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The Crazies Blu-ray Review

Crazies

“The Crazies” is pure George A. Romero.

In 1973’s “The Crazies,” the story revolves around a virus breaking out in Evans City, Pennsylvania. The epidemic causes its victims to either go mad or die or possibly be violent. Not wanting the virus to spread, the town quickly becomes quarantined by the Army. Character wise, the film is largely an ensemble piece that revolves around a fireman (David), his pregnant nurse wife (Judy), a Colonel, a Dr. searching for a cure, David’s co-worker Clank, among others. What will be their fate? You’ll have to see for yourself.

Unlike the more experimental “Season of the Witch” and “There’s Always Vanilla,” “The Crazies” is very much the kind of work George A. Romero horror fans know and love. Romero doesn’t pull any punches here and delivers an intense, frantic, and bleak horror film about humanity and death. There’s no happy ending here and there’s no Hollywood sentimentality which makes it feel fresh after all of these years. Sure, there’s some suspect acting here and there, but the lack of big stars makes it feel more grounded.

Even though it’s done on a limited budget, “The Crazies” also works because there’s a real sense of scale here much like with “Dawn of the Dead.” Romero manages to convey so much with so little. On top of that, I was fascinated by the fact that the film sometimes feels like a documentary or newsreel. It has a raw fly-on-the-wall approach that makes it come across as non-fictional even though it is, of course, not.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.66:1 1080p. How does it look? A quality transfer that is easily the best of the new Romero Blu-ray titles.

Audio Track: Uncompressed PCM Mono. How does it sound? A lively track but be prepared for some excessively loud nature noises in spots.

Extras: * Alternate opening titles * Filming locations and collectible scan photo galleries * 2 trailers and 2 TV spots for “The Crazies” * “Behind-The-Scenes Footage”- 6 1/2 minutes of 8mm set footage with optional commentary by George A. Romero and Lawrence DeVincentz * An audio interview with producer Lee Hessel * A 35 minute Q&A with actress Lynn Lowry from a UK Film Festival * “Crazy For Lynn Lowry”- An interview with the actress who talks about her career, George Romero, “The Crazies,” etc. * “Romero Was Here: Locating The Crazies”- Lawrence DeVincentz gives a tour of “The Crazies” shooting locations * A fact filled commentary by film journalist Travis Crawford and Bill Ackerman.

Overall Thoughts: Check out Romero’s “The Crazies” and follow it up with the underrated 2010 remake of the same name for good measure.

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April 29, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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