Night of the Living Dead [Millennium Edition] [DVD] [1968]

Previously released from a multitude of companies, Elite Entertainment's Millennium Edition version of George A. Romero's classic horror film Night of the Living Dead is equally fantastic and worthwhile. Elite had previously released the film on DVD in 1997, but this edition most certainly retires it. Although it does contain the same extras as the earlier disc, the Millennium Edition also contains material from the Elite laserdisc as well, making this version a must for Deadheads. The transfer -- as with the earlier release -- is superb and far superior to all other video versions. If you're debating which of the many editions to purchase for your own DVD collection, the choice is an easy one to make. The other versions may be cheaper, but the quality here is far better. Included on the disc are the same dual commentary tracks featuring Romero and most of the cast that were included on the previous Elite release, along with the film parody "Night of the Living Bread," trailers and TV spots, stills, production photos, and TV spots and short films that Romero directed for his company The Latent Image. But this disc also includes many extras that the previous Elite DVD does not contain, including a short bit chronicling the history of The Latent Image, scenes from the ill-fated Romero film There's Always Vanilla (a romantic youth-oriented comedy that is still a sore spot for the director due to a miserable production), video interviews with actress Judith Ridley and actor Duane Jones, the entire original shooting script, and much more. The film is offered in its proper 1.33:1 aspect ratio and with its original mono soundtrack, a Dolby Digital 5.1 remix track, or a newly approved THX option. Liner notes written by author Stephen King are also included. The only thing sadly missing from this release is the little practical joke that was included on the previous Elite disc. When starting up the previous version, a horribly scratchy, jumpy, and worn print of the film appeared on the screen. Basically, it was how the film had always looked. But then the Elite Entertainment logo exploded onto the screen, followed by the new and improved digitally remastered transfer. It was a funny trick and a useful one to boot, as it simply gave the viewer a chance to compare the two versions. Nevertheless, this Millennium Edition should more than satiate fans of this enduring classic.
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Special Features

  • Newly approved THX transfer
  • Trailers/TV spots
  • Dual commentary tracks featuring creator/director George A. Romero and the entire cast
  • Film parody "Night of the Living Bread"
  • Original mono soundtrack
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 remix
  • Still photo gallery, featuring rare color photos
  • The history of Romero's company: The Latent Image
  • Scenes from the "lost" Romero film "There's Always Vanilla"
  • Video interview with "Night of the Living Dead's" Judy Ridley
  • Final interview by Star Duane Jones
  • Foreign and domestic posters and collectibles
  • Original props
  • The entire original shooting script
  • Cast members' personal scrapbooks
  • THX Optimizer to assure proper TV/monitor calibration
  • Romero-directed TV spots and short films
  • Full-color insert featuring liner notes by Stephen King

Synopsis

Night of the Living Dead
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Judith O'Dea - Barbara
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    Russ Streiner - Johnny
  • Duane Jones
    Duane Jones - Ben
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    Keith Wayne - Tom
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    Judith Ridley - Judy

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