‘Night of the Animated Dead’ Slated for Digital Release Sept. 21, Disc Oct. 5

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Night of the Animated Dead through digital retailers Sept. 21, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5.

An animated reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, Animated Dead includes exclusive scenes not included in the original film. The voice cast includes Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katharine Isabelle, James Roday Rodriguez, Katee Sackhoff, Will Sasso, Jimmi Simpson and Nancy Travis.

The story involves a group of strangers in Pennsylvania taking refuge in an abandoned farmhouse during a zombie attack. Together, the group must fight to stay alive against the oncoming horde of zombies while also confronting their own fears and prejudices.

Bonus features include a “Making of the Animated Dead” featurette in which director Jason Axinn and producer Michael Luisi discuss the process of honoring the iconic classic with their vision for an animated remake, including scene breakdowns and booth recordings with the cast.

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Mike’s Picks: ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘The L-Shaped Room’

Night of the Living Dead: Criterion Collection

Criterion, Horror, $39.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman.
1968. In any form, the opening shot seems exactly right: a moving car finessing all the twists and turns of a pastoral setting that turns out to be a graveyard entrance that its sibling passengers would have been better off zooming by — 100 MPH and going backwards. But it’s the heavy contrast and overall crispness of the image that grabs me immediately about Criterion’s 4K, stops-pulled, whoop-de-doo, shirt-sleeves-rolled-up crack at George A. Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead.
Extras: There isn’t a whole lot you can imagine being left out of this Criterion package — some holdover commentaries from earlier releases; a shorter work-print edit; a new featurette/appreciation whose homage-paying filmmaker appearances include one by super-trendy Guillermo Del Toro; a new appreciation of the music; a germane Tom Snyder “Tomorrow” episode; a look-back at filming on a dime; a Stuart Klawans essay; and even a primer about directing ghouls.
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The L-Shaped Room

Available via ScreenArchives.com
Twilight Time, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Leslie Caron, Tom Bell, Brock Peters.
1962. Buoyed by surprise lead casting that worked at the time and still does,The L-Shaped Roomfairly seamlessly smooshes one of those British kitchen-sink dramas that a lot of critics diss (but I rather like) with an unwed mother saga.
Extras: The commentary track features the likes of Nick Redman, Lem Dobbs and Julie Kirgo.
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