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The Return of the Living Dead (1984)

Clu Gulager , James Karen , Dan O'Bannon  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph
  • Directors: Dan O'Bannon
  • Writers: Dan O'Bannon, John A. Russo, Rudy Ricci, Russell Streiner
  • Producers: Derek Gibson, Graham Henderson, John Daly
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068IEV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,771 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Return of the Living Dead" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary from Director/Writer Dan O'Bannon and Production Designer William Stout
  • "Designing the Dead" Featurette
  • Conceptual Art by  William Stout
  • TV Spots

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"Do ya wanna party?" challenges the soundtrack to this freaky and funny reworking of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Paced to the beat of a pounding rock score, this comic flesh feast delivers both laughs and outlandish gore. No longer lumbering, moaning creatures, these lithe, feral, and cunning undead claw their way out of the cemetery and into the skulls of a human smorgasbord. They even master the art of home delivery: "Send more cops," croaks a corpse into a patrol car radio. Director Dan O'Bannon even takes pains to explain their motivation between the tributes to the granddaddy of zombie horrors ("Well, it worked in the movie!" screams James Karen when a pickax to the skull hardly phases a lively cadaver). Not that it really matters amid the gore and gallows humor, but it does add a kick to the cynically sinister climax. --Sean Axmaker

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cemetery'those brain-eating zombies are back and hungry for more tasty mortals. A fiendish mix of outrageous humor and heart-stopping terror, The Return of the Living Dead is a veritable smorgasbord of fun (LA Herald-Examiner) filled with skin-crawling jolts, eye-popping visuals and relentless surprise! On his first day on the job at an army surplus store, poor Freddy unwittingly releases nerve gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas re-animates a corps of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!

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166 of 197 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I am not amused September 9, 2002
Format:DVD
Before we start. I want to affirm that I love this film. Great script, great performances, great soundtrack, great directing.
Also, regardless of the negative feedback I give this DVD, we are unfortunately obligated to buy it, if we ever want to see a special edition DVD.
Ok, here goes. Yeah it looks great. But it just felt wrong. I couldn't place the reason. I thought maybe it was a visual matter. But I quickly realized that what was bugging me was the soundtrack. It was inexplicably, utterly mangled.
Will someone tell me why? Why were the vocals for whole songs removed? I am sorely disappointed and angered by this. I am outraged by the George Lucas style of re-working your film for DVD, and abandoning the original theatrical cut. If you feel the need to improve your film, fine, provide an alternate cut, or additional scenes, or whatever, that's great. Give me the option on the menu to see the "improved version, or the regular cut. But don't alter a classic, and not even mention it and try to pass it off as the original.
There are so many examples of this butchering, that I can't name them all. I only watched it once last night, and am at work now, but a few definitely come to mind.
#1 The scene where Trash and Suicide and the gang are speeding towards the cemetery used to have the Damned song Dead Beat Dance as the background music. Well, not anymore! You get the inital maniacal laugh, and then nothing, a completely different song. Why?!
#2 The scene where the zombie says: "send more cops", with a thick new york accent. A classic scene right? We all loved it right? Well did you notice that they changed the voice? Did you notice that is was awful in comparison, and not nearly as funny? Was there a good reason for this sacrilege?
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Horror Film Returns at Long Last!!!!!! July 2, 2002
Format:DVD
After over a decade of being out of print (do to legal wrangling in regards to the film's punk rock soundtrack that is prominently featured throughout the film) the classic 1980s zombie film that turned heads with it's dark humor, witty script, and original zombie design is now available on DVD!
Freddy is a typical early 1980s punk rock fan who, on his first day at work at UNEEDA Medical Supply, learns that the movie "Night of the Living Dead" was based on an actual event involving zombies and that UNEEDA one day came into possession of one of the zombies which is now being held in a cylinder in the basement. A non-believing Freddy is shown the container just as it explodes, filling the supply company's building with a toxic green gas. The gas causes the sole human body in the body to come to life (as well as freeing the zombie from it's cylinder prison) and after failing to destroy the zombie the tradition way (cutting of it's head) they take it to the local crematorium to be cremated. Unfortunately this makes things MUCH, MUCH worse as the smoke laced with the toxic chemical mixes with storm clouds that rain down on the city at night and resurrecting the bodies buried inside the town's cemetary where ironically Freddy's fellow punk-friends are having a little party.
The kicker for Return of the Living Dead that makes it a classic film and makes it one of the most well loved zombie movies is the fact that the film's zombies aren't your typical movie zombie. They are smart (luring police to the crematorium after killing off several cops who come to investigate all of the strange activity going on), are fast and agressive instead of slow and dumb and the zombies have the most hilarious banter involving their thirst for brains that can have even the most squeemish movie viewer laughing.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: NOT THE ORIGINAL VERSION April 16, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This cut of the film sucks: The soundtrack has been reedited and remixed. Its not the same as the version we grew up with. The songs have been edited. Most notably the creepy song "Burn the Flames" played when
James Karen cremates himself has been almost totally removed. This stinks.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"How was your day,dear?" "Usual,crap." I love that line. This is my absolute favorite movie of all time and I am extatic to hear that is finally coming out on DVD. The reason why I love it so much...couldn't tell ya. It's just one of those movies that keep you forever. I loved it. It's a unique zombie flick. With the portrayal of younger adolescents, I think it gives the movie a certain edge that no other zombie, or any other horror film for that matter, has ever had. Past, present and I will boldy say future. With combinations of laughs, scares, and gore, it surpasses every horror movie ever made. The character of Suicide and Trash are my two favorites. Unfortuanately for me, they are the first two to be devoured by brain starved zombies. But I always looked at it this way, Trash got what she wanted..."A bunch of old men to surround me. And start bighting, and eating me alive." I see. Trust me, if you are an avid horror fanatic like myself and love zombie films, check this one out! And if you are in to Punk music at all, the soundtrack for the movie rocks. With bands like The Cramps, The Damned, The Flesheaters, and TSOL, you'll be in pure heaven...Or hell. Whichever you prefer! I give this movie 2 THUMBS UP...and one half eaten brain!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!
I have seen this film so many times I can say the dialogue lines as they are

being said second for second LOL. Read more
Published 2 days ago by FILMCRITIC1987
5.0 out of 5 stars so excited!
I have to write something just because I'm so excited that I finally rediscovered this. I first saw this movie at a sleep over in middle school and absolutely loved and hated it at... Read more
Published 1 month ago by verne.julie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series
It is so over the top, how can you not love them? Every aspect of this movie is so exaggerated that there is no way not to laff at the consequences that are inevitable.
Published 1 month ago by RoyBlaze
2.0 out of 5 stars ok movie
It has no comparison to current day movies but it is still an ok movie to watch, check it out.
Published 1 month ago by Donna Betournay
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it
my son enjoyed this show! the quality of the dvd was positive acceptance, and he enjoyed watching this series of show. Thank you very much
Published 1 month ago by LINDA RICHARDS
5.0 out of 5 stars A Barrel Of What?
I simply love this film. Super camp, tongue in cheek, totally more fun than a barrel of monkeys. And, there's Jewel Shepard.
Published 1 month ago by onewing
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite zombie flick
This movie was actually scary. The zombies were actually smart and tricked the police in sending more reinforcements so they could eat more BRAINS. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie
It was great and stupid at the same time which made It hilarious keep this on amazon I'll watch it again some day.
Published 2 months ago by EveMarie Zierold
5.0 out of 5 stars Best zombie movie ever
I've seen almost every zombie movie out there and, notwithstanding the original Night of the Living Dead, this is the best zombie movie ever. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joseph P. Hough
3.0 out of 5 stars Brains...Brains..Brains
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cemetery'those brain-eating zombies are back and hungry for more tasty mortals. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Taheen Lopez
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Anyone know if this edition of "Return..."?
The problem with these films is that many times the producers did not secure the music rights for the DVD edition (because in the 80's, nobody knew DVDs were coming, right?). So it is all a contractual matter and most "cheaper" films with more restrictive contracts suffer from this (why... Read more
Sep 18, 2007 by Paulo Leite |  See all 5 posts
Audio track
the oringal audio track is available on the uk blu ray version. 2012 you will have to have a all region blu ray player to watch it though.
Oct 25, 2012 by Michael Dobey |  See all 2 posts
The Burning DVD
I'm wondering the same thing.
Anybody?
Jul 27, 2007 by M. |  See all 2 posts
Soundtrack
I BELIEVE neither of the R1 DVDs contain the original soundtrack, from what I've seen posted here, but hopefully someone can give you a more concrete answer than that. I'd like to buy the collector's edition, but not if it's been "butchered" 'Tour Of Duty' style! :(
Aug 9, 2009 by Banjo |  See all 12 posts
oringinal soundtrack is available in uk version. Be the first to reply
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