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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!
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...
Published on 13 Feb 2007 by M. Dyer

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2.0 out of 5 stars Five star movie + One star release = Two star overall
Movie: This is a classic 80s horror gem, which has often been forgotten due to problems with the right to this movie. What makes ROTLD stand out from the rest of the mediocre horror films from its time (mid 80s) is the twinkle in the eye type attitude it brought to horror. This years before even Sam Raimi successfully did the same with Evil Dead 2. The movie is fast-paced...
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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
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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
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"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. We also have a group of punkish teenagers partying in a local cemetery nearby. These younger characters are most definitely a product of the times, sporting a mishmash of giant 80's hair, leather jackets with chains, and styling mohawks. Of special mention is 1980's scream queen Linnea Quigley who plays Trash, spends most of the majority of the film completely naked.

Return of the Living Dead departs from the standard Romero-Zombie mythos in several significant ways. Amongst the most noticeable to horror fans may be the ways that the zombies act and are dispatches. They run fast and seem to be much more intelligent and are much harder to kill. The Return of the Living Dead helped reset the standard for what a zombie movie could be. If it weren't for some of the miserable sequels that followed, the brand name might not have been tarnished forever, but this single film will always stand near the top of the list for cult horror fans.

First, the high definition transfer isn't exactly mind-blowing - but it's a noticeable improvement over previous DVD releases and the fuzzy VHS images that is burned into my memory. The image can be rather murky on occasion, with rare downward fluctuations in overall quality, but for the most part it's solid. Besides the movie, this thing comes with such an absurd amount of special features that it would be incongruously time consuming to go into each in minor detail but to start off the main feast we have the entire two-hour retrospective documentary More Brains: A Return to the Living Dead. The best reason to buy this Blu-ray in my opinion, packed with interviews, juicy behind the scenes info, on-set footage, storyboards, various conceptual stuff, the history of the film's entire trip to the screen and much, much more.

Not only do we have the main documentary, but we also have the special features of the documentary itself which delve into the next two sequels complete with interviews with filmmakers involved in those, deleted interviews that didn't make it into the final cut of the doc, a contemporary revisit to some of the shooting locations, and a montage of the principal actors reciting their lines in Return of the Living Dead in Three Minutes. A candid interview with director Dan O'Bannon, taken shortly before he passed away.

Other extras on the disc include a discussion of the soundtrack with music consultant Steve Pross and 45 Grave's Dinah Cancer. John Russo expands a little more on the origins of the title and story of the film, meanwhile production designer William Stout and the special effects guys involved go into further detail on the zombie designs and practical effects creation. There's easily around 5 hours of extras here, making it an essential package if you don't already have the More Brains documentary on your shelf. This is a fantastic cult classic 80's horror film that every horror fan should add to their collection.
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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
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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. Although the humour is never too in your face, the almost slapstick duo of the boss and his employee is hilarious as they complain of sickness and extreme pain due to the gas they were directly exposed to takes hold of them (I guess they become unalive rather than undead, but the eventual effect is much the same!). Nor do they shrink for the horror aspect. These zombies don't just shuffle and mumble, they want to eat your brains! And once the ambulance crew have been polished off as an appetiser, one blood soaked zombie gets hold of the radio as it requests a report and says simply '...send more paramedics' as though ordering the next round of drinks (to mix my metaphors).
Great B movie fun, silly plot, this has energy and pace to it as well, unlike most 'zombie' flicks, and the nearest we get to romance is the last words of the boyfriend who calls to his hiding girlfriend ' if you really loved me you'd let me EAT YOUR BRAIN!'
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could we have reanimator next please?, 8 Jun 2012
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Wow what a fantastic release this is. The care and attention spent on the packaging design, blu-ray upgrade and extras is unbelievable for what many may consider as a cheesy throw away 80's horror film. I'd not seen this for ages and watching it again was like a breath of fresh (or should that be putrid) air, as it's lost none of its charm. What makes this film stand out is the wonderful O'Bannon script full of great characters and dialogue that is truly laugh out loud hilarious. It looks like it was a lot of fun to make, which is why it is surprising to find out it was actually an unhappy and chaotic shoot. We need more releases like this, the bar has been raised, and the fact that this is selling so well on amazon (number 11 in the blu-ray charts at time of writing) is very encouraging. If the long awaited reanimator blu-ray ever comes out this is the quality we now expect!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern zombie classic, 30 May 2006
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad taste was never this enjoyable!, 31 July 2001
Forget any idea that this movie is anything to do with a more famous series of zombie films. This stands alone as a terrific, inventive, disturbing and - yes - funny addition to Hollywood's ever popular "dead people chase scared humans round graveyards" canon. The premise is simple and weird: two mortuary attendants unearth a lost cylinder of deadly gas mislaid by the US Army some years before. They inadvertently open it, only to find that it has a very peculiar effect on those who breathe it.
Given that Return of the Living Dead has such a ridiculous premise, it's surprising that by the end you genuinely sympathise with the surviving cast members, which makes the unexpected climax all the more shocking.
The 1980s spawned a whole series of zombie films from various directors, but this was by far the best, if lacking some of the pompous social comment others tried to convey. "Return" was followed by a couple of very poor sequels, which shouldn't detract from the wit and originality of this classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of the Living Dead, 15 Aug 2013
This review is from: The Return of the Living Dead : 2 Disc Special Edition [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
Possibly the best 1980's Zombie movie ever made. More realism in this film then any other zombie film. A highly entertaing movie with a cult following which lasted several years after its first released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WILL WORK ON REGION A/1 BLU-RAY PLAYER, 18 Feb 2013
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When you put the disc in, it comes up with a message that says this disc will only play in another region, but if you hit the menu button, it goes straight to the menu and you can view the film and all extras.

This is easily one of my fav buys from the UK. The documentary covers this film as well as the sequels, and spans approx. 5 hours. There are other extras as well.

The film is mastered faithfully without any change in presentation. The original soundtrack is included, with all original songs.

The only thing missing is Dan O'Bannon's audio commentary, only available on the US version.

But this is a killer release to own. Very proud to have it.
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