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post #61 of 108
I agree, the 1980's Tom Savini remake of Night is a very, very good zombie flick.

Seeing the zombies slowly appearing out of the misty night, coming over that field....tre' creepy

Hopefully they include the banned gore scenes that would have pushed the movie to an X rating (Savini did a great head-exploding scene reminiscent of the one in DAWN).

And yet its funny how that film has one of the worst special effects in all of the zombie movies, the "Rubber Farmers head getting beaten with the Fire Iron"..the girl is beating this *painfully* obvious rubber head with the camera behind it...ugh its like..."are they kidding me? Tom Savini let that get in the film!??!?"
post #62 of 108
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I cannot change between the DVD and BD.

You got issues, pal....

post #63 of 108
Nin74, click the initial screencap and a second applet will pop up. Or click the blue "HERE" link for a full 1080p comparison. It's... weird.

Please, grain won't bother people nearly as much as the fact that there's no color.

It was shot on 35mm, and it shows in the new Blu-ray. The confusion comes from the fact that the cheap distributors made 16mm dupes to save money, which made the film look terrible up until Elite did their "Millennium" Edition LD from a new 35mm print directly from the negative. This is a MASSIVE improvement over the Millennium DVD (which is the version I own), though I guess if the Blu-ray couldn't top a mid 90s LD transfer there would be hell to pay.

A shame the cropping is so harsh, but Romero himself admits the framing wasn't great to begin with, and at least they didn't go full-blown 16:9 on us as they so easily could have. I'd be more than happy to own the UK release, or (more likely) any Region A equivalent.
post #64 of 108
i watched the uk import of this and i cant tell the differents from the dvd and bluray.Both run in 4:3.
post #65 of 108
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i watched the uk import of this and i cant tell the differents from the dvd and bluray.Both run in 4:3.

You need to get your eyes checked then.

I compared the latest (and greatest) DVD version of Night (Weinstein release) to the UK BD using the exact same Blu-ray player and did an A/B back and fourth and the Blu-ray was miles better.
post #66 of 108
I think some are of the opinion that HD automatically means 16X9. Blame it on all the Best Buy marketing for the unwashed masses...
post #67 of 108
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I think some are of the opinion that HD automatically means 16X9. Blame it on all the Best Buy marketing for the unwashed masses...

Yes, its amazing to find people pissed that movies and shows are being released in 4x3...when they were shot that way. Can't wait till we get Friends Season One on Blu-ray "Why is it squished in a box? I have a widescreen TV! The Office fills up my HDTV, huh!"
post #68 of 108
Does make me wish I had a large 4x3 Screen mind you even bigger image for us to glory over.

I am still not sure if I will upgrade to Blu Ray yet on this film, or wait and see what other countries do and if thye can improve on the UK Blu Ray.
post #69 of 108
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Yes, its amazing to find people pissed that movies and shows are being released in 4x3...when they were shot that way. Can't wait till we get Friends Season One on Blu-ray "Why is it squished in a box? I have a widescreen TV! The Office fills up my HDTV, huh!"

Yep. When the HDdvd of Trek Season 1 came out, many were bitching that if it was HD why do they have black bars...! The same folks who were bitching about WS dvds back when they had 4x3 sets.
post #70 of 108
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Yep. When the HDdvd of Trek Season 1 came out, many were bitching that if it was HD why do they have black bars...! The same folks who were bitching about WS dvds back when they had 4x3 sets.

Some people still complain that 2.35:1 aspect ratio movies have black bars when viewing on a 16x9 WS TV as they seem to think: widescreen movie + widescreen TV = No black ever.

I almost never watch free ON DEMAND cable movies because of the fact that 2.35:1 aspect ratio movies are cropped to fit a 16x9 or 1.77:1 aspect ratio.

I'll check the AMAZON.COM listing or the IMDB.COM listing to get the aspect ratio before watching ON DEMAND stuff LOL

For instance I was watching CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON in HD via ON DEMAND (it was free) but 20 minutes into it I was like ... hey wait a second ... when I saw this a few years back on DVD wasn't it 2.35:1 ??? So I paused the movie and checked on-line and when I realized yes it was 2.35:1 but was "full screen" on my 16x9 HDTV I stopped watching it.

As for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ... I found a so-called Blu-Ray Rip of it on-line and I downloaded a sample of it and it was 960x720 and 23.976fps and while it was very grainy the resolution was awesome and overall I was pleased with the quality. However I'm confused that if it came from the U.K. Blu-Ray then why was is 23.976fps as I can't imagine the person that Riped it and resized it would have also done all the work needed to change the frame rate. I was tempted to download the whole thing but I'll wait for an official USA release. It can't be too far away *fingers crossed*

I guess my point is I thought a U.K. Blu-Ray would be 25fps instead of 23.976fps but it was some "unkown" BDRip so god knows what they did to it.

I probably would jump-the-gun and buy the U.K. Blu-Ray if it wasn't region locked. Alas I have a PS3 so ... come to think of it are there any Region Free Blu-Ray players yet?
post #71 of 108
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As for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ... I found a so-called Blu-Ray Rip of it on-line and I downloaded a sample of it and it was 960x720 and 23.976fps and while it was very grainy the resolution was awesome and overall I was pleased with the quality. However I'm confused that if it came from the U.K. Blu-Ray then why was is 23.976fps as I can't imagine the person that Riped it and resized it would have also done all the work needed to change the frame rate. I was tempted to download the whole thing but I'll wait for an official USA release. It can't be too far away *fingers crossed*

I guess my point is I thought a U.K. Blu-Ray would be 25fps instead of 23.976fps but it was some "unkown" BDRip so god knows what they did to it.

I probably would jump-the-gun and buy the U.K. Blu-Ray if it wasn't region locked. Alas I have a PS3 so ... come to think of it are there any Region Free Blu-Ray players yet?

UK Blu-rays - with some minor exceptions - run at 23.976fps. HDM has thankfully left the days of PAL speedup behind.
post #72 of 108
so when is the U.S. realease?
post #73 of 108
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so when is the U.S. realease?

When Weinstein gets around to releasing it. Probably around Halloween (Sept/Oct).
post #74 of 108
This can be imported ? I remember seeing this at the local drive-in in Waynesburg PA . Bill Cardill (Chilly Billy) had a cameo.

Art
post #75 of 108
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When Weinstein gets around to releasing it. Probably around Halloween (Sept/Oct).

damn him I mean come on now......IM waiting anxiously for this to release must have
post #76 of 108
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This can be imported ? I remember seeing this at the local drive-in in Waynesburg PA .

Art

That must have been awesome.

post #77 of 108
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Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn View Post

This can be imported ?

It was released in the UK, but the disc is locked to Region B.

Review.
post #78 of 108
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Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn View Post

Very exciting ! I hope they do the best possible job on the PQ.

Art

given it was shot on 16mm don't get your hopes up.
post #79 of 108
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given it was shot on 16mm don't get your hopes up.

No it wasn't. Only a few pick up shots, mostly with Duane Jones in the house hammering boards, were in 16mm. The rest was shot 35mm.
post #80 of 108
The classic movie directed by himself and it was better than his new film"Diary of the dead"which I beg DIMENTION EXTREME ;give me my money back.
post #81 of 108
Can't wait for the bluray to come out.

In the meantime I'm also excited on hearing
about the new documentary on the film coming
out on dvd (not bluray) - Autopsy Of The Dead.
post #82 of 108
NOLTD is public domain, Couldn't Anchor Bay steal Optimum's encode and release it?
post #83 of 108
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NOLTD is public domain, Couldn't Anchor Bay steal Optimum's encode and release it?

Nope.

The movie is public domain, but you can't take someone else's transfer and release it as your own.

I don't see why Anchor Bay couldn't do the work themselves, though, and release a similar edition themselves.
post #84 of 108
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I don't see why Anchor Bay couldn't do the work themselves, though, and release a similar edition themselves.

Although the movie is public domain, the studio releasing it will still have to secure the best film elements they can for the transfer.
post #85 of 108
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Although the movie is public domain, the studio releasing it will still have to secure the best film elements they can for the transfer.

Is Elite still around? Did they do a hi def master for the Millennium Edition dvd?
post #86 of 108
Please tell me the BD doesn't include the lame religious zealot framing device from the anniversary DVD of a few years backā€¦
post #87 of 108
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Please tell me the BD doesn't include the lame religious zealot framing device from the anniversary DVD of a few years back

If you're referring to that terrible release where they added new scenes, then no - the UK Optimum Blu-ray is the original version of the film from 1968, with none of that junk.
post #88 of 108
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Originally Posted by Neo_Reloaded View Post

If you're referring to that terrible release where they added new scenes, then no - the UK Optimum Blu-ray is the original version of the film from 1968, with none of that junk.

Yes I was, and that's great to know.
post #89 of 108
Awesome news. And +1 on the great remake of Night (Dawn remake was terrible and I never even bothered with that Day remake...)... Savini did a great job with it IMHO, and I would also like to see that one released on Blu-Ray, but definitely glad the original is coming also.
post #90 of 108
I keep hoping someone will do a double-shot, and make a 2-disc (or maybe 3 if they include extras) that includes the original Night + the color remake.

One of the very few remakes, in my opinion, that holds its own against the original.

Mind you, I still prefer the original... but the remake takes a few subtly different twists on the characters and makes a good social statement of its own really.. so I would like to have both.
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