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Bride Of Re-Animator (1990/Arrow Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Film: B+

One of my favorite horror sequels, which I feel outdoes the original Stuart Gordon cult classic, is the 1990 Brian Yunza film Bride of Re-Animator. From the mind of acclaimed novelistic H.P. Lovecraft, the film reunites us with the insane Doctor Herbert West (played again by Jeffery Combs) who has bigger plans for his mysterious green-glowing formula that brings the dead back to life. Also starring in the cult classic sequel are Bruce Abbott, David Gale, Mel Stewart, Kathleen Kinmont, Claude Earl Jones, and the gorgeous Fabiana Udenio.

Arrow has done a great job here, restoring and transferring the film to 2K High Definition and released both this rated, plus an Unrated 3-Disc Blu-ray edition which we've chosen to make our cover image, that bring the film to life (ha) like never before. Perfectly improving upon what made the first film (reviewed elsewhere on this site) work and shadowing many events and themes from the horror classic Bride of Frankenstein (1935), this film will gross you out and make you laugh at the same time just like the original.

It has been eight months since the bloody massacre at Miskatonic Medical School. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr West (Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life - starting with the heart of his lab assistant Dan's dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?

Presented in 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition with nice color and detail from that new 2K HD transfer as mentioned and a sharp, uncompressed PCM 2.0 Stereo track to match, the film really looks and sounds better than ever, especially if you haven't seen it in a really good film print before as few have. The only extra for this one disc rated release is a Behind The Scenes Reel. However, the three-disc edition also available from Arrow is packed full of extras and different version of the film, but is a limited edition with only 5,000 copies out there, so get that one while you can. Otherwise, there's always this version.

- James Lockhart



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