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Stuart Gordon's adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's Herbert West: Re-Animator puts a Night of the Living Dead spin on the classic Frankenstein story. Jeffrey Combs furrows his brow and bugs his eyes as the preternaturally intense Herbert West, a maverick medical student whose gory, gooey experiments cause bloody corpses and body parts to jerk to life. Bruce Abbot is the studious roommate drawn into his extracurricular experiments, which soon involve the dean's daughter (the frequently naked Barbara Crampton) and the college's cadaverous, calculating star professor (David Gale), who literally loses his head over a battle for West's discovery. In this world, that's only a minor setback. Charged with sick gallows humor and a ghoulish gallery of undead beasties, Re-Animator, like Evil Dead II, is one of the most inspired and inventive--and funniest--horror films of the 1980s. Combs, Abbot, and Gale reunite for the almost-as-entertaining sequel Bride of Re-Animator. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story, for anyone who dosen't know, or can't figure it out based on the title and the films cover, is based on the creation of a serum that brings the dead back to life, hence the films title. The problem is that once bought back to life, the dead are absolutely crazy, and this is based on the dosage of the serum that is given to them. The film follows the exploits of Herbert West and his unwitting partner in crime, Dan Cain, as they try to perfect the Re-Animation process, causing the deaths of several others along the way.
By todays standards some of the horror effects are pretty campy, but that is a really small criticism, as the peformances by the main cast (in particular Jeffery Combs as the titular Herbert West)make up for any aging in this department.
The Melinium Edition of this DVD is packed with every feature that a fan of this film could want. Interviews with key members of the production crew, which unlike many such features on other DVD's actually provide insights into the process undertaken to make and market this film. There are also two very good audio commentaries on the first disc, promotional materials (5 amusing TV spots and a theatrical trailer)a stills gallery (roughly 50 pictures)and Cast and Crew biographies and filmographies. The 16 extended scenes are interesting, but in most cases it is easy to see why certain material was either cut, or re-shot in an edited format. The deletted scene is interesting but dosen't seem to gel with the finished film.Read more ›
Based on a story by H. P. Lovecraft we have Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs), who is a scientist that has this dream. After testing his "Re-Animator" serum on a doctor in Switzerland, he comes to the USA hoping to try his experiments on the dead at Miskatonic University in Boston. He gets help from a young medical student named Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), who is seeing Megan Halsey (Barbara Crampton) who just happens to be the daughter of Dean Halsey (Robert Sampson), the dean of the university. Along the way Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale) gets involved and soon mayhem breaks out.
This should be considered standard viewing for any true horror fan--especially zombie film lovers. I tell you that cat scene had me rolling and I couldn't stop myself from laughing. This movie has all of the splendor and charm that came with 80's B-horror. There is lots of blood and gore, fantastic makeup and no questionable CGI. Bruce Abbott as the good doctor and Jeffrey Combs as the mad Re-animator himself are just so fun to watch on screen. Their arguments alone are entertaining.Read more ›
Video quality: 4/5
Image Entertainment has given Re-Animator fans a pretty decent Blu-ray presentation as far as I'm concerned. The 1080p HD 1:78.1 Widescreen transfer is in extremely good condition considering its age. Is it perfect? The simple answer is no. There is an occasional blip here and there, some minor print speckling and several casual print splotches but nothing that detracts from the overall viewing experience. Re-Animator was an ultra-low budget film and it's probably a miracle that it was released on Blu-ray to begin with. The transfer from Image is about the best I've ever seen this film look.
The level of detail presented in the actor's faces, special effects and make-up made me experience Re-Animator like I hadn't seen before. The colors in this Blu-ray release really stand out, more specifically the blood and Herbert's secret re-animating elixir. I don't remember the green formula looking as bright as it's shown here.
Audio quality: 3.5/5
The film's soundtrack is presented in DTS-HD Master audio 5.1.Read more ›
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It's the uncut version. I just wish I knew they would be releasing another edition a year later.Published 10 months ago by mumbles
It was very good and came close to H.P.'s story. I really liked the action and overall film was great. A bit goofy at times but it's still good.Published 14 months ago by Killer Kitty 79
Loved it, if you're a horror fan like moi then trust me this movie will pay off. It has it's build up and completely delivers! Read morePublished 19 months ago by DANA
This is an enjoyable, if somewhat gory, 1980s horror film. You get 2 single sided discs in this edition.
Disc 1 - H.P. Read more
Just when I thought I'd seen all the best of 1970s and 80s mainstream and obscure horror, here comes Re-Animator. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dario Carpenter
re-animator is a great movie from the mid 80 great story great gore would recmond it to any gore fanPublished on Dec 23 2012 by raymond
How they took HP Lovecraft's short story (which is one of the SCARIEST short stories ever written, in my opinion)and came up with this, I'll never know, but there's no denying the... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by S. Sommerville