Night Of The Living Dead 30th anniversary

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  1. EarleD

    EarleD Supporting Actor

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    I just found this at Circuit City for $10 and couldn't resist. I get it home and its full screen. Is there a widescreen copy of this movie availible? Did I get a good deal on this disc? Its the two disc set with 32 page book. It appears to be a limited release of 15000 copies.
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  2. Jon Robertson

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    Noooooooo!!!
    Well, the good news is that you got the film in its original aspect ratio (it wasn't made in widescreen), but the bad news is you got a horrifically bastardised version of a great classic.
    The music is changed, the film has been re-edited and new scenes that were recently filmed by the film's original scriptwriter (and are totally redundant) have been edited in.
    Despite all the nice extras, picture and sound, it really is a worthless film and disc. No wonder it was there for $10.
    What you want is this version:
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    This review explains it all best: http://www.thedigitalbits.com/review...ivingdead.html
     
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    I second everything Jon said. I really wanted to hurt somebody after seeing it. The Elite version is the only way to go.
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    And I third it. I feel sorry for that 10$ you spent. Almost as bad as the 3$ Madacy version I bought. It's nice to have as a comparison with the Elite version though... [​IMG]
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    I also am on record as despising the anniversary cut. The following is an excerpt from a post I made to a usenet thread from November of 1999:
     
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    to anyone thinking of purchasing:***AVOID...IT...LIKE...THE...PLAGUE***
    I bought it at full price, and luckily was able to return it for refund.
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  9. MaxY

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    I am sorry but I have to ask this of all of you ...
    Have Any of You actually had the 30th Anniv NOTLD DVD?
    I have it and if you would like to watch the original with out the extra footage put in there is an option to do that.
    In Other words you can watch the Original version with no addtional scenes put back in.
    So why is it a bastardized version for providing you the option of watching it with extra scenes and a different soundtrack as long as it can provide you with the original?
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    Because the score is totally different.
     
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    Seriously Earle, this isn't a case of Superman or Vertigo DVDs, where you may think HTF'ers are being a bit too picky about the soundtrack. That AB edition sucks. Ssssuuuuucks. Russo ruined the film in his cut. The director, Romero, had nothing to do with it. And others have already mentioned the "original" version has new music and sound fx. (I didn't know about re-editing, but it wouldn't surprise me.) Even if you can stand the new soundtrack, and you think we're being picky again (also remember, completely new music), still you should return it. This version of the film should not be financially supported by consumers. AB should lose every cent they put forth for this turkey.
     
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    I gave my copy of the 30th to a friend because he was morbidly curious. He's still pissed off at me. Kind of like Divine when she got that "special" birthday present in PINK FLAMINGOS.
    "A turd! Nobody sends me a turd in the mail and lives!"
     
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    With regards to AB, I think they signed for the distribution rights before they saw the final product. At that point, they pretty much had to release it, even though it BLOWS CHUNKS. Hindsight is 20/20.
     
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    Thanks all, I guess I will just have another movie collecting dust on the shelve. I tried watching it the day I got it and had a hard time getting into it. Now I know what version to get. Thanks again
    Earle
     
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    They played this version on Cinemax last night. What a dog. The end scene with the priest was laughably bad. I also love how they jumped ahead a year for that scene, and then jumped back to the original ending. Pathetic. Worse than I could have imagined. It's just sad that people who have never seen NOTLD will see that version on Cinemax and other channels and not realize those scenes aren't supposed to be there. "THIS is the movie I've heard so much about?"
     

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