The green fluorescent hypodermic. The headless corpse fumblingfor its head. A naked damsel in distress. What happens when you mix all these elements together with the horrific imagination of H.P. Lovecraft and the terrifying visions of Director Stuart Gordon? Anchor Bay Entertainment, a leading provider of horror entertainment programming, announces the return of one of the seminal horror films of the 1980's with the March 20, 2007 release of the H.P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator 2-disc Limited Edition DVD. The release also inaugurates the "Anchor Bay Collection" brand, a label specially created to present ultimate DVD editions of Anchor Bay's classic library titles. The H.P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator Limited Edition DVD is housed in a compelling package with newly created artwork and contains a collectible Re-Animator syringe-shaped highlighter! Only 50,000 copies will be run and when they're gone, we can't "reanimate" them! SRP is $24.98 and pre-book is February 7th.
The two-disc set not only features a brand-new widescreen transfer approved by director Gordon and remastered audio in Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 sound, but also sports two audio commentaries featuring Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna, actors Jeffrey Combs (Herbert West), Bruce Abbott, (Dan Cain), and Barbara Crampton (Megan Halsey), as well as a newly produced feature-length making-of documentary "Re-Animator Resurrectus." In addition, the DVD features a casket-full of specially created bonus materials including new video interviews with cast and crew, deleted and extended scenes, trailers and TV spots, multiple still galleries, the original H.P. Lovecraft short story and screenplay adaptation on DVD-ROM!
Adapted by Dennis Paoli, William J. Norris and Stuart Gordon from the H.P. Lovecraft short story, Re-Animator spins the strange tale of dedicated medical student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbot) and his girlfriend Megan Halsey (Barbara Crampton), both of them drawn to odd new student Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) who happens to be conducting clandestine experiments involving the re-animation of dead tissue. When one of the instructors, Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale), stumbles upon their "extracurricular" activities, West murders him (mumbling "Plagiarist" as he severs Dr. Hill's head!) -- but is brought back to life, now thirsting for revenge as well as lusting after Megan. The final denouement features the re-animated Dr. Hill squaring off against Herbert and Dan in a battle royale within the school's morgue, complete with resurrected "henchmen" and undoubtedly one of the greatest visual double entendres in all horror cinema!
When it was released in 1985, H.P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator was immediately embraced by fans and the critical establishment as a watershed in contemporary horror films. Esteemed film critic Roger Ebert hailed the film as "...a frankly gory horror movie that finds a rhythm and a style that make it work in a cockeyed, offbeat sort of way." The film won numerous awards including Best Horror Film at the prestigious Fantafestival and Sitges Film Festivals, as well as propelling Stuart Gordon into the pantheon of master horror directors, as seen by his participation in both seasons of Showtime's Masters of Horror anthology series - H.P. Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witch House for Season 1 (available on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment) and the upcoming The Black Cat for Masters of Horror Season 2.
Anchor Bay left no grave stone unturned in exhuming extras for the H.P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator Special Edition DVD, value-added supplements that exemplify the caliber of the "Anchor Bay Collection" brand:
- Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Gordon
- Audio Commentary with Producer Brian Yuzna and Actors Bruce Abbott, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton and Robert Sampson
- All-New 70-minute featurette: "Re-Animator Resurrectus" featuring interviews with Director Stuart Gordon, Producer Brian Yuzna, Writer Dennis Paoli, Composer Richard Band and Fangoria Magazine editor Tony Timpone, Actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon and Robert Sampson
- Music Discussion with Composer Richard Band
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Theatrical trailer
- TV Spots
- New Production Stills from Brian Yuzna's private collection
- New Behind-The-Scenes, Posters & Advertising, Storyboard and Fun-On-The-Set galleries
- Stuart Gordon Bio
- Screenplay (DVD-ROM)
- "Herbert West, Reanimator" by H.P. Lovecraft (DVD-ROM)
- Brand-new remastered transfer, approved by director Stuart Gordon
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1), enhanced by 16x9 televisions
- Audio: Remastered Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 sound
- Run Time: 86 Minutes
- Rating: Not Rated