Night of the Living Dead (Colorized / Black & White)
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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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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.Read more ›
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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Classic horror film. What's not to love? My son loves that he has the option to watch it in b&w or color.Published 15 days ago by Massage_momma
Pretty good movie ! "Yeah they're dead they're all messed up ".Published 21 days ago by Darius Lee Davis
Thank God, they finally colorized this old classic movie I give it a *5* star rating!!!Published 1 month ago by ARZFAN
Seeing it in color is soooooooo awesome! Get this one now!Published 6 months ago by Missy Wilkinson
I've always wanted to see this movie in color and the option to watch it in black and white is really cool as well. Glad to add this to my horror collectionPublished 12 months ago by chris