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The Return Of The Living Dead [DVD]

Clu Gulager , James Karen , Dan O'Bannon    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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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: PAL
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Polish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JY24
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,328 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Return of the Living Dead is a parody-cum-sequel spin-off from George Romero's superior Night of the Living Dead films. A corpse-containing canister gets breached and releases an oily, loose-limbed, brain-eating zombie tatterdemalion and a gas that revives anything dead in the vicinity, even a bisected dog preserved as a vet's teaching specimen and a case of pinned butterflies. The dim-bulb leading characters--earnest Clu Gulager, goofy James Karen and Thom Matthews--burn up a mess of surplus living body parts, but the rains wash the ashes into the earth of a nearby cemetery and a whole crowd of brain-eating zombies claw their way out to terrorise a group of teens who sport the kind of 1985 fashions, hairdos, slang preferences and musical tastes that will never feature in a TV nostalgia programme.

There are plenty of in-jokes at the expense of the Living Dead films (learning that shooting 'em in the brain doesn't work, the appalled Matthews gasps, "You mean the movie lied?"), and director Dan O'Bannon, the writer of Dark Star and Alien, hurries things along through some gruesome action and terror-by-zombie bits until the surprisingly cynical anti-government conclusion. It's not as wittily outrageous as Re-Animator or Braindead, but it has an amiable, drive-in-cum-home video grunge about it. Frequently naked exploitation regular Linnea Quigley makes an impression as the punkette zombie who goes on the rampage wearing nothing but leg-warmers and body make-up.

The frill-free DVD is full-screen (boo hiss!) except for the titles, offers only the trailer and inadequate cast and crew notes as extras, but it looks okay. --Kim Newman

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Tongue-in-cheek horror from writer-director Dan O'Bannon, the man behind 'Alien' and cult sci-fi classic 'Dark Star'. A pair of warehouse men unwittingly unleash a gas which can bring corpses back to life. They look to the owner of a crematorium to help them get rid of the undead but manage to raise the dead of a neighbouring cemetery instead - which puts their friends, waiting to party amongst the headstones, in grave danger... The ensuing chaos leads the world to the brink of destruction.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will laugh till you die! 13 Feb 2007
By M. Dyer
My favourite Zombie movie (and I've seen a lot!!) Brilliant performances, great post-punk atmosphere and soundtrack. It has tragedy ("It hurts to be dead") comedy that will seriously have you falling on the floor laughing, and in a bizarre way it's scarier than most Zombie films. The fact that you actually care about the dumb humans gives it an edge.

Also the ultra cynical ending is perfect (who says it's not political)

Personally I can't stand CGI effects, they always look the same and nobody believes their eyes.
In this film you won't believe your eyes either but for different reasons; the sheer grotesque imagination of the film makers will stun you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahem, more brains please!. 26 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
"Return of the Living Dead" is a terrific tongue-in-cheek 80's horror spoof that has developed a rabid and devoted cult following and with good reason. Realesed in 1985 and written directed by Dan O'Bannon who was responsible for other great flicks like Dead and Buried, Alien 1979 and Dark Star. This is the most fun you will ever have with a horror film. It refuses to take itself too seriously yet the blood flows freely and the effects, considering the cheap budget this film was on, are very well done. It brags a wonderful cast that consists of James Karen, Clu Gulager, Don Calfa, and the legendary scream queen Linnea Quigley and has a couple of hilarious quotes when one zombie uses a radio dispatch "Send more paramedics!!!". It seems that two bumbling workers at a medical supply warehouse inadvertently open up a tank that wound up at their warehouse years earlier through government error. This tank releases a toxic chemical that starts a chain reaction that is impossible to end.

Everything they do seems to make matters worse! The corpse inside the tank comes to life and when another corpse inside the warehouse comes to life panic begins to set in. It is soon discovered that these zombies, unlike those in the movies, cannot be killed with a mere blow to the brain. They also have an insatiable appetite themselves for human brains (apparently eating brains helps to stop the pain of being dead, who knew?). To make matters worse, they chop up the zombie into pieces and decide to take the pieces into a large furnace burning the reanimated remains, but end up releasing the reanimating gas into the atmosphere through the resulting smoke. A torrential thunderstorm carries the gas into the soil of the local cemetery releasing a horde of unstoppable, brain-craving zombies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Version to Own 21 Jun 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have been waiting for this film to receive a proper edition to own. Fortunately that edition has finally come. With the original soundtrack, the outstanding "More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead" documentary, and several other outstanding extras on top of a well designed Steelbook packaging, this purchase was a must for me and any fan of the series. I only hope more horror films of the era receive a similar respectful treatment in the future.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars . . .almost as good as the evil dead bunch 13 Dec 2002
Been missing my video copy of this for nearly a year now so I'm glad to find it being released on DVD.
This is classic over-the-top gore/ black comedy/ horror, very much in the vein of Evil Dead 2.
The story is about a group of friends which gets smaller and smaller as the film progresses as is traditional in the 'schoolies go off to the log cabin for the weekend' type of horror films. Here, the first character has just got a new job at a medical supply warehouse. His new boss is giving him the guided tour, trying to spook him with ghost stories etc - gas used by the government went bad, remains of a test subject in a barrel downstairs, that sort of thing. Anyway the barrel is accidently cracked open and the gas escapes- as do the remains of the unfortunate trapped within. This gas then starts making the dead rise from their grave and its all hell on earth from there.
This is all fairly preposterous stuff but its meant that way. Theres not so much suspension of disbelief (ahem. zombie film...) as setting the stage for whats to come. The 80's seemed to spew these type of films out but apart from the Evil Dead bunch, the Romero classics and this they all seem to have disappeared (thank god!). But the cast do well to realise their characters with what they're given and they ARE characters, not the typical 80's almost-jock with a checked shirt and body warmer, looking either terrified ,angry or confused all through the film.
Director Dan O'Bannon (Lifeforce amongst others) has learned from his earlier releases and has gone straight for the comedy jugular with this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't kill something that's already dead! 4 Nov 2003
I enjoyed this film quite alot because of the fact that i am a b-movie
fan eg Troma movies etc.The living dead are brought back to life by 2 idiots that manage to break open a toxic barrel from the army and then havoc is caused all over the town by walking talking flesh eating zombies.This film certainly has its moments and i recommend this to any horror\b-movie fan out there.
Once you hav seen this you must see part 2 which has a silmalar
storyline but more silly.Have a watch of this film you might
like it......i did..........BRAINS!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extras rule!!!!
Just bought this for the extras and they were great and in HD!!!!!!!
Published 2 days ago by SW Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and funny film
Very good and funny film, I've seen it many times before, I know it's a low-budget film but in my opinion it's got to be one of the best horror film of the 1980s.
Published 21 days ago by Graham Ryall
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any fan
Great little package with fantastic special features also including the sorely missed uncut original theatrical audio track. Read more
Published 23 days ago by frank sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars I can feel myself rotting.
Great movie. Absolute classic. The right amount of horror and humour in perfect balance. I can see why Send More Paramedics (awesome thrash metal band) were so heavily influenced... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bill Paxton
5.0 out of 5 stars CHOKE A CHICKEN!
CLASSIC COMEDY ZOMB-HORROR. SO MANY MEMORABLE MOMENTS. Brilliant film packed with Plenty of new features. Documentary was so good! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paulette Case
4.0 out of 5 stars my husband loved thisxxx
my husband loved this film i thought it was entertaining aswell. a very good buy.a old classic thanks alot janexxx
Published 3 months ago by Jane Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd, excellent condion, fast delivery
looked good, looked a reliable seller, great film for any zombie lovers in the age 40 bracket! humorous. not sure the teens of today would find it so good though!!!
Published 4 months ago by Helen Kempson
5.0 out of 5 stars out the box movie
I first saw this movie a lot of years ago and I just had to buy it again.It was just as good as I remember. Read more
Published 4 months ago by susan campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I chose this because it looked legit and it was, it came with really fast shipping and was really well packaged. My brother loved it and it's just a great film as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by trevor corker
5.0 out of 5 stars must have
a great classic that deserved this anniversary blu ray release, lots of extras.
also, the soundtrack is awesome too.
Published 4 months ago by s m cauvin
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