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    Night of the Living Dead 4K Restoration

    It will begin screening at the Film Forum in New York City on October 13th -
    Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. [click for more]
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    I'll be seeing it the weekend before Halloween. It plays at the AFI theater in Silver Spring at various times over that weekend.

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    I saw it last night at the Pittsburgh premiere.

    The showing was preceded by a Q&A panel with 4 of the 5 surviving member of Image Ten (John Russo, Russ Streiner, Gary Streiner, and Rudy Ricci; with only Marilyn Eastman absent), the original investors in NOLD. The 4K release means that the investors now, after 50 years of struggle, finally own a copyright to a version of NOLD, which one called "exhilarating." The frustration of decades of battling with the US copyright office was palpable, as was the team's victory of securing the 4k restoration, and the archiving of the original negative at the Museum of Modern Art. Gary Streiner is doing a bang-up job carrying the torch publicly for this group, as evidenced by his leadership every year of the Living Dead Festival in the community of Evans City, the original filming location.

    Creatively, seeing the film in 4K on the big screen did not knock me out initially, probably because we are all so used to seeing films with this level of clarity, and because the impact of the film lies, of course, more in the story and mood. But as the film progressed, it was a pleasure seeing a level of detail never noticed before such as:
    - various props and set dressing in the farmhouse
    - the zombies (oops, ghouls) in the background
    - close-ups of the leads - their expressions, clothing
    - sound effects

    Seeing this level of clarity in the film makes one even more impressed with the high level of attention to detail that the filmmakers provided to their work; something that is usually absent in other low-budget pictures. It is further evidence of their high level of personal investment, hard work and passion in the project, which have contributed to its enduring success.


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