One of the most beloved zombie movies of all time Return Of The Living Dead is coming back to blu-ray in a special “collectors edition” that is packed with special features.
The 2 disc set of the movie includes:
•NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
•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)
•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
•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
•The 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)
A lot of fans have been asking about the inclusion of the iconic songs that due to clearance issues, had to be left off of previous releases. Shout Factory addressed the issue on Facebook:
For our new transfer we have gone back to the original audio tracks to create a new soundtrack. Only one song - The Damned’s “Dead Beat Dance” - could not be cleared for inclusion on the disc unfortunately. Otherwise, the rest will be the original audio as heard in the theaters when the film played first-run.
While the movie will be available from outlets like Amazon, Shout Factory is offering this Collector's Edition as a pre-order directly that will include a free poster of the cover art by Graham Humphreys and will be delivered 2 weeks ahead of the July 19th street date - https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/the-return-of-the-living-dead-collector-s-edition.
The Deluxe Limited Edition of the release which included a limited edition 18" x 24" poster of the newly-designed art from artist Graham Humphreys, a limited edition 18" x 24" poster of the newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson, a second slipcover, made exclusively for the promotion of the Joel Robinson art and is shipped to arrive three weeks before the national street date, is sold out. I was fortunate enough to get my order in, so I’ll have the set and post a review of it as soon as it comes in.
Pre-order Return Of The Living Dead Collector’s Edition from Amazon here.