Crazies (Blu-ray)

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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.

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Studio Rhino
SKU 213026136
UPC 827058702096
UPC 14 00827058702096
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating NR
Keywords
Cult Film
Disaster
Illness
Political
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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
Directors
George A. Romero
Actors
Lane Carroll
Will McMillan
Cast & Crew
Richard France - Star
Lane Carroll - Star
Harry Spillman - Star
Lynn Lowry - Star
Lloyd Hollar - Star
Harold Wayne Jones - Star
Will McMillan - Star
Richard Liberty - Star
George A. Romero - Editor
A.C. Croft - Producer
Bruce Roberts - Composer
Bill Hinzman - Director of Photography
George A. Romero - Screenwriter
George A. Romero - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1973
UPC 00827058702096
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
  1.66:1
Features
Widescreen, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion Even with no ghouls, Romero exposes a nightmare.
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid. It works superbly.
Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic ...often shocking, occasionally gory, and never boring.

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