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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

I didn’t have the opportunity to see Elite Entertainment’s original deluxe issue of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, when it was originally released for Halloween 1995. Of course, I heard high praise from the fans of the film who stated that the disc was fantastic. Fortunately, I’ve seen their movie only edition, which was mastered from the same transfer, and I have to agree with the assessment of the those fans. The Elite Laserdisc opens with a little joke, which is certain to remind viewers of every crummy looking edition of the film that has existed in the past. Once one gets past the Elite Entertainment logo, this transfer features such startling clarity, that they will find it hard to believe that this is the same movie. George A. Romero changed forever the face of horror films with this startling entry (then again, Elite Entertainment Inc. changed forever the Laserdisc format with this groundbreaking release). Made by a dedicated group of individuals, for almost no money, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD broke new ground with its plot about the dead rising to feast upon the flesh of the living. The story follows a small group of individuals thrust together in an isolated house under siege by the flesh eating zombies. The cast of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD features Judith O’Dea, Duane Jones, Karl Hardman, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley and Marilyn Eastman.

I know it’s kind of late, but Elite Entertainment Inc. deserves kudos for this fantastic transfer. The stark black and white images have deep blacks and excellent contrast. The image is presented at 1.33:1 and the composition looks correct at this ratio. As for the 35mm film element, it is nearly pristine. Except for the wardrobe, one would think NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD was made yesterday instead of 29 years ago.

The digitally encoded monaural soundtrack is sharp and clear, and doesn’t belay the film’s ultra-low budget origins. The Pioneer pressing was very clean. The movie only edition of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD retails for $40.00, and is an excellent value for horror fans on a budget. Elite’s deluxe edition which launched their company, features quite a few extras and is still available. The deluxe edition retails for $90.00.

All reviews are Copyright 1997 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.

 
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Laserdisc reviews are Copyright 1997 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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