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Format: DVD
Sku: 204821927
UPC: 027616085474
UPC 14: 00027616085474
Category Keywords: Cannibalism  Theatrical Release  Zombies
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cemetery - those brain-eating zombies are back and hungry for more tasty mortals. A fiendish mix of outrageous humor and heart-stopping terror, The Return of the Living Dead is a "veritable smorgasbord of fun" (LA Herald-Examiner) filled with skin-crawling jolts, eye-popping visuals and relentless surprise!

On his first day on the job at an army surplus store, poor Freddy unwittingly releases nerve gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas re-animates a corps of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!

"A funny, gore-spattered homage.  Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"A tongue-in-cheek, splatter-laden homage to George A. Romero's zombie pictures.  Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"A fresh and immensely entertaining take on the zombie genre...  Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"A real scream for chiller fans!  The Washington Post
"Turns a satirical eye on Reagan's hawkish heart, the sprung logic of Italian zombie movies, and John Hughes' brat-pack films.  Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central

Editor's Note
Do you wanna party? The freshly risen undead certainly do in this horror-comedy that finds two employees of a medical supply company unwittingly releasing several zombies from cylinders in which they have been trapped for many years. The nasty brain-eating creatures are as hungry as ever, and eager to make up for lost time. Soon, the local citizenry is forced to deal with a large-scale zombie epidemic. The writer of ALIEN helmed this punk/horror pastiche.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Mgm Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/9/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 114 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1985
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 111658
Video UPC UPC: 00027616085474
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Clu Gulager
Video Cast Info Don Calfa
Video Cast Info James Karen
Video Cast Info Miguel A. Nunez, Jr.
Video Cast Info Dan O'Bannon - Director
Video Cast Info Dan O'Bannon - Screenplay
Video Cast Info John A. Russo - Based On Book By
Video Cast Info John Daly - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jules Brenner - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Matt Clifford - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Robert Gordon - Editor
Video Cast Info Robert Howland - Art Director
Video Cast Info Tom Fox - Producer
Video Cast Info William Stout - Production Designer
Plot Summary
A blood-filled spoof of zombie flicks, which fans of George Romero will especially enjoy (and you know who you are). The rotting cadavers of a graveyard are resurrected by a deadly, gaseous emission. Unfortunately, the gruesome ghoulies just love to dine upon human brains, to the "grave" displeasure of the nearby townsfolk. How will the citizens rid themselves of their gore-lovin', gut-munchin' visitors?

Professional Reviews

"...Terrifically funny....Genuinely witty..." 06/19/1985 8 of 10
As enjoyable as all of this is, I have to admit that I've never understood the cult that has formed around Return of the Living Dead...It's amiable enough, but nothing remarkable. As a horror film, it isn't remotely scary, aside from a few "boo" moments in which O'Bannon skillfully stages the action so that the eye is directed toward a specific part of the frame before being shocked by a zombie that jumps out somewhere else. And as a comedy, it's well acted by a collection of reliable industry veterans (Clu Gulager, James Karen) and appealing newcomers, but it isn't all that hysterically funny--Sam Raimi's Evil Dead, which came out two years earlier, is an infinitely more hilarious and intense combination of gory horror and slapstick humor. That said, millions of horror fans love Return of the Living Dead, which does have its strengths. O'Bannon's script may be a little short on creativity, but his direction is professional and inspired, and the aforementioned performances are pitch-perfect. Return also has one major innovation that later filmmakers like Danny Boyle (28 Days Later) and Zack Snyder (the Dawn of the Dead remake) picked up on for their zombie movies: instead of trudging along like Romero's sluggish zombies, the undead in this film move fast. - Jim Hemphill

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
Not many movies have the nerve to name their sources right there in the dialogue, so you can make your own comparisons. "Return of the Living Dead" makes no secret of its inspiration. The movie opens with a teenager going to work in one of those supply houses that ship cadavers and skeletons to scientists and, in no time at all, the man who runs the company is leaning over the desk and asking if the kid has ever seen "Night of the Living Dead." Because it wasn't just a movie, see? It was the truth...What's the bottom line on a movie like this? If you are below a certain age, I suppose it's scary, and the R rating is richly deserved. To hardened veterans of ghoul movies, however, a sort of connoisseurship develops. "Return" is a movie with some nice, droll opening scenes and the obligatory horrible climax. It doesn't make the mistake of "Day of the Dead" - talking too much. It's kind of a sensation-machine, made out of the usual ingredients, and the real question is whether it's done with style. It is. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Gulager,Clu
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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