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Night of the living dead

Author: George A RomeroJohn RussoRuss StreinerKarl HardmanDuane JonesAll authors
Publisher: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
Series: Criterion collection, 909.
Edition/Format:   Bluray Video : Videodisc : Blu-ray disc   Visual material : English : Two-Blu-ray special editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Feature films
Fiction films
Horror films
Independent films
Interviews
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Zombie films
Named Person: George A Romero; George A Romero
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: George A Romero; John Russo; Russ Streiner; Karl Hardman; Duane Jones; Judith O'Dea; Marilyn Eastman; Keith Wayne; Judith Ridley; Janus Films,; Image Ten (Firm),; Criterion Collection (Firm),
ISBN: 9781681434018 1681434016
OCLC Number: 1017697643
Language Note: In English with optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1968.
Full screen (1.37:1 aspect ratio).
"This film was restored by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation"--Opening frames.
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 ; in booklet: an essay by critic Stuart Klawans.
Disc one special features: 1994 commentary [one] features co-writer-director-editor George A. Romero, producer-actor Karl Hardman, actor Marilyn Eastman, and cowriter John Russo ; 1994 commentary [two] features producer-actor Russell Streiner, production manager Vincent Survinski, and actors Judith O'Dea, S. William Hinzman, Kyra Schon, and Keith Wayne ; Night of Anubis (85 min.) uncorrected 16mm work print of the film with introduction by coproducer, Russell Streiner.
Disc two special features: Light in the darkness featurette (24 min.) made by the Criterion Collection in 2017, this program features filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez discussing the cinematic importance of Night of the living dead ; never-before-seen 16mm dailies ; Learning from scratch (12 min.), 2017 interview with co-writer John Russo ; TV newsreel ; Walking like the dead (2017, 13 min.) features ten cast and crew members discussing what it was like to portray cinema's original flesh-eating ghouls in interviews shot for the 2009 documentary, Autopsy of the dead ; Tones of terror (2017, 11 min.) features producer Jim Cirronella as he delves into the skillful use of existing library music for scoring Night of the living dead ; Limitations into virtues (12 min.) in this video essay made for the Criterion Collection, filmmakers Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramo examine the style of Night of the living dead ; excerpts from episode of NBC's Tomorrow (18 min.), host Tom Snyder discusses the mechanics of the horror genre with director George A. Romero and filmmaker Don Coscarelli ; Higher learning (45 min.), footage from 2012 Toronto International Film Festival event where director George A. Romero discusses Night of the living dead ; 1987 audio interview with Duane Jones (22 min.) ; 1994 interview with Judith Ridley (11 min.) ; 1967 newsreel detailing the real-life findings of the Mariner 5 spacecraft in Venus's atmosphere ; trailers from 1968 and 2017 ; TV spots ; radio spots.
Credits: Photography, The Latent Image, Inc. ; editor, George Romero.
Cast: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley.
Target Audience: Rating: Not rated.
Description: 2 videodiscs (96 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded leaflet.
Details: Blu-ray, region A; full frame (1.37:1 aspect ratio); uncompressed LPCM 1.0 monaural.
Series Title: Criterion collection, 909.
Other Titles: Night of the living dead (Motion picture : 1968)
Responsibility: Janus Films ; an Image Ten production ; screenplay by John Russo, George Romero ; produced by Russell W. Streiner, Karl Hardman ; directed by George A. Romero.

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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 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"--Container.

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