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The Bride Of Re-Animator (1989/Unrated/Arrow Films 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Set)

Picture: B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: B Film: B+

PLEASE NOTE: There is also a 3-disc version of the film available from Arrow on Blu-ray that includes the rated version of the film, a collector's booklet and different packaging. This review pertains to the 2-disc version only.

The worthy followup to the Stuart Gordon's Sci-Fi/Horror Cult Classic Re-Animator (1985) lands on Blu-ray disc in grand fashion from Arrow Films will no doubt help usher in a new era of fans. A parody of Universal's classic film The Bride of Frankenstein, Director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead 3) gives us a film that is a bit more campy than the first with the same tone and excellent practical special effects by KNB that add to the fun and zaniness of it all.

Dr. Herbert West (Combs) and his reluctant sidekick, Dr. Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) return from the original film and decide to bring Cain's dead girlfriend Glory (Kathleen Kinmott) to life using stolen body parts and a batch of Herbert's signature green serum. As if the last experiment didn't go horribly awry enough, Herbert finds himself in over his head with zombified bats and other ghastly possessions surface and take his lab by storm. The fine line between West's brilliance and madness is put to the ultimate test! The film also stars Fabiana Udenio, Claude Earl Jones, and David Gale (returning from the first film) in one of his final roles.

Presented on Blu-ray in 1080p 1.78 X 1 high definition with a new 2K master of the original transfer, the film simply has never looked as fantastic as it does here. The colors are richer throughout with some film artifacts but nothing that detracts from the presentation of the film. If I didn't know better, I would think that this film was shot more recently that it was.

The sound mix is also superior and restored nicely with a PCM 2.0 Stereo audio (uncompressed) mix on the Blu-ray. The DVD features a nice looking transfer for the 2K scan as well that triumphs over previous DVD releases of the film on disc by other companies with an anamorphically-enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track - both of which aren't quite as nice as the Blu-ray. Still, it is nice to have both editions.

Special Features include...

Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna

Vintage Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom

Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Bob Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George

Feature Length Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott

Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator - brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-animator sequel

Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator - brand-new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB

Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler

Getting Ahead in Horror - archival making-of featurette

Deleted Scenes

Newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin

Limited Edition Collector's Booklet

It's too bad Arrow Films can't get their hands on the rights to the first and third films, as it would make for an incredible box set (similar to their recent trilogy of Hellraiser that was just released). For now though, we have this great release that fans of Lovecraft and/or Re-Animator won't want to miss!

For more on the original film on Blu-ray, start with this link...


- James Lockhart



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