Crazies

The Crazies

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Director: George A. Romero, Richard France, Lloyd Hollar, Ned Schmidtke

Cast: George A. Romero, Richard France, Lloyd Hollar, Ned Schmidtke

     
 

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Yet another neglected gem given the star treatment from the folks at Blue Underground, their release of George A. Romero's The Crazies is the perfect example of Blue Underground's remarkable attention to detail on films that may otherwise unjustly disappear into obscurity. Presented in 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is remarkably solid given the film's

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Yet another neglected gem given the star treatment from the folks at Blue Underground, their release of George A. Romero's The Crazies is the perfect example of Blue Underground's remarkable attention to detail on films that may otherwise unjustly disappear into obscurity. Presented in 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is remarkably solid given the film's low-budget origins, showing slight grain in the night sequences and with generally strong colors. Likewise, The Dolby Digital Mono audio mix is sharp and clean throughout. As with many of Blue Underground's discs, fans certainly won't leave wanting for more given the supplemental materials provided. It's great to hear Romero discuss the film on the lively commentary track which also features William Lustig, and aside from humorous anecdotes, Romero also makes observations concerning both his maturing as a filmmaker and of course the joy of shooting a film in Pittsburgh. "The Cult Film Legacy of Lynn Lowry" featurette offers an engaging interview with the lovely actress as she reminisces about her sometimes troubled film career and he current career as a stage thrush. Theatrical trailers and television spots give viewers a glimpse back at the sensational original advertising campaign, and rounding things out are a poster and still gallery as well as a detailed biography of the director.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This combination sci-fi paranoia film and bloody shoot-'em-up actioner was not the success that George A. Romero and company expected after Night of the Living Dead. It is, however, a well-made, fast-paced thriller that delivers the goods. With its threatening safe-suited soldiers in their Halloween gas masks and an apocalyptic air of violence and madness, The Crazies serves as a virtual ode to paranoia, taking concepts later seen in Rabid and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to frightening extremes. Needless scenes of the soldiers looting the corpses before burning them can be forgiven as Vietnam-era pandering, but otherwise, Romero remains remarkably even-handed. There are plenty of gunfights and gore, though, as a sweet old lady hacks a soldier to death with a knitting needle and Romero indulges in his penchant for blood-spurting head wounds twice in the same scene. In structure, this film most resembles Romero's later Day of the Dead (also with Richard Liberty) -- bickering soldiers, scientists racing for a cure, put-upon heroes fighting lunacy -- but this one is much more kinetic and exciting, disproving the frequent charges that Romero knows nothing about action scenes. The Crazies is a surprising, neglected treat.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2003
UPC:
0827058100199
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
R
Source:
Blue Underground
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
13,928

Special Features

Audio commentary with director George Romero; The Cult Film Legacy of Lynn Lowry - interview with star Lynn Lowry; Theatrical trailers; TV spots; Poster & still gallery; George Romero bio

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard France Dr. Watts
Lloyd Hollar Col. Pockem
Ned Schmidtke Sgt. Tragesser
Tony Scott Deputy Shade
Stephen Liska Actor
Kim Smith Actor
Bill Hinzman Actor
Rossie Harris Actor
Edith Bell Woman Lab Technician
Lane Carroll Judy
Will Disney Dr. Brookmyre
Harold W. Jones Clank
Robert Karlowsky Sheriff
Richard Liberty Artie
Lynn Lowry Kathie
A.C. MacDonald Gen. Bowden
Robert J. McCully Hawks
W.G. McMillan David
Harry Spillman Maj. Ryder
Leland Starnes Shelby
W.L. Thunhurst Brubaker

Technical Credits
George A. Romero Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Alvin C. Croft Producer
Bill Hinzman Cinematographer
Paul McCollough Original Story
Bruce Roberts Score Composer
John Stoll Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/"What's the Matter Billy?" [2:08]
2. Main Titles [:36]
3. Dragged out of Bed [3:35]
4. Quarantined [3:40]
5. Inoculated [3:08]
6. "All Hell's Broke Loose" [1:55]
7. "Get Me the President!" [2:53]
8. Small Town Lock-Down [7:05]
9. Colonel Peckham Takes Charge [4:23]
10. The Lunacy Begins [4:59]
11. One Fat Blunder [3:39]
12. Chick's Got the Bug [4:25]
13. Burning Bodies [4:58]
14. Crazy Shoot Out [8:22]
15. High School Madness [4:54]
16. Saving Her Ass [2:21]
17. "What Do You Know?" [8:30]
18. The Radiation Scenario [2:35]
19. Sick S.O.B. [3:22]
20. "Get Me Out of Here!" [1:15]
21. Clanker Loses Control [7:14]
22. Cure for Trixie [3:27]
23. Goodbye Judy [8:44]
24. Sooner or Later [2:55]
25. End Credits [1:44]

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