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3.0 out of 5 stars Blu Review, September 4, 2012
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This review is from: Re-Animator [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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 more...you 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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Initial post: Sep 5, 2012 3:15:56 AM PDT
Georgedc says:
That sucks to hear! i really wanted to buy the blu ray!

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 6:25:40 AM PDT
NYC critic says:
Thanks for the informative posting. Will skip buying this and stay with my DVD.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 1:05:54 PM PDT
Ravan says:
Thank you for letting us know. I shall just stick with my dvd in the green box.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 6:15:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 6, 2012 6:17:00 AM PDT
It's a 27 year old, very low-budget film. The original source was probably not in the greatest condition. You're never going to get a dazzling presentation out of this film. Having said that, when I compared my DVD and Blu-ray copies you could clearly see quite a bit more detail in clothing and skin, as well as better black levels and higher levels of overall clarity on the Blu-ray. It is definitely a step up from the DVD and probably as good as you can expect a film like this to look. While there are some imperfections (specks and scratches) in the original source, it's nowhere near distracting, and I feel it adds to the low budget, schlocky feeling of the film.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 7:48:34 AM PDT
I have to agree with the OP. Very disappointed with the print. The "low-budget aspect" would seem to have merit, but I got Re-animator and Mother's Day in the mail yesterday and the differences of the two prints are night and day. This is the last Image blu-ray I buy. Don't sell your DVD. There is little to no upgrade value and they didn't port over all of the extras.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 8:16:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012 8:17:11 AM PDT
Ravan says:
@ Robert, I understand your point of view but take for example Nightmare On Elm Street, the first film, that one is also 27 years old and check out the bluray quality and sound. It is absolutely outstanding/brilliant! There's no excuse for a shoddy print, especially when we pay our hard earned money towards a so called upgrade.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 2:23:20 PM PDT
Georgedc says:
Don't worry folks. Re-Animator is being released on blu-ray by different studios from different countries. at blu-ray.com, they will eventually figure out which country has the best blu ray quality of this movie. Definitely, do not buy the US release on blu!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 6:19:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 14, 2012 6:20:33 AM PDT
Walking Tall says:
Re-animator, and Mother's Day are two entirely different movies, and that were transferred on blu-ray by two completely different masters. The A/V quality of Blu-ray releases always varies, depending on the film. You can't expect Re-animator to look like a movie that was made this year, and besides, it's a low budget film. That's just common sense!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 6:27:44 AM PDT
A movie that was made this year? I'm talking about the original Mother's Day directed by Charles Kaufman. It was made 5 years before Re-Animator and just as low-budget.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2012 4:19:59 PM PDT
A. Moncrieff says:
He didn't say Mother's Day was made this year.

You can't see LOOK, HERE THIS FILM IS FROM 1970 AND IT LOOKS BETTER, THEREFORE THIS BLU-RAY SUCKS. There's a million factors in why a film might not look as impressive on blu-ray - original photography, the film stock used, print used for transfer, bitrate used. You aren't really making any points, Mr Osbourne.
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