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2) Criterion (Work Print) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 aka "Monster Flick" or "Night of Anubis" or Night of the Flesh Eaters")

directed by George A. Romero
U.S.A. 1968

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.

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In 1968, a small group of friends in the business of making commercials and industrial shorts wanted to try their hands at “real” movie-making. Given the recent explosion of the exploitation and horror film market, led in the USA by godfather of gore, Herschel Gordon Lewis, it was decided that a horror film stood the best chance of being seen and maybe even making some money. George Romero and John Russo came up with an idea, and the group scraped together just over $100,000 and got started. With money tight, they used local talent, friends, and even investors in the film as actors. One of the investors was a butcher who provided the blood n’ guts for the operation. No one could have guessed that from these humble beginnings would emerge what is, arguably, the greatest of American horror films. A movie who’s negative was once stored in the basement of a Pittsburgh ad agency, now resides in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

Excerpt from Brook Kennon's review found HERE

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Theatrical release - October 1st, 1968 - USA

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 Comparison:

Elite Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Elite Entertainment (Millenium Edition) - Region 0 - PAL vs. Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Fox Home Entertainment (colorized version) - Region 0 - PAL vs. Dimension Films/Genius Products - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Criterion (4K Restoration) - Region 'A' / 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Ole and Eric Cotenas for all the DVD Screen Caps and Colin Zavitz for the Criterion Blu-ray Captures!

 

1) Elite Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP LEFT

2) Elite Entertainment (Millenium Edition) - Region 0 - PAL TOP MIDDLE

3) Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP RIGHT

4) Dimension Films/Genius Products - Region 1 - NTSC BOTTOM LEFT

2) Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM MIDDLE

3) Criterion Collection - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM RIGHT

 

DVD Box Covers

 

Distribution

Elite Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Elite Entertainment
Region 0 - PAL
Fox Home Entertainment
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:36:48 1:36:24 1:36:48
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.47 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.31 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.47 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Elite Entertainment

 

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Elite Entertainment (Millenium Edition)

 

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Fox Home Entertainment (colorized version)

 

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Fox Home Entertainent

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English DTS 5.1; English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles none none none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Elite Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
•  Audio Commentary by director George A. Romero and co-writer John A. Russo
• Audio Commentary by cast members Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Judith O'Dea, S. William Hinzman,
• Keith Wayne, Kyra Schon, producer Russell Streiner and production director Vincent D. Survinski
• Night of the Living Bread (8:25).
•  Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 31
 

Release Information:
Studio: Elite Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary with Romero, John Russo, Karl Hardman and Marilyn Eastman
vAudio Commentary with Bill Hinzman, Judith O'Dea, Keith Wayne, Kyra Schon, Russell Streiner and
• Vince Survinski
•  Original Script / Threatment
•  Scrapbooks of Marilyn Eastman and Vince Survinski
•  Night of the Living Bread (8:25)
•  Sound interview with Duane Jones (16:21)
•  Interview with Judith Ridley (10:39)
•  Beginnings: The Latent Image / Hardman Eastman Studios (Text)
•  Scenes from Romeo's 'lost' 'There's Always Vanilla' (5:09)
•  Poster/lobbycards from 'There's Always Vanilla'
• Theatrical Trailer (1:47)
•  TV spot (0:56)
• THX Optimizer

 

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Mike Nelson
v Both a Black and White (original) and colorized versions of the film
•  Theatrical Trailer
•  'Separated at Death' parody of current stars likeness to Horror film characters (pictures are on gra

 

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 16

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Distribution Dimension Films/Genius Products
Region 1 - NTSC

Optimum Home Entertainment

Region 'B'  - Blu-ray

Criterion Collection - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:36:33 1:36:52

1:36:36.457

Work Print Edit:

1:25:09.562

Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.4 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1

Feature: 17.09 Gig, MPEG4 AVC

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,112,014,736 bytes

Feature: 29,192,429,568 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.67 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Work Print Edit:

Feature: 17,860,687,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.49 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Dimension Films/Genius Products

 

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Criterion Theatrical Blu-ray

 

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Criterion

Work Print Edit Blu-ray

Audio

English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

English DTS HD Master Audio Mono 2.0, Dolby Digital 2.0

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

 

Work Print Edit:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English SDH, none None

Theatrical: English SDH, none

Work Print Edit: None

Features Release Information:
Studio: Dimension Films/Genius Products

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by George Romero, John Russo, Karl Hardman, and Marilyn Eastman
• Audio Commentary by Bill Hinzman, Judith O'Dea, Keith Wayne, Kyra Schon, Russell Streiner, and Vince
• Survinski
•  'One For the Fire: The Legacy of Night of the Living Dead' documentary (1:23:48)
• 'Speak of the Dead: A Conversation with George A. Romero' featurette (15:47)
• 'Ben Speaks: The Last Interview with Duane Jones' audio interview (16:45)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:49)
•  Bonus Trailers
•  DVD-ROM content: Full Screenplay

 

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• 'One For the Fire: The Legacy of the Night of the Living Dead' (1:23:55)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: 2008
Amaray

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.37:1

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,112,014,736 bytes

Feature: 29,192,429,568 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.67 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Work Print Edit:

Feature: 17,860,687,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.49 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• 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 (23:41)
• Never-before-seen 16 mm dailies reel (18:04) (Intro 3:41)
New program featuring Russo on the commercial and industrial-film production company where key
• Night of the Living Dead filmmakers got their start (11:58)
• 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 (21:56) and Judith Ridley (10:42)
• New programs about the film’s style and score (11:15)
• New interview program about the direction of ghouls, featuring members of the cast and crew (13:05)
New video essay by Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos (11:57)
Excerpts from July 3, 1979 episode of NBC Tomorrow (18:18)
TIFF 2012 event hosted by Colin Geddes (45:31)
Venus Probe (0:33)
Newsreels from 1967 (2:49)
Trailers 1968 (1:49), 2017 (1:13) ,5 radio spots, and 2 TV spots
PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans 


Blu-ray Release Date: February 6th / Feb 26th, 2018
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Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 23 / 16

 

 

Comments NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray - January 18': Firstly, this Blu-ray is available in Region 'A' and two weeks later in Region 'B' (UK). This is advertised as a 'new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director George A. Romero, co-screenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner' also with a 'new restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary Streiner'.

 

Night of the Living Dead was restored by the Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation.

 

NOTE: This uncorrected 16mm work print of Night of the Living Dead features the alternate opening title (see above) and a day-for-night ghoul shot that was removed at the request of the original distributer. It is missing part two of the second reel. For this presentation, unrestored audio from the finished film has been conformed as closely as possible to the silent footage. The work print is introduced by coproduce Russell Streiner.

 

This Criterion has two Blu-rays - the first has both the feature (theatrical and commentaries) and it includes the 11-minute shorter Night of Anubis, a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film, also in 1080P. The second Blu-ray has more supplements.

 

We've compared many captures below with previous digital editions including the Studio Canal (through Optimum) Blu-ray from 2008. The Criterion 4K has a max'ed out bitrate and looks marvelous on my new system. It looks like a modern film trying to look like an older film the quality is so crisp and clear in-motion. The grain is not overwhelming but exists. Contrast is marvelous and may be the area you see the most improvement over the UK BD. It shows more information in the frame - although the work-print shows even more as well as the negative edges. The 'Work Print' 1080P is less technically robust and the image frequently looks blown-out with plenty of damage (see below) but it works as a fascinating curiosity for fans of the film.

 

The audio is via a linear PCM (24-bit) and supports the film's modest effects and original music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin, William Loose and Jack Cookerly plus Spencer Moore. It is authentically flat - but even and carries some pleasing depth. The 'Theatrical' edition has optional English (SDH) subtitles. The 'Work Print' has lossy Dolby audio and no subtitle options. The North American sold Blu-ray edition is Region 'A'-locked and the UK version is Region 'B'-locked.

 

Criterion include a brand new 24 minute featurette entitled "Light in the Darkness" featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez discussing the importance of this seminal film, never-before-seen 18 minutes of 16mm dailies including raw footage and alternate takes with a 4 minute intro by Gary Streiner. Criterion have added a new 12 minute program, "Learning from Scratch", which remembers the early days of Latent Image, with partner, co-writer, director, editor George A. Romero and John Russo. There are also the two previously released audio commentaries from 1994 featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor Judith O’Dea, Marilyn Eastman, John Russo. They are both informative and contain lots of lighthearted back-and-forth banter. We get archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley New programs about the film’s style and score. "Tones of Terror" is an all new 11 min featurette where Cirronella delves into the skillful music of existing library music used in scoring Night of the Living Dead. There is also a new 13 minute program (produced by Jim Cirronella) titled "Walking Like the Dead" about the direction of ghouls, featuring 10 members of the cast and crew, shot for the 2009 documentary "Autopsy of the Dead" New interviews with Gary Streiner and Russell Streiner. 12 minute new video essay by Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos. They examine the style of Night of the Living Dead. 18 minutes of excerpts from an episode of NBC's Tomorrow with Tom Snyder. 3/4 Hour TIFF 2012 event hosted by Colin Geddes, featuring an interview with George Romero. There is half a minute featuring relevant information on the 'Venus Probe', mentioned in the film, a VHS recording of silent b-roll 16mm film shot for Pittsburgh Broadcast News with original music by Jeff Carney, 2 Trailers. 5 radio spots, and 2 TV spots. The package contains a liner notes booklet featuring an essay by critic Stuart Klawans.

 

A 4K restoration with a max'ed out bitrate on Blu-ray of an iconic horror with the inclusion of the, never before presented, 'work-print edit' of the film, plus a second Blu-ray of extras - you hardly require my endorsement. Buy with anticipation and a high level of confidence! Easily the best package of the early year.

Colin Zavitz and Gary Tooze

 

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ADDITION: Optimum Blu-ray - October 08': Firstly, this Blu-ray is coded for region 'B' and will only play on Blu-ray machines supporting that region (Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe (except Russia), Oceania and their dependencies.)

This new Optimum looks pretty good - reaching about as high as it can for the pragmatic film's debut in 1080P. Detail is one of the most noticeable improvements (blows away all over SD-DVDs) but I was especially keen on the contrast being a full notch more pure (the Millennium Edition looks a little green). It may also be marginally brighter and grayscale has more depth. Overall it is a full leap better than the old Elite SCE in my opinion but in some scenes is marginally cropped on all 4 edges. Unlike other reviewers I saw no edge-enhancement 'halo'ing'.

Audio-wise we have a DTS HD Master Audio Mono 2.0 to compliment a Dolby Digital 2.0. I MUCH prefer this to a fake 5.1 Surround option. It maintains the limited production 'feel' with, often, muffled dialogue and flat sound presentation... but its is very clean as if you are hearing it in the theater for the first time.

Extras: Only one supplement - that, by the way, is in PAL. I believe the 83 minute One For the Fire The Legacy of the Night of the Living Dead is the same documentary on the Diary of the Dead. It doesn't have the enjoyable commentaries on previous SDs.

Akin to what we advised about The Shawshank Redemption - this is slated for a Region 'A' 'B' Blu-ray release (if you are capable of playing that Blu-ray region) with more supplements. If the transfer is significantly different - we will add to this comparison. For those in Region 'B' it probably won't get much better than this. The film tends to come to life a heck of a lot more in high-definition.     

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ON THE SD-DVDs: The colorization is damn impressive (I would put it on a par with Carnival of Souls ... maybe a notch below, also by 'Off Color Films'), but the sharpness is easy in the Elite camp. Personally, I prefer the Elite Special Edition a shade more than the Elite Millennium Edition (contrast) - but, of course, it is negligible. As we have stated, DVDBeaver does not condone or recommend films that have been manipulated by colorization. Just as we do not recommend censored films, non-original audio or aspect ratio manipulated films. Colorization can look silly at times, attempting to give texture where there often is none. So why buy the Fox edition? Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will know Mike Nelson and his commentary on the Fox edition may sate a hunger for his brand of sarcasm. No, it is not the definitive edition for image, but 'Off Color' probably knew that before they started their process. This is for fans of Mike Nelson and die-hard fans of the film - after all you get both an original and color versions. As with my Carnival of Souls viewing, the color can bring a new dimension to the film, almost like an initial screening. I don't think the film loses any of its genre-ific strength and the color results are intriguing.

Gary W. Tooze  

 



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Criterion Collection - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray



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Subtitle Sample Criterion Collection (Theatrical) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray

 

 

 

1) Elite Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Elite Entertainment (Millenium Edition) - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Fox (colorized)- Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Dimension Films/Genius Products - Region 1 - NTSC FIFTH

6) Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) Criterion (Theatrical) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray SEVENTH

8) Criterion (Work Print) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Elite Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Elite Entertainment (Millenium Edition) - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Fox (colorized)- Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Dimension Films/Genius Products - Region 1 - NTSC FIFTH

6) Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) Criterion (Theatrical) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray SEVENTH

8) Criterion (Work Print) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Elite Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Elite Entertainment (Millenium Edition) - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Fox (colorized)- Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Dimension Films/Genius Products - Region 1 - NTSC FIFTH

6) Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) Criterion (Theatrical) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray SEVENTH

8) Criterion (Work Print) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray EIGHTH

8) Criterion (Work Print - 7 Frames later) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Elite Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Elite Entertainment (Millenium Edition) - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Fox (colorized)- Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Dimension Films/Genius Products - Region 1 - NTSC FIFTH

6) Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - SIXTH

7) Criterion (Theatrical) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray SEVENTH

8) Criterion (Work Print) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

 

1) Criterion (Theatrical) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Criterion (Work Print) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Criterion (Work Print - 4 Frames later) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

Two more captures of the Criterion Collection (Theatrical) - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' 'B' - Blu-ray

Damage example on Night of Anubis (work-print edit of the film)


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Distribution Dimension Films/Genius Products
Region 1 - NTSC

Optimum Home Entertainment

Region 'B'  - Blu-ray

Criterion Collection - Spine # 909 - Region 'A' / 'B' - Blu-ray




 

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