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Dead & Buried [Blu-ray]
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 26, 2002
Format: VHS TapeVerified Purchase
This halloween, I've been waxing nostalgic by collecting by collecting a lot of old, little-known horror movies that scared me as a kid. Back in the late 70's/early 80's there really wasn't much out there so viewers who allow a little leeway for the time it was released will find a lot to appreciate in this movie.
Dead and Buried stars James Farentino as Sheriff Dan Gillis who becomes bewildered by a series of bizarre and brutal murders happening to visitors of his small, seaside town. The plot thickens due to the quick dismissal of the murders by Gillis' wife (played by Melody Anderson - anyone remember Flash Gordon?) and soon the sheriff starts to wonder if she is involved somehow. To make matters worse, townspeople start reporting sightings of the murdered long after they've been "dead and buried."
The story is adequate with a number of twists thrown in. Skilled horror buffs may feel let down with the ending, but I think it's due to the fact many other movies have ripped off this plot line since the movie was released. What really separates this movie from the rest is the disturbing methods these people are murdered, with frequent cuts to dozens of people surrounding and photographing the helpless victims. The murders look especially realistic for the time (although, granted a little dated now) due to makeup effects of Stan Winston who has since worked on other "little-known" releases like Predator, Edward Scissorhands, the Jurassic Park series, and the Terminator series.
You'll be lucky to run across a copy of this movie in a video store. Should you buy it? If you're a fan of the genre and movies made in this time period, such as The Funhouse, My Bloody Valentine, or Halloween, then I'd say yes.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2009
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
In the sea of forgettable FRIDAY THE 13th sequels and clones came this little creative and disturbing gem from the early 80's wave of gruesome horror.

Several people passing through the quaint and picturesque town of Potter's Bluff die terrible, violent deaths only to turn up as upstanding members of the community days later. What's going on? Well, I wouldn't dream of telling, but you'll have a lot of fun finding out.

Blue Underground bravely chose to bring DEAD AND BURIED to blu-ray in spite of it's low-budget and humble production values. Visually, the result may not be on a par with some glossy production shot yesterday, but it nonetheless faithfully reproduces the imagery of this film as it originally appeared, and this is the best you are ever likely to see DEAD AND BURIED look. I had the deluxe DVD treatment, and this Blu-ray is IMO a worthy upgrade of a great little shocker.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Version: U.S.A / Blue Underground / Region A, B, C
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
VC-1 BD-50 / AACS / Advanced Profile 3
Running time: 1:33:59
Feature size: 29,73 GB
Disc size: 33,48 GB
Total bit rate: 42.18 Mbps
Average video bit rate: 32.22 Mbps

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2497 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2497 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby TrueHD Audio English 2664 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2664 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 448 kbps)
Dolby Digital EX Audio English 448 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles: English SDH, French, and Spanish
Number of chapters: 24

#Audio Commentaries
#Stan Winston's Dead and Buried EFX (17 min)
#Robert Englund: An Early Work of Horror (12 min)
#Dan O'Bannon: Creating Fear (14 min)
#Trailers (5 min)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 31, 2004
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Set in the town of Potter's Bluff where it seems like a nice little town to stay, mysterious murders and graverobbings have occured. A baffled Sherrif with the help of a local Mortician ( Jack Albertson) investigate these bizarre cases, but they figured out that it's caused by corpses that have been brought back to life by voodoo reanimation.
A brilliant, original and startling shocker from Dan O'Bannon ( Writer of "Heavy Metal", "Alien" and " Total Recall"), the gore effects with zombie effects by Stan Winston are quite good especially the infamous needle through the eyeball scene which rivals the splinter scene in "Zombie", good acting, creepy atmosphere, cool zombies, Robert Englund ( a.k.a. Freddy Krueger) and Barry Corbin from Critters 2 co-stars, and a shocking twist in the end.
The DVD is quite excellent in sound quality and picture, the film is fully uncut and uncensored and the extras are out of this world. I recommend this movie to fans of horror and zombie flicks but not for the faint hearted.
Also recommended: Burial Ground, Resident Evil, Dead Heat, From Dusk Till Dawn, Phantasm, Suspiria, Total Recall, Return of the Living Dead, The Serpent and The Rainbow, Re-Animator, City of the Living Dead, Nightmare City, Return of the Living Dead 3, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Stuff, Lifeforce, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, Zombie, House by the Cemetery, and The Beyond.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
"Dead and buried" was a hit book before it was made into movie and released in 1980. The book wasn't even that old when the flick came out. And the movie was successful because it was well done and very effective in following the books story. It wasn't a drive in b movie cheapie in it's day either it was put out to compete with other higher budget studio efforts and did a good job because it's a great story. The blu ray version only improves the viewing pleasure of this movie. And the ending is still shocking today if you haven't seen the movie before. All the actors are first class and are way above the b movie level (which has it's own level of ratings and charm) that most horror films were at. James Farentino and Jack Albertson really do a excellent job in this movie and the supporting cast shines as well. The effects are from the early 1980's era but still effective and complement the story very well. Blu ray is the only way to go on this movie even though the standard version is excellent as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2010
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I did like this film and I just watched it for the second time. I give it a very solid 3 stars. But I'm puzzled by the other reviews. I would give Alien 4 stars and Aliens 5 stars. This film does not reach those lofty heights. Even though it's encoded for 7.1 sound, I didn't hear much coming from the surrounds. And while it may be in high-def, it is rather grainy. This is not real surprising with a film this old. But advertising it as high-def with 7.1 sound creates expectations which are not met. The film billed itself as being made by the folks who made Alien. Again, it is raising expectations needlessly. People are going to expect a film equal to Alien in gorgeous hi-def with stunning 7.1 surround sound. This film can't deliver that. But it is a very good grade B horror film and it is worth watching several times.

The cast is very strong. It is cool to see a young Robert Englund. And Jack Albertson's performance as the undertaker is worth an Academy Award. James Farentino never wins any awards but he never delivers a bad performance either. It was good to see him again. Also the film is now a period piece due to its age. It was fun watching the sheriff (or his aide) use a telex to investigate. And we have great fx for a low budget pre-cgi film. The story made no sense, but that is often the case with horror.

So yes, it's a nice 3 star horror film, not another Alien.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2006
Format: DVD
i first saw this grim little shocker on cable in the 80's and thought it was great. this 2 disc set is very much worth the price and has a wealth of extras.

potter's bluff is a small town with a problem,people keep getting killed in very bad ways,only later to show up as townfolk.sheriff dan gillis is at a lose to explain this and the more he digs the less he likes this little problem.

the transfer is great and this little shocker will keep you guessing til the very end(and what an end)!! so if you like your horror movies that are a little out of the normal you'll like this one
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2006
Format: DVD
Very pleasantly surprised with this gem. Kind of reminds me of a cross between "The Fog" and other movies whereby a group or town is like a cult pursuing their own little game.....well acted...well paced....great scenery...excellent screenplay...great topic...well cast...very little to complain about...the only problem I found with it at all, and it is so minor, and it's only this one thing, is how fake the doctor's head looked when he snorted acid...lol....other than that the movie is an A+ all the way through.....keeps you surprised throughout...never predictable....very original and a brand new take on zombies, which are an evil group I never much cared for to begin with. No longer the slow methodical harmless type zombies of the past. What makes these so deadly is that they never appear to be zombies at all. Also look for small bit parts from Robert Englund and Michael Pataki and a great performance from Jack Albertson in his last role. Great job by the people in charge. Well done! Thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2003
Format: DVD
I watched this on cable in the 80's and the ending really did surprise me. Local Small town Sheriff has bodies turning up all around him, he fears his wife may be involved somehow, and the local Coroner is a complete Loon. The atmospere in Potter's Bluff is creepy, and there are some very shocking moments to say the least. Overall a highly entertaining movie, especially if you are a fan of low budget 80's horror films - this one is a must see. The 2 disc DVD is nothing but Superb, from the nice Packaging to the Commentaries!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Dead and Buried (Gary Sherman, 1981)

Gary Sherman went on, after this, to directed the criminally underrated exploitation film Vice Squad. Which should be about all you need to know to know whether you're going to like this movie or not. I was absolutely fascinated with it as an adolescent, seeing it every chance I got on HBO and reading the more than capable novelization by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro cover to cover more times than I can count. I hadn't seen it in a good twenty years, though, and I decided to check out the Blue Underground deluxe edition DVD.

The movie still has an odd creepiness about it after all these years that I can't just attribute to nostalgia. The story concerns the sheriff of a small town called Potter's Bluff, Dan Gillis (James Farentino, recently of Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story), investigating a series of very strange murders. He is constantly at odds with the town's coroner-cum-funeral director, William Dobbs (the great Jack Albertson in his final film role), and as he gets closer to the truth, he start feeling that a growing number of townspeople are uncomfortable with the direction his investigation is leading...

Dead and Buried gets its cache from two sources: the incredible level of talent on the film and Stan Winston's awe-inspiring special effects. (A decent script helped, written by Ron Shusett and doctored up by Dan O'Bannon; horror film buffs will recognize both the team and the process as the one that birthed the classic script for Richard Donner's masterpiece Alien.) Winston's Creature Shop was just coming into focus at the time, and Dead and Buried (along with Oliver Stone's excellent The Hand, released the same year) was instrumental in getting Winston noticed. The talent pretty much speaks for itself; Albertson, Farentino, Melody Anderson (Flash Gordon), Lisa Blount (If...Dog...Rabbit...), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Christopher Allport (To Live and Die in L.A.), and Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure) all make appearances in the cast, and are certainly not the only shining lights in this flick.

The one problem is the DVD presentation itself. The sound mastering is awful, and the one thing that would redeem it is absent: a subtitle track. You'll have to blow your ears out with the special effects to catch the dialogue, especially at the beginning of the film. Balancing that out is the second disc, with three featurettes that are quite wonderful (with Winston, O'Bannon, and Robert Englund reminiscing about the shoot from their respective POVs). A piece of cinema history that should not be missed by horror buffs. ****
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