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Making the dean's list.

Re-Animator is like having Christmas dinner in a morgue when all the guests have a little too much glug to drink. This horror romp  owes a great dept to the free spirit of the old American International pictures with a nod to the venerable Night of the Living Dead. Re-Animator is never about anything but having fun and even the excessive gore is good for some blood curdling laughs. The story is not important, the style is what counts. Stuart Gordon helms this haut horror frolic with a sense of joy in the director's chair.
     A colorful, blood-filled film, the DVD transfer at 1.85:1 is sharp and fully saturated. Some undue grain compromises the transfer slightly, but overall this is a excellent DVD. The Dolby Digital mono audio is very detailed. The special joy of Elite's special edition are the audio commentary tracks. One track features director Gordon's mostly straight forward discussion of the making of the film.  Led by director Brian Yuzna, the second track includes a most enthusiastic group of Re-Animator principals, including stars Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton and Robert Sampson. For those familiar with Night of the Living Dead's commentary, this has the same reunion/party whimsical tone to it and compliments the spirit of the film to the tee. There are many other features such as deleted scenes that makes this full-blown DVD special edition an excellent value.






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