Return Of The Living Dead

Return Of The Living Dead

     
 

Like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, whose central premise it loosely reworks, this seemingly standard-issue gore-fest offers more than meets the eye. It's not a genre-defining masterpiece like the source of its inspiration, but it is a relatively clever popcorn flick with more gruesome imagery and self-aware humor than most such films that gluttedSee more details below

Overview

Like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, whose central premise it loosely reworks, this seemingly standard-issue gore-fest offers more than meets the eye. It's not a genre-defining masterpiece like the source of its inspiration, but it is a relatively clever popcorn flick with more gruesome imagery and self-aware humor than most such films that glutted the mid-'80s marketplace. The punk rock trappings of its young cast were years out of date by the time of release just like in the John Hughes movies that ruled the multiplexes at the time. And in many ways, Return of the Living Dead comes off like The Breakfast Club, dressed up, or down, in dingy horror movie threads. Played with a knowing wink and a splash of special effects, juvenile-delinquent stereotypes provide a convenient framework for the inevitable escalation of cannibalism and thrills. By positing that the original Night of the Living Dead was based on a real incident involving a chemical that turns human corpses into brain-thirsty monsters, director/co-screenwriter Dan O'Bannon gets to thread in a slyly humorous subplot about a vigilant army officer. Even better is the campy dialogue of the titular zombies and the queasily funny set pieces. One sequence involving a warehouse full of medical specimens suddenly come to life gives rise to the indelible image of a "half-dog" and an angry butterfly collection surely worthy twists on a concept Romero himself revisited again and again.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
UPC:
0883904250838
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
56,429

Special Features

Audio commentary with cast, crew and undead; Audio commentary with director Dan O'Bannon and production designer William Stout; The decade of darkness featurette; The Returnof the Living Dead - the dead have risen featurette; Zombie subtitles for the film; Designing the dead featurette; Theatrical trailer: bloody version; Theatrical trailer: Even bloodier version; In their own words - the zombies speak

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