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Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget, by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, Night of the Living Dead, directed by horror master George A. Romero, is a great story of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero’s claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combining gruesome gore with acute social commentary and quietly breaking ground by casting a Black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role.

Night of the Living Dead was restored by the Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and the Celeste Bartos Preservation Fund.

FILM INFO​

  • United States
  • 1968
  • 96 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #909

    SPECIAL FEATURES​

    • 4K digital restoration, supervised by director George A. Romero, coscreenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner
    • Restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary Streiner and presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray and 4K UHD
    • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
    • Night of Anubis, a work-print edit of the film
    • Program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez
    • Sixteen-millimeter dailies reel
    • Program featuring Russo on the commercial and industrial-film production company where key Night of the Living Dead participants got their starts
    • Two audio commentaries from 1994 featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor Judith O’Dea, and others
    • Archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley
    • Programs about the film’s style and score
    • Interview program about the direction of the film’s ghouls, featuring members of the cast and crew
    • Interviews with Gary Streiner and Russell Streiner
    • Newsreels from 1967
    • Trailer, radio spots, and TV spots
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans
    Illustration by Sean Phillips

    October 4, 2022

 

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I don't think this film really needed UHD but I imagine some here will be overjoyed.

Also the ratio IS 1.37:1. That's how Romero wanted it and TBQH quite a bit of the film wasn't really composed for 1.85 all that well.
 

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"A great story of independent cinema," except for the part where somebody messed up the copyright and Romero got hosed on the profits, haha. I'd say it worked out for him in the end, though.
 

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