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George A. Romero’s ‘Martin’: 3.5 Hour Black and White Director’s Cut Has Been Found!

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George A. Romero’s ‘Martin’: 3.5 Hour Black and White Director’s Cut Has Been Found!

We were all drooling at the mouth when we first heard the announcement that Second Sight Films is hard at work currently restoring George A. Romero’s 1976 vampire flick Martin for an upcoming 4k Ultra HD Blu-Ray release of the film in the UK. With the company nearing completion on the restoration, the plan is to unleash it to the public sometime in early 2022.

And if that was not enough to get you excited, then you might find the following information regarding an extended three and a half hour cut of the film more intriguing. That’s right, horror hounds. According to the film’s original cinematographer Ronald Gorewood, the black and white director’s cut, Romero’s preferred version of the film, has been discovered.

Gorewood shared the following announcement this past Saturday:

“I simply can’t say enough about the efforts of KEVIN KRIESS and THE LIVING DEAD MUSEUM in locating the seldom (if ever) seen, black and white, 16mm version of MARTIN. This “Director’s Cut” of some three and a half hours in length was always Romero’s preferred version. May it soon return safely to the custody of Richard Rubinstein and Braddock Associates for digital revitalization and distribution to the world.

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Note: This photo depicts Reel #1 of 3. The hand written label is one that I prepared back in 1976. To my knowledge, this is the only existing version of this Romero classic.”

In the 1976 film:

A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.

You can check out Gorewood’s original Facebook post below.

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