Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Mill Creek Entertainment) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: George A. Romero
Starring: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman
Rated: UR/Region: A/1:33/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh-eating monsters.
I own a whole lot of copies of Night of the Living Dead, but until this Blu-ray arrived from Mill Creek Entertainment I never did own the film on Blu-ray! And while this disc comes with no extras, it does come with a code for Mill Creek’s streaming service where apparently you will find a fan commentary of the film from youtube user FilmfanPete. While I don’t own the other well-known Japanese Blu-ray of this movie, I will say that it is a fairly good looking disc. Of course, it still might not top the standard DVD Dimension Films release back in the day because this transfer is “as is” more or less with more scratches and such from time to time whereas the old DVD I’m talking about was a really cleaned up edition with nice extras. So, you can look at the screenshots and see for yourself. Now, let’s talk about the movie. “They’re coming to get you, Barbra!”..Perhaps one of the most well-known movie quotes you can find attached to a film that thanks in part to the pure historicness of it and in another part to the open copyright on it that everyone under the sun has seen (and probably released on their own DVD) at least once. That movie we are talking about would be none other than George A. Romero’s very first trip into the world of Zombies with Night of the Living Dead. A creepy and historic horror film with plenty of historic horror value.
The film may not have been the first Zombie film ever made but it is the film that made them what they are today. Sure most of us love the film on principal and we all recognize it for being the innovator of a lot of things but if you sit down and give it a good watch today does the film hold up? Well, the film and the content might be a little dated by today’s standards but the message and the social commentary will always be a relevant subject. The color barrier was also broke with a black lead in an otherwise white movie. The movie isn’t a gore fest by today’s standards but for the time, that was considered pretty gory as well. I admit years ago when I first reviewed this film I wasn’t as high on it as I am today. I was always so happy to place Dawn of the Dead over it and I still like Dawn better, but both Day of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead have grown on me since my reviews in 2009. The older I get the more I seem to be able to appreciate this movie and what it did for horror. This is now a Halloween tradition for most, myself included. So, yes, the movie shows its age but that isn’t a bad thing all the time and Night of the Living Dead is a movie that really grows on you, as it should.
– None on the Disc, but a Commentary is one the version you’ll unlock online with the code
Quality of Transfer: 83%