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Return of the Living Dead [Blu-ray] [Import]
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"Do ya wanna party?" challenges the soundtrack to this freaky and funny reworking of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Paced to the beat of a pounding rock score, this comic flesh feast delivers both laughs and outlandish gore. No longer lumbering, moaning creatures, these lithe, feral, and cunning undead claw their way out of the cemetery and into the skulls of a human smorgasbord. They even master the art of home delivery: "Send more cops," croaks a corpse into a patrol car radio. Director Dan O'Bannon even takes pains to explain their motivation between the tributes to the granddaddy of zombie horrors ("Well, it worked in the movie!" screams James Karen when a pickax to the skull hardly phases a lively cadaver). Not that it really matters amid the gore and gallows humor, but it does add a kick to the cynically sinister climax. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It was the first film to introduce the concept of Zombies specifically craving brains among other things.
Excellent writing and madcap performances all around. A killer soundtrack (just listen to that opening) and excellent makeup effects (Tarman!).
This is a classic all the way that stands proudly apart from the Romero universe.
-Audio commentary with cast, crew and undead
-Audio commentary with director Dan O'Bannon and production designer William Scout
-The Decade Of Darkness
-The Return Of The Living Dead- The Dead Have Risen
-Designing The Dead
-Theatrical Trailers: Bloody Verisons
-In Their Own Words- The Zombies Speak
Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, English and French 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Zombie ( no that is not a joke they actually have subs for the zombies.)
Again I don't know if there is anything new with this release other than a really nice cover art would definitely reccommend this.
Set primarily in a medical supply warehouse, a funeral home and a graveyard (how's that for a trifecta of great locations!), we follow the story of what happens when a long hidden government "nerve agent" is released and it turns out it has the power to reanimate the dead. And I don't mean intact corpses. It raises body parts, including, memorably, the remains of a dog that was cut in half (for classroom purposes). The shot of the poor creature, normal on one side and organ's exposed on the other, trying to run, sticks with you. It's disturbing, gross, funny and totally original.
The movie ups the ante with these zombies too. They CAN'T be killed with a shot to the head. In fact, nothing short of totally burning them up in a crematorium does the trick. When warehouse owner Clu Gallagher shows up at the funeral home with a pile of twitching plastic bags, that is a GREAT, grisly moment. Another great touch was having the two characters who breathed in the agent directly (when they were still alive) go straight from being alive to being zombies without all that annoying dieing stuff! The paramedics examine the shivering, but conscious and coherent men, only to discover they have NO heartbeat or blood pressure. Cool idea!
The movie is mostly populated with a bunch of obnoxious teenagers partying at the cemetary.Read more ›
Some gruesome special effects, especially the make-up, are effective, but they do not overwhelm the film. The cast, playing it up between tongue-in-cheek camp and true terror, is made up mostly of no ones but they are quite up to the task. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD is a great horror comedy.
Cast: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Thom Matthews, John Calfa.
Running Time: 91 minutes.
Rated R for violence, gore, nudity, and language.
Poking fun at George A. Romeo's "Night of the Living Dead" series, this campy-style horror romp is undoubtedly some of the most fun you will have watching a scary movie. Director Dan O'Bannon uses just the right balance of sheer terror and humor, combining elements from Romeo's "Dawn of the Dead" and Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead". "Return of the Living Dead" is a zombie flick for hairbangers, with dead people running around searching for human blood and brains while to the soundtrack of rock music.
A small Virginia town is terrorized by zombies when a chemical spill accidentally resurrects those buried in a nearby cemetary. The blood-crazed zombies are in search of human brains, for it feeds the addiction caused by the unknown chemicals. Clu Gulager and James Karen give good, quirky performances, but Thom Matthews steals the show. Although not a revolutionary film, "Return of the Living Dead" has superb makeup effects, a rocking musical score, and a satiral script that will bring out more than a few chuckles. Spawned two unfortunate sequels.
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Fan favorite, the transfer is fantastic and the special features including documentaries are a great watch!!!Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing Deal, Prompt & fair $ S/H, Thank you 4 a smooth Transaction A++Published 2 months ago by Derek Langan
One of the best zombie comedies ever made. "Send more Cops".Published 5 months ago by Allyn L. Terry
I got what I expected. A bit ridiculous at times. The ending is a little bit shocking.Published 7 months ago by tornitons
Not a bad Black humor horror movie, But I much prefer "The Return of the Living Dead 2" this one sets the stage nicely for a fairly good Horror movie.Published 9 months ago by Timothy