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Return of Living Dead, Part II

3.7 out of 5 stars 253 customer reviews

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Return of the Living Dead 2 (DVD)

It's zombies vs. humans in this fun-and-gory comic horror film. When small-town bullies open a mysterious metal drum, releasing a toxic green vapor inside the local graveyard, the dead reanimate into zombies with an insatiable appetite for fresh human brains ... and the dead zombies have the living humans outnumbered.

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Curious kids open a barrel of green gas linked to a mysterious military experiment, and soon a tenebrous green cloud of fog is making its way through the creepy town cemetery. Knowing exactly where this is headed is, of course, part of the fun in this tongue-in-cheek zombie sequel. Maybe it's not as fresh as its successful predecessor, but all of the key zombie ingredients are still well preserved in this second installment: ravenous "undead" in search of human brains, severed limbs with a life of their own, and lots and lots of shrieking! Taking a hackneyed premise that is a close retelling of part I, director Ken Wiederhorn (Freddy’s Nightmares, Shock Waves) rejuvenates the genre with sporadic genuine scares, lots of plain old silliness, and some literally eye-popping special effects. Followed up a few years later with the equally enjoyable Return of the Living Dead Part III, this is a fun franchise that reminds you of what '80s horror was all about: bad synth music, and perms. --Matt Wold

Special Features

Audio Commentary: Commentary by Director Ken Wiederhorn and co-star Thor Van LingenAudio Commentary: Commentary by Director Ken Wiederhorn and co-star Thor Van Lingen

Product Details

  • Actors: James Karen, Thom Mathews, Dana Ashbrook, Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Suzanne Snyder
  • Directors: Ken Wiederhorn
  • Writers: Ken Wiederhorn
  • Producers: Eugene Cashman, Tom Fox
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KQNL8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Return of Living Dead, Part II" on IMDb

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I should have listened to Harry from Ain't It Cool News. He warned fans that the music was differant on the DVD. But I thought he meant the songs. Losing the rights to songs, and putting different songs in their place for home video is nothing new. But it is the entire score that is different. And the new score is mind numbingly horrible. It completely ruins the movie. There is also a voice over narration at the beggining of the film that I don't remember being there in the theatrical or VHS version. And even more strange, is that when you switch over to the French language track, it is still the original score. This makes no sense at all. Warner Bros. really messed up with this one. I hope they re release it with the proper score. In the meantime, since I know Circuit City won't refund mt money, I'm going to see if Warner Bros. will.
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I made the mistake of not listening to other reviewers comments about the change in soundtrack and bought this DVD anyway because I really wanted to own this movie. The new soundtrack that they have added makes the film completely unwatchable. I will now be selling my DVD and looking for an original version with the original background soundtrack on VHS or laserdisc. The studio then had the audacity to give the viewers a real kick in the groin by adding the original soundtrack on to the film IF you watch it in the French Language track. THAT IS UNFAIR and the studio should fire everyone assosciated with the release of this DVD. If you needed more time to acquire whatever rights there are to acquire for a 20 year old horror movie's background soundtrack, then you should have done it before releasing this to DVD. The movie, as it is on this DVD, is unwatchable and the music is GARBAGE. If you are a fan of this movie, DO NOT BUY THIS DVD UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If you do, I guarantee disappointment.
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The people who put out this DVD have totally messed up the soundtrack. It all has to do with noise. First off, there's different music in the movie. Next, there are all these new and odd sound effects that are out of place. Why bother releasing the DVD at all, if they're not going to do it correctly???
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Note: The 1-star rating refers to this release, NOT the film itself.

This is by far not the best zombie film ever created. As a matter of fact it is not one of the best horror films ever created. It is a shadow compared to the original, which is completely hysterical, has very likable characters, yet is serious enough to create solid tension with a sense of forboding doom. Quite simply put, the original has become a masterpiece of 80's cinema. What Return II is, actually, is a slick-looking, cheesey 80's kiddie horror/comedy with good production values and make-up, and a just-likeable enough cast with a few clever touches thrown into the mix (like incorporating two of the lead actors from the original as different characters, paying an amusing homage to the orignal). To tell the truth, over the years, this flick, in all its cheesy glory has risen from the grave of "dead" movies in my heart to the staus of "undead". It has become one of my favorite guilty pleasures, so to speak, and I was looking forward to this DVD release like a warm cup of brains.

That being said, on to the DVD review. Before I go too far, let me just start by saying, I could not stomach to sit through the entire DVD.

From what I did see, picture quality was sharp enough, exhibiting little or no noticable print damage. Colors are bold and sharp in comparison with my VHS copy. Sound quality seems decent enough with little or no noticable hiss.

Here's where the tragedy begins.... Why, oh why, warner?

The soundtrack has been COMPLETELY changed from the version I am used to. (If you don't believe me, toggle through the audio to the french track and you will hear the original mono track.
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Having purchased both The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and Return of the Living Dead III (1993) at the time of their respective release to DVD, I couldn't understand why Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988) had yet to be released. I waited, and waited, and waited...and finally I got news from some source or other it was finally coming out...I put my pre-order in, and it finally showed up on my doorstep...too bad it wasn't the film I was expecting...oh, the movie is the same one I saw so many years ago, but something was amiss...faulty, improper, flawed, afoul, awry, in error, mistaken, off course, improper, imperfect, defective, deficient, and just generally wrong...I was unable to put my finger on it, since I hadn't seen the film in such a long time, but in reading recent reviews posted by others on here, it became clear I wasn't alone in what I was feeling (I'll get to it later)...

The film, written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn (Shock Waves), stars a number of actors, including Dana Ashbrook (She's Out of Control), Suzanne Snyder (Weird Science), Marsha Dietlein (Boiler Room), Michael Kenworthy (The Blob, the 1988 remake, not the original with Steve McQueen), and Phil Bruns (Corvette Summer). Also appearing are Thom Mathews (Alien from L.A.) and veteran actor James Karen (The China Syndrome, Poltergeist, Mulholland Dr.), both of whom starred in the first film, but aren't actually reprising their original roles but playing roles very similar....make sense?

So what is the movie about? Well, if you guess zombies, you'd be correct (what gave it away? Was it the use of the term `living dead' in the title?). Okay, the army is transporting these containers, containers filled with some sort of chemical that causes dead tissue to come back to life (such as it is).
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