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RE-ANIMATOR  - Image Entertainment 2012 US Blu-Ray
on 19 December 2016
AUDIO: English DTS HD Master 5.1
SUBTITLES: English HoH
RUNTIME: 85:45 mins. (UNRATED VERSION)
REGION: A (locked)
EXTRAS: 2 Audio commentaries, "Re-Animator Resurrectus" Documentary, Interview with Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna, Interview with Dennis Paoli, Interview with Richard Band, Music Discussion with composer Richard Band, Interview with Fangoria Magazines Editor Tony Timpone, Deleted and Extended Scenes, Theatrical Trailer, 5 TV Spots
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1985's cult horror film RE-ANIMATOR is a very special zombie film. Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, this also is the best of any of his adaptations. It was directed Lovecraft veteran Stuart Gorden (FROM BEYOND, DAGON) and stars Lovecraft veteran Jeffrey Combs (FROM BEYOND, LURKING FEAR) - an excellent team.
RE-ANIMATOR is not your typical zombie flick, as it stays pretty close to the original short story, HERBERT WEST - RE-ANIMATOR and is not made to cash in on the NIGHT/DAWN/DAY OF THE DEAD craze, therefore I rank it particularly high as it is a class of its own.
Much is owed to Combs's excellent performance as West and the superb special effects which even look great today. Also great performances by David Gale (West's antagonist) and Bruce Abbot.
At not even 90 mins. of length the pacing is excellent and I believe the most was made out of the source material. WALKING DEAD fans will be somewhat disappointed though, this is no zombie slay fest, no Peter Jackson's BRAINDEAD, and while there are some gore effects they are never extreme or overly violent and are not the focus of the film. It's never shocking and combines horror with some dark humor, drama and science fiction.
This movie exists in several versions, the heavily censored R-rated, the US unrated and the US TV version are the most known, of course several countries took it apart themselves to release their own butchered versions. It is thankfully available uncut in most countries now, also in the UK with previous BBFC imposed snips waived.
The US Blu-Ray reviewed here "only" contains the Unrated version in pretty good video and audio quality, while the UK Second Sight Blu-Ray contains the Unrated version in a superior 4k print along with the 'Integral' Version (which is the US TV version with all the gore of the Unrated version merged into one).