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The Return of the Living Dead on 4K in October

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The 1985 cult classic horror/comedy The Return of the Living Dead is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on October 18th via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory).  The film, directed by Dan O’Bannon, starred Clu Gulager, Don Calfa, James Karen, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, John Philbin, Jewel Shepard, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Brian Peck, Linnea Quigley, and Mark Venturini.

The tech specs for the release will include a 2160p video presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio with [likely at least] HDR10 form of high dynamic range and presumably a lossless sound mix in either/or 5.1 or 2.0 configuration(s).  Perhaps they’ll even do a Dolby Atmos mix?  I can’t yet say for certain because the official tech specs have yet to be announced, along with the extras to be included with the release but stay tuned for a later update on that.

The release will come as a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray Disc counterpart included and seemingly another Blu-ray for extras, in what is said to be a 3-disc set. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly via ShoutFactory.com where you’ll find an exclusive poster.  Also, Shout! Factory Store will have an exclusive enamel pin set and you can find that [limited to 1000] set available for preorder now.

1991 film “The Unborn” starring Brooke Adams is coming to Blu-ray in August


The 1991 Rodman Flender directed film “The Unborn” starring Brooke Adams is coming to Blu-ray Disc on August 14th via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory). Tech specs for the release include full 1080p HD video, from a new 2K scan, in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio Stereo sound. The PRE-ORDER is now available over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Rodman Flender and filmmaker Adam Simon
  • Theatrical Trailer

Further below, after the break, you will find the official announcement for this release.

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“Return of the Living Dead Part II” Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Gets Detailed


Scream Factory (Shout! Factory) has just detailed the upcoming August 14th release of “Return of the Living Dead Part IICollector’s Edition Blu-ray Disc. Tech specs have yet to be confirmed, but I have reached out to Shout! Factory for some definitive info. So, stay tuned on that side. We do know however that this 1988 film will come to us remastered  (via “scans from the interpositive” film negative). This is available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon. Bonus materials and other details given are listed below.

  • NEW 2K scans from the interpositive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with actress Suzanne Snyder
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Gary Smart (co-author of The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead) and filmmaker Christopher Griffiths
  • NEW Back to the Dead: The Effects of “Return of the Living Dead Part II” – including interviews with Special Make-up Effects creator Kenny Myers and Special Make-up Effects artists Andy Schoneberg and Mike Smithson
  • NEW The Laughing Dead – a new interview with writer/director Ken Wiederhorn
  • NEW Undead Melodies – an interview with composer J. Peter Robinson
  • NEW interview with actor Troy Fromin
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Ken Wiederhorn and co-star Thor Van Lingen
  • They Won’t Stay Dead: A Look at RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD II including interviews with James Karen, Thom Matthews, Brian Peck, Kenny Myers, Susan Snyder, Michael Kenworthy and more…
  • Archival Featurette – Live from the Set
  • Archival interviews with Ken Wiederhorn, James Karen, Thom Matthews and Kenny Myers
  • Behind the Scenes footage
  • Theatrical Trailer and Teaser Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery of posters and stills
  • Still Gallery of Behind-the-Scenes stills from Makeup Effects artists Kenny Myers and Mike Smithson