Re-Animator 1985
The film follows the misadventures of Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), a young man studying at Miskatonic University to become a brain surgeon under the tutelage of one Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale). Dan’s a good student and he’s currently dating the daughter of Dean Halsey (Robert Sampon), the lovely Megan Halsey (Barbara Crampton). Things are going well for Dan until he’s introduced to a new student named Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs in an career making performance) who has recently arrived after studying under Dr. Gruber in Switzerland – a position he left under unusual circumstances. West winds up renting a room from Dan and it isn’t long before he’s accusing Dr. Hill of stealing from Dr. Gruber, quickly earning him a reputation as a trouble maker.

Soon, Dan and Megan learn that the reason West is spending so much time in the basement is because he’s conducting very unorthodox experiments where he injects dead bodies with a glowing green serum he calls Re-Agent. If injected soon enough after death, the body will rise and live again. The problem being that the re-animated corpses tend to be violent and unpredictable...

Director: Stuart Gordon
Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

2 x BD35 | 1080p AVC | 01:26:05 + 01:44:56 | 22.4 Gb + 21.8 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

DISC ONE: UNRATED VERSION

Audio Commentary One - this is the original audio commentary that director Stuart Gordon recorded some years ago and previously appeared on the North American release that Image Entertainment produced. There is an abundance of very specific information that addresses different phases of the production of Re-Animator as well as its stylistic appearance.

Audio Commentary Two - this audio commentary features producer Brian Yuzna and actors Bruce Abbott, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton and Robert Sampson, and it was also included on the Image Entertainment release. This is a much more casual and actually quite hilarious commentary with plenty of observations about key sequences and the manner in which they were shot. (The comments during the lovemaking scene in the very beginning of the film are particularly funny). It is essentially a trip down memory lane for the participants, some of which apparently had not seen the film in many years.

Re-Animator Resurrectus Doc - fans of Re-Animator will quickly recognize this vintage documentary as well because it has appeared on previous home video releases of the film. It takes a closer look at its production history and the unique sense of humor that made a cult classic. Included in it are clips from archival interviews with director Stuart Gordon, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, writer Dennis Paoli, and producer Brian Yuzna, amongst others. In English, not subtitled. (66 min).

Extended Scenes - a collection of restored extended scenes. In English, not subtitled. (20 min).

Deleted Scene - restored deleted scene.. In English, not subtitled. (3 min).

DISC TWO: INTEGRAL CUT

Interview with Tony Timpone - in this archival interview, Tony Timpone (editor at Fangoria Magazine) recalls his fist theatrical experience with Re-Animator and discusses its stylistic identity. In English, not subtitled. (5 min).

Interview with Richard Band - in this archival interview, composer Richard Band recalls his initial interactions with the creators of Re-Animator and specifically his insistence that the film should have a campy quality, and discusses the orchestration as well as the manner in which the music complemented the film's attitude and sense of humor. There are also some very good comments about the recording sessions and the use of strings in particular segments. In English, not subtitled. (15 min).

Interview with Dennis Paoli - in this archival interview, screenwriter Dennis Paoli discusses the work that he did during the early stages of the production process, as well as some of the changes that were made as expectations for Re-Animator evolved. In English, not subtitled. (11 min).

Interview with Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna - in this archival interview, Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna explain how Re-Animator was conceived, and discuss the various 'improvements' and cuts that were made as the project matured, the tone and atmosphere of the film, their interactions with the rest of the people that made the film a reality, some early theatrical screenings that they attended and the initial public reactions to the film's sense of humor, etc. In English, not subtitled. (47 min).

Theatrical Trailer - vintage theatrical trailer for the film. In English, not subtitled. (3 min).

TV Spots - vintage TV Spots for the film. In English, not subtitled. (3 min).

Music Analysis by Composer Richard Band - in this archival video interview, composer Richard Band discusses the orchestration of key sequences and the specific harmonic structures of the different music themes that are used to support the desired atmosphere. In English, not subtitled. (16 min).

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