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Night of the Living Dead (1968) Comes Alive on the Criterion Collection

Night of the Living Dead (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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Is Adult Product
Release Date2018-02-13T00:00:01Z
EditionCriterion Collection
Publication Date2018T
FormatSpecial Edition

The Criterion Collection released Night of the Living Dead to Blu-ray on February 13, 2018. George A. Romero directed the film starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, and Karl Hardman.

‘Night of the Living Dead’ Criterion Synopsis

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, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role. Stark, haunting, and more relevant than ever, Night of the Living Dead is back.

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.

Read the full summary, and listen to our film review.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director George A. Romero, coscreenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner
  • New restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary Streiner and presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray
  • Night of Anubis, a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film
  • New program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez
  • Never-before-seen 16 mm dailies reel
  • New program featuring Russo on the commercial and industrial-film production company where key Night of the Living Dead filmmakers got their start
  • 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
  • New programs about the film’s style and score
  • New interview program about the direction of ghouls, featuring members of the cast and crew
  • New 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

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Continental Distributing released Night of the Living Dead to theaters on October 4, 1968. George A. Romero directed the film starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, and Karl Hardman.

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