There are a lot of 4K restorations running about as of late. One of the latest is set to be Night of the Living Dead, the 48 year old George Romero classic. It’s had restorations before, even colour ones. But Romero himself says the upcoming release is the ‘definitive’ version.
Speaking with The Verge, Romero and Russ Streiner raved about the restoration.
Said Streiner, who produced the film:
The intention of the restoration was not to vacuum up all the dust particles. More than the images themselves, we wanted to restore what the images were trying to tell. It shouldn’t be clean and pristine. It should look how it felt 48 years ago, and the professionals did exactly that.
What we have now, for good or for bad, is exactly what I shot. This is closer than anything we’ve seen to the definitive version of the film. It’s in the right format, 1.33:1, and that’s never been seen before either.
The Verge noted, “the 48-year-old film looks like it could’ve been shot earlier this year.”