Starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley, Kyra Schom, Russell Streiner, Bill Hinzman, Bill "Chilly Billy" Cardille. (1968, 96 min).
For those of you keeping score at home, 2017 is not the film's 50th Anniversary. We're a year too early for that, kids. Though rumors have been circulating of-late that Criterion is gearing up a release, if you want the original Night of the Living Dead on Blu-Ray, this disc from Mill Creek is the only game in town...domestically anyway.
Kinda hard to believe, really. Being public domain, NOTLD has literally been re-released hundreds of times on VHS & DVD by various companies over the years. No one thought to give it the Blu-Ray treatment 'till now?
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It's pointless going into any detail about the movie itself. Every self-respecting horror fan has not-only seen NOTLD (likely multiple times), they know it by heart. They also know that the modern zombie as we know it today wouldn't exist without George A. Romero and his merry band of Pittsburgh pals. Even
50 49 years later,
it still retains much of its claustrophobic power.
But aside from including a digital copy, this Blu-Ray doesn't serve up any bonus material, not even a trailer. The picture quality of NOTLD has always been fairly poor and the transfer here is on par with previous DVD releases. So if you already have it on disc, there's little reason to double dip. But if you've never made it part of your collection - and you call yourself a horror fan! - why not do the Blu-Ray? It's dirt cheap, attractively packaged and just in time for Halloween.
PURR-R-R...LIKE A GOOD SCRATCH BEHIND THE EARS