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Night of the Living Dead (1990 Remake) [DVD]

Tony Todd , Patricia Tallman , Tom Savini    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles
  • Directors: Tom Savini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Czech, Greek
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WQE6U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,779 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Celebrated special-effects artist Tom Savini ('Friday the 13th') directs this remake of George A. Romero's horror classic. The story is the same - a group of strangers fight for survival when they are trapped together in farmhouse surrounded by an army of flesh-eating zombies - but the effects are much more gruesome.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a remake but I prefer the 1968 version 24 April 2010
This 1990 remake of George A. Romero's classic 1968 horror film isn't bad at all (as far as remakes go). This version was written by Romero (he was also co-executive producer) but directed by Tom Savini. The good cast features Babylon 5's Patricia Tallman (who at 5' 9" is quite a tall woman), Candyman's Tony Todd, Tom Towles, from Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer and Bill Mosley from House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects.

On the whole, this remake sticks pretty close to Romero's original film but the opening scene where Barbara and Johnnie encounter Zombies in the cemetery is slightly different, the ending has been changed and does not pack as big a wallop as the original and some other aspects are a bit different. The main difference of course is that the 1968 film was filmed in black and white (although it was reissued in an awful computer-colourised version) whereas this 1990 version is in colour.

Quite a few 1960s horror films that could have been filmed in colour were filmed in black and white instead in order to achieve a certain look and create a creepy atmosphere. Prime examples of this are Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", Mario Bava's "The Mask Of Satan", Robert Wise's "The Haunting" and, of course, George A. Romero's "Night Of The Living Dead". I must say that the 1968 version of "NOTLD" is much creepier than the 1990 version largely because of the way it was filmed - the eerie black and white photography really adds to the overall effect and creates the right sort of mood for this type of film.

If you have not seen the original film then you will probably enjoy this remake much more than if you have seen it, if you know what I mean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile remake. 9 Dec 2012
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Tom Savini remakes an absolute classic and just about gets away with it.
I bought this to replace my VHS copy, especially as the recent Blu Ray limited edition was such a botch job.
The story is surely familiar to every horror fan but Savini manages to add a twist or turn on the original which manages to keep this remake reasonably fresh.
Of course this version will never surpass or supplant the original but it's fun to watch another horror icons take on such classic material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How do you reinvent innovation? 30 Nov 2000
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Tom Savini, famous for being the biker gang leader in Dawn of the Dead and the special effects man behind Friday the 13th (not to mention the guy with a pistol in his pants in From Dusk till Dawn...) bravely attempted to remake a film which defined 60s horror - and he didn't do a bad job. Obviously, someone from an FX background is going to pile on the gore (why not, eh?) but the biggest twist for me in this film was the main character, Barbara. Rather than being a typically 60s feeble heroine, eventually eaten by her undead brother, Patricia Tallman takes her life into her own hands (it seems her time on Star Trek wasn't wasted) and comes out guns blazing - a welcome twist well in with the tradition of Romero's original trilogy and in keeping with the idea that the better horror films get most of their ideas from a contemporary public consensus. It's true, should the dead walk now we'd be much better prepared than we would have 30 years ago; women wouldn't run around screaming for help like Penelope Pitstop, they'd be up there shotguns 'tchk-tchking' right beside us blokes....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wooooo 10 Feb 2013
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I loved the original version of this film even though it was in B&W but this remake is great a great horror for all zombie movie fans I'd recommend this DVD to everyone
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome... 13 Jan 2013
By Jimbob
Love this, sorry, I know its sacrilege, but it prefer this to the original. Same story, virtually exact same direction, damn near shot for shot most of the way through, but a bit more believable on the make up front
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Long before Michael Bay and Hollywood remakes of literally every horror film known to man, we had this remake from 1990. In general I loathe remakes, but Night of the Living Dead is a rare exception. It's probably due to the fact that at least Romero was heavily involved in the film, with the added bonus that Tom Savini directed.

This remake pretty much follows, almost scene for scene the original with the final twenty minutes or so deviating.
At first I wasn't too sure what I was watching. The original for me at least was pure horror for the first twenty minutes, here this doesn't happen, and yet it's the final moments where the film is genuienly eerie.

Because it's an updated remake you may think that will allow for tons more blood. But if its gore you're looing for you will be very disappointed. There is very little here, but kudos to Savini for this, he character builds instead. The real FX comes in the form of the zombies themselves, which of course look brilliant.

What Savini has carefully done is pay homage to this wonderful film and also has looked after the original makers of the movie by extending copyright and freeing up royalities. This is true as Savini mentions this in the extras.

I'm not sure if this remake if being made now would be any good even if Savini were directing the film. Things and times have changed, for evidence look at how fake CGI still looks, and at how awful Land of the Dead was.

Oh and a mention to Tony Todd, everything he is in is great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
A classic and quality remake.Pat Tallman is a true star! A must for any zombie/horror lover's DVD collection
Published 20 days ago by A real Batman
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Published 11 months ago by frankie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as the classic original but still very good.
Like most remakes, spin-offs and rip-offs of George A. Romero's original "Dead" trilogy, the 1990 remake of "Night of the Living Dead" didn't exactly need to be made. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Puzzle box
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice remake
This is an almost shot-to-shot remake of George A. Romero's original Night of the Living Dead, The movie is excellent and features some creepy looking zombies. Read more
Published on 9 April 2012 by S.B
4.0 out of 5 stars Bub's revenge^ ?
I really liked the original. When I first saw this version (on Sky many years ago well before the Dawn remake) I thought it was excellent. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by Man from poundstretcher
2.0 out of 5 stars They're coming to get you, Barbara!
I admit that I don't like horror movies, especially not the horror stereotypes: blonde girl with big you-know-what screaming, vampires, zombies, even more vampires, etc. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2011 by Ashtar Command
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money
"Brains!..Brains!" Thats not one of the zombies calling, thats me wishing someone had used some brains when making this movie. First of all the plot. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2011 by Monkeysocks
5.0 out of 5 stars exception that proves rule
This film is the exception to the rule that remakes are always worse than the original. It is actually better than the original night of the living dead. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2011 by Frank8472
5.0 out of 5 stars beast.
A very good film. If your into zombie films & such, you'll Feckin love this. Although it's considered old now & re-make. It's still amazing. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by LCor
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