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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 01 October 2018 at 4:03pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Released fifty years ago today:





I have nothing but praise for this film. It holds up very well many years later, and I must have watched it at least 14 times.

I love the production; I like the social commentary; I like how much of a slow burn it is, and I like how effective it all is. Truly one of the greatest zombie films ever. And influential in many ways.
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I admire it more than really loving it... I appreciate the effort that went into such a no-budget affair, but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't like to see some stronger acting and hear an original score (the archived, mostly-1950s music cues are kind of a distraction at times, even though they were necessary--they had no money for a proper film composer!).

Having said that, it certainly is one of the most influential movies of all time, horror or otherwise, and there's no denying the verisimilitude and the palpable sense of dread throughout.  Considering the relatively-DIY nature of the entire production, what they ended-up with is pretty darned miraculous.  And the new Criterion Blu-ray presentation is a must-see.

An important film, no doubt!

(And the original trailer still cracks me up:  "Night...

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... of the Living Dead!!")






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Love what this movie did - took horror out of gothic castles and into our neighborhoods and then took the ending into a really dark place that we didn't see in those days.  

Roger Ebert wrote a great essay about seeing the movie at the time and it's worth a read.

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-night-of-the-living-d ead-1968
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The Criterion Blu-Ray looks incredible, I've never seen it look so clean...

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Don't think I can order the Blu-ray. I am responsible for 50% of the profits this movie has made: VHS release, colour VHS release, DVD release, etc. No more cash from me. ;-)

I love how influential it has been, not only with sequels but the likes of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD I-III.
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Posted: 02 October 2018 at 10:23am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

The Criterion Blu-ray is incredible. A fantastic edition for one of my favourites.
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Robbie, think of it as the ultimate, last purchase you'll ever need, if you're that big of a fan... the Criterion Blu-ray isn't just an example of "better picture"... it's a full-on restoration.  Despite the black & white photography, period clothes and hairstyles, it looks like it was filmed 10 minutes ago.

It's really that gorgeous and detailed.



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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 02 October 2018 at 10:27am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Ooh, Shaun Barry is tempting me! ;-)

But will I then buy the next one: the Ultimate "This Time It's The Last One" 40-Disc Edition?
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(Check it out online, Robbie... and get your wallet ready!)

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You're bang on Shaun, the film has never looked this good, the restoration work is absolutely beautiful.

After all the various versions that have come out I was thrilled to see Criterion would be doing an edition.

Out of curiosity Shaun, are you a fan of Carnival of Souls? Another film that received top work from Criterion.
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I think I'll wait for the 60th anniversary Blu-ray! ;-)
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