This November the Museum of Modern Art in New York City has announced that they will be screening a 4k digital restoration of George A. Romero’s groundbreaking film Night of the Living Dead as a part of its annual “To Save and Project” film festival. Per the press release, the “To Save and Project” festival showcases the best new restorations of masterworks and rediscoveries of world cinema.
The film was restored by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. The restoration was overseen by George A. Romero along with Image Ten alum Gary Streiner, Russ Streiner and John Russo.
Margaret Bodde, executive director of The Film Foundation said, “The Film Foundation is thrilled that George Romero’s groundbreaking film is being restored from the original camera negative and track. We hope this will allow a new generation to experience the film and appreciate the elements that made it so innovative at the time, and give it continued power and relevance today. George Romero’s involvement in the restoration means that this version will be definitive, and the only one that truly reflects his vision.”
Mr. Romero himself added that, “It’s an honor and a thrill to have MoMA restore and present a horror movie that I and a group of Pittsburgh friends created nearly 50 years ago. After working closely with MoMA and the Film Foundation on this restoration, I know the meticulous work that has gone into creating this new restoration and I am excited to terrify new audiences and devoted fans with a version that returns our film to the quality we originally intended.”
Tickets for the first screening of Night of the Living Dead, which will be introduced by Mr. Romero, will go on sale October 22. For more information, visit the MoMA website here: Night of the Living Dead: 4K MoMA Presentation