Twilight Time put up pre-orders for their limited-to-3000-units run of Tom Savini's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD remake 9 or 10 days ago. I didn't mention it since... well, I've been busy and it slipped my mind. That happens a lot, no harm and no foul.
It turns out we're less than two weeks in and that "3,000" number is down to less than a hundred copies. Hell, by the time you read this it's probably already long gone! Even more noteworthy is that when the release got down to a total of 500 copies they switched it to a limit of 2 copies per customer, specifically to avoid the potential horrors of scalpers picking up the lions share of the run and putting them up on eBay for $125 a pop, as was the case with the similar FRIGHT NIGHT release from last year... and yet they're still moving at the rate of over 200 copies a day.
UPDATE: IT'S OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT.
Thanks for playing, we'll see all of you who missed it on eBay.
Twilight Time cheesed me off slightly by not including the 25 minute "Behind the Scenes" feature from the DVD. Not that I absolutely need every second of Tom Savini ever shot, but the documentary includes several gore scenes cut by the MPAA for an R-Rating, and as it stands fans of NOTLD '90 (which exist, evidently!) will have to keep their SD release for some of that sweet workprint footage...
Or whatever, just watch it on YouTube.
Meanwhile, ENEMY MINE has moved less than 1,000 units total. Not sure what that says in the long run, but it's... interesting. Maybe that hilariously Bromantic cover had something to do with it?
Romero officially bleeds celluloud.
While we're on the subject of super-limited "...of the Dead" movies, Synapse Films have also announced THE DEFINITIVE DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD DVD + BLU-RAY SET. You get a brand new, up-to-date version of Roy Frumkes' documentary that covers Romero's career from the start all the way to Survival of the Dead, and you also get an HD version of the original 66 minute rough cut sourced from the original 16mm negatives. Some of the footage used in previous releases of DOCUMENT were shot on video, and as such a "complete" HD version of this just wasn't in the cards without some serious compromises. As such, I think Synapse has come up with the most sensible and interesting solution to fans who care enough about a behind-the-scenes documentary to want it on Blu-ray.
Also, notice that that the "Synapse-Films.com Exclusive" banner doesn't look even remotely like the Twilight Time silver-banner motif, or the fact that Synapse is releasing this limited-to-1500-units and put pre-orders up literally the day before Twilight Time started taking orders for this:
Don't get me wrong, I personally don't CARE at this point who's knocking off who, I just find the blatantly reactionary connection between the two kind of hilarious. Still, I wish Don and Jerry the best on this, and will pre-order a copy myself... as soon as Twilight Time's done with my wallet.