“Night of the Living Dead” to Be Released in Color and 3D
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--“Night of the Living Dead” is getting a unique dimensional twist that promises to pull viewers closer to the undead action. The team of Legend Films and PassmoreLab is bringing new life to the undead by converting the previously colorized genre-defining zombie film into jaw-dropping 3D. The enhanced 1968 George Romero cult classic is slated for release on April 1, 2009.
“The eight-year relationship between Legend Films and PassmoreLab has evolved into a powerful technology and production partnership poised to capture a significant portion of the burgeoning 3D conversion market.”
This updated 3D version of “Night of the Living Dead” will preserve the original vision of the film and its memorable story and characters while going several steps further and brings new meaning to the memorable line, “They’re coming to get you!” The audience will no longer feel safely isolated from the undead; they’ll feel as though they actually are part of the experience and are trapped by protagonists, Ben and Barbara, in the farm house as the zombies close in for the kill.
While “Night of the Living Dead” wasn’t the first zombie film ever made, it’s certainly the film that introduced the zombie archetype to the horror genre. The independent movie defied the odds when it was released in black and white, grossing over $30 million internationally. Four decades later the film is going strong as a popular cult classic and a staple of any scary movie marathon. “Night of the Living Dead” has a huge fan base and has inspired a number of sequels and spin-offs of the original film.
“'Night of the Living Dead' is a great cult film and conversion into 3D is a certain crowd pleaser,” commented Greg Passmore, PassmoreLab’s President. “It is looking really awesome. Legend did a beautiful job on color and the 3D conversion we are now teaming up to produce is downright zombie popping,” he concluded.
This conversion project is intended to produce a fun and energetic film release that will no doubt become a Halloween favorite for zombie fans both young and old. Those who are already fans of this cult classic will enjoy this new twist on an old favorite while new viewers can experience the undead action for the first time in vivid color and 3D, complete with re-mastered sound.
“Using the most advanced, proprietary technology, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ will be the world’s first full-live action feature film to be converted from 2D to 3D,” explained Barry Sandrew, Ph.D., Legend Films’ Founder and President. “The eight-year relationship between Legend Films and PassmoreLab has evolved into a powerful technology and production partnership poised to capture a significant portion of the burgeoning 3D conversion market.”
The 3D film will be released by Legend in Europe theatrically and in the United States in a limited theatrical release. It will also be released on DVD and as a downloadable version available on Rifftrax.com. The downloadable version will include hilarious RiffTrax commentary by former Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy.
About Legend Films, Inc.
Legend Films, Inc. (www.legendfilms.com) was founded in August 2001 in San Diego. The studio specializes in restoring and colorizing classic films for DVD, HDTV and theatrical release as well as performing color effects work for major studios and film makers. With a design studio in San Diego and production studio in India, Legend Films has restored and colorized over 120 feature films in the past five years and has now adapted their time and quality proven colorization masking process for full feature film 3D conversion.
PassmoreLab (www.passmorelab.com) started in San Diego, California, in 2003. The company’s staff is composed of programmers and scientific engineers, and also includes graphic artists, stereographers, videographers, a musical composer and even a biologist. PassmoreLab facilities include a full live action studio, video/film post-production, an optical development lab, and a software development environment. PassmoreLab is a firm with staff around the world, offices in San Diego, Russia and the Philippines and is now focused on producing the most advanced 3D conversion technology in the industry.