Scene: Half of a dead lady shares the pain of being
Specs: Widescreen letterbox enhanced for 16:9 TVs, English
Dolby Digital, English, Spanish mono tracks, English, French
and Spanish Subtitles.
holds few treasures like that of a well-done zombie picture.
Reanimated corpses make for wholesale slaughter as the living
attempt to regain their dominance over the topside turf.
This struggle drives Dan O'Bannon's quasi-sequel to George
Romero's untouchable classic Night of the Living Dead
with a wink and nod.
O'Bannon explains in the supplemental material, he knew
he couldn't compete with Romero's brilliant apocalyptic
vision and so instead of taking the man on, he turned the
picture on its ear. Return of the Living Dead boasts
the gross outs and gore that Romero set the pace for, but
unlike Night of the Living Dead, Return features
almost as many "nyuk, nyuks" as "yucks."
plot revolves around a medical supply house (not "an army
surplus store" as described on the back of the DVD case)
and some sealed drums left over after the "real-life" events
on which Romero based his '68 film. Eventually the dead
rise to terrorize a group of punks straight out of Valley
some of the best monster design this side of the Gillman,
and the best gore done without the genius of Tom Savini,
Return of the Living Dead should really interest
fans of Troma pictures and Peter Jackson's early work. In
fact, this disk has some great early artwork by William
Stout that just reeks of classic EC.
transfer on this classic glistens with blood and sinew and
the sound is crisp enough to really hear the skulls crunch
and the brains squish. If that doesn't appeal to you neither
will this picture, but frankly if you were even half way
interested in a picture with a title like this, you have
got to get this one.
those of you who are already a fan of the punker-on-zombie
mayhem, the extras are pretty neat with William Stout pointing
out a moment in which the hot glue on a set piece gives
way and describing the intricacies of Linnea Quigley's Barbie
doll cod piece.
this picture is a must-have priced as an impulse buy. Get
Return of the Living Dead at Amazon
Double Feature film: Dead