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Re-Animator - 2-Disc Limited Edition

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday Aug 10, 2017
Re-Animator - 2-Disc Limited Edition

One of the most notorious "splatter" films of the 1980s gets a Blu-ray reissue that's well worth the cost. "Re-Animator" now comes out in a spectacular 2-disc Limited Edition Blu-ray set from the fine folks at Arrow Video. One disc boasts the "Integral Cut," which basically inserts deleted and extended scenes into the much-preferred 86-minute cut.

This review of the new "Re-Animator" Blu-ray focuses on the "Unrated Version," one that features non-stop spewing of blood and full frontal nudity (from both men and women). "Re-Animator" predates both "Evil Dead 2" and "Pet Cemetery," where the theme of resurrecting the dead comes into play.

The plot here concerns a young medical student Dan (Bruce Abbott), who befriends the quite eccentric Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs). The pair become roommates and Dan succumbs to Herbert's unorthodox experiments in their diabolical basement.

It seems Dr. West has concocted a serum that brings the dead back to life with dire consequences. The film ends on a cliffhanger and two subsequent sequels were produced, and a long-rumored fourth film is in the discussion phase.

Because "Re-Animator" has seen numerous home entertainment releases over the years (most recently in 2014), all special features on Arrow's are carryover featurettes. Multiple audio commentaries are on hand, as well as numerous interview segments with cast and crew. Most notable is the interview with Barbara Crampton, the horror icon who's seen a resurgence recently with hits like "You're Next."

An extensive documentary on the making of the film, "Re-Animator: Resurrects," fares the best out of all the behind-the-scenes featurettes.

As if all of the televised extras weren't enough, Arrow includes the 1991 original comic book adaptation in its entirety. I can't imagine a release more definitive than this version of "Re-Animator."


Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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