When unexpected radiation raises the dead, a microcosm of Average America has to battle flesh-eating zombies in George A. Romero's landmark cheapie horror film. Siblings Johnny (Russ Streiner) and Barbara (Judith O'Dea) whine and pout their way through a graveside visit in a small Pennsylvania town, but it all takes a turn for the worse when a zombie kills Johnny. Barbara flees to an isolated farmhouse where a group of people are already holed up. Bickering and panic ensue as the group tries to figure out how best to escape, while hoards of undead converge on the house; news reports reveal that fire wards them off, while a local sheriff-led posse discovers that if you "kill the brain, you kill the ghoul." After a night of immolation and parricide, one survivor is left in the house.... Romero's grainy black-and-white cinematography and casting of locals emphasize the terror lurking in ordinary life; as in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963), Romero's victims are not attacked because they did anything wrong, and the randomness makes the attacks all the more horrifying. Nothing holds the key to salvation, either, whether it's family, love, or law. Topping off the existential dread is Romero's then-extreme use of gore, as zombies nibble on limbs and viscera. Initially distributed by a Manhattan theater chain owner, Night, made for about 100,000 dollars, was dismissed as exploitation, but after a 1969 re-release, it began to attract favorable attention for scarily tapping into Vietnam-era uncertainty and nihilistic anxiety. By 1979, it had grossed over 12 million, inspired a cycle of apocalyptic splatter films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), and set the standard for finding horror in the mundane. However cheesy the film may look, few horror movies reach a conclusion as desolately unsettling.~Lucia Bozzola
Archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley
Never-before-seen 16mm dailies reel
New 4K digital restoration, supervised by Director George A. Romero, Co-Screenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and Producer Russell W. Streiner
New interview program about the direction of ghouls, featuring members of the cast and crew
New interviews with Gary Streiner and Russell Streiner
New program featuring Russo on the commercial and industrial-film production company where key Night of the Living Dead filmmakers got their start
New program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez
New programs about the film's style and score
New restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary Streiner
Newsreels from 1967
Night of Anubis, a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film
Plus: An essay by critic Stuart Klwans
Trailer, radio spots, and TV Spots
Two Audio Commentaries from 1994 featuring Romero, Russo, Producer Karl Hardman, actor Judith O'Dea
George A. Romero
George A. Romero
John A. Russo
Bill HinzmanCemetery Zombie
George A. RomeroWashington Reporter (uncredited)
John A. RussoWashington Military Aide, Zombie in House (uncredited)
George A. RomeroScreen Story
George A. RomeroCinematographer
George A. RomeroEditor
Vincent SurvinskiProduction Designer
Regis SurvinskiSpecial Effects
Tony PantanelloSpecial Effects
Night of the Living Dead
Year of Release
Criterion Collection, DVD
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Black & White
Night of the Living Dead [Criterion Collection] [DVD] 
George Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD from 1968 has had a greater impact on me than any other piece of art with the exception of the original Star Wars Trilogy. I’ve seen it at least twenty times and it never gets old. A ferocious commentary on the Viet Nam war, civil rights, and the traditional American nuclear family, it also completely works on the surface level as a horrifying and unsettling genre definer. Our idea of the zombie as we know it originates with this film. Inspiring legions of films that followed, there’s a reason this is considered to be one of the greatest horror films of all time and certainly the most influential of the last fifty years.
Lifting generously from Rchard Matheson’s novel, I AM LEGEND, and the cowboy and Indians Western siege film, Romero crafts a tale that satirically comments on a group of characters that are unable to unite against a common foe. Trapped in a single location as the zombie menace grows outside, Romero ratchets up the tension in the house until their squabbling leads to their doom. You can almost see the turning point in film history when the film goes from standard drive-in fare to truly shocking horror. Romero and company had something to say and the film grabs you by the throat. The mood created by the combination of the incongruous yet perfect sci fi score, moody black and white cinematography, and unknown actors lend a hard, realistic edge to the proceedings. The ending is still devastating and offers a bleak summation of the nature of humanity.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, along with PSYCHO, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and HALLOWEEN, is a pillar of modern horror. I would argue even that it’s one of those rare pieces of art that hugely influenced our culture in general. One need only look at the massive popularity of THE WALKING DEAD to see Romero’s long reach, all these decades later. Beyond his political points he was making, which are somewhat rooted in their time, his social criticisms still resonate today. I count this, as well as the other entries in the original Dead Trilogy, to be amongst my all time favorites. Entertaining, thought provoking, game changing, and horrifying, it is an absolute must see for any film fan. Criterion's blu ray is the definitive release for the film, even if it lacks the comprehensive behind the scenes doc, One for the Fire, included on other editions.
This is one of my most prizes possessions. George Romeo in life made alot of fantastic cult following movies. But this was the first. This is digitalized and restored in a 2k scan of the original 6mm camera used at the time of the original filming. This makes a flawless watch out of one of the greatest horror zombie films ever pit together. This is the true orgins of the zombie craze that anyone has today.
I have purchased this film many times over the years attempting to get the best quality version I can own. With the release of the Criterion bluray I feel that mission is at long last accomplished. Criterion always does a terrific job and NOTLD is not an exception. The picture and sound has been beautifully restored and it includes a second disc with a good amount of bonus features.
It is now close to 50 years since The Night of the Living Dead was first released. This low budget horror flick caused a stir then and still holds up well today. I appreciate it because instead of focusing just on the creatures, the film places focus on the dynamics of the people trapped inside. It is great to have this available in a blu-ray edition. I was disappointed, however, that there are absolutely no special features provided with the disc. This would have been an opportunity for some background on the film and on Romero, interviews of how it affected people at the time, and a discussion of how this film inspired and shaped subsequent films of the genre.
This review is from Night of the Living Dead [Blu-ray] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
This is a great film one of my favorites of all time
This review is from Night of the Living Dead [Classic Collector's Edition] [DVD] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The One That Started It All!
I can't count how many copies i've owned of this movie with VHS, DVD and now this Blu Ray but I think this will be the last one I need. The quality on this is superb with many extras. Blu Rays these days come out every (insert year here) anniversary but I don't think they will be able to top this release.
This landmark 1968 horror-shocker is a great example of what can be done with a limited budget, a simple idea, and some dedicated and talented participants. Very nicely shot, mostly well acted, NOTLD grabs your attention from the very beginning to the very end - and what a classic end it is.