Last year, George Romero raved about a 4K restoration of Night of the Living Dead that the Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation whipped up from the original negatives. The digital restoration was shown just a couple times at MoMA last November, and Romero noted that it’s “closer than anything we’ve seen to the definitive version of the film.”
So when will you actually be able to see Night of the Living Dead in its proper glory? As it turns out, Gary Streiner revealed mere hours before the news of Romero’s passing broke this past Sunday that Janus Films has acquired the 4K restoration for theatrical distribution. It will begin screening at the Film Forum in New York City on October 13th.
“It all feels a bit surreal, a bit anticlimactic at the same time. After years of keeping quiet about MoMA and the restoration, we are now faced with a new reality. Night of the Living Dead® has found a home at Janus Films for its theatrical distribution,” Streiner wrote on The Living Dead Festival Facebook page. “Janus Films has already started booking Night into theaters. Its exclusive opening will be Friday, Oct, 13th at the renowned Film Forum in New York City. We at Image Ten are so happy that Janus of all companies is so energized to get Night back into theaters.”
“This is all very new information and as new bookings come in Janus will have their calendar up,” he added. “We will post update information here as well. This will be the chance you have all been asking for. Yes, with much pride Night will be coming to a theater near you! Could it be coming to Pittsburgh soon after its opening in NYC?”
Given the relationship between Janus Films and the Criterion Collection, many have been speculating that the 4K restoration of Night of the Living Dead will be making its way onto home video courtesy of Criterion. We have no confirmation at this time, but it sounds like the most logical way to present the restoration on Blu-ray.
Stay tuned for more info.