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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 213026136
UPC: 827058702096
UPC 14: 00827058702096
Rating: NR
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A Biological Civil War.
Its code name is "Trixie", an experimental government germ weapon that leaves its victims either dead or irreversibly insane. And when the virus is accidentally unleashed in Evans City, Pennsylvania, the small community becomes a war zone of panicked military, desperate scientists and gentle neighbors turned homicidal maniacs. Now a small group of citizens has fled to the town's outskirts where they must hide from trigger-happy soldiers while battling their own depraved urges. But even if they can escape the madness of this plague, can they survive the unstoppable violence of THE CRAZIES?

Richard France (DAWN OF THE DEAD), Lynn Lowry (SHIVERS, CAT PEOPLE) and Richard Liberty (DAY OF THE DEAD) co-star in this little-seen masterpiece of modern horror written and directed by George Romero that remains one of his most chilling and disturbing films ever. Blue Underground is now proud to present THE CRAZIES fully restored from original negative materials and loaded with exclusive new Extras created especially for this DVD edition.

"Even with no ghouls, Romero exposes a nightmare.  Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It works superbly.  Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid.
"...often shocking, occasionally gory, and never boring.  Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic

Editor's Note
From the director of zombie classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD comes this chilling film about biological warfare. Made in the shadow of both Vietnam and Watergate, THE CRAZIES is a grim allegory about a government conspiracy against the public that ultimately results in genocide.

The story is set in director George Romero's home state of Pennsylvania. In the film, a government plane carrying a dangerous virus crashes near the small town of Evans City. The virus finds its way into the town's drinking water, turning everyone who is exposed to it into a murderous lunatic. Firefighter David (Will McMillan) and his pregnant wife, Judy (Lane Carroll), remain unaffected but face great danger in trying to escape the town, which has been quarantined by the US army, whose members lurk around every corner, clad in gas masks and protective suits. The President is often depicted as a detached talking head, offering no hope to citizens trapped by the mistakes of his administration.

Similar in tone and structure to his DEAD trilogy, Romero's film overcomes a visibly limited budget to create a colorful 1970s genre film that neatly captures the feeling of governmental distrust that was characteristic of the Vietnam era. With both a social message and plenty of splatter, THE CRAZIES is an underrated but appealing horror film.

Features
Video Features Widescreen, French, Spanish, Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Rhino
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/23/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 103 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1973
Video UPC UPC: 00827058702096
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio   1.66:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Richard France
Video Cast Info Lane Carroll
Video Cast Info Harry Spillman
Video Cast Info Lynn Lowry
Video Cast Info Lloyd Hollar
Video Cast Info Harold Wayne Jones
Video Cast Info Will McMillan
Video Cast Info Richard Liberty
Video Cast Info George A. Romero - Editor
Video Cast Info A.C. Croft - Producer
Video Cast Info Bruce Roberts - Composer
Video Cast Info Bill Hinzman - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info George A. Romero - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info George A. Romero - Director
Plot Summary
With THE CRAZIES, director George Romero aims for the jugular again. A small Pennsylvanian town goes berserk when its water supply is tainted by a biological warfare virus, pitting frenzied neighbors against each other and ushering in a mysterious occupying army.

Professional Reviews

Total Film
"...It's still a lean little thriller..." 08/01/2003 p.124

Sight and Sound
"..Romero's bio-disaster movie carries the allegorical import of his strongest work..." 09/01/2003 p.67

Wall Street Journal
"George A. Romero's low-budget story of a town gone nuts has influenced any number of sci-fi and horror films, from CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND to 28 DAYS LATER." 02/26/2010

A.V. Club
"[Romero] manages some perfect moments that bring the era's potential horrors into the heart of America..." -- Grade: B 02/24/2010

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