Stateside Night of the Living Dead was released to video April 11, 1991. on RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (77173). Due to the Hudson Hawk preview trailer included on the tape, the box lists 92 minutes as the running time but it is indeed the 88 minute R-rated cut. A re-issue with the corrected running time and no Hudson Hawk trailer appeared in 1995 on Tri-Star Home Video (same catalog number).

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A PAL version in faux matted ‘widescreen’ was released Sept. 22, 1993 by Tartan Video (TVT-1024) with an inside reproduction of the press kit’s production notes. Tartan packaged the remake with the unrelated but also widescreen Return of the Living Dead (TVT-1155) as a double pack. Starlight Video of Germany issued their dubbed version (22-455) Oct. 8, 1992 along with other countries and Australia (Video Box Office 1577). A reissue of the latter came out on Network Video (T1090) July 3, 1998. All incarnations did poor to moderate business, although the British editions were pressed the longest. The Japanese version is on Nikkatsu label (RF-1030) and has the best cover.

The United States and Japan both released Night of the Living Dead on laserdisc April 11, 1991. The American edition from RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (77176) was the lesser with the absence of chapter stops. The Japanese edition from Nikkatsu (NDH-119) considerately included chapter stops, a lurid reproduction of their poster collage, production notes and a trailer. Both are identical in print quality with the latter subtitled.

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Two years after its theatrical run in the United Kingdom, Encore issued a PAL format laserdisc (EE1016) adorned with a striking close-up of the zombified Sarah ready to bite her mother . This edition came in falsely matted ‘widescreen’ and included the trailer plus a preview for another Encore title La Skorta. Germany’s Astro followed with a dubbed limited edition of 500 (NF24606).

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On October 5, 1999, Columbia/TriStar Pictures Home Video delivered the satisfying DVD (77179) with digitally remastered audio (Dolby Surround), 28 chapters and multibox/anamorphic video. Besides the choice of English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean or Thai subtitles, the disc came closed captioned, included a trailer, director commentary, interactive menus and a decent (if inaccurate) booklet (i.e. lists the wrong theatrical release date). In fact, even Savini’s birthday is wrong on the interactive production notes section. But worst yet is the ridiculous cover artwork which looks like it was done by a child - who thought they were assigned to do Return of the Living  Dead's jacket!

Making up for it all, is a specially prepared, 25-minute featurette entitled "The Dead Walk" with interviews with Tallman, Savini, Russo, Streiner and Vulich. There is some videotaped behind the scenes, clips from a gag reel and some stills from Russo’s and Savini's makeup archive. There are no TV spots, instead we have an unnecessary and unrelated trailer for William Castle’s The Tingler. The PAL counterpart arrived a year later on October 23 from Columbia/Tristar (CDR12577).

ALTERNATE VERSIONS: Besides the R-rated final cut, there exists an unrated and unreleased work print and final R-rated cut are same length – 88 minutes. These are the differences in the work print: The eyes of the ghouls are normal colored compared to their more grey and lifeless eyes in the final print. The work print contains music from other genre films like Phantasm, Capricorn One, Halloween II on its temp-track which were used as cues for the composer to model his score after. Needless to say, Paul McCollough went along and devised his own approach, not following Savini’s guidelines.

The opening sequence (without titles or dissolves yet) runs longer. There is a longer pan of the road followed by another ‘coming up the road’ shot. Johnny’s dialogue about a ‘charade’ is mixed in earlier (placed when they approach the cemetery gates) than it is in the final cut. In fact, there is no dialogue at all in the drive-by the tombstones where the conversation was added in the R cut.

Inside the farmhouse, we see Barbara crush Rege’s head with the fireplace poker and her satisfied expression afterwards. McGruder is seen getting shot in the head while the R-rated version cuts away to Barbara’s facial reaction. The cancer patient zombie in the window gets shot and blood splatters from the back of its head (no blood in the R-rated print). Also unique to the work print is the burned up zombie that approaches the truck. It gets its head blown clean off by a single shotgun blast. And the dialogue on TV when Harry hears it upstairs had not been mixed in yet to an audible level.
The final scene ends with a close-up of Barbara blinking, then fades to black in the work print. The R cut dissolves to black and white stills which are tinted orange-red in the DVD and European prints but were untinted in the older U.S. video versions.