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The plague of the Zombies
on 22 October 2012
My excitement upon receiving this newly remastered film was soon turned to disappointment when i viewed the DVD copy. All other manifestations I've owned shared good muted eastmancolor characteristics, good tonal range, subtle colour etc. Whilst the restorers I'm sure have worked hard to restore this film from the original negative ( and watching the documentary about its restoration I can see they've been doing some long hours) the result is a film which seems to add horrid vivid blue to day for night scenes, so that Sir James Forbes' jacket has turned navy blue as indeed had jacqueline pierces' hair (!), and contrast to the point where shadow detail has been lost. The scene where Pierce turns into a zombie in her grave, a very dramatic Les bowie effort, is ruined by poor colour. And the contrast is some scenes, of which the restorers boast, is far too much for my taste.
Where this edition really scores is in the accompanying extras, particularly the documentary about the film's production. Great to see jacqueline Pierce and john carson talking so enthusiastically about a film I admire so much.