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

  • SKU: 6540674
  • Release Date: 03/12/2002
  • Rating: NR
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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Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (40 out of 42)

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



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    the definite zombie film

    Posted
    prlwctd

    Even those who dislike zombies films recognize the name Night of the Living Dead, which basically reinvented the zombie genre at the same time Sergio Leone was reinventing the western (which would, in turn, led to Italian studios churning out both types of pictures as though they were pizzas for a while). A woman and her brother go to their father's grave when they are accosted by an unknown assailant. The brother dies protecting his sister, who escapes by finding refuge in a seemingly abandoned house. She then finds her only assistance in the form of both a drifter and a small group (a family of three and two sweethearts) hiding in the house's basement. As the group board up the house and contemplate/debate strategy, the assailant, they realize, is only one of many that are trying to get into the house. They eventually discover where these murderers are coming from and the reason for their bloodlust. This film, released in the hot (in more ways than one) year of 1968, tapped into the ziegiest of people's feelings for authority and society in general. The black and white photography adds to the grittiness of the film and its ending is not what you'd expect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Still holds up

    Posted
    MovieMaven
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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Last Time I'm Buying This Movie

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    MothMonsterMan
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    There coming to get you, Barbara!

    Posted
    Mellojoker

    I cannot gush enough over this movie. Insanely creepy, this low-budget gem is still the standard by which you must compare all other zombie flicks. And it hasn't aged a bit...the black and white footage just adds to the genuine feel of the film. And, unlike many films today, this one is truly horrific from start to finish...no winks, nudges or easy outs here, just creeping dread and some subtle social commentary, to boot. Even aside from the zombie genre, it's one of the best horror movies ever!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic Zombie Horror Movie

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    DOFELVISLAND
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    I enjoyed this classic Zombie horror movies. The only reason I did not give this a 5 star rating was because of the Bug from the production company logo that was in color while the movie is in black/white. The bug kept popping up in the bottom right of the screen throughout the movie. This is a DVD movie that I purchased why in the world is that bug down there like what happens on TV shows. The bug was very distracting. Overall I liked the movie, classic horror.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The One That Started It All!

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    MisterBungle
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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    legendary for a reason

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    korichm
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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A masterpiece and influential

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    Rick
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    One of the best films ever made and what one could do with a small budget during the late 1960s. Romero brought the modern zombies to the big screen and has since then influenced the zombie genre.

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