Night of the Living Dead: Original Classic Zombie Horror
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The classic all-time zombie film. George Romero’s, Night of the Living Dead is the mother of all zombie films ever created.
Set in a rural, small town America, the dead start returning to life and people start to die.
Prepare to witness a cult classic that has been copied hundreds of times and never beaten.
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Quick story: The original Night of the Living Dead (directed by George Romero) was originally titled "Night of the Flesh Eaters." Literally a day before release, they recieved a letter from an attorney stating that the title "Night of the Flesh Eaters" was already used. So George and Co. changed the title and the rest is history. HOWEVER, George and Co. forgot to trademark the title. Someone took notice and now there's hundreds of VHS and DVD releases of the original film. It's public domain. In 1989, Tom Savini (who did the makeup for George on "Dawn" and "Day" as well as "Friday the 13th") was contacted by George to remake the film. Well, Mr. Savini did a fantastic job and was a really cool guy about it. He even discussed how he tried to involve as many people that worked on the original 1968 film so they can "make some money" from the work they did in the first place. Awesome guy.
Anyway, Night of the Living Dead (1990) came out on DVD many, many years ago and the first Blu-Ray release in the United States was via Twilight Time Entertainment back in......2013/2014?
Now, Twilight Time Entertainment is a niche label and because of this, their releases are expensive AND limited (3000 copies in this case). In fact, most new releases from them is $30-$35 at pre-order and in the case of NOTLD (1990) was sold out in the pre-order stage. Time passed, pre-orders completely sold out and the Twilight Time version releases..........well, its botched. The transfer is too dark, color is off, there's a blue-ish tint to the film (despite supposedly being approved by Savini). Needless to say, US fans are NOT happy. To boot, due to the rareity of the Twilight Time release, expect to pay $80-$90-$100 on ebay for it.
Fast forward to 2016. The Australian label, Umbrella Entertainment releases this version, completely corrected to the original theatrical release, presented in 1080p, no blue-ish tint, not dark, completely a MUCH better transfer. It's not perfect, don't expect a 4k scan, there are some minimal artifacts (pops and scratches) but its not unwatchable by any means. In fact, its the best we're going to get for now. Included are several bonus features including commentary, a "The Dead Walks" doc which covers a bit about the original film and the remake, makeup tests, etc. This disc has more features than the really expensive Twilight Time release by far.
Also, although the disc is marked as a Region "B" release, I have tried the disc on both a Region A locked standalone blu-ray player and a United States Sony Playstation 4 console. Both the film and the special features played just fine on both devices.
This item can be bought directly from the distributor's (Umbrella) website and here on Amazon. Amazon I believe is a couple bucks more expensive, BUT you'll probably get it faster than getting a shipment from Australia.
If you're a fan of the remake, this is the Blu to get.