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Night of Living Dead / Millennium Edition [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne
  • Directors: George A. Romero, Kevin S. O'Brien
  • Writers: George A. Romero, John A. Russo
  • Producers: Karl Hardman, Russell Streiner
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Elite
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar. 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y6Y2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,411 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It's hard to imagine how shocking this film was when it first broke on the film scene in 1968. There's never been anything quite like it, though it's inspired numerous pale imitations. Part of the terror lies in the fact that this one's shot in such a raw, unadorned fashion it feels like a home movie, and all the more authentic for that. Another is that it draws us into its world gradually, content to establish a merely spooky atmosphere before leading us through a horrifically logical progression that we could hardly have anticipated. The story is simple. Radiation from a fallen satellite has caused the dead to walk and hunger for human flesh. Once bitten, you become one of them. And the only way to kill one is by a shot or blow to the head. We follow a group holed up in a small farmhouse to fend off the inevitable onslaught of the dead. And it's the tensions between the members of this unstable, makeshift community that drive the film. Night of the Living Dead establishes its savagery as a necessary condition of life. Marked by fatality and a grim humour, it gnaws through to the bone, then proceeds on to the marrow.--Jim Gay

Synopsis

George Romero's Night of the Living Dead is a low-budget classic that had great difficulty finding a distributor at the time of its release in 1968, and has since become one of the most influential horror films of all time. Aside from its visceral impact years before realistic gore became the fashion, the film is also important for its portrayal of a black man as the protagonist during a time when race relations were an extremely sensitive issue in the United States. The plot is simple: seven people, secluded in a Pennsylvania farmhouse, face relentless attacks by reanimated corpses seeking to eat their flesh. The group, which includes a married couple and their daughter, a pair of young lovers, and an African-American man, try to keep their sanity as the living dead try endlessly to enter the house. Radio news reports tell of the plague taking over the eastern United States, while the ever-decreasing band of survivors rapidly loses ground in the battle to both keep peace with one another and stay alive.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Paul Scott on 12 Sept. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is the one to buy on Bluray.
The one with the white borders around the cover,it is a great print Taken from 35mm and it shows,
in its original ratio1.37 also original music score,
and a 1.23 Documentary as well.which is excellent.

THE OTHER BLURAY RELEASE . The print is a bit washed out in places and NO Doco.
Hope this helps.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By gorehound on 1 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This (contender) dvd release is one of the worst i have seen... it has at least 5cuts and the transfer is a poor compared to elite's millenium edition. if you want to buy this exellent clessic film, just do not by this version! i recommend Elite Entertainment - Millennium Edition.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. Morris on 1 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
AS previous posters have noted there are loads of different editions now out of Night Of the Living Dead. If you love the original version of this film and do NOT want the god-awful special editions with either the horrible 'new-score' synth soundtrack (Scott Vladimir Licina) which ruins the film. Or the mind-bendingly bad new 18 minutes of extra footage re-shot in the late 90's which is even worse (thanks to John Russo), then be very careful which version you buy.
I bought the ORACLE version - mistake - no new footage but DOES have the new score. If you have never seen this film before then please make sure you get hold of the original un-butchered version. The best version available is still the ELITE millenium edition (this is NOT the 'special' edition) but just remastered with cleaned up picture and sound. This is sadly still unavailable in the UK but can be bought from the US and played on multi-region DVD players. NOTLD is still, in my opinion, one of the best horror films ever made but has been messed around with by people whom know nothing about good film-making and should be fed to a mob of starved zombies.
I'm giving this edition 1 star - should be a 5 of course but its been hacked to death.
WE'RE COMING TO GET YOU SCOTT VLADIMIR LICINA AND JOHN RUSSO!!!
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 30 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Not only does this release have a weak transfer it's also a very heavily censored print.

It's nothing to do with the BBFC and everything to do with the awful print 'Contender' submitted to them.

At least 4 shots of flesh eating are missing from the 'barbecue' scene and the infamous 'trowel murder' has been reduced from 14 stabs to only 3 (almost the entire scene has gone).

Forget what the other reviewer says. This is one of the worst versions of the film in the UK and is a disgraceful release for a truly ground-breaking classic of the horror genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Aug. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Dont be fooled by its age or the fact that its in mouldy old black and white, Night of the Living Dead hasn't lost any of its punch since its controversial release in 1968. Be prepared for chilling scenes of suspence and brutal imagery of gory violence (cannibalism etc. etc.) coupled with superb acting from a cast of relative unknowns. Its grounbreaking violence and slick, stylised and now contempory direction/camera work, make the film a timeless masterpiece that changed the face of horror for ever. Never before had this level of violence been released upon the audience and has subsiquently stayed as the centre of much modern horror. Much imitated and at the mercy of two mediocre sequels, this is the zombie thriller to watch. The one. The only. The origonal horror, shock tale from a revolutionary master of the horror genre. Thank you George A. Romero.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Maden on 5 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
Dont get me wrong before i start, i am a absolute romero nut and love zombie films, night of the living dead is my favourite movie of all time, i even run a website dedicated to it, now what i dont like about this item is the way it is advertised is very, VERY misleading... for a start its one disk only IT IS NOT TWO DISK as i found out when i received mine from amazon... secondly i resent the fact its advertised as a special edition, there are absolutly no special features apart from the documentry which is available on other DVD's, if you want this movie i advise the special edition version which comes in a metal tin, it has lots of features and is well worth the price. this one, STINKS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. A. Williamson on 23 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
George A Romero's groundbreaking 1968 black & white classic Night Of The Living Dead has had an extremely checkered history on home video. Release and re-released time after time, finding the definitive version has always been abit of a mine field for the serious fan. Being left to rot in the public domain resulted in many cheap and essentially worthless DVD versions complete with blotchy transfers and poor sound that ruined the atmospheric, shadowy black and white photography and the overall intended impact.
Well it appears that even in the Blu ray age the dilemma of which is the best release to buy is still an issue as there are two versions to deliberate over here on Amazon. Well in my opinion the only Blu of the two to even consider is the Optimum Entertainment disk so this is the one I am basing the review on in terms of technical quality. This is the version with the white border and the tag line "They won't stay dead" emblazoned across the top. This version also sports a 15 certificate but don't let that put you off as Night Of The Living Dead had been re-submitted to the BBFC and passed uncut for this age range. The other Blu on Amazon with the 18 certificate on the cover is the one to avoid because despite the higher rating this has been cut!!! For reasons unknown this disk is missing around 35 seconds of footage including a 7 second dialogue interlude and some gore. Quite why this is missing is a little puzzling as Night Of The Living Dead has never had any censorship issues on home video.

Picture:
The Optimum Blu ray looks about the best I have ever seen this look. Presented in a full HD 1080p AVC transfer and framed at 1.33:1, the black and white image is mostly strong with only a couple of points to doubt its place as the definitive version.
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