The Return of the Living Dead
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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!
"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
- 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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•NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
•NEW Audio Commentary With Gary Smart (Co-author Of The Complete History Of The Return Of The Living Dead) And Chris Griffiths
•NEW Audio Commentary With Actors Thom Mathews, John Philbin And Make-up Effects Artist Tony Gardner
•Audio Commentary With Director Dan O'Bannon And Production Designer William Stout
•Audio Commentary With The Cast And Crew Featuring Production Designer William Stout And Actors Don Calfa, Linnea Quigley, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, Allan Trautman
•The Decade Of Darkness – Featurette On '80s Horror Films (23 minutes)
•Still Gallery – Posters, Lobby Cards, Movie Stills And Behind-The-Scenes Photos
•Still Gallery – Behind-The-Scenes Photos From Special Make-up Effects Artist Kenny Myers' Personal Collection
•Zombie Subtitles For The Film
•In Their Own Words – The Zombies Speak
•NEW The FX Of The Living Dead With Production Designer William Stout, FX Make-up Artists William Munns, Tony Gardner, Kenny Myers And Craig Caton-Largnet, Visual Effects Artists Bret Mixon And Gene Warren Jr. And Actor Brian Peck (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)
•NEW Party Time: The Music Of The Return Of The Living Dead With Music Consultants Budd Carr And Steve Pross And Soundtrack Artists Dinah Cancer (45 Grave), Chris D (The Flesh Eaters), Roky Erickson, Karl Moet (SSQ), Joe Wood (T.S.O.L.), Mark Robertson (Tall Boys) Plus Musicians Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks) And John Sox (The F.U.'s, Straw Dogs) (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)
•NEW HORROR'S HALLOWED GROUNDS – Revisiting The Locations Of The Film
•The Return Of The Living Dead Workprint – Includes 20 minutes Of Additional Footage (In Standard Definition)
•More Brains: A Return To The Living Dead – The Definitive Documentary On The Return Of The Living Dead (120 minutes)
•A Conversation With Dan O'Bannon – His Final Interview (28 minutes)
•The Origins Of The Living Dead – An Interview With John A. Russo (16 minutes)
•The Return Of The Living Dead – The Dead Have Risen – Interviews With Cast Members Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Brian Peck, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, Linnea Quigley And More… (21 minutes)
•Designing The Dead – Interviews With Writer/Director Dan O'Bannon And Production Designer William Stout (15 minutes)
I had read on the Shout Factory's forum about whether or not if the original soundtrack will be put back into the film. Here is what Shout has stated: "For our new transfer we have gone back to the original audio tracks to create a new soundtrack. Only one song - The Damned’s “Dead Beat Dance” - could not be cleared for inclusion on the disc unfortunately. Otherwise, the rest will be the original audio as heard in the theaters when the film played first-run."
...So, there you guys go. The Damned either said no or wanted too much money...damn them! lol.
Both the video and audio on this set is at it's best! The workprint is very rough but watchable. Great extras as well! I hope they do a special edition for part 2!
"It's not a bad quesiton Bert."
"I'll be there with bells on."
"I bust my a** for you guys and what do I get? Eh, you're spooky. What do you think, this is a f***ing costume? This is a way of life!"
"Rabid weasels?" "Well thats what I'm trying to tell you here, Ernie."
"Watch your mouth if you like this job."
This was where the brain eating "zombies" sub-genre came from. This one movie. And its multiple lesser sequels. It has its own look and the fact that the creatures talk and eat make them something else than "zombies" which are living-dead slaves whose souls are captured and held by the bokor to work for him/her.
These creatures have their own history and a nod to "Night Of the Living Dead" since on of the co-writers of the script is John Russo who was involved in the original "Night of the Living Dead" 20 years before.
Great semi cheesy film, but overall pretty disturbing by some scenes.. like the very beginning part... and also how the zombies come out..
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A very tough thing to pull off.
Most others go straight to "silly".