UPDATE: 4-25-2013

I've recently been contributing to the web site, www.whatculture.com and my most recent article, "Why The Return of the Living Dead is the Greatest Zombie Movie Ever," is now up and available for you to read. Just click HERE to have a look. Enjoy! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

UPDATE: 4-18-2012

I really should have updated this bit sooner but just couldn't get around to it. My apologies (hell I never found the time to post a review of the Blu-Ray release!)

Anyway I thought you fans should know that a NEW special edition Blu-Ray will be released in the UK this year from a company called Second Sight! I have no idea if it's all region or region coded or not but man, this sounds awesome and I HOPE it gets a US release at some point! Here are the details;

The dead have risen and they need more ‘BRAINS’! Dan O’Bannon’s cult splatterfest The Return Of The Living Dead is one of the definitive zombie movies and one of the classic horror films of the 80s.
Now this horror favourite is being released on 4 June 2012 courtesy of Second Sight as a special edition double DVD and makes its UK Blu-ray debut in a limited edition Steelbook, both with five hours of special features and also the much anticipated inclusion of the original soundtrack as well as the remixed version.
Blundering medical supplies warehouse workers Frank and his young trainee Freddy unwittingly set off a mysterious US military chemical that brings the dead back to life. And they’ve got a real hunger for human brains. Enlisting the help of a local crematorium, they set off a chain of events that could lead to the end of civilisation. Can they defeat the growing army of ravenous zombies? ‘How do you kill something that’s already dead’ It’s not a bad question Bert.
Complete with a raucous rock soundtrack by the inimitable The Cramps, The Return Of The Living Dead is a zombie gorefest at its best.

Special features:
• MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD The definitive two-hour documentary featuring interviews with cast, writers, producers and many more, as well as previously unseen behind the scenes footage, storyboards, conceptual art, publicity materials and archival documents
• MORE BRAINS! TWO HOURS OF KILLER BONUS FEATURES A conversation with Dan O’Bannon: The Final Interview
They Won’t Stay Dead: A Look at Return of The Living Dead Part 2
A Love Beyond The Grave: A Look at Return of The Living Dead 3
Stacey Q Live: Exclusive ‘Tonight’ music video
Even More Brains: Deleted documentary interview
Return of The Living Dead in three minutes
Resurrected Settings: The Filming Locations Today
• THE ORIGINS OF RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD – with John A. Russo
• THE FX OF THE LIVING DEAD – with production designer William Stout and FX make-up artists William Munns and Tony Gardner
• PARTY TIME – with music consultant Steve Pross and 45 Grave singer Dinah Cancer
• EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY STEELBOOK – ‘ERNIE’S NOTEPAD’ – 20-page replica notebook by embalmer Ernie Kaltenbrunner, featuring production notes, carting information and exclusive artwork

Title: The Return Of The Living Dead
Release Date: 4 June 2012 Cert: 15
Running time: 90 mins Language: English
RRP: DVD £19.99 Blu-ray: £ 22.99
Cat. No.: 2NDVD3228 Blu-ray: 2NDBR4006

Soundtrack information:
Blu-Ray
Original Soundtrack: PCM 2.0
Remixed Soundtrack PCM 2.0
Remixed Soundtrack: DTS 5.1 Digital Surround DVD
Original Soundtrack: Dolby Digital 2.0
Remixed Soundtrack Dolby Digital 2.0
Remixed Soundtrack: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
An option to play the original soundtrack,

All new special features PLUS the inclusion of the fantastic "More Brains!" documentary definitely make this a must have. (oh yeah, they're even providing the ORIGINAL soundmix as an option.) It obviously should be noted that none of the special features from the MGM release will be included so if you buy this new version, hold onto your old copy so you can have everything!

Here's a look at the UK Blu-Ray artwork!

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UPDATE: 12-30-2010

Have you ever heard of the National Film Registry? The Library of Congress selects a few films per year to include in their film archives to be preserved forever. (Some of the picks this year are "The Empire Strikes Back" and "The Pink Panther.") Did you know that YOU can help them pick the films they end up selecting? I didn't either until a few days ago.

All you have to do is visit THIS PAGE and click on the e-mail link to send your suggestion(s). This is not a flight of fancy folks, please note the opening paragraph;

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington seeks nominations for the National Film Registry. To be eligible for the Registry, a film must be at least 10 years old and be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Please do vote: the number of public votes a film receives is a factor seriously weighed during the selection process by the Librarian of Congress and members of the National Film Preservation Board.

While you are free to suggest any film you wish, as this is a site dedicated to the greatness of "The Return of the Living Dead," I humbly ask that, at the very least, you include it amongst your suggestions. Please try and explain WHY, as thoughtfully as you can, Dan O'Bannon's zombie masterpiece deserves such an honor. I have already done so. If we can band together then perhaps we can help Dan's creation receive a great honor.

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UPDATE: 7-29-2010

Yes, I know it's been quite some time since I last posted an update but life has a way of distracting you.

Anyway, you might be interested in knowing that "The Return of the Living Dead" will be released on Blu-Ray on September 14, 2010! This will be a Blu-Ray + DVD combo pack (but in Blu-Ray packaging) and as far as I know, the previous releases bonus features will carry over to the new release.
You know, it's funny. Before Dan died, he was involved with a legal tussle with MGM over unpaid royalties and the studio kept claiming something about not making money from the film and yet here is the THIRD release of the movie. Folks, studios don't keep releasing the same title on home video if people aren't buying it in sufficient numbers to warrant the costs.

Ok, enough of that. Here's the horrible cover art MGM/FOX is using

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UPDATE: 12-18-2009

As some of you may have heard, Dan O'Bannon has died. I was completely shocked to hear the news. It's almost 6:30 am as I write this so I'm in no shape to clearly put my thoughts into words but rest assured I will.

RIP Dan

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UPDATE: 4-16-2009

Wow, has it been this long? Well yeah, especially when you consider there's been nothing worth updating you folks about until now.

Just a quick question for you brain munchers out there. How bad do you wanna see "The Return of the Living Dead" on Blu-Ray? Hmm? Anyone?

With the new high definition format hitting it's stride, it's clearly time for MGM/FOX to consider our favorite flick for a Blu-Ray release in full 1080p and (hopefully...finally) a proper 5.1 surround sound mix (lossless please!)

I have not read or heard of any rumors that this is happening any time soon BUT I think you guys know what needs to be done. It's time to write MGM/FOX and let them know....

WE WANT OUR BRAIN EATING IN HIGH DEFINITION!!!!!!

We got two DVD releases out of them because we demanded it. Now it's time for Blu-Ray folks! Let's let 'em hear it!

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UPDATE: 9-16-2007

My review (such as it is) for the new collector's edition DVD is now up. Either check it out from the main menu or you can read it by clicking HERE.

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UPDATE: 9-11-2007

What ARE you doing reading this? Shouldn't you be out buying the collector's edition DVD today? I bought my copy shortly after midnight at the local Wal-Mart. I've just started having a look at the DVD (I'll give a more detailed review later this week much like I did with the first release) but I did give a listen to the new audio commentary with the cast this afternoon. Production designer William Stout along with Beverly Randolph, Linnea Quigley, Don Calfa and Brian Peck made for a breezy and entertaining time. Some fun facts and behind the scenes anecdotes were shared though it's a shame that Peck only made a passing reference to the original ending of the film without any actual discussion of it because I'm sure there are still plenty of folks who just don't know squat about it. As I've said before it's a shame MGM/FOX did not include that footage along with the other deleted scenes and alternate takes but I guess that's what triple dipping is for. As has been previously reported, the commentary does feature two actors popping in as zombies making really bad and cheesy jokes interrupting the gang as they were trying to speak but thankfully it only lasted for a brief period of time.
The only other bit I checked out as of this posting was the zombie subtitles which basically went like this: when a zombie made a grunt or some similar noise, the subtitle that appeared on screen was "Arrrgh!" Yeah, it was that stupid.

Anyway I'm gonna head back in and enjoy the rest of the DVD. As for the rest of you, go buy the damn thing already!

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UPDATE: 9-5-2007

Here's a look at the DVD art for the upcoming collector's edition (front and back.)

It's interesting to note a few things. MGM/FOX is sticking with the "glow in the dark" packaging and looking at the special features listed on the back cover, a few of the supplements from the previous release ARE included on this one contrary to the official press release (the O'Bannon/Stout commentary and the "Designing the Dead" featurette.) Also it looks like the DVD will have a slip cover.

While this still isn't the DVD it should be (no deleted scenes which include alternate takes with different dialogue and the original opening and ending) it's looking to be a better package than previously thought if one went solely by the press release the studio put out.

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UPDATE: 8-16-2007

MGM/FOX has put out the official press release for the new DVD, read on for the details:

HORROR CAMP CLASSICS ARE BACK... THEY'RE HUNGRY... AND THEY'RE NOT VEGETARIAN

THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD: COLLECTOR'S EDITION

Gory Horror Masterpiece Arrive On DVD September 11 From MGM Home Entertainment

Los Angeles, CA - An iconic splatter classic that was a pioneer in the horror genre makes it's way to DVD when The Return Of The Living Dead Collector's Edition arrive on September 11 from MGM Home Entertainment. Just in time for Halloween, this 80s cult classic represents some of the most dark and original content created and started a new trend in black comedy. Writer/director Dan O'Bannon (Alien, Lifeforce) puts a hilarious spin on the zombie movie with The Return Of The Living Dead. Considered one of the most bizarre yet incredibly funny horror films in its time, The Return Of The Living Dead helped launch the career of scream queen Linnea Quigley (Sorority Babes In The Slime Ball Bowl-O-Rama, Vice Academy) and is a true punk rock zombie comedy. The Collector's Edition DVD comes in collectible glow in the dark packaging and features audio commentary from cast, crew and the undead, behind-the-scenes featurettes, an 80s horror film retrospective hosted by the mistress of the night herself, Elvira and of course, zombie subtitles. Both From Beyond Unrated and The Return Of The Living Dead Collector's Edition are available for the suggested retail price of $19.98 U.S. / $25.98 Canada. Prebook is August 15, 2007.

The Return Of The Living Dead: Collector's Edition

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!

The Return Of The Living Dead - Special Features

• Cast, crew and undead commentary
• "Remembering The Dead: Cast Recollections" featurette
• "From The Underground: The Rise of Horror in the 80s" featurette
• Zombie subtitle stream

The Return Of The Living Dead Collector's Edition
Price: $19.98U.S. / $25.98 Canada
Street Date: September 11, 2007
Prebook Date: August 15, 2007
Running Time: 114 minutes
Catalog Number: M108547
U.S. Rating: R
Canadian Rating: 14A
Audio: Dolby Stereo 2.0 / Spanish Mono / French Stereo
Screen Format: Widescreen
Subtitles: English / Spanish
Closed Captioned: Yes

Ok so this press release does not mention that any of the supplements from the previous DVD will be included but that doesn't mean they won't be. Press releases (oddly enough) aren't always accurate or have complete information. Never the less, I'd hold off on selling your old copies just in case.

The 80s horror film retrospective sounds interesting and might be good viewing as a TV program but what exactly does it have to do with the movie and why include it here? Hell, I'd rather they included Joe Bob Briggs whose late night horrorfest broadcast the flick several times over the years. His segments alone would have been an interesting addition.

Oh well, you can't win 'em all. I suppose if you put both DVDs together you'd have a decent package but I'd hope they'd put everything onto one disc.

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