I watched the original Night of the Living Dead last night. Such a great movie, of course, but most of what I want to say isn’t about that. The thing is, the new restoration from Criterion looks incredible.
The movie’s been in the public domain since release because the distributor screwed up. Because of that, the movie’s been widely available for years through many, many sources - but I’ve never seen a good quality version of it. Whether it was VHS, DVD or blu-ray, it’s always looked like crap.
The new transfer, according to the information I’ve seen, was scanned directly from the original 35mm negative. Considering how beat up every previous version of this movie was, I was just shocked at how good the end result was. Amazing! It improved the movie experience a lot, making a lot of the scenes much more disturbing.