NIGHT OF THE LIV­ING DEAD

Sound & Vision - - ENTERTAINMENT - CHRIS CHIARELLA

of des­per­ate strangers con­verge on an aban­doned house as the world comes to grips with mys­te­ri­ous ghouls— rein­car­nated corpses with an in­sa­tiable hunger for hu­man flesh. One of the most suc­cess­ful in­de­pen­dent films of all time on a bud­get-togross ra­tio, Night con­jures vis­ceral ter­ror un­like any­thing au­di­ences had ever seen be­fore, and it still has one of the most dis­turb­ing end­ings of any hor­ror movie.

The new 4K dig­i­tal restora­tion— sourced al­most en­tirely from the orig­i­nal 35mm cam­era neg­a­tive— was su­per­vised by the late Romero him­self. It’s monochro­matic of course, with inky blacks as lus­cious as...well, brains. Beads of sweat on faces and fine de­tails in every­day items add a dose of re­al­ity. The su­per-clean 50-year-old mono sound­track keenly bal­ances di­a­logue, mu­sic, and ef­fects, and with no dis­tor­tion in raised voices.

Night of Anu­bis, an un­re­stored 16mm workprint of Romero’s hor­ror clas­sic, is here, while a sec­ond ex­tras plat­ter has in­ter­views from in­sight­ful su­per-fans Guillermo del Toro, Robert Ro­driguez, and Frank Darabont.

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