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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

SCREAM FACTORY PRESENTS THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (With Limited Edition Option)

Every once and awhile popular Horror titles get dug up, repackaged, released and savored by fans. When a new release of that same popular title on the same format rears its head, we wonder why we need to make the jump to the new disc. Let's run it down (with full details from the Scream Factory release below).

There's a new 2k scan from the 35mm interpositive, commentary by Gary Smart, Horror's Hallowed Grounds, effects special and music special feature. The cover art is done by Graham Humphreys (who is a beautiful man and artist) for the standard edition. The deluxe will also come with an alternate slipcover of the alternate artwork from Joel Robinson.

What's missing? Not the movie soundtrack featured in the original release. That's been a bummer for years for fans in the US. Due to rights issues it was always difficult to get the full soundtrack with so many excellent punk and new wave bands in line. This has been restored for this release with the exception of one track, The Damned "Dead Beat Dance". It's what you can get for now and the release has plenty of excellent extras, art choices and hopefully an awesome transfer to love.

The double disc set will also include many previously releases special features which we will watch,enjoy and report on when released this July, just in time for PARTY TIME!



From Scream Factory:

SCREAM FACTORY PRESENTS

GET READY TO DEVOUR EVEN MORE BRAINS!
SCREAM FACTORY™ PRESENTS

THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
2-DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY™ SET
RISING ON JULY 19, 2016

Writer/director Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Lifeforce) puts an uproarious spin on the zombie apocalypse movie in 1985’s cult classic THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, starring Clu Gulager (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge), James Karen (Mulholland Drive) and Don Calfa (Weekend at Bernie’s). Considered one of the campiest undead romps of its time, the film helped launch the career of scream queen Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama) and features a killer soundtrack with tracks from many songs from punk artists such as The Cramps, T.S.O.L. SSQ and 45 Grave.  On July 19, 2016, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set, which includes a brand new 2K scan of the film and over 12 hours of extras!

This definitive set includes a collectible slipcover featuring newly rendered artwork and a reversible cover wrap featuring original theatrical key art. A must-have for movie collectors, zombie horror enthusiasts and loyal fans, THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com and will be made available to other fine retailers.

Special Features and Specs:

Disc 1:
·        NEW 2K scan of the inter-positive

·        NEW Audio Commentary with Gary Smart (co-author of The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead) and Chris Griffiths

·        Audio Commentary with director Dan O’Bannon and Production Designer William Stout

·        Audio Commentary with the cast and crew featuring Production Designer William Stout and actors Don Calfa, Linnea Quigley, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, Allan Trautman

·        The Decade of Darkness – featurette on ‘80s horror films (23 minutes)

·        Theatrical Trailers

·        TV Spots

·        Still Gallery – Posters, Lobby Cards, Movie Stills and Behind-the-Scenes photos

·        Still Gallery – Behind-the-Scenes photos from special make-up effects artist Kenny Myers’ personal collection

·        Zombie Subtitles for the Film

·        In Their Own Words – The Zombies Speak

Disc 2:                                                            

·        NEW The FX of the Living Dead with Production Designer William Stout, FX make-up artists William Munns, Tony Gardner, Kenny Myers and Craig Caton-Largnet, Visual Effects artists Bret Mixon and Gene Warren Jr. and actor Brian Peck (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)

·        NEW Party Time: The Music of The Return of the Living Dead with music consultants Budd Carr and Steve Pross and soundtrack artists Dinah Cancer (45 Grave), Chris D (The Flesh Eaters), Roky Erickson, Karl Moet (SSQ), Joe Wood (T.S.O.L.), Mark Robertson (Tall Boys) plus musicians Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks) and John Sox (The F.U.’s, Straw Dogs),  (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)

·        NEW HORROR’S HALLOWED GROUNDS – revisiting the locations of the film

·        Return of the Living Dead Workprint – includes 20 minutes of additional footage (in Standard Definition)

·        More Brains: A Return to the Living Dead – The definitive documentary on The Return of the Living Dead (120 minutes)

·        A Conversation with Dan O’Bannon – His final interview (28 minutes)

·        The Origins of the Living Dead  - an interview with John A. Russo (16 minutes)

·        The Return of the Living Dead – The Dead Have Risen – interviews with cast members Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Brian Peck, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, Linnea Quigley and more… (21 minutes)

·        Designing the Dead – interviews with writer/director Dan O’Bannon and production designer William Stout (15 minutes)

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)/ DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/1985/Color/R/91 mins./Region A/Subtitles: English/Special Features are Unrated




*** SHOUT FACTORY.COM SITE EXCLUSIVE OFFER***
Avid fans of the film will want to take note of two exclusive offers on the release—which are only available at www.shoutfactory.com while supplies last.

STANDARD OFFER
-        Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from artist Graham Humphreys

-        Product will be shipped two weeks earlier than National Street date of July 19th

Pre-order @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/the-return-of-the-living-dead-collector-s-edition

DELUXE OFFER (Limited to 1,000 orders only – pictured below)
-        Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from artist Graham Humphreys

-        Product will be shipped three weeks earlier than National Street date of July 19th

-        Receive a second slipcover—made exclusively for this promotion and newly-designed from artist Joel Robinson

-        Receive a second 18” x 24” poster of the newly designed art from Joel Robinson

Pre-order @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/the-return-of-the-living-dead-deluxe-limited-edition 
   
Movie synopsis:
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cemetery, those brain-eating zombies are back and hungry for more tasty mortals. A fiendish mix of outrageous humor and heart-stopping terror, THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD is a veritable smorgasbord of fun (LA Herald-Examiner) filled with skin-crawling jolts, eye-popping visuals and relentless surprise! On his first day on the job at an army surplus store, poor Freddy unwittingly releases nerve gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas re-animates an army of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!

HEMDALE FILM CORPORATION presents
A FOX FILMS LTD. Production “THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD”
CLU GULAGER, JAMES KAREN, DON CALFA Director of Photography JULES BRENNER
Co-Producer GRAHAM HENDERSON Executive Producers JOHN DALY and DEREK GIBSON
Screenplay by DAN O’BANNON Story by RUDOLPH J. RICCI & JOHN RUSSO & RUSS STREINER
Produced by TOM FOX Directed by DAN O’BANNON

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