Blu-ray Review “Re-Animator”

Directed by: Stuart Gordon
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Running Time: 85 minutes

Film: 5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 4 out of 5 stars

“Re-Animator” is easily one the best horror films of the 80s. Jeffrey Combs is just so amazing in the role of Dr. Herbert West. The special effects are absolutely amazing and still hold up almost 30 years later. The producer, Brian Yunza actually approved this transfer as well, so you know that it is not just a port to time with Halloween. This Blu-ray really brings this film back to life and delivers a top-notch presentation. The brand new 1080p transfer is superior, especially for horror fans. The beautifully sounding DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track really showcases Richard Band’s wonderful score. Easily a must have for all horror fans!

Image Entertainment has definitely delivered a packed Blu-ray with some really great bonus features (even though they have existing from previous DVD releases). This release features two really impressive audio commentary tracks. The first is from the film’s director Stuart Gordon and he definitely shows his passion for this film. The next one is from producer Brian Yunza and cast including Bruce Abbott, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton and Robert Sampson. This one is a little crowded but definitely delivers the fun.

There are interviews from Stuart Gordon and Brian Yunza, writer Dennis Paoli, Fangoria editor Tony Timpone and composer Richard Band. There is also a music discussion with composer Richard Band. This is easily one of the best scores in horror film history. There are a bunch of deleted and extended scenes, all worth checking out. Lastly there is a theatrical trailer and TV spots included on this film. Obviously if you own the past DVD as I am sure all horror fans would, this features do not disappoint.

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