jueves, 26 de julio de 2012

Re-Animator (1985) Blu-Ray USA - Director: Stuart Gordon

Title: Re-Animator
Starring: Jeffery Combs
Released: 4th September 2012
SRP: $17.97

Further Details:
Image Entertainment is releasing Stuart Gordon's immortal classic horror comedy Re-Animator on Blu-ray disc this September the 4th. The disc will feature a 1080p transfer, framed at the original 1.85:1, and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. It appears that the cover art and extras more or less match Anchor Bay's last special edition DVD release (which also included extras from Elite's first and second DVD releases).

These will include:
  • Documentary: “Re-Animator Resurrectus”
  • Audio Commentary by Director Stuart Gordon
  • Audio Commentary by Producer Brian Yuzna and Actors Bruce Abbott, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton and Robert Sampson
  • Interview with Director Stuart Gordon and Producer Brian Yuzna
  • Interview with Writer Dennis Paoli
  • Interview with Composer Richard Band
  • Music Discussion with Composer Richard Band
  • Interview with Fangoria Magazine editor Tony Timpone
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • TV Spots

- “Re-Animator: Resurrectus” (1:08:37 – SD) is a retrospective documentary that was made by Anchor Bay Entertainment for the 2007 re-release DVD. It includes lots of behind-the-scenes material like glimpses at the original script, storyboards, photos from on set and during pre-production rehearsals as well as some very interesting facts about the making of the film and some excellent interviews. Those interviewed here include: Stuart Gordon (Director), Carolyn-Purdy Gordon (“Dr. Harrod“), Dennis Paoli (Writer), Brian Yuzna (Producer), John Naulin (Special Makeup Effects), Anthony Doublin (Special Makeup Effects), Barbara Crampton (“Megan Halsey“), Bruce Abbott (“Dan Cain“), Jeffrey Combs (“Herbert West“), Robert Sampson (“Dean Alan Halsey“), John Beucher (Special Makeup Effects) and Mac Ahlberg (Director of Photography). You’ll learn lots of interesting facts here such as how Stuart Gordon had originally pitched the idea as a series to PBS, how they originally wanted to shoot the film in Black & White on 16MM film, the fact the film had a budget of under 1 million dollars, that the re-animation serum is actually glowstick juice, how the film was originally shown in theaters in an UNRATED cut as they avoided getting a rating from the MPAA and lastly you’ll be shown and explained to how some of the key special effects in the film were done by the guys that handled makeup special effects. This proves to be very informative and entertaining. It’s dedicated to the late David Gale who they discuss a tad bit here as well.

- Audio Commentary by Director Stuart Gordon
- Audio Commentary by Producer Brian Yuzna & Actors Bruce Abbott, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton & Robert Sampson
- “Interview with Director Stuart Gordon and Producer Brian Yuzna” (48:47 – SD)
- “Interview with Writer Dennis Paoli” (10:39 – SD)
- “Interview with Composer Richard Band” (14:41 – SD)
- “Music Discussion with Composer Richard Band” (16:27 – SD)
- “Interview with Fangoria Editor Tony Timpone” (4:33 – SD)
- Deleted and Extended Scenes (26:06 – SD) include some of those from the R-rated version.
- Theatrical Trailer (1:56 – SD)
- “TV Spots” (2:29 – SD)

The Final Word: Re-Animator remains a high point in eighties horror, a legitimately great horror film with some excellent career high performances, impressive effects, loads of atmosphere and a terrific sense of black humor behind it all. Image’s Blu-ray release doesn’t bring anything new to the table in terms of supplements but does carry over almost everything from past releases, and considering the amount of material here, that’s going to be enough for most fans. The improved audio and video won't floor you but definitely give us a better presentation of the movie than past DVDs have and this release comes recommended, especially considering the more than reasonable price point it’s being offered at.


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