Night of the Living Dead with Descriptive Video and Subtitles added.
Onextra is a Canadian company which creates Described Video/Audio Description for an array of broadcasters. The classic public domain title “Night of the Living Dead” is our first release of in a series meant to celebrate the art of DV and give back to our audience. Many classic movies that have earned a place in film history and in our hearts remain inaccessible to blind and partially sighted audience because they are in the public domain. Most companies will not take the time to script, perform, mix and release content they can’t make a return on.
Onextra presents these films with Described Video to thank our viewers and to celebrate our shared love of film. “Night of the Living Dead” was a challenging movie to work on, and the challenges didn’t end when the final mix was completed. Onextra has been planning this release for several months, but the week we completed coincided with the time when everyone here in Canada started to realize how serious the COVID-19 virus situation was.
As we scrambled to get as much of our team working from home as possible while providing uninterrupted service to our clients, we also struggled with this question: is this the right time to release a movie about a dangerous global contagion? We erred on the side of caution and postponed our release.
But since then, we’ve read many stories about how movies such as “Contagion” and “Outbreak” are experiencing a massive surge in popularity. We shouldn’t be surprised – we look to art not only for entertainment and distraction, but to help us process our emotions and anxieties. With its themes of contagion, isolation, racism and fear of the unknown, this 52-year-old classic could hardly be more relevant today. We hope you enjoy it. Our best wishes for your safety and health.