Night of the Living Dead - 50th Anniversary Digital
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The nation is overcome with panic as all of the dead suddenly come back to life, searching for human flesh to devour. A group of individuals searching for safety are followed on their journey to an abandoned farmhouse in attempts to remain protected, but their attempt begin to dissipate as zombies find their way inside.
Cast includes: Duane Jones, Judith O Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman
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With absolute crystal clarity on the picture, Millenium Edition delivers probably the cleanest and sharpest picture I've ever seen for this film. Scenes that were in pitch blackness in the movie are now alive and bright with great detail. The sound has also been considerably improved, with crystal clarity and very minimal distortion. I've never seen a black and white movie look or sound so good.
As for the film itself, this is the original classic that we all know and love. Probably one of the scariest movies of all time, Night of the Living Dead hit in 1968 with alot of shock. When it went on to become a cult classic, it ended up becoming one of the most popular horror films ever, spawning spin offs and lesser known and appreciated sequels that never lived up to the original. Millenium edition gives us that very same film, with none of the extra garbage thrown into the 30th anniversary edition.
As for extras, this DVD is very well treated. There are video interviews with some stars, as well as an interview recorded with star Duane Jones, which would unfortunately be his final interview not long before he unfortunately passed away in the late 1980's. In this interview Duane Jones talks about his favorite moments from the film, as well as some personal experiences he had as a professor at Old Westbury college here on Long Island in regards to the film. Other features include the hilarious parody 'Night of the Living Bread' and a clip from one of Romero's early movies.
Overall, this is the absolute best version of Night of the Living Dead that you can own. If you own any other version, don't hesitate to pick this one up as well...it is well worth the money and stands out as the best edition of this movie currently in circulation. Don't miss it!!
as for the DVD, the picture transfer is excellent for a film over 35 years old. the audio is just as good. this one is a definite must for anyone who likes horror films.
Romero perfected the formula for horror by providing several key elements - a gang of strangers in an isolated area where they are trapped at night. The isolation alone must have given moviegoers a scare back in 1968. But it goes beyond that. The crude effects and idea of the zombies, mindlessly attacking our unsuspecting heroes and the mere thought of the zombie child in the final act are terrifying.
But this was more than a mindless horror film. The characters are incredibly flawed, but not by the mere stupidity that marks most modern horror films. Barbara is understandibly hysterical while the Coopers and Ben argue about what to do. The lack of teamwork between the characters may be their defeat.
But it's the film's conclusion that ultimately makes this film more than run of the mill horror. The quiet music, radio communications and still photos at the end credits are unlike any other movie I've seen and must've moved the audiences from fright to pure shock back in 68.
If you are to purchase this film, go with the excellent Millenium edition. It's probably the highest priced version, but worth every penny - with a beautiful remastering job and direct involvment with all the filmakers. It included an interesting final audio interview with Duane Jones, the actor who played Ben, regarding how he became detached from the film, but still proud of it. There's also an audio commentary, parts of an early film from Romero and a weird Night of the Living Dead parody - with bread of all things. As to how it holds up - turn your lights down and watch it alone at night - then ask yourself if it holds up. It's more than effects that make a movie a horror film and Romero demonstrates that here.
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Thank you EVERYONE!!
is by far the best blu-ray release so far.