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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest and original classic genre movies of all time., 27 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Living Dead at Manchester Morgue [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Living Dead at Manchester Morgue [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] is a double disc delight. Not only do you get one of the finest and most underrated zombie genre movies ever made but you get lots of additional add ons including a wonderful location feature called "Back to the Morgue" with the films delightful and insightful director Jorge Grau. This is a must for any genre fan or film buff. The film itself is the full unrated version and definitely the best available on the dvd market bar none. For its age this film I suppose must be considered one of the standard bearers along with Romero's Night of the Living Dead who the director Grau himself as admitted was his own inspiration. The difference between Romero's classic and Grau's is that this masterpiece comes at you in glorious colour and therefore for me personally has more reverence and effect than Romero's legendary classic. For me this was the zombie film that set the whole genre forward including Romero's very own Dawn of the Dead which came several years after this film. I specifically had personal delight in watching the opening scenes when Ray Lovelock - George decides to travel to the countryside for the week for reasons explained soon after. It is the opening montage of Lovelock and his Norton motorbike travelling through different locations in and around Manchester town centre, a place that I myself know well and even to this day I still hold dear as a fellow Mancunian who still lives in the Greater Manchester area. As the wonderful soundtrack composed & conducted by Giuliano Sorgini plays through the opening scenes it adds to the spice of an industrial city landscape backdrop. Grau even takes a moment here to throw in a female streaker who leans by the doors of Manchester's famous cathedral. After a brief mishap the character Lovelock - George begins a journey with Christina Galbo - Edna that results in monsters, mayhem and the strange inclusion of the American/Irish Inspector - Arthur Kennedy leading the British police force into a investigation that leads to addiction, murder and eventually the core cause and inevitable conclusion that science and nature do not always mix, resulting in our unlikely hero and heroine doing battle with the living dead in a countryside setting. I would like to offer a full synopsis but for now I will just offer you this basic summation. To be a genre fan and not own a copy of one of the most defining zombie films ever made is a crime frankly and if the good people at 'Blue Underground' have taken time, patience, resources and special care in re-issuing this classic offering as the best remastered printed presentation of this zombie adventure, then surely it is worthy of adding this Jorge Grau masterpiece to your collection. If you do not then be damned like the Eco created zombies in this 20th century classic. Lots of gore and lots of creepy fun to be had here folks. Even the language over dub is probably the best I have seen in any foreign dubbed movie and that's stemming from way back in the year 1974. P.S. From a biting newborn baby 'seriously' to Ray Lovelock who plays main character George fighting both the establishment and latterly the undead is a delight to watch, a portrayal that begins with an initial irritating and dislikeable character into the unsung hero which generally quite captivating at times. Arthur Kennedy as the inspector is worth the investment of this film alone! The film is a Priceless adventure of the highest nostalgia driven order and to this day is still one of the few standout Euro classic horror films ever to grace the genre.
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Initial post: 30 May 2014, 19:40:59 BST
Reaper says:
I agree. After 'The last Man on Earth' (the first film version of Matheson's 'I Am Legend', which Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead' draws upon massively) and 'Night of the Living Dead', no zombie film is more significant than 'Manchester Morgue'. Atmosphere, ideas, characters - all of which good horror requires. Good review!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2014, 00:31:24 BST
Thank you Stephen for the additional comment. It;s nice to be acknowledged by a kindred horror soul that appreciates cult genre cinema of the 1970's. Still my favourite period in openly exciting movie making.
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