Bride of Re-Animator: Special Edition on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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The film is presented in 16:9 and in 1080p high definition. IMDB states the original widescreen ratio is 1.85:1, so I’m not sure why this gives us slightly less at 16:9, but it’s not a huge issue. It’s also the same ratio that’s been released in the US, so it looks to be the only one available. There’s also some slight grain on the print early on, but nothing beyond that. I’m watching on my Panasonic 50″ Plasma TV with a Playstation 4.

When it comes to the audio, the film was originally shot in stereo, and what’s here is clear but while it’s a shame there’s no DTS 5.1 soundtrack – as that would’ve been fantastic, stereo is how the film was made.


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In the afterlife, Cilla Black was still after anyone who had a heart…


Taken from the Collector’s booklet about the video and audio transfer:

    “Bride of Re-Animator was restored in 2013/2014 using the best elements available to achieve complete presentations of both the R-Rated and Unrated versions of the film.

    For the R-Rated version, a second generation Intermediate Interpositive was used. For the Unrated version, locating a 35mm element that was suitable for the restoration involved a near year-long search until a DeLuxe® Composite Master Positive Print with the cut sequences intact was eventually found. Though the quality of this element was generally high, the definition it exhibited in two of the cut sequences differed in colour rendition and density due to photochemical imbalance during the copying process that could not be matched exactly to the higher quality IP materials. The colour palette of the film was re-timed precisely to the photochemical attributes preserving the DeLuxe® presentations at the time of original theatrical release.

    Both the 35mm Intermediate Positive and the 35mm Composite Master Positive Print elements were scanned in 2K resolution at 16-bit colour depth on a pinregisteredIMAGICA Imager XE Advanced Plus for maximum yield of quality at TLEFilms Film Restoration & Preservation Services, Germany. The colour grading was performed on a Baselight by TLEFilms FRPS using the facilities of PostFactory GmbH, Berlin, Germany.

    Thousands of instances of dirt, debris and light scratches were removed through a combination of digital restoration tools. Image stability was also improved in shots where prior analysis confirmed that these instabilities were the result of duplication or copying errors during the original photochemical processing.

    The film’s stereo soundtrack was mastered at 24-bit/48 kHz from a Digital Betacam broadcast tape, the best existing source for the original stereo mix. The final mix on this tape was recorded well below standard average and peak levels, which resulted in inherent digital noise. The soundtrack, which also exhibited several mixing errors, was restored with great care to present it as originally intended.

    This project was supervised by Torsten Kaiser on behalf of TLEFilms FRPS, with all work performed at TLEFilms FRPS, Berlin and Birkenwerder, Germany.

    Special thanks to colourist Roland Fliß and Gunter Puszkar at PostFactory GmbH.

    This restoration has been approved by director Brian Yuzna.”


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The rather gorgeous Bride of Re-Animator pen we received.
(click on the image for the full-size version)


The extras are as follows:

  • Brian Yuzna remembers Bride (9:37): The director talks about how the sequel came to be, alternate ideas for storylines and how there were original intentions to make another HP Lovecraft novel into a film, but the studio wanted a Re-Animator sequel.

  • Splatter Masters (14:39): A special effects featurette featuring interviews with Robert Kurtzman from KNB, Tony Doublin, John Buechler and the one and only Screaming Mad George.

  • Getting Ahead In Horror (23:50): Behind-the-scenes footage aplenty.

  • Deleted scenes: Not in the traditional sense, this time. The first is a deleted scene plus its own ‘making of’, and which is based as if following on from the end of the first movie (8:04), and a Carnival sequence (2:03) involving Hill’s head.

  • Trailer (1:53): In 16:9.

  • Digipak packaging: featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin

  • Collector’s Booklet: A 20-page booklet containing new writing on the film from Michael Blyth, journalist and film programmer for both the BFI London Film Festival and the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, plus lots of poster and set photos.

  • Re-Animator: Dawn of the Re-Animator: The official 1992 comic prequel to Stuart Gordon’s original Re-Animator, reprinted in its entirety. I didn’t get to see this or the digipak packaging myself, but it all looks very lovely indeed from the picture below.

  • Audio commentary: There’s three on this disc. One from Brian Yuzna, one from the cast and crew and one with Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott.

The package contains two Blu-ray discs – one with the R-rated version of the film, and one with the Unrated version which is where the extras are, and this was the disc I reviewed. There’s also a DVD of the Unrated version.

As I type, the package is £17.99 on Amazon. I’d say, at that price, you should snap their hand off, but then you might want to reattach it with some of that green liquid…

The main menu features a short piece of the Psycho-esque theme tune. Subtitles are in English, and there are a bog-standard 12 chapters to the film.

Bride of Re-Animator is out tomorrow on Blu-ray/DVD Double Pack Limited Edition and check out the full-size cover by clicking on the packshot.


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Bride of Re-Animator: The full package
(click on the image for the full-size version)


FILM
PICTURE QUALITY
SOUND QUALITY
EXTRAS
9
9
8
10
OVERALL 9


Detailed specs:
Cert:
Running time: 97 minutes
Year: 1990
Distributor: Arrow Films
Released: April 11th 2016
Chapters: 12
Cat.no: FCD1261
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio (Stereo)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Widescreen: 1.85:1 (35mm)
Disc Format: BD50

Director: Brian Yuzna
Producer: Brian Yuzna
Screenplay: Rick Fry and Woody Keith (based on characters by HP Lovecraft)
Music: Richard Band

Cast:
Dr Herbert West: Jeffrey Combs
Dr Dan Cain: Bruce Abbott
Lt. Leslie Chapham: Claude Earl Jones
Francesca Danelli: Fabiana Udenio
Dr Carl Hill: David Gale
Gloria: Kathleen Kinmont
Dr Graves: Mel Stewart
Nurse Shelley: Irene Forrest
Ernest: Michael Strasser
Meg Halsey: Mary Sheldon
The Re-Animated Elizabeth Chapham: Marge Turner
The Re-Animated Skinny Corpse: Johnny Legend
The Re-Animated: Black Corpse: David Bynum
The Re-Animated Crypt Creature: Noble Craig
The Re-Animated Crypt Creature: Kim Parker
The Re-Animated Crypt Creature: Charles Schneider
The Re-Animated Crypt Creature: Rebeca Recio
The Re-Animated Crypt Creature: Jay Evans


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