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spindrift68
12-26-2008, 06:28 PM
san diego, dec 23, 2008 (business wire) -- "night of the living dead" is getting a unique dimensional twist that promises to pull viewers closer to the undead action. The team of legend films and passmorelab is bringing new life to the undead by converting the previously colorized genre-defining zombie film into jaw-dropping 3d. The enhanced 1968 george romero cult classic is slated for release on april 1, 2009.
This updated 3d version of "night of the living dead" will preserve the original vision of the film and its memorable story and characters while going several steps further and brings new meaning to the memorable line, "they're coming to get you!" the audience will no longer feel safely isolated from the undead; they'll feel as though they actually are part of the experience and are trapped by protagonists, ben and barbara, in the farm house as the zombies close in for the kill.
While "night of the living dead" wasn't the first zombie film ever made, it's certainly the film that introduced the zombie archetype to the horror genre. The independent movie defied the odds when it was released in black and white, grossing over $30 million internationally. Four decades later the film is going strong as a popular cult classic and a staple of any scary movie marathon. "night of the living dead" has a huge fan base and has inspired a number of sequels and spin-offs of the original film.
"'night of the living dead' is a great cult film and conversion into 3d is a certain crowd pleaser," commented greg passmore, passmorelab's president. "it is looking really awesome. Legend did a beautiful job on color and the 3d conversion we are now teaming up to produce is downright zombie popping," he concluded.
This conversion project is intended to produce a fun and energetic film release that will no doubt become a halloween favorite for zombie fans both young and old. Those who are already fans of this cult classic will enjoy this new twist on an old favorite while new viewers can experience the undead action for the first time in vivid color and 3d, complete with re-mastered sound.
"using the most advanced, proprietary technology, 'night of the living dead' will be the world's first full-live action feature film to be converted from 2d to 3d," explained barry sandrew, ph.d., legend films' founder and president. "the eight-year relationship between legend films and passmorelab has evolved into a powerful technology and production partnership poised to capture a significant portion of the burgeoning 3d conversion market."
the 3d film will be released by legend in europe theatrically and in the united states in a limited theatrical release. It will also be released on dvd and as a downloadable version available on rifftrax.com. The downloadable version will include hilarious rifftrax commentary by former mystery science theater 3000 stars mike nelson, bill corbett and kevin murphy.

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/night-living-dead-released-color/story.aspx?guid=%7b7cd1979d-cdda-4d25-afe3-7563f5b21860%7d&dist=msr_1

3d - yeah! Color - booooo!!!

I wouldn't completely believe it though, there was also supposed to be a 40th Anniversary 2008 re-release that never happened.

Khan
12-26-2008, 06:59 PM
Sounds like something to skip.

Muse
12-26-2008, 07:39 PM
Not that it would've hit the UK but, I lost any interest I had at "colourised". NOTLD is a black and white movie and should stay that way. Always.

Silverpsycho
12-28-2008, 01:37 AM
I agree, the 3D sounds fun but I wish that was possible for just black and white. I do own a copy of Night of the Living Dead with an option to watch it colorized and I bought it just for that just to see what it was like. Even though most fans have come to love and appreciate the classic feel of the black and white, it was Romero's original vision to make the film in color so I wanted to see it that way. The colorized version I have is not real terrible but it does make me pretty happy that Romero couldn't afford color film at the time.

I understand that to make the 3D effects work, this project needs to be in color and truthfully I am curious about it and I'd attend if this was released in a local theatre. I mean it is Night of the Living Dead! So while I too prefer black and white, this is a must see for me.

Dingo
12-28-2008, 02:51 AM
Eh...Zombie movie whore over here...

I'll go see it and probably enjoy it thoroughly! :)

Captain Mal
12-28-2008, 02:59 AM
B&W for me, colour would be hideous.

horrornut
12-28-2008, 05:54 AM
People who like to play with colors should buy crayons and a coloring book.

Dingo
12-29-2008, 02:02 AM
B&W for me, colour would be hideous.

Ya cant do 3D properly in B&W! It don't work! So to get this zombie goodness in 3D we must accept the colour! Bring it on I say if it means more Zombie goodness at the cinema!

Captain Mal
12-29-2008, 07:38 AM
Ya cant do 3D properly in B&W! It don't work! So to get this zombie goodness in 3D we must accept the colour! Bring it on I say if it means more Zombie goodness at the cinema!

Or you could just leave NOTLD the fuck alone given that it's near flawless as is. I'm all for 3D zombie flicks but a colour version of Night? Nope. I've seen a technicolour version of it and it suked out loud.

Khan
12-29-2008, 07:42 AM
Public domain sucks sometimes.

horrornut
12-29-2008, 09:12 AM
Ya cant do 3D properly in B&W! It don't work! So to get this zombie goodness in 3D we must accept the colour! Bring it on I say if it means more Zombie goodness at the cinema!
Are you joking??? Can't do 3D in b&w? You should check out "Creature From the Black Lagoon" or "It Came From Outer Space"......

horrornut
12-29-2008, 09:15 AM
Public domain sucks sometimes.
You're right Jerm. If someone shot some new footage and blended it within the old print, it could, in some circumstances qualify for a NEW copyright. It's been done several times. Examples: Rocketship X-M and Plan 9 From Outer Space. Once in PD, re-booted (so to speak with new footage) and issued a new copyright.

Twisted Sister
12-29-2008, 10:17 AM
I agree with everything Liz said. While I prefer it in black and white, I am looking forward to it anyways, with being a fan of the movie, of Romero, and of anything zombie in general. :).

Rich
12-29-2008, 11:03 AM
It will probably be like the Fox release of the film where you can either watch it in color or black and white. you will also probably be given the option of 2d or 3d. I am looking foward to this as well. So now we have Friday the 13th Part 3, Dawn of the Dead, and Night of the Living Dead to look foward to in 3-D.

Dingo
12-30-2008, 05:41 AM
Are you joking??? Can't do 3D in b&w? You should check out "Creature From the Black Lagoon" or "It Came From Outer Space"......

I have seen both those movies and thoroughly enjoy them but that's old school 3D effects which frankly sucked compared to the new 3D technology that's been developed!


Or you could just leave NOTLD the fuck alone given that it's near flawless as is. I'm all for 3D zombie flicks but a colour version of Night? Nope. I've seen a technicolour version of it and it sucked out loud.

I saw that version too and it did suck. I'd watch the B&W version over that colour version any time but now we'll get it in colour (not technicolour) AND 3D! Double bubble goodness as far as I'm concerned!

Rich
01-15-2009, 01:02 AM
The color version that Fox Studios produced a few years back was shockingly very good. I'm down for Night of the Living Dead in 3-D, and I ain't talkin' 'bout that shitty new one.