The Return of the Living Dead 1985
Zombie-holics and horror hounds need no introduction to Return of the Living Dead, the 1985 splatter film that grandfathered the current zom-com craze.

For the uninitiated, Return starts off in a medical supply company where older employee Frank (Karen) is showing dimwitted new employee, Freddy (Thom Mathews) the ropes. Hoping to liven things up a bit for the new guy, Frank spins a yarn about how Night of the Living Dead was actually based on fact and that Romero was forced to change some elements of the story to avoid getting sued by the U.S. government. The zombies were ultimately contained and stuff into canisters by the Army, and it just so happens that a small cache of those canisters ended up in the basement of the very warehouse where Frank and Freddy work. Frank offers to show the canister to Freddy.
And of course something goes wrong...

Director: Dan O'Bannon
Cast: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy, Horror

2 x BD50 | AVC 1080p | 01:30:30 | 37 Gb + 45 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Zombie

Extras:

DISC ONE

Commentaries:
-- Gary Smart, co-author of The Complete History of The Return of the Living Dead, and Chris Griffiths (new commentary track)
-- Actors Thom Mathews, John Philbin and Make-Up Effects Artist Tony Gardner (new commentary track)
-- Director Dan O'Bannon and Production Designer William Stout
-- The Cast and Crew (William Stout, Don Calfa, Linnea Quigley, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, Allan Trautman)

In Their Own Words: The Zombies Speak - subtitle track

The Decade of Darkness (1080i; 23:23) is an older featurette focusing on 80s horror entries.

Theatrical Trailers (1080p; 8:31)

T.V. Spots (1080p; 5:22)

Still Gallery (1080p; 7:22) features lobby cards, posters and the like.

Still Gallery (1080p; 2:06) has some cool behind the scenes stills of make-up and prosthetics.

DISC TWO

Return of the Living Dead - Workprint Version (480i; 1:48:05). Fans have been clamoring to see this workprint version of the film for years and it’s finally been included here as a bonus feature, albeit sourced from a very rough VHS and looking pretty dreadful. This will only appeal to the most hardcore of fans.

More Brains: A Return to the Living Dead (1080p; 1:59:43) is an extremely well done and very informative documentary that gets into a lot of the nuts and bolts of the production. A number of cogent interviews with many of the principal cast and crew help to keep this a treasure trove of information for fans.

The FX of The Return of the Living Dead (1080p; 32:49) is another really well done piece, concentrating on the film's many effects.

Party Time: The Music of The Return of the Living Dead (1080p; 29:31) features some fun interviews with (ostensibly?) former punk rockers.

Horror's Hallowed Grounds (1080p; 10:15) offers a tour through some of the film's locations.

A Conversation with Dan O'Bannon (1080i; 28:32) finds the writer-director in a wonderfully self-deprecating mood.

The Origins of The Return of the Living Dead (1080p; 15:12) features John A. Russo.

The Return of the Living Dead: The Dead Have Risen (1080i; 20:34) is another older piece that features some decent interviews.

Designing the Dead (1080i; 13:39) looks at the film's production design.

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