NOT in Widescreen Format
Daniel Geer | Lansing, Michigan United States | 10/01/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best edition of "Night of the Living Dead" you can currently get on DVD. It's restored and re-mastered just as it says on the cover.
However, beware of this somewhat misleading statement on the back cover:
"Widescreen Version presented in a format preserving the 1.33:1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition."
When people read "Widescreen Version" on the back of DVDs, buyers normally take that as referring to the film itself. Well, the film on this DVD is in "Fullscreen" (1.33:1 aspect ratio). It seems that when it says "Widescreen Version," it is only referring to the Menus and Special Features on the disc. Only people who know what "1.33:1" means will understand from this statement that the film is Fullscreen. It should be more clear and say something like "Film presented in Fullscreen 1.33:1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition. Menus and Features presented in Widescreen." Otherwise, this statement on the back cover is very confusing to buyers.
Amazon should also specify that the film is Fullscreen and that the features are Widescreen.
Like I said, this is the best release currently available, and I definitely recommend it above all other releases. The fact that it's licensed by George A. Romero should tell you that. And the film's original aspect ratio IS Fullscreen, so you're really not getting ripped off here. It is just that I found this release to be very misleading in regard to the DVD's aspect ratio statement on the back cover."
Best Transfer Ever
William Amazzini | 08/08/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am not going to review the movie because it would be redundant. I first saw the movie when it was first released on a double bill with 'DR.WHO AND THE DALEKS' at the State Theater in Jersey City, New Jersey and I was never the same again, I watched movies differently after Romero's celluloid images incinerated my brain cells. Since then, I have seen 16MM original and public domain prints, VHS originals and dupes and finally this release from the Weinstein Corp. which is the best quality of the film I have ever seen. You can't get much clearer, sharper and grittier than this DVD release. It also has a great extra of Judith O'Dea and Russell Streiner going back to the actual locations of the film bringing back an emotional tug at the heart for this viewer. Throw out your colorized and scratchy transfers and buy this release of possibly the greatest horror film ever made. George Romero is the bench mark for low budget filmmaking and has forever turned cinema on its ear to this day."
Get only the Weinstein print/Romero approved version!
G. C. Todd | Memphis | 08/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of all the movies referred to as "Low Budget" or "Cult Classic", Night of the Living Dead deserves the gold medal. The well known problem with public domain issues surrounding the film make it very difficult, however, to find a decent definitive print of the original.
There are so many sequels, reprints, and remakes that it's become an industry unto itself.
For those who aren't sure which is the correct version to get, be sure that the cover is the one with a black background and red bold lettering and imagery. The phrase "Original Film Restored and Re-mastered" is in white at the top, and George Romero's signature is in white at the bottom.
In the product details be sure it says Weinstein Company. Don't be misled by the myriad "anniversary", "colorized", "Blu-Ray", "3-D", or "Special Editions". This one is a perfect print with excellent extras."