Dead and Buried [Blu-ray]
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Overlooked during its theatrical run but a cult favorite on video, this unique and chilling take on the zombie film finally joins the digital ranks with a two-DVD set from Blue Underground. James Farentino stars as a small-town sheriff who discovers that the victims in a string of grisly murders are reappearing seemingly alive and unharmed. His investigation leads him to suspect that the local mortician (Jack Albertson) is somehow responsible for these reanimated corpses; what Farentino doesn't know is the extent to which the entire town-himself included-is involved. First-time viewers will appreciate director Gary Sherman's attention to pacing and atmosphere, as well as the often darkly humorous script by co-producer Ronald Shusett and Dan O'Bannon (Alien, Total Recall) and the solid cast (which includes future horror star Robert Englund); longtime fans will appreciate the fact that Blue Underground's uncut print restores many of Stan Winston's gruesome special effects. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to the DVD edition.
In addition to an uncut, widescreen print, Blue Underground's double-disc set offers no less than three separate commentaries for Dead and Buried, each moderated by the label's David Gregory, and featuring director Gary Sherman; co-producer/co-writer Ronald Shusett and his wife Linda, who also appears in the film; and cinematographer Steve Poster. Each track provides a wealth of behind-the-scenes information, mostly about the film's considerable growing pains (production company changes transformed the film from a black comedy to a gory thriller to please the slasher crowd). The second disc offers interview featurettes with special effects creator Winston, actor Robert Englund, and co-author Dan O'Bannon; the first two are fairly dry talking-head segments, but O'Bannon offers some interesting anecdotes on his involvement in the picture as well as his opinions on horror in general. The extras are rounded out by the American and international trailers, location stills from Poster, and a gallery of promotional art. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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One day, a photographer from St. Louis goes to a beach located in a small town called Potter's Bluff. He takes some pictures until he runs into a sexy blonde who calls herself Lisa. He takes some pictures of her until she unbuttons her blouse, saying do you want me. He comes closer until a group of people beat him up and put him in a net. The weirdest part is that the people have cameras and take pictures of him. Before they set him on fire, one the people say, "Welcome to Potter's Bluff," a line you will hear throughout the film.
During the night, a car is spotted on fire. The police arrived to investigate, including the head sheriff. Also involved is a mortician, played by the late Jack Albertson, who playes one of the weirdest people you will ever meet on screen. The sheriff, played by James Farentino, spots what seems to be a corpse in the car. His suspicion is that the corpse was already burnt before the car was lit on fire. As one the people touch the corpse, the corpse just all of a sudden screams. It turns out that the corpse was the photographer, who was burnt in the first scene of the movie. As the sheriff investigates the crime, local people turn up murdered by the same group who burnt the photographer, who dies in a horrific scene you got to see to believe. While the sheriff investigates the other crimes, it turns out that his wife is starting to get interested in witchcraft. Also, a local hotel manager tells the sheriff that his wife knew the photographer.Read more ›
Directed by Gary A. Sherman (Deathline, Poltergeist 3, Vice Squad) made an effected genuinely fantasy horror film with a sense of humour. This film was a miss at the Box Office in 1981. The film also stars:Melody Anderson (Flash Gordon), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street Series) and Oscar-Winner:Lisa Blount (An Officer and an Gentleman). Also Barry Corbin and Micheal Patiki appears in bit parts. The film features One of the First theatrical Make-Up Effects work by Oscar-Winner:Stan Winston (The Terminator Series). One of the Best Scenes in the movie is the Infamous Controversial Hypodermic Needle in the Eyeball Scene is a Classic. Since this is a Limited Edition, I have number 7629 out of 50000.
DVD Features are Good, including Three Commentaries Tracks by the Narrator for Blue Underground:David Gregory for all Three Tracks with the Filmmakers:Director-Sherman, Co-Screenwriter:Ronald Shusett, Shusett`s Wife:Linda Turley and Cinematographer:Steve Poster. The First Track Director:Sherman shares his Stories with Gregory about that he missed his Original Cut, which now it doesn`t exist.Read more ›
From the opening scene on a beach where a tourist snaps photos, the film establishes a great sense of atmosphere right away. There seems to be something about horror films set in coastal towns and fishing villages that make them stylish and atmospheric (ex: Dagon, The Fog) and Dead and Buried is certainly no exception. Visually stylish, the film has aged surprisingly well for a 1981 picture. There are no painful fashion trends of that era on display and that, coupled with the high quality of the transfer, make this film look like something that would have been done in the late eighties instead. All of this is no surprise considering some of the names associated with this picture, most notably screenplay writer Dan O'Bannon and special effects wizard Stan Winston. Winston's work here is absolutely stunning, especially in regards to his charred and burned body puppets.Read more ›
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As horror films go, this particular one, is quite different and enjoyable. The story line is unique and that is one of the reasons I enjoy this movie so much. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ringo Spencer
The transfer looks great for the film and the audio is also very clear. Would recommend the film for great atmosphere and an unsuspected ending.Published on Jan. 25 2014 by Nick Young
JUST WHAT I SAID THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE CLASSIC!!!!!!i can't believe this is so underrated WHY??????????? im not going to give anything away about the story so to bad!!!!! Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by creatureart
A supposedly nice and humble town, Potter's Bluff, has been home of some grisly murders. Oddly enough, the people killed are seen again, looking completely normal. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by Wrathchild862000
I recently starting collecting all of those classic horror movies that I loved as a kid. I first saw this movie at a drive-in movie theater with my friends as a teenager. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by D. VanEvery
I saw this on tv many years ago highly edited. It is presented here uncut and in a great widescreen format etc. The picture is wonderful and the extras are worth the price alone. Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Some Guy
Set in the town of Potter's Bluff where it seems like a nice little town to stay, mysterious murders and graverobbings have occured. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2004 by John Lindsey
Having penned or co-authored such cinematic genre greats as the early John Carpenter film DARK STAR (1974), the 1979 blockbuster ALIEN, the popular Schwarzenegger vehicle TOTAL... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by Michael R Gates
I hadn't heard much about this movie until I read 'Beyond Horror Holocaust' and decided to check it out... I was glad I did. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by Amazon Customer