909 Night of the Living Dead

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Re: 910 Night of the Living Dead

#51 Post by Minkin » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:06 am

What a stacked release! And even a promise of "more!"

I can't find much information on "Night of Anubis" - except that was an early title for the film (even before Night of the Flesheaters), and this work print was discovered during the restoration. This is what people were mistakenly thinking were "missing scenes." Not sure if it will be alternate takes /edit /etc.

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Re: 910 Night of the Living Dead

#52 Post by Morbii » Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:12 am

I agree - looks fantastic. Can’t wait! I might even have to buy it outside the sale just on principle, but we’ll see.

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#53 Post by dwk » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:05 am

Saw the following facebook post from Jim Cirronella posted on the Blu-ray forums and it appears Night of Anubis workprint was cut to match the theatrical audio, so there are only a couple of differences.
Now that Criterion has announced the upcoming release of the definitive home video edition of NIGHT of the LIVING DEAD, we can finally discuss the NIGHT of ANUBIS work print and put to rest rumors of "nine minutes" of missing footage" so that no one is disappointed once they receive the blu-ray in February. (And don't get all crazy over the image posted below, it's there purely for effect.)
First, what is the "Night of Anubis, never-before-presented work-print edit of the film" as advertised? While Night of the Living Dead was originally shot on 35mm, the Latent Image's editing equipment was 16mm, so a reduction print of all the raw footage was needed so that George Romero could edit the film. George's original edit of the film entitled "Night of Anubis" was said to contain additional scenes that were cut at the request of Continental. This mythical original cut of the film that everyone knows as "Night of the Living Dead" was also said to have been destroyed in the flooded basement of the former Latent Image offices, along with any chance to see those missing scenes.

Thanks to Gary Streiner's efforts at finding a proper home for Night of the Living Dead's original picture and sound elements at the Museum of Modern Art, the Night of Anubis 16mm work print was discovered among materials from the now-defunct WRS Motion Picture Labs. What comprises the "Anubis work print" are reels of 16mm silent picture along with 16mm magnetic track containing unmixed dialogue, music and sound effects. Examination of the reels showed that the work print had also been cut to match the theatrical version of NOTLD, which would have been required for those audio tracks to match the final edit of the picture. Remember, although NOTLD's primary picture element is a 35mm negative, the film's final sound mix would have come from those 16 mm magnetic tracks that were cut along with the work print. Unfortunately, this means that scenes such as the Cooper's additional bickering during the infamous basement jump cut had also been removed (and discarded) from the work print.

So what is different in the Night of Anubis work print? First, the original title still remains, and secondly, there is an alternate day-for-night view of the ghouls approaching the farmhouse. Since neither of these shots would have affected the soundtrack timing, both were left intact in the work print. But if a lack of missing scenes in the work print has got you down, then you'll be very pleased with this next item, "Never-before-seen 16 mm dailies reel." which is a discussion for another day.
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Re: 910 Night of the Living Dead

#54 Post by DeprongMori » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:36 pm

Given the noted differences between “Night of Anubis” and the final release cut of NOTLD, I’m now a bit surprised it was included in its entirety rather than just as an “alternate opening” clip.

In any case, this is still a Day One purchase for me.

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#55 Post by Ashirg » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:02 am

Amazon pre-order is $18.31 at this time.

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#56 Post by Morbii » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:19 am

Now “currently unavailable” (doesn’t even show up on searches, either! Had to use a direct link).

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#57 Post by swo17 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:16 pm


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#58 Post by HitchcockLang » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:44 pm

swo17 wrote:Available now
The page is there but it is still showing as "Currently Unavailable" for me.

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Re: 910 Night of the Living Dead

#59 Post by Ashirg » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:50 pm

It goes in and out. Silence of the Lambs was doing same thing yesterday.

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Re: 910 Night of the Living Dead

#60 Post by dwk » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:07 am

"Newsreels from 1967" has been added to the list of extras.

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Re: 910 Night of the Living Dead

#62 Post by StevenJ0001 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:08 pm

I was hoping he’d compare it with the Japanese Blu-ray, which is reputedly the best version, at least until the Criterion came along.

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Re: 910 Night of the Living Dead

#63 Post by EddieLarkin » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:13 am

The Japanese Blu-ray uses the same transfer as the UK disc Beaver are using in their comparison. It has very slightly superior encoding but not enough to make any difference to the comparison. So in other words, the Criterion is now confirmed definitive PQ wise.

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Re: 910 Night of the Living Dead

#64 Post by StevenJ0001 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:38 am

EddieLarkin wrote:The Japanese Blu-ray uses the same transfer as the UK disc Beaver are using in their comparison. It has very slightly superior encoding but not enough to make any difference to the comparison. So in other words, the Criterion is now confirmed definitive PQ wise.
Ah, fair enough--thanks! The Japanese one has a couple of commentary tracks but I'm guessing they're the same as on the Criterion (?)

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Re: 910 Night of the Living Dead

#66 Post by MichaelB » Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:55 pm

I know English isn't his first language, but holy Christ:
The zombie horror genre does not begin with George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, but it is an indisputable fact that this film has been the classic blueprint for other films whose goal has been to be part of it. Without Romero and his film the entire genre would have been something profoundly different.

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#67 Post by hearthesilence » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:29 pm

MichaelB wrote:I know English isn't his first language, but holy Christ:
The zombie horror genre does not begin with George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, but it is an indisputable fact that this film has been the classic blueprint for other films whose goal has been to be part of it. Without Romero and his film the entire genre would have been something profoundly different.
I guess they don't use copy editors, do they?

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Re: 910 Night of the Living Dead

#68 Post by swo17 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:33 pm

No, zombies do not use copy editors, as established in Romero's film.

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Re: 910 Night of the Living Dead

#69 Post by whaleallright » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:56 pm

The zombie horror genre does not begin with George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, but it is an indisputable fact that this film has been the classic blueprint for other films whose goal has been to be part of it. Without Romero and his film the entire genre would have been something profoundly different.
This reads exactly like the sort of thing one of my undergrads would write—two overlong sentences that say almost nothing. It's like they're being paid (or graded) by the word.

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#70 Post by MichaelB » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:30 pm

I once had someone pitch for a booklet essay commission with stuff like this.

Guessing (almost certainly correctly) that his writing had never been professionally edited before, I gave his most recent review a thorough copy-edit and found that I could reduce the word count by a full third without losing any substantive content.

So I sent it back to him explaining that I didn’t think he was currently up to the required standard, but he was welcome to try again in a year or so after building up a superior body of writing.

Sadly, he didn’t seem to have learned anything from the experience, because his writing remains just as clunky and repetitive to this day.

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Re: 910 Night of the Living Dead

#71 Post by Godot » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:17 pm

swo17 wrote:Available now
And the pre-order price is down to $18.31, so I jumped on it. I only saw this once back in high school on WGN in Chicagoland, late at night and interrupted by commercials, but it was very powerful. I'm looking forward to showing my teenage boys (and seeing it uncut, with all those wonderful extras listed!). Thanks for the tips and links to reviews!

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