Beyond Re-Animator

Beyond Re-Animator

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Director: Brian Yuzna

Cast: Brian Yuzna, Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Jason Barry

     
 

Dr. Herbert West is back, and so are a number of the recently dead in this installment in the Re-Animator series, which gets a simple, but effective, presentation on DVD. Beyond Re-Animator has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. The dialogue is inSee more details below

Overview

Dr. Herbert West is back, and so are a number of the recently dead in this installment in the Re-Animator series, which gets a simple, but effective, presentation on DVD. Beyond Re-Animator has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options. Bonus materials include a commentary track from director Brian Yuzna, a short documentary on the making of the film, a music video, and the picture's original trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Poor Dr. Herbert West; it seems that no matter how hard he works to realize his dreams of transcending death, something always goes wrong in a big way. Of course, things are still going wrong for Dr. West, and, thankfully, they're not only going just plain wrong, but horribly, hilariously, and unimaginably wrong. For those who have been anticipating this new chapter since the disappointing closing frames of Re-Animator's first sequel in 1990 (Bride of Re-Animator), the ability to slightly reign in those expectations may prove a key factor in enjoying this much more satisfying entry into the series. In keeping with a successful formula, Beyond Re-Animator is almost a remake of the original, groundbreaking horror comedy classic, right down to a nearly identical credits sequence; the familiar, playful score; and virtual stand-ins for every character in the 1985 film. As similar as it is, though, Beyond Re-Animator never shies away from using those characters and situations as a springboard into some amusing situations, even if they aren't quite as memorable as those in the original. Having discovered that the infamous glowing green serum is only half of the formula necessary to truly bring the dead back to life, the introduction of a "nanoplasma" (read: soul) to bring back the mind, as well as the body, leads to some of the film's most inventive and hilarious scenes. This is where Beyond Re-Animator ultimately succeeds over Bride of Re-Animator and truly gives it the feeling of a proper extension of the original's ideas without a by-the-numbers rehash. It goes without saying that Jeffrey Combs has lost none of the inspired madness that made Dr. West one of the most memorable horror villains in screen history, though what amounts to a decidedly over-the-top cameo by Spanish superstar Santiago Segura as a drug-riddled inmate may push the slaphappy humor just a bit too far for some viewers. Though Beyond Re-Animator seems to have received a healthy injection of the regenerative green serum that fans have come to know and love, the thing that it ultimately lacks is the nanoplasma. This is not a complaint, just an observation (perhaps taken from the theme of the series itself) that no matter how much we want them to be, things just aren't quite as fresh the second (or third) time around.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/30/2003
UPC:
0031398103226
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
37,916

Special Features

16x9 Widescreen with Aspect Ratio 2.35:1; commentary with director Brian Yuzna; Making-of featurette; music video "Move Your Dead Bones"; international trailer; Spanish language tracks; Dolby Digital audio.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeffrey Combs Dr. Herbert West
Bruce Abbott Dan Cain
Jason Barry Dr. Howard Phillips
Elsa Pataky Laura Olney
Enrique Arce Cabrera
Simon Andreu Actor
Santiago Segura Speedball
Nico Baixas Moses Jones
Raquel Gribler Nurse Vanessa
Lolo Herrero Sgt. Moncho

Technical Credits
Brian Yuzna Director
Pepe Caceres Sound/Sound Designer
Carlos Fernandez Executive Producer
Jose Maria Gomez Screenwriter
Julio Fernández Producer
Marc Orts Sound/Sound Designer
Andreu Rebés Cinematographer
Oriol Tarrago Sound/Sound Designer
Bernat Vilaplana Editor
Xavier Capellas Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Nothing Doing [3:51]
2. Uninvited Guest [5:56]
3. 13 Years Later [3:51]
4. Death House [3:40]
5. Situation [6:59]
6. Trouble [2:47]
7. Institutional Medicine [6:01]
8. Private Lab [2:34]
9. Working Late [4:33]
10. New Life [3:15]
11. Not a Sound [2:54]
12. Confrontation [2:43]
13. Neutral Energy [5:59]
14. Discovered [6:56]
15. Riot [2:04]
16. Hide & Seek [3:04]
17. Straighten Up [3:55]
18. Gone Crazy [3:29]
19. Sick Experiments [3:41]
20. The Wrong Place [2:57]
21. Death Becomes Her [4:08]
22. On Top [3:57]
23. I.C.U. [2:58]
24. Credits [3:36]

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