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The Return of the Living Dead : Limited Special Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray] [1985]


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  • Actors: Clu Galager, James Karen
  • Directors: Dan O'Bannon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun. 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073FCA94
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,134 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The dead have risen and they need 'BRAINS!' Dan O'Bannon's cult splatterfest is one of the definitive zombie movies and one of the classic horrors of the 80's.

Blundering medical supplies warehouse workers Frank and his young trainee Freddy unwittingly unleash a mysterious U.S. military chemical that brings the dead back to life. And they've got a real hunger for human brains! Enlisting the help of the local crematorium they set off a chain of events that could lead to the end of civilisation.
Can they defeat the growing army of ravenous zombies? 'How do you kill something that's already dead?' It's not a bad question Burt!

5 Hours of Bonus Features:
More Brains! A Return To The Living Dead: The definitive 2 hour documentary featuring interviews with cast, writers, producers and many more, as well as previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage, storyboards, conceptual art, publicity materials and archival documents.
More Brains! 2 hours of Killer Bonus Features: A conversation with Dan O'Bannon: The Final Interview. They Won't Stay Dead: A look at Return Of The Living Dead Part II. Love Beyond The Grave: A look at Return Of The Living Dead III. Stacey Q Live: Exclusive 'Tonight' music video. Even More Brains: Deleted documentary interviews. Return of the Living Dead in 3 minutes. Resurrected Settings: The Filming Locations Today.
The Origins of Return Of The Living Dead with John A. Russo.
The FX Of The Living Dead with production designer William Stout and FX make-up artists William Munns and Tony Gardner.
Party Time with music consultant Steve Pross and 45 Grave singer Dinah Cancer
Original Soundtrack: PCM 2.0
Remixed Soundtrack PCM 2.0
Remixed Soundtrack: DTS 5.1 Digital Surround
Exclusive to Bluray Steelbook - Ernie's Notepad: a 20-page replica notebook by embalmer Ernie Kaltenbrunner, featuring production notes, casting information and exclusive artwork

Reviews:
One of the best horror films of the 80's - Dread Central
The definitive splatterpunk movie - Juicy Cerebellum

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dohrmann on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blu Review Obscura on 25 Sept. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD Blu-ray Review

Distributor: MGM Video (US)

"How do you kill something that's already dead?"

For some time now, The Return of the Living Dead has been on Obscura's most wanted Blu-ray list. On first hearing of this release some months ago, we were very keen to see if the wait would ultimately prove worth while. Thankfully and just for the print quality alone, it was.

Having seen the film across countless video releases and DVD releases over the years, finally seeing the HD print proved to be a real treat. The film is presented with a strong 1080p 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which looks excellent considering the original low budgets of the movie itself. Colours are a real eye opener and look vibrant throughout, black levels appear strong and there is a definite increase on the available detail here. The transfer quality, really is a lot better than expected.

Audio is presented in DTS HD and dialogue is both clear and effective. Running through the whole film, the classic punk rock anthems are given a real boost. One point worth noting however is that the soundtrack on this Blu-ray is the same as the previous DVD release which has received some audio substitutions. These include a change to the pitch on Tarman's famous "brains" quotes and some lessening of the background music during certain scenes. Apparently these changes were director approved and although the Tarman of the 80's sounded funnier and yet more creepy than his new deeper voice suggests, this isn't enough to ruin an otherwise excellent presentation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "zombie-dude" on 4 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Dyer on 13 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Merlin's Owl on 5 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
Think back, if you were around, to 1985 when this movie was made. I hired it from one of those corner shop video stores a bit like Be Kind Rewind [DVD] [2007]. Proud as punch with my new video recorder, the status symbol of the day, we watched this after the pub closed. AND IT WAS GREAT. The movie seen in the clear light of day is OK but there is like a whole genre of movies that were made to be seen intoxicated with girlfriend and / or buddies. We used to giggle our way through these movies like The Breakfast Club, Mad Max and Steve Martin movies.
Although dated now these movies and the affordable technology were cutting edge. The ability to freeze frame was revolutionary! This movie, for me, cannot be seperated from those blurry weekend late nights with kissing, carry outs and curry.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A good twist on Romero's living dead. This time the dead are rising due to chemicals from chopped up living dead bodies being burned and their ashes combining with rain and falling onto a graveyard. Well, would you have made it that complicated?

The acting is not strong outside of Clu Gulager and James Karen, and Don Calfa plays a wonderful mortician with several clues as to a possible nazi past scattered around.

The punks are cannon fodder, only Linnea Quigley being memorable for obvious reasons. The sight of 2 of the male leads succumbing to rigor mortis is priceless.

The creatures themselves are a change from the hobbling zombies of yesteryear. Only the tar-man hobbles in his quest for "more Brains". The idea that they eat brains to take away the pain of decay is briliantly disturbing "it hurts to be dead". Add to that the classic line that has inspired at least one rock band "send more paramedics".

All in all this is a well crafted horror comedy.
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