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Return of the Living Dead Part II
     

Return of the Living Dead Part II

3.2 5
Director: Ken Wiederhorn, James Karen, Thom Matthews, Michael Kenworthy

Cast: Ken Wiederhorn, James Karen, Thom Matthews, Michael Kenworthy

 
The goofy zombie sequel Return of the Living Dead Part II makes its way to DVD for the first time with this slick but flawed release from Warner Home Video. Presented in its original 1.85:1 widescreen image, the picture looks remarkably clear, with colors enhanced from previous VHS and laserdisc copies. Included is a commentary from writer/director Ken

Overview

The goofy zombie sequel Return of the Living Dead Part II makes its way to DVD for the first time with this slick but flawed release from Warner Home Video. Presented in its original 1.85:1 widescreen image, the picture looks remarkably clear, with colors enhanced from previous VHS and laserdisc copies. Included is a commentary from writer/director Ken Wiederhorn and none other than Part II's zombie kid himself, Thor Van Lingen. Recorded separately, the two have fun with the film, with Thor easily guiding the viewer through the film like it was the back of his hand. He's also the one that admits to what will obviously be the biggest beef with this DVD -- its newly created Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack. Much of the film's original synth score has been replaced with either new ambient creepy music or '80s-style party music. It's possible that there could have been some song rights issues, but you can toggle over to the French audio track easy enough to hear the old score in all its glory. Other added sound effects and even a voice-over will also be a distraction for fans of the original version, though first-time viewers won't be affected too much by it. The theatrical trailer rounds out the extras on this disc.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
With higher production values and lower box-office returns than its predecessor, this teen horror flick follows familiar financial patterns. Artistically, though, it's no better or worse than the first Return of the Living Dead. Casual horror fans would probably enjoy whichever film they saw first, while genre obsessives would find enough variety in plot and special effects to sit happily through both installments. Gags this time include a clever jab at MTV, knowing nods to Tobe Hooper's Salem's Lot and George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, and plenty more horrificomic dialogue from the gruesome zombie legions. Anyone who thinks self-referential horror-comedy began with the '90s Scream franchise should take a peek at this underrated series.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
UPC:
0085393353421
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
8,730

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Ken Wiederhorn and co-star Thor Van Lingen; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Karen Ed
Thom Matthews Joey
Michael Kenworthy Jesse Wilson
Marsha Dietlein Lucy Wilson
Dana Ashbrook Tom Essex
Philip Bruns Doc Mandel
Suzanne Snyder Brenda
Thor Van Lingen Billy
Jason Hogan Johnny
Suzan Stadner Aerobics Instructor
Jonathan Terry Colonel
Sally Smythe Billy's Mom
Don Maxwell Billy's Dad
Reynold Cindrich Soldier
Mitch Pileggi Sarge
Arturo Bonilla Les
Terrence Riggins Frank
James McIntire Officer
Anne O. Marshall Special Zombie
Alexandre Trauner Tarman
Larry Nicholas Jesse's Double
Forrest J. Ackerman Special Zombie
Douglas Benson Special Zombie
David Eby Special Zombie
Nicholas Hernandez Special Zombie
Derek Loughran Special Zombie
Richard Moore Special Zombie
Steve Neuvenheim Special Zombie
Brian Peck Special Zombie
Peachy Keene Worm Woman

Technical Credits
Ken Wiederhorn Director,Screenwriter
Glenn Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Belladonna Songwriter
Charles Benante Songwriter
Chalres Bornstein Editor
Brian Cadd Songwriter
Paul Carmen Songwriter
David Chackler Musical Direction/Supervision
Robin S. Clark Production Manager
Julian Cope Songwriter
Eugene Crum Special Effects
Gary Lee Davis Stunts
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Tom Fox Producer
Frank Bello Songwriter
Terry Frazee Special Effects
Geoffrey Gayer Songwriter
William S. Gilmore Co-producer
Dewey Gene Grigg Special Effects
Carey Howe Songwriter
Scott Ian Songwriter
Joe Lamont Songwriter
Mantronik Songwriter
John Moon Martin Songwriter
Kenny Myers Makeup Special Effects
Michael Olivieri Songwriter
Robert Palmer Songwriter
Dale Allan Pelton Art Director
William R. Perry Stunts
Bobby "Boris" Pickett Songwriter
Love Reaction Songwriter
Shari Rhodes Casting
Dean Roberts Songwriter
J. Peter Robinson Score Composer
John Rooney Songwriter
Suzette Sheets Set Decoration/Design
Dan Spitz Songwriter
M.C. Tee Songwriter
Zodiac Mindwarp Songwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [3:15]
2. Finders Keepers [4:47]
3. No Respect for the Dead [3:43]
4. Unholy Smoke [6:48]
5. Slime Time [4:53]
6. Out and About [6:26]
7. Calling for Help [4:18]
8. Head Trauma [3:12]
9. House Party [4:19]
10. Family Meal [1:21]
11. Hands Off [4:07]
12. Where Is Everybody? [4:47]
13. Armed and Dead Serious [3:02]
14. Not All Together [4:04]
15. Ed, Quit It [3:30]
16. Not Into Dead Guys [3:45]
17. We'll Give 'Em Brains [4:21]
18. Chow Time [2:01]
19. Gate Crashers [4:21]
20. Jesse at the Wheel [3:09]
21. Fried Zombies [3:48]
22. You Win [1:18]
23. End Credits [3:51]

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Return of the Living Dead Part II 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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this movie was a waste of money. it was supposed to be a 'horror-comedy' however i didn't find it to be either. there was absolutely no suspense past chapter 5, it had no plot, it left a lot of things unresolved, the acting here was awful. not to mention they had two of the actors from the first movie in this one in different roles, but i swear its like they just weren't even trying. the zombie scenes were the lousiest parts. definitely a waste of money, not even worth renting. the first and third movie were so awesome, definitely check those out but avoid this one.