coming to get you Barbara"
After a satellite falls to Earth, radiation starts to kill
people around the impact site. As the phenomenon starts to spread and more
and more people become infected, survivors start to head for the countryside
for safety. As the night starts to draw in the victims of the radiation
start to come back to life and there most basic instincts take over, driving
them to find food and the food they want is the survivors.
When it comes to defining films in a movie genre, 'Night of
the Living Dead' is one of those movies.
In 1968 the Zombie movie was brought back to life by a first
time filmmaker George A. Romero and it went on to be the film that every
other undead movie that followed would be compared to. Like the classic
Universal horror movies that had defined the vampire, werewolf and Frankenstein's
Monster folklores, this movie set out the rules and ways a zombie can be
killed and how they should behave. Every zombie flick that followed would
be influenced and compared to this standard setting film.
While this might not have been the highest budget film and
is in fact a quintessential B-Movie of the 60s era but 'Night of the Living
Dead' is something completely different. This movie has a plot that is grounded
in realism. The main emphasis of the story might be complete horror fantasy
but it is the way Romero and his team approach it that makes this movie
standout. The situation the main group of characters face maybe far fetched
but it is the way they respond to it that gives the film it impact.
This is survival horror, there are no heroes armed with every
weapon under the sun taking on the Zombies single handed. These are people
who are fighting to survive as the undead masses swarm around the farmhouse
they are hiding in. As the world goes to hell around them, portrayed via
realistic TV and radio broadcasts that update you on the crisis, they board
themselves up in the house and try and make a stand. As the hordes of ghouls
get closer, the fear and infighting start making it just as dangerous to
be inside as it is out. These elements make this a more human story, with
the zombie epidemic serving as a backdrop to the survival story of the people
in the house.
There are very few films that can be defined as a classic
within a genre but 'Night of the Living Dead' is one of those movies. As
well as setting the rules for every other zombie film that followed this
also made story and character more prominent. This was the start of the
survival horror genre and with this film both the movie and video game industries
would have never have been the same.
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a choice between
the original mono and a digitally remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack,
the transfer is good but slightly grainy in parts.
Feature length George A. Romero Audio Commentary
Producer Karl Eastman, writer Jack Russo and star Marilyn Eastman to talk
about one of the bringing one of the quintessential films of the genre to
the silver screen join the legendary horror director. This is a chatty and
informative commentary as the group reminisce about tales of the 1968 classic's
Feature length Cast Audio Commentary
Producer Russ Streiner, production director Vincent Survinski and actors
Keith Wayne, Judith O'Dea and Bill Heinzman come together to talk about
their involvement in 'Night of the Living Dead'. This chatty and informative
commentary that allows the group to talk about their memories of the shoot
and how the film has affected their careers.
Original US Theatrical & TV trailers (2.39 mins)
Watch the original trailers from 1968, which give away most of the film
Star Duane Jones' final interview (16.22 mins)
Listen to the final radio interview with Duane Jones who played Ben in the
film. He talks about how the film affected him career and private life.
He talks about the reaction to the film and how he tried to distance himself
from acting after deciding to become a teacher instead. This gives you an
insight into a reluctant stars life after starring a cult classic.
Interview cast member Judith Ridley (10.40 mins)
The actress who played Judy in the movie talks about how she became involved
with the movie. She reveals how she auditioned for the role of Barbara and
tells some amusing stories from the production. She also talks about her
short career after the film and her found memories from the time.
Selected scenes from Romero's lost film 'There's always
Vanilla' (4.57 mins)
View scenes from the unreleased film that George A. Romero followed up 'Night
of the Living Dead' with.
View scrapbooks created by Vince Survinski and Marilyn Eastman containing
personal memorabilia they've collected over the years since the film's release.
Place the DVD in your PC and you will be able to read the script for the
A gallery of props used in the production of 'Night of the Living Dead'
While the commentary tracks are very good but the lack of
any real featurettes let down the repackaging of 'Night of the Living Dead'.
The lack of on screen interviews with George A. Romero is a real let down,
as a film of this status should have had much more. This aside, the bonus
features that are included are ok and the commentary tracks make up for
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