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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region A
- Released: October 3, 2017
- Originally Released: 1968
- Label: Mill Creek Entertainment
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
- DTS HD Master Audio
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Duane Jones & Judith O'Dea|
|Performer:||Russell Streiner, William Hinzman, Marilyn Eastman, Karl Hardman, Keith Wayne, Judith Reilly & Bill Hinzman|
|Directed by||George A. Romero|
|Screenwriting by||John A. Russo & George A. Romero|
|Produced by||Karl Hardman & Russell W. Streiner|
|Director of Photography:||George A. Romero|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Beat 'em or burn 'em. They go up pretty easy." - Zombie hunter on television news coverage
"They're coming to get you, Barbara!" - Johnny (Russell Streiner) taunting Barbara (Judith O' Dea) in the cemetery, just before he is attacked by a zombie
Rating: 3.5/4 -- It's tame of course by today's standards, but that, combined with he cynical racial component, was viewed as an all-out attack on "civilized" American society in general. Full Review
...Second only to PSYCHO among influential horror films... -- Rating: A+
The immediate, quasi-documentary feel, a result of budgetary constraints, actually served the film's horror, jolting audiences because it all seemed just a little too real. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- The movie remains unsettling after all these years because of its bleak simplicity. Full Review
Rating: 8/10 -- ...there's a strong element of social satire in this low-budget horror movie, and racism is not Romero's only target... Full Review
...The best thing is that NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD isn't over-composed -- it just hurtles ahead with all its gruesomeness...
Los Angeles Times
George Romero's remarkably assured debut, made on a shoestring, about a group of people barricaded inside a farmhouse while an army of flesh-eating zombies roams the countryside, deflates all genre clichés. Full Review
George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is a low-budget, homegrown classic that had great difficulty finding a distributor at the time of its release in 1968, and has since become one of the most influential horror films of all time. (Aside from its visceral impact years before realistic gore became the fashion, the film is also important for its portrayal of a black man as the protagonist during a time when race was an extremely sensitive issue in the United States.) The plot is simple: seven people secluded in a Pennsylvania farmhouse face relentless attacks by reanimated corpses seeking to eat their flesh. The group, which includes a married couple and their daughter, a pair of young lovers, and an African-American man, try to keep their sanity as the living dead keep trying to enter the house. Radio news reports tell of the plague taking over the eastern United States, while the ever-decreasing band of survivors rapidly loses ground in the battle to both keep peace with one another and stay alive.
- Theatrical release: October 1, 1968.
- Filmed in 1964 in the countryside around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999.
- NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD was director George Romero's first feature film.
- NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD produced two sequels, DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) and DAY OF THE DEAD (1985); one remake, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990); and countless imitations.
- William Hinzman, who appeared as the Cemetery Zombie at the beginning of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, also served as cinematographer on Romero's THE CRAZIES.
- The film was made for $114,000.