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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Chilling masterpiece

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    Splatterpunk
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    the definite zombie film

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    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.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Still holds up

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    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

    Must Own for Romero Fans

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    Dr8drake
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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    There coming to get you, Barbara!

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • 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

    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

    The One That Started It All

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    HVYMTLHORROR

    The One That Started It All! NOTLD, from the godfather of zombie films, George A. Romero. There's nothing like it. I would recommend this classic B&W horror film to any and all die hard horror fans. This film just proves that it does not have to be insanely bloody to be good. Signed, HVYMTLHORROR

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT DEAL!

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    horrormovielover

    Well, i am a total George A. Romero fan and this movie is his great first film. I bought this and wow, it is great. It is nothing special, it is just simply the movie. I've watched it A Lot and i LOVE IT!!!!. If you are just looking for the movie itself, this is what i suggest.

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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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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Original.

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    Horrorlover2004
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    You really can’t go wrong with this old school classic zombie film. It is in black and white but the storyline and cast really make this a very solid film. Worth seeing if you are a true zombie movie fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad Copy

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    Rock2412

    Nothing wrong with the movie itself but the picture and sound is bad as if it was just copied over from a VHS tape to DVD. Hopefully I can get a restored version of it whether it be B&W or in color.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Horror Classic

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    MIKEoftheDEAD24
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    What a great Zombie movie. It is great to see Romero in the beginning of his career. This guy is a legand. In its time this was one of the scarriest movies out. Check it out if you have seen any of the other dead movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Night of the Living Dead 1968 (blu-ray)

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    Sirbrian
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    This movie is an instant classic. I bought it as a gift for my cousin's birthday. He loves old zombies flicks and I knew he didn't have this one in his collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic movie

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    Brainer954
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    Criterion did a fantastic job remastering George Romero's masterpiece. If you intend to buy this film this is the edition to own

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Horror Movie

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    Trobaugh
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    This is a total classic. I love horror movies and this is one of the best. I have not seen this one on Blu-Ray before and it looks great on HD. This is a must see.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    Piero434
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    Such an underrated film compared to the classic! This film is a great remake that really no one talks about!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Color Version

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    Haljor
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    It was a little different watching NOTLD in color, but still just as entertaining. Definitely a must have for any diehard fan of the original.

    I would recommend this to a friend