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Re-Animator (The Millennium Edition) (1985)

Jeffrey Combs , Bruce Abbott , Stuart Gordon  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson
  • Directors: Stuart Gordon
  • Writers: Stuart Gordon, Dennis Paoli, H.P. Lovecraft, William Norris
  • Producers: Bob Greenberg, Brian Yuzna, Bruce William Curtis
  • Format: THX, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Elite Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V9HA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Re-Animator (The Millennium Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Original mono soundtrack
  • THX Optimizer to assure proper TV/monitor calibration
  • 16x9 anamorphic motion menus
  • 24 chapters with motion images
  • Dual layer disc for high quality picture and sound
  • Disc 2:
  • New video interviews with director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna
  • New video interview with writer Dennis Paoli
  • New video interview with composer Richard Band
  • New video interview with Fangoria editor Tony Timpone
  • 16 extended scenes (16X9 Anamorphic)
  • Deleted scene (16X9 Anamorphic)
  • Theatrical trailer (16X9 Anamorphic)
  • 5 TV spots
  • Music discussion with composer Richard Band
  • Multi-angle storyboards
  • Behind the scenes photo gallery
  • Biographies and filmographies of cast and filmmakers

Editorial Reviews

Stuart Gordon's adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's Herbert West: Re-Animator puts a Night of the Living Dead spin on the classic Frankenstein story. Jeffrey Combs furrows his brow and bugs his eyes as the preternaturally intense Herbert West, a maverick medical student whose gory, gooey experiments cause bloody corpses and body parts to jerk to life. Bruce Abbot is the studious roommate drawn into his extracurricular experiments, which soon involve the dean's daughter (the frequently naked Barbara Crampton) and the college's cadaverous, calculating star professor (David Gale), who literally loses his head over a battle for West's discovery. In this world, that's only a minor setback. Charged with sick gallows humor and a ghoulish gallery of undead beasties, Re-Animator, like Evil Dead II, is one of the most inspired and inventive--and funniest--horror films of the 1980s. Combs, Abbot, and Gale reunite for the almost-as-entertaining sequel Bride of Re-Animator. --Sean Axmaker

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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blu Review September 4, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
One of the more frustrating blu rays that I've ever purchased.

I have had the DVD version of the film for a few years, and had gotten the DVD from my collection and was comparing the features listed on the backs of both boxes. I put the blu ray in and settled in to see what kind of improvement in picture and sound quality that the blu ray was going to have.

When the film started, I actually had to get up and make sure that I had, in fact, inserted the blu ray into my player, and not my old DVD version. I literally could not tell a difference in quality. This went on for a few minutes, and then the picture became very clear and had a slight improvement in quality...then it went back to DVD quality. I am about 45 minutes into the film and it keeps doing this. It honestly looks like an upscaled DVD in image quality.

After only 45 minutes, however, I have seen enough scratches and specks in the film to tell myself that this was not worth upgrading to blu ray from DVD. It doesn't appear that the film was restored or remastered for a blu ray release. The only thing I can really say that I noticed is that it seems to be a bit brighter than the DVD, which isn't necessarily a good thing because it makes the low budget makeup effects stand out can see where the makeup stops and the real flesh begins.

The blu ray has nothing additional in the line of extras from the DVD that I already had, and the sound and picture quality are not enough of a difference to warrant an upgrade. If you have the special edition DVD that was released by Anchor Bay, this really is no improvement. If you have the Millennium Edition DVD that was put out prior to the Anchor Bay release, it has features that were not carried over to the blu ray.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You wanna see a REAL horror movie? October 31, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The best horror movie ever made, period. For me anyway, this has to be my personal favorite. Forget all that Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer junk. You wanna see a REAL horror movie? Rent this one. Skip it if you're squeamish, though--trust me on this.
The plot is taken (loosely) from an HP Lovecraft tale, "Herbert West, Re-animator". The taglines kinda say it all. Dan Cain is a young medical student dating the Dean's daughter, who takes in a roomer and meets up with West, brilliantly played by Jeffrey Combs. West has discovered a "reagent" that will bring the dead back to life, except the serum still needs lots of work. When the dead people wake up, they do not seem happy at all to be brought back, and in fact have the tempermant of a grizzly bear on PCP. Added to the mix is the creepy Dr. Hill (who looks like an uglier, way creepier version of James Woods), who clashes with West and also has an icky obsession with Dean Halsey's daughter. (the attraction results in the movie's most outrageous scene that I'm sure you've heard about, which gives new meaning to a slang term for oral sex that..well, you'll figure it out).
This movie is scary, gory, original, and above all, lots of fun. Just when you think it can't get any more over-the-top, it does. Combs steals the show as West, who looks like a cartoon version of a brainy young scientist with huge hornrimmed glasses. I appreciate his performance more each time I view the movie. He gets most of the best lines, such as when Dan yells at him when a hysterical Meg has found her pet cat, Rufus, in West's fridge with a broken neck, that if he found the cat that way as he claimed, West could have left a note. "A note saying what? 'Dan: cat dead. Details later'?" he dryly replies.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man what a great flick August 16, 2006
A reviewer below said that this film will only seem good to those who saw it in the 80s and that people who have never seen it shouldn't. Well I really have to disagree. I'm only 15 so I obviously never saw this film in the 80s, but a few months ago I bought this DVD for 15 bucks and it was one of the best 15 bucks I ever spent. This film is great. If you actually like real horror films then you should like this film. Also the same reviewer said that the special efx were only good when the film came out, but I thought the efx were great and better than the CGI of today. So if you're a fan of horror and haven't seen this film yet you should go out and buy it right now. The DVD is amazing by the way and pretty cheap.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I compared the special features in this release with the one released by Elite (millennium edition). Most of them are the same. The only real notable difference is that this one has a new 70 minute documentary. I'm sure that's worth the effort of rebuying another 2-disc set. If you have the Elite version, you may want to pass on this.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Is Just the Beginning.... January 29, 2004
One of the most outrageous horror comedies from the 1980s, Stuart Gordon's RE-ANIMATOR is certainly great fun if not great cinema. Very loosely based on a story by the highly revered horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, the film follows the exploits of Herbert West, an impudent medical student who, after being thrown out of a Swiss institution due to his unorthodox and unethical medical experiments, has enrolled at the Miskatonic University Medical School in Massachusetts, USA. After hours, West secretly continues his experimentation, which basically involves the tweaking and fine-tuning of a serum he has developed that can re-animate the dead. West engages the assistance of his roommate and fellow med student Dan Cain, much to the chagrin of Cain's pretty girlfriend Megan, and soon the two are reviving numerous cadavers in the medical school's morgue. Unfortunately, West and Cain haven't quite perfected the formula, and the re-animated dead don't seem too happy to be back in the land of the living. But when Megan, her father (a dean at the university), and the school's prestigious surgeon Dr. Carl Hill get caught up in West's shenanigans, that's when the fun really begins.
RE-ANIMATOR is horror comedy at its best. Writer/director Gordon and his cowriter Dennis Paoli are savvy enough to realize that taking an earnest approach to the preposterous premise of their story is not likely to fly with the discriminating horror audience, so they wisely milk the material for laughs instead. Playing the lead role of Herbert West is the wonderfully offbeat actor Jeffrey Combs. Combs is able to generate interesting facial expressions that are somehow simultaneously deadpan and whimsical, and when combined with his impeccable comedic timing, it is nearly impossible not to laugh at every scene he's in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay ...
If you are desperate for Science fiction fare, but a little dated and cheesy. I give it a grade of C+.
Published 5 days ago by Learning Components
3.0 out of 5 stars As weird as funny
A classic on the weird side of "horror" movies. Kinda cheesy and repating all cliches of 80s hooros movies. Entertaining
Published 12 days ago by Leonardo Luna
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft does Frankenstien as Jeffrey Combs does Lovecraft
This movie is one of the greats, and thus far it goes down as the best adaptation of a Lovecraft story of all time. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Alex Horner
4.0 out of 5 stars A cult clasic
A cult classic that is ALWAYS worth revisiting. I do hope the rumors are true and there will be another
Published 17 days ago by goldpro
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE RE-ANIMATOR -
So glad to have found this and rediscovered the joy of Re-Animator - great movie - great laughs - just as funny as I remembered
Published 21 days ago by M. Salisbury
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT CLASSIC
A huge box office success when originally released. The screenplay was very original for its time. It was a pity that the sequel was such a failure.
Published 22 days ago by Peter Fraser
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie was poor.
the acting in this movie was very poor. It was almost like watching a soap opera. My family and myself did not even finish the movie, in which we only watched maybe the first 5-10... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Weyermann
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice horror flick
I would call this the son of "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" of the 1950's. It's in the same vein with a talking head that can control monsters (in this case, dead bodies). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Date, Mate, Re-Animate
I absolutely LOVE this movie! I have had every edition of this movie. From VHS, to the DVD Editions, & Now to Blu-Ray! I have kept all of them except the VHS Version. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining..
Perfect for that time when you don't know what to watch 'cause you don't want anything too complicated or serious.. you just want to relax, have fun and eat your popcorn.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adrian Oviedo
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