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Night of the Living Dead
Night of the Living Dead
Actors: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne
Director: George A. Romero
Genres: Horror, Cult Movies
UR     1998     1hr 36min

We can hardly imagine how shocking this film was when it first broke into the film scene in 1968. There's never been anything quite like it again, though there have been numerous pale imitations. Part of the terror lies in...  more »

     

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Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 6/16/2011...
George A Romero created what is considered the modern zombie with this film. This film remains very effective and is essential viewing for all fans of the genre.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
William W. (wdavidw) from TYLER, TX
Reviewed on 8/1/2010...
This 1968 black & white zombie film is the granddaddy of all the zombie films, and probably the fright flick to watch if you're in the mood for an evening of horror. Zombies attack their lunch barricaded in a lone farm house in this horror classic. The people inside not wanting to become a zombie buffet fight back for their lives. The two sequels are frightful excursions too, along with the humorous, Shaun of the Dead.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Mike K. from NAMPA, ID
Reviewed on 6/1/2010...
Simply the greatest zombie film of all times. WHat makes this movie so great is that it is actor driven and does not rely on the all out gore and special effects which came later. It is nearly a bloodless film. Yet it scared the hell out of people in the late 60's. This the film in which all other zombie films imitate. It is also great as it is really a social satire. Always worth watching.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kimberly B. (TheBookHunter) from SALEM, OH
Reviewed on 10/20/2008...
I love horror movies from the 60's & 70's. This one really is a classic thats meant to be watched and meant to be kept in any horror fans collection. A+
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

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BEWARE!! Stay away from the 30th Anniversary edition!
Michael K. Beusch | San Mateo, California United States | 10/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The five star rating I gave Night of the Living Dead is, of course, for the original, uncut, unadulterated edition. The original is, quite simply, the most terrifying movie I've ever seen, even when compared to horror classics like Diabolique (the original French version), Psycho, Rosemary's Baby, Halloween and The Shining. I saw NOTLD when I was 9 years old on Creature Features at midnight after a funeral. I had nightmares for the next two nights. The film still gives me the chills whenever I see it (usually at Halloween).

When the 30th Anniversary Edition came out, I bought it on VHS as I was curious to see what they termed as "new footage." What I got was a horrible mess that butchered the original film, removed the original music for a terrible synthesizer score and added pointless footage that makes the viewer want to grind his teeth down to the gums. One of the additions is a new character: a fire and brimstone preacher. While the acting in the original is amateurish, at best, the "actor" who plays the preacher makes the original cast look like Oscar winners by comparison. He snarls, and howls and gnashes his teeth like he has rabies. Even more ridiculous is the extra footage of Bill Hinzman -- the "cemetary zombie" in the original. The extra footage shows Hinzman's character emerging from the grave, then cuts to the original 1968 opening footage with Judith O'Dea and Russell Streiner. It's absolutely ridiculous as Hinzman looks 30 years older in the new footage. In addition, there are more zombies and a new ending to the film that makes no sense whatsoever. This "new" version is a piece of trash that desecrates the most frightening film of all time. Avoid it like the plague!

ORIGINAL VERSION: *****
30 Anniversary version: No Stars"
The Millennium edition is really good.
D. Mok | Los Angeles, CA | 07/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This review pertains only to the Millennium Edition DVD of Night of the Living Dead.Okay...as I'd feared, my negative review of the John Russo-massacred "30th Anniversary Edition" of Night of the Living Dead has been lumped unwittingly into this product's review, so I' m writing this one to clarify.This DVD edition is the best edition I've seen of the film yet. Anchor Bay may have raised the ires of legions of Living Dead fans by releasing the sacrilegious 30th Anniversary Edition, but Elite Entertainment did right by this new edition.George A. Romero's personal appreciation appears in the back of this DVD -- this immediately restores our faith. And the contents don't disappoint -- the picture and sound are good, and though this doesn't exactly contain the richest batch of bonus materials (sets like the excellent 3-disc edition of Dario Argento's Suspiria and the recent double-disc Re-Animator both feature loads of extras), it is a nice solid collection. You get a Duane Jones interview (sadly with only audio and no image, but still great); an on-camera chat between Judith Ridley (Judy) and Marilyn Eastman (Helen); the hilarious student-film spoof "Night of the Living Bread" by Kevin S. O'Brien (which also appeared in the double-cassette VHS edition); two commentary tracks with Romero, Russo, Russ Streiner, Eastman, Karl Hardman and others. One very illuminating portion of this DVD for non-film-scholars is visually boring but informative -- several histories outlining the beginning of Romero's Latent Image company, on Hardman and Eastman's company, and how the two were married to produce Night of the Living Dead.THIS is the right edition of Night of the Living Dead, the one to get for both fans and non-fans alike. It includes all the necessary people (notice that Russo, Streiner and Bill Hinzman were included in this release, despite their criminal participation in the 30th Anniversary Edition), and it presents the film the way it wants to be seen.
Now I'm waiting for a deluxe release of Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead..."
Forget the rest--go with the best!
Edward Moore | Chicago, IL | 07/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There are plenty of DVDs out there for George Romero's original classic "Night of the Living Dead," most of which are just as nasty as those VHS versions you used to find in the discount bin at your local video store: scratchy, grainy, unfocused video with muddy, muffled audio. There is also the now-infamous "30th Anniversary" DVD, which needlessly jams new scenes into the original movie (kind of like George Lucas's "Star Wars Special Editions," but with more flesh-eating). But the only--I repeat, ONLY--DVD of "Night" worth touching is one released by Elite Entertainment. This gorgeous DVD is essentially the same package as the one Elite released on VHS through Anchor Bay a few years back: a pristine print of "Night," along with trailers & an amusing parody film called "Night of the Living Bread" (get it? get it?). This DVD also includes two audio commentary tracks featuring various members of the cast & crew & commercials that George Romero directed back in the '60s! All in all, this is far superior to anything else on the market. Seek it out--it's well worth the effort!"