Scream Factory’s ‘Return of the Living Dead’ Blu Set To Eat Your Brains


Scream Factory will release a collector’s edition of Dan O’Bannon’s Return of the Living Dead packed with special features on July 19th.

It’s time to cover those heads (and brains) but open those wallets!

According to DVD Active, Scream Factory, one of the finest home-video genre labels around, is set to being us one of the best horror comedies in cinema history: 1985’s Return of the Living Dead. Poised to be one of the company’s collector’s editions, where a slipcover is a guarantee(slips are a must for this writer) the set will be packed to the dead skin with amazing special features.

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Check out the newly-produced, as well as throwback archival, features below:

Disc 1:

  • NEW 2K scan of the inter-positive (1080p, 1.85:1)
  • DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Gary Smart (co-author of The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead) and Chris Griffiths
  • Audio Commentary with director Dan O’Bannon and Production Designer William Stout
  • Audio Commentary with the cast and crew featuring Production Designer William Stout and actors Don Calfa, Linnea Quigley, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, Allan Trautman
  •  The Decade of Darkness – featurette on ‘80s horror films (23 minutes)
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery – Posters, Lobby Cards, Movie Stills and Behind-the-Scenes photos
  • Still Gallery – Behind-the-Scenes photos from special make-up effects artist Kenny Myers’ personal collection
  • Zombie Subtitles for the Film
  • In Their Own Words – The Zombies Speak

Disc 2:

  • NEW The FX of the Living Dead with Production Designer William Stout, FX make-up artists William Munns, Tony Gardner, Kenny Myers and Craig Caton-Largnet, Visual Effects artists Bret Mixon and Gene Warren Jr. and actor Brian Peck (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)
  • NEW Party Time: The Music of The Return of the Living Dead with music consultants Budd Carr and Steve Pross and soundtrack artists Dinah Cancer (45 Grave), Chris D (The Flesh Eaters), Roky Erickson, Karl Moet (SSQ), Joe Wood (T.S.O.L.), Mark Robertson (Tall Boys) plus musicians Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks) and John Sox (The F.U.’s, Straw Dogs),  (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)
  • NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – revisiting the locations of the film
  • Return of the Living Dead Workprint – includes 20 minutes of additional footage (in Standard Definition)
  • More Brains: A Return to the Living Dead – The definitive documentary on The Return of the Living Dead (120 minutes)
  • A Conversation with Dan O’Bannon – His final interview (28 minutes)
  • The Origins of the Living Dead – An interview with John A. Russo (16 minutes)
  • The Return of the Living Dead – The Dead Have Risen – interviews with cast members Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Brian Peck, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, Linnea Quigley and more… (21 minutes)
  • Designing the Dead – interviews with writer/director Dan O’Bannon and production designer William Stout (15 minutes)

I don’t know about the other Soldiers of Springwood, but this set is a must-own for me. From “The Year Of The Zombie”, Return of the Living Dead is a classic that needs no introduction. Without a doubt one of the most fun and unique film ever made, Return of the Living Dead truly deserves this treatment and honestly, I’m happier than Leatherface with a newly-sharpened chainsaw. The film stars Clu GulagerThom Mathews, and Don Calfa

In addition to finding the disk at outlets like Amazon, there will be two exclusive, limited edition sets from Scream Factory while those bloody-slippery supplies last:

Standard Offer:

  • Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from artist Graham Humphries
  • Product will be shipped two weeks earlier than National Street date of July 19th

Deluxe Offer (Limited to 1,000 orders only):

  • Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from artist Graham Humphries
  • Product will be shipped three weeks earlier than National Street date of July 19th
  • Receive a second slipcover—made exclusively for this promotion and newly-designed from artist Joel Robinson
  • Receive a second 18” x 24” poster of the newly designed art from Joel Robinson

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