George Romero

Preview by Jennifer Ortega, Red Carpet Report Reporter follow Jen on Twitter @JenniferEOrtega

This past July multiple film buffs and horror enthusiasts (including the RCR team) mourned the death of legendary and extremely innovative and influential filmmaker, George Romero. Romero was, of course, best known for “Night of the Living Dead.” “The Living Dead” proved that you didn’t a big budget to create a truly terrifying film. Beyond the violence of the film, there was sociopolitical commentary that carried out in other of Romero’s films. Romero was a true pioneer that inspired and changed the horror genre.

A new box set celebrating Romero is being released October 23rd, just in time for Halloween. There are three films included in the set, two of which are considered “lost films” of Romero. The films included are a comedy romance, “There’s Always Vanilla”, a psychological thriller, “Season of the Witch” and the infamous horror film, “The Crazies”. The three films are newly restored. There is a 60-page booklet featuring writing on George Romero. There are also many extras in the set including; interviews, featurettes, behind the scenes documentaries, artwork, etc.

The full details of the set are:

Limited Edition Contents:
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
– English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
– Limited Edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films

– Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative
– Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
– Brand new interviews with actors Judith Ridley and Richard Ricci, producer Russ Streiner and – sound recordist Gary Streiner
– Digging Up the Dead – The Lost Films of George A. Romero – archive interview with Romero looking at his early films There’s Always Vanilla and Season of the Witch Trailer
– Trailer

– Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
– Alternate extended cut
– Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
– When Romero met Del Toro – celebrated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro sits down with George Romero for this candid career-spanning conversation
– The Secret Life of Jack’s Wife – archive interview with actress Jan White
– Alternate Opening Titles
– Trailers

– Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
– Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
– Romero Was Here – featurette revisiting The Crazies filming locations in Evans City, PA
– Never Before Seen BTS footage
– 2016 Q&A with Lynn Lowry from Abertoir Film Festival
– Alternate Opening Titles
– Trailers

The set is available to pre-order on Amazon and MVD Shop. This is a must have for anyone who is a fan of George Romero.

More About George Romero Between Night And Dawn Limited Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] Coming October 24th from Arrow Video
George Romero’s name may be synonymous with the living dead subgenre, but his filmography is far richer and more varied than his reputation as “the zombie guy” would suggest. Following the breakout success of his debut feature Night of the Living Dead, the director would embark upon a series of projects which, whilst firmly rooted in the horror genre for the most part, demonstrate a master filmmaker with more than mere gut-munching on his mind. In There’s Always Vanilla, Romero’s sophomore 1971 directorial effort, young drifter Chris and beautiful model Lynn embark upon a tumultuous relationship which seems doomed from the outset. 1972’s Season of the Witch (originally filmed as Jack’s Wife but released to theaters under the title of Hungry Wives) follows the exploits of Joan Mitchell – a housewife whose dissatisfaction with her humdrum life leads to an unhealthy interest in the occult. Lastly, 1973’s The Crazies, which sees Romero returning to more “straight” horror territory, has a small rural town finding itself in the grip of an infection which send its hosts into a violent, homicidal frenzy. Taken together, these three early works, made in the period between Romero’s celebrated living dead outings Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, serve to display the broader thematic concerns and auteurist leanings of a skilled craftsman too often pigeonholed within the genre.

George Romero Special Collection

There’s Always Vanilla, Season of the Witch, and The Crazies, made between
Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, showcase the extraordinary versatility
and dynamism of this irreplaceable American auteur… Three films from the late,
legendary horror director, George A. Romero, showing that although he might
have defined zombie cinema, it didn’t define him.

Lynn Lowry (Shivers, Cat People)
Richard Liberty (The Mean Season, Day of the Dead)
Will MacMillan (The Enforcer, Used Cars)
Ann Muffly (Knightriders, Creepshow)
Raymond Laine (The Booby Hatch, Sudden Death)
Bill Hinzman (Night of the Living Dead, FleshEater)