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Re-Animator (Special Edition) [DVD]
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|Format||Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Jeffrey Combs, Stuart Gordon, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Abbott|
|Runtime||1 hour and 45 minutes|
One of the most wildly popular horror movies of all time, Stuart Gordon’s enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to DVD in a stunning 4K restoration packed with special features!
When medical student Dan Cain advertises for a roommate, he finds one in the form of Herbert West. Initially a little eccentric, it some becomes clear that West entertains some seriously outlandish theories – specifically, the possibility of re-animating the dead. It’s not long before Dan finds himself under West’s influence, and embroiled in a serious of ghoulish experiments which threaten to go wildly out of control…
Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s classic terror tale ‘Herbert West – Reanimator’ and featuring a standout performance from Jeffrey Combs as the deliciously deranged West, Re-Animator remains the definitive example of ’80s splatter mayhem and one of the horror genre’s finest hours.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- 4K restorations of the Unrated version
- Standard Definition DVD presentation
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Mono, Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound Audio Options
- Isolated Score
- Audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon and actors Graham Skipper and Jesse Merlin of Re-Animator: The Musical
- Audio commentary with Stuart Gordon
- Audio commentary with producer Brian Yuzna, actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Abbott and Robert Sampson
- Re-Animator: Resurrectus – feature-length documentary on the making of the film, featuring extensiveinterviews with cast and crew
- Interviews with director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna, writer Dennis Paoli, composer Richard Band and former Fangoria editor Tony Timpone
- Music discussion with composer Richard Band
- Barbara Crampton in Conversation – the Re-Animator star sits down with journalist Alan Jones for this career-spanning 2015 interview
- The Catastrophe of Success: Stuart Gordon and The Organic Theater – director Stuart Gordon discusses his early theater roots and his continued commitment to the stage
- Theater of Blood – Re-Animator: The Musical lyricist Mark Nutter on adapting the cult classic for musical theatre
- Extended Scenes
- Deleted Scene
- Trailer & TV Spots
- Still Gallery
- Screenplay (BD-ROM Content)
- Reversible sleeve with newly commissioned artwork by Justin Erickson
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Director : Stuart Gordon
- Media Format : Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 45 minutes
- Release date : January 30, 2018
- Actors : Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
- Studio : Arrow Video
- ASIN : B076VY8Z61
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2018
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In this review I will focus on the actor's performances, the characters, the gore effects, the humor, and the eye-candy.
First I can't emphasize enough everyone's excellent performances. Let's start of course with Herbert West aka Re-Animator himself, Jeffrey Combs. I have heard that Combs was a stage actor originally and his actor experience more than shows here. He literally stays right in character playing Dr. Herbert West a young, highly eager/enthusiastic, stern, obsessed, opinionated, questionably moral, highly scientific, genius of whom is willing to do all he deems necessary to beat death through science. Bruce Abbot is excellent as his semi-reluctant partner of who is young, handsome, likable, cool headed, and considerably torn between West's experiments and his relationship with his beautiful girlfriend Megan. David Gail is great as the plagiaristic, manipulative, sleazy, evil, ruthless, and cunning foil to Dr. West, Dr. Carl Hill.
The gore effects are sensational with practical effects, live actors to play the zombies, realistic gore, and creative looks to the morgue zombies gruesome looks. Also having David Gail as Dr. Hill seem to have his severed head and body perform both separately and together was pure genius.
Among funny scenes in the movie one that definitely gives me a chuckle is when Dr. Cain and Dr. West struggle with a living dead Rufus the cat. Also, Jeffrey Combs has several funny moments in his classic deadpan deliveries. Among them my most favorite of his hilarious lines is, "Who'd listen to a talking head? Get a job in the sideshow." That line always gives me a guffaw.
Barbara Crampton is gorgeous, a believable character, and most of all she is just plain smoking hot. She makes for both great eye-candy and sex appeal as pleasing as her nude scenes are in general.
Overall, if you love zombie movies(serious or comedic), love great 80's horror(serious or comedic), love Jeffrey Combs, enjoy excellent gore and practical effects, enjoy a good villain, enjoy great sex appeal and nudity, If you are into Lovecraft and in general just love a great classic with all of the best stuff to be entertaining, well then this movie is right up your alley. A MUST SEE!!! 10 STARS OUT OF 10!!!
The Arrow Blu is absolutely gorgeous, crisp and clear, and loaded with almost Hammer-esque texture. The extras are all sublime. I've owned many versions of this film over the years (from a TeeVee recorded Betamax tape to this one with everything in between) and this one is the best I've seen.
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While Re-Animator is not a good example of Lovecraftian horror, it's still a suprisingly well done adaptation.
The film's funny and gory and Jeffrey Combs is perfect in his leading role as Herbert West (even though his name is last on the credits and Dean Cain is supposed to be the hero of the story).
Quality of the release itself is excellent with good amount of extras and the cover is reversible so you can display the great original artwork if you want.
It has two cuts of the film, the unrated and the integral cut which is the unrated cut with about 15min of added/extended scenes from the TV cut. Unfortunately the integral cut doesn't have any subtitles which is why I'm not giving this release full 5 stars. The audio quality is excellent though so the subtitles might not be necessary and the integral cut is the worse version of the two, so you propably don't need to see it more than once (if even that).
With its unnatural lighting, crooked angles and melodramatic outbursts, Re-Animator has the style of cautionary 50s sci-fi. Except much, much gorier.
Jeffrey Combs plays West, whom we meet grappling with one Dr Hans Gruber (that’s right). It turns out that West wasn’t killing Gruber; he was bringing him back to life with the help of a special serum. West flees to New England, where he moves in with Dan (Bruce Abbott), a trainee surgeon, and his girlfriend Megan (scream queen Barbara Crampton). West soon gets to work resurrecting dead animals, but his sights are set on human reanimation. Appealing to his curiosity and his ego – and despite the warnings of Megan – West convinces Dan to assist him, gaining access to the morgue. Meanwhile, the scheming Dr Hill (David Gale) seeks to steal the serum and create a zombie army of his own.
The movie is based mostly in a single set, the morgue, meaning most of the sub-$1m budget goes on spectacularly gruesome special makeup effects. This release is the “Unrated” version, meaning all the beheadings and disembowellings are here in all their 4K glory. It’s safe to say Re-Animator features some of the most impressive and memorable gore effects of the decade. Tony Doublin’s design for the headless Dr Hill is masterful. The scenes where Hill’s disembodied head is psychically controlling his stumbling body are eye-poppingly gross and funny.
The script is sharp, the plotting is tight, and the characters are well-rounded. Sure, the goodies aren’t nearly as fun as the plotting puppeteers. But then, this isn’t the kind of movie where you’re expecting to feel fuzzy and consoled come the final freeze-frame.
More satirical than David Cronenberg’s The Fly but straighter than Frank Henenlotter’s Frankenhooker, Re-Animator successfully finds the sweet spot between comedy and horror. This is thanks in large part to the universally good performances, chief of which is the possessed Combs, whose deranged scientist is hilarious and unique.
There’s talent on the other side of the camera, too. Richard Band’s wonderful music is pure Psycho-era Bernard Herrman. And the producer is Brian Yuzna, whose directorial debut would be the fantastically grotesque Society, and who would direct the Re-Animator sequel in 1990.
Bold characterisation, barking performances, timeless practical effects, efficient plotting and jet-black humour – not to mention considerable after-the-event reassessment – leaves Re-Animator a shoe-in for cult status. It even dares to ask big questions: What is medical science for? Should we seek to cheat death entirely? And then it drowns such lofty concerns in a bucket of offal.
Horror legend Jeffrey Combs is a joy to watch as Herbert West, he plays the role with such sinister relish that it's impossible not to like him. A lot of the films comedy comes from how straight Combs plays the role, and along with From Beyond, Castle Freak and The Frighteners, this is his best work. The other real standout performance comes from the late David Gale as Dr. Carl Hill, Herbert West's nemesis. He died aged just 54 and I haven't seen anything else he made apart from the sequel, a shame he appeared in so little as he's wonderful in Re-Animator. Barbara Crampton is very pretty and played her role as Megan well, she later teamed up again with Combs in Castle Freak. Bruce Abbot and Robert Sampson round off the main cast as Dan Cain and the Dean Alan Halsey, but Combs and Gale are what make this film so endlessly enjoyable. I love the direction from Stuart Gordon and i'm sure the actors loved it too, this was his first proper film and to this day it's his best. He quickly followed it up a few years later with the excellent From Beyond and Dolls, after the 80's his films have been a little bit more hit and miss, but Fortress, Castle Freak, Dagon and Stuck are all very watchable. Re-Animator virtually steals Bernard Herrmann's fantastic Psycho score, but it fits the film so well that I can't imagine the film without it. There's some nudity, and lots and lots of over the top gratuitous gore. The effects and gore are brilliant considering this 1985 classic was made for under $1,000,000, it's probably the bloodiest over the top film i've seen along with Evil Dead 2 and Braindead.
This 2 disc special edition is packed with extras, especially when compared to the near barebones dvd I owned previously. On disc 1 there's what appears to be a cleaned up version of the film as it looks better than my old copy, there's a commentary from director Stuart Gordon and a second commentary from producer Brian Yuzna (later a director himself and director of the sequels), and actors Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton and Robert Sampson. Of course it would have been even better with David Gale. Disc 2 is just as good, a brilliant 70 minute making of, interviews with Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna, further interviews with writer Dennis Paoli, composer Richard Band and Fangoria editor Tony Timpone. A music discussion with Richard Band, deleted scenes, extended scenes, trailer, tv spots, production stills gallery, behind the scenes still gallery, fun on the set gallery, posters and advertising gallery, storyboard gallery, Stuart Gordon biography, the screenplay and finally Herbert West, Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft from which the film is based. It's a great dvd and what all special editions should be like, check out the Poltergeist "special edition" to see how little is on some. Considering how much is on the discs, it seems crazy that there's no subtitles which would obviously be a big problem for some.
Re-Animator is a great film and now has a great special edition, one of the best horror comedies ever made and if you're not too squeamish and aren't bothered by the perverted, gratuitous tone, you should love it.
First of all this german import has English language option and no forced subtitles and secondly, the picture is really impressive. Don't get me wrong it won't be mistaken for a demo worthy blu ray but, it is leaps and bounds ahead of any previous release. I found the picture to be strong and clarity and detail were very good the colours were excellent and it was like I was watching the movie for the very first time. The sound was good also.
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All in all an excellent blu ray release of a top notch horror film, all I need to get now is beyond re-animator on blu ray, so I hope there is a blu ray release soon.