continues with healthy doses of claustrophobia and paranoia. The viewer never knows more than the characters on the screen know up until the shock ending.

Night of the Living Dead is the blueprint for most horror and nearly every zombie movie made since 1968 even those films that don t take some inspiration from the film are intentionally trying to not show the influence. The film has been sequeled, parodied, re-made by rarely bettered. It has also been seen as an allegory for the Civil Rights Movement and/or the Vietnam War. Of course any film made between 1967 and 1972 could be seen as addressing one of these issues. The racial element is pretty obvious and makes some sense especially in the closing scenes. An allegory for the Vietnam War? I think that s a stretch by people trying to read something that isn t there. Night of the Living Dead has a weird history on DVD. There are countless releases of edited, public domain prints on discs that sell as low as one dollar. Trust me, save your money and get a good quality disc.

The recent DVD from Legend Films would be a good place to start. The disc features a really nice, un-cut, restoration of the film complete with 2.0 mono and 5.1 Dolby Stereo sound. There is also a Rifftrax® commentary from former Mystery Science Theater 3000 alum, Mike Nelson. Ok you aren t going to get a lot of inside information or a film theory lesson, but the track is quite funny, and even die hard fans of the film will get some chuckles and some handy Zombie cocktail recipes during the slow spots. The disc also has a colorized version of the film. Without getting into any of the merits of colorization in general, the results on this film look good, far superior to the mid 1980 s attempt, although I always imagined Johnny s car to be blue, not red. Plus you ll need to watch it at least once to hear the commentary track. Plus Legend Films have given the purists a great black & white version as well, and all for a very affordable price. --Stroke of Midnight Blog at blogs.ink19.com


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Product Details

  • Actors: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne
  • Directors: George Romero
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Restored
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BSBBDA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Night of the Living Dead (Colorized / Black & White)" on IMDb

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By M. Curtis on March 3, 2014
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I am no fan of the zombie genre. Mainly because I feel it has run its course. It has just become tired and formulaic. There are many fans of "The Walking Dead" which is all well and good, I have no problems with that, but I have avoided it because as I said I think the genre has run out of new ideas.

However I am a huge fan of the movie that invented the zombie genre. The original version of "Night of the Living Dead" has stood the test of time for five decades now. Everything works in this movie, the script, the cast and the genuine moments of pure horror. It is very easy to see why this movie is considered a classic. Watch it once and you will see why.

One day at dusk a young lady named Barbara and her brother John take a long drive to a Pennsylvania cemetery to put flowers on their father's grave. Soon after they complete the task a strange man suddenly approaches them and attacks Barbara. Johnny intervenes to fight off the man but is killed when his head strikes a gravestone. The man, who appears to be totally delirious then goes after Barbara. Barbara manages to make her way to an isolated farmhouse where she meets a stranger named Ben. Soon more people acting as oddly as the man who attacked Jon and Barbara begin to appear. Ben begins to barricade the house and the two work to try to stay alive until help arrives.

I have mentioned previously the reasons why I feel this movie is so terrific. Now it is even more terrific now that it is available on this DVD in color. The colorization is very well done and adds another quality to a great movie. It even makes it, in my opinion, even better. Any fan of this movie should see the colorized version. They won't be disappointed.
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I was very skeptical about getting this one on DVD in color, but once I viewed it I was amazed! The color brings a whole new viewing experience and I felt like I was watching it for the first time. The quality was great and I'am very pleased with this DVD! Very glad to have added this edition to my video library!
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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 the voices to make it a very funny short movie. (If you've never seen it, look it up on YouTube "Mad Movies Night of The Living Dead"), it is hilarious. Anyway, I was 14 and up late watching TV that night and "Mad Movies" came on around 11:00pm and I laughed my butt off. But then a few years later I rented the full length film and I really liked it a lot. I thought the acting was pretty bad, but I still enjoyed it, and I still enjoy it to this day.
Now for this DVD, I normally do not like the colorization of old Black and White Movies, but this one looks pretty darn good in color. I was amazed at how real they got the car to look as a red color when in the black and white version it just looks like a plain old white car. I still prefer the movie in black and white though. The movie itself is what I would consider to be a classic. Although not a scary film, it does have some parts that are creepy. Even without the "Mad Movies" version, I still actually find some parts of "Night of The Living Dead" to be funny and I find myself laughing at those same parts since I first saw the movie over 25 years ago. Like when Ben says "Yea this place is boarded up pretty solid now." Meanwhile there is a wide open window directly behind him that doesn't have a single board nailed to it. And speaking of laughing...this DVD features a commentary track by Mike Nelson from MST3K that is great and he had me laughing even more. A Blu Ray copy of this movie would have been better, but this DVD still looks great and even though the acting is mostly pretty bad, it is still, in my opinion, a fun film to watch and enjoy.
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I can't say whether it's better or not in color, it would depend on if you're an original version snob, I don't mean that in a rude manner, maybe I should say "purist"? I personally enjoyed this movie in color. But I'm also a huge fan of this movie so I'm just happy to own it in any version...but imo the color was cool. My movie was delivered on time, in perfect condition and I can recommend this seller and the color version of the movie. In fact it's kind of amazing how they made it appear as if it had been filmed in color. I have one of my all time favorite flicks so I'm a happy woman.
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Of the many versions, remakes, etc., of this film None compare to the original. This one has the original black and white as well as the colourized version. This one frightened me when I was young but now not so much so. In fact I found myself wondering why it horrified people so much comparing it with films since. The original Dawn Of The Dead is still terrifying but then too it's gorier than Night Of The Living Dead ever thought about being.
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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!! This is a true horror classic. Films like Halloween or Friday the 13th got their inspiration from this fabulously scary film. Also a true treat to enjoy colorized (great quality!!) or black and white. Boo!!!
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