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RiffTrax: Night of the Living Dead [DVD] [1968]

  • SKU: 9300892
  • Release Date: 06/16/2009
  • Rating: NR
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (44 out of 46)

    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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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 46 reviews

    96%
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    • 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

      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.

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    • 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!

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    • 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

      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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