Dead and Buried

Dead and Buried

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Director: Gary Sherman

Cast: Gary Sherman, James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson

     
 

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Dead and Buried is the perfect example of the kind of underground genre releases Blue Underground have built their reputation upon. The little known Dan O'Bannon/Ronald Shusett pseudo-zombie flick was originally dumped on the U.S. market with little to no fanfare, which makes this two-disc special edition a well-deserved testament to its following and lasting

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Dead and Buried is the perfect example of the kind of underground genre releases Blue Underground have built their reputation upon. The little known Dan O'Bannon/Ronald Shusett pseudo-zombie flick was originally dumped on the U.S. market with little to no fanfare, which makes this two-disc special edition a well-deserved testament to its following and lasting impression on the horror scene. The 1.85:1 video still holds a few cracks and grain, but never before has cinematographer Steve Poster's diffused shots looked this good, especially when compared to the long out-of-print videos that've been floating around collector's hands these last 20 years. Keeping up their dedication to fine audio quality, Blue Underground includes not one, but two Dolby tracks (5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX and 2.0 Dolby Surround) and a crisp 6.1 DTS ES track for those lucky enough to utilize it. As fine as the audio and visuals are, it's the extras that truly make this release the definitive DVD for the film. For starters, there are three commentaries for the viewer to chew on. Underground's own David Gregory moderates each one, as he shares the time between director Gary A. Sherman on the first, Ronald Shusett and his wife, actress Linda Turley, on the second, and Poster on the third. Sherman's track comes off the best as he discusses the changes forced on him by the various distributors, including the cutting of much of the original humor and the addition of more gore scenes. Interestingly, Poster's track doesn't come off as dry as you'd think, and is a detailed account of how they stretched their resources to achieve the stylish look of Dead and Buried. Also included on disc one are the international, U.S., and teaser trailers, along with a packed poster and still galleries. Disc two gets into the meat of this special edition, with three featurettes covering various pieces of the production. First off, there's "Stan Winston's Dead and Buried EFX," a brand new interview with the effects maestro as he reminisces about the gruesome death scenes which made the film infamous. Proving even then that he was one of the best magicians in the art of effects, the clip shows how Winston created most of the work himself and how they've stood the test of time (as evidenced by the incredibly realistic full-sized puppet created for the "needle in the eyeball" scene). The second featurette focuses on Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger, to those not in the "know") and his early career in the genre. Always entertaining to listen to, his anecdotes flesh the production out from the actor's point-of-view and help showcase such other well-recognizable faces in the supporting cast -- like future Northern Exposure's Barry Corbin. "Dan O'Bannon: Crafting Fear," the third featurette, finds the quick-witted director delving into what makes horror stories tick and downplaying his involvement in the writing of the film (countering some of Shusett's remarks in his own commentary). O'Bannon is never anything less than a joy to listen to (see MGM's Return of the Living Dead disc for further proof), and he doesn't disappoint here. Finally there is yet another extra waiting for viewers in Steve Poster's "Location Stills," a gallery of never-before-seen original photographs taken by Poster while location scouting around Mendocino, CA. For fans of the film, you couldn't ask for a better treatment of this gloomy gem. For those who haven't had a chance to dive into the story of Potter's Bluff, there's never been a better time, thanks to Blue Underground.

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This horror oddity, an attempt to update Twilight Zone-styled spookiness with a splash of early '80s gore, doesn't fully achieve this aim, but remains worth a look for hardcore horror buffs. The best element of Dead and Buried is the intelligent script by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett. They populate their bizarre story with intelligent, believable characters and dole out the clues to the film's central mystery in a way guaranteed to keep the audience offguard. The film also benefits from slick direction by Gary Sherman, who crafts the film's shocks with bone-chilling verve. Highlights include the thoroughly unsettling prologue and a suspenseful nocturnal chase scene where a lost family stumbles into a seemingly deserted house that turns out to be full of killers. Unfortunately, lead actor James Farentino gives an uneven performance, going overboard on his character's hysteria near the end in way that reduces his character to a cartoon. However, Jack Albertson steals the show as the morbid but witty Dobbs, clearly relishing the chance to cut loose on such a bizarre role, and the support cast is full of familiar character actor faces like Barry Corbin and a pre-Nightmare on Elm Street Robert Englund. In the end, it's easy to see why Dead and Buried never found a big audience. It is too plot-heavy for those viewers in search of a shock machine, yet too visceral for the viewers who appreciate subtle horror. Despite this problem, Dead and Buried contains enough solid shocks and offbeat moments to make it worth a viewing for fans of creepy cult movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2003
UPC:
0827058200394
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Blue Underground
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
44,702

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Gary A. Sherman ; Audio commentary with co-writer/co-producer Ronald Shusett and actress Linda Turley; Audio commentary with cinematographer Steve Poster ; Theatrical trailers; Poster & still gallery; "Stan Winston's Dead & Buried EFX"; "Robert Englund: An Early Work of Horror"; "Dan O'Bannon: Crafting Fear"; Steve Poster's location stills

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Farentino Dan
Melody Anderson Janet
Jack Albertson Dobbs
Dennis Redfield Ron
Nancy Locke Linda
Lisa Blount Girl on the beach
Robert Englund Harry
Bill Quinn Ernie
Michael Currie Herman
Christopher Allport 'Freddie' the photographer,George Le Moyne
Macon McCalman Ben
Lisa Marie Hitchhiker
Estelle Omens Betty
Ed Bakey Fisherman
Tony Cecere Actor
Barry Corbin Phil
Bill Couch Actor
Joseph Medalis Doctor
Glenn Morshower Jimmy
Michael Pataki Sam

Technical Credits
Gary Sherman Director
Joe Aubel Art Director
Alan Balsam Editor
Dennis Barton Set Decoration/Design
Cloudia Set Decoration/Design
Robert Fentress Producer
John W. Hyde Executive Producer
Bill Jobe Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Millar Original Story
Dan O'Bannon Screenwriter
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Poster Cinematographer
Michael Rachmil Associate Producer
Joe Renzetti Score Composer
William Sandell Production Designer
Ronald Shusett Producer,Screenwriter
Richard St. Johns Producer
Alex Stern Original Story
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design
Stan Winston Makeup Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Main Titles [3:20]
2. Pretty Lisa [6:04]
3. The Accident [4:38]
4. Boathouse Murder [2:35]
5. The Mortician [4:44]
6. "Ask Your Wife" [3:15]
7. Raising Suspicions [3:13]
8. Charred Mess [2:57]
9. Dead and Buried [3:59]
10. Middle of Nowhere [5:11]
11. "Welcome to Potters Bluff" [3:49]
12. Ghost Town [3:53]
13. Witchcraft [:32]
14. Dan's Disbelief [3:00]
15. A Lesson in Voodoo [2:47]
16. Brutalized Waif [2:36]
17. Bits of Flesh [5:26]
18. Missing Body [3:19]
19. Searching for Dobbs [4:05]
20. Criminal Record [4:05]
21. "Call it Black Magic" [4:14]
22. R.I.P. [6:56]
23. "One More Thing" [5:01]
24. End Credits [1:16]

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Dead and Buried 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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It's great to see this cool horror gem from 1981 getting the 2 dvd treatment.This living dead opus harkens back to those great horror comics of my youth in the 70s.creepy,man.Old-fashioned in that the atmosphere of the place seems as important as the movie itself.Neat bonus features with a few commentaries,3 interviews,3 trailers.Ooo-la-la.