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[Offical Arrow Synopsis] The success of Stuart Gordon s hit horror-comedy Re-animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-animator - this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead 3) - would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.

 Bride of Re-Animator
It is 8 years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?

With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous shunting sequence in Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations including zombified bats and a one-eyed finger spider Bride of re-animator is a more than worthy successor to Gordon s original cult classic.

Video


The video 2K Restoration on both the Rated and Unrated Versions of the film is a little gritty but colours look fantastic, with edges pleasingly sharp throughout. Red and sky blues fare the best and of course the glowing serum used as the central visual of the series glows wonderfully, celebrating its significance.

The image runs a little dark, but it looks inherent to the film which opts for alot of shadows, even in full lit sets and daylight scenes. This both boosts sharp edges and looses them in the darkness at times. The image can look a little muddy when elements such as fire warms the screen and the black levels struggle to compensate but these moments are few in the otherwise dated but cleaned up nicely style of the film.

With the right conditions textures manage to impress, whether woolen cardigans or gnarly make up special effects, they all look great in this HD release and the cult horror sequel gets a whole new breath of life into it because of all the work done to restore it. No massive print damage or issues are apparant and despite the film's darkness the presentation here manages to impress throughout.

In terms of the differences between the Rated and Unrated versions, the Unrated looks maybe a little softer at times, grain layers often felt a little more thick to me but there's not a huge difference between the two versions really, and both 2K restorations prove to bring the goods.

 Bride of Re-Animator

Audio

The audio track here is noticeably small and central with a relatively hollow and sometimes struggling sound in terms of clarity, especially when it comes to the higher reaches of the score but it remains a clean audio remaster with clear dialogue and many of its elements working well despite its age and budget.

 Bride of Re-Animator

Extras


There are three commentary tracks. The first with Director Brian Yuzna explains how they had free reign production wise to try whatever they wanted. He speaks of the progression of the story his enjoyment of the film.

The second commentary with the Cast and crew is another enthusiastic track, full of details from the films history and it's legacy.

The third commentary is with Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott and the pair are full of life, highlighting the fun they had, a few additional cut moments and lots of in-joke comments between them.

 Bride of Re-Animator
'Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride' (09:37 HD) has the director discuss the sequel and it's inception and production.

'Splatter Masters' (14:39 HD) talks of the evolution of films effects, leading up through the studio's other films and into this sequel as well as the specifics in the film itself.

'Getting Ahead In Horror' (23:50 SD) is a compilation of original  behind the scenes footage

Ending Disc 1 there are two Deleted Scenes and a Theatrical Trailer.

The second Disc in the set comes with the R Rated Cut (97 Mins) and a Behind the Scenes Reel (14:30) and the final disc, is of course the DVD. There's is a booklet that comes with the set "Perfect-bound booklet containing Re-Animator: Dawn of the Re-Animator, the 1992 comic prequel to Stuart Gordon s original Re-Animator, reprinted in its entirety" but I was not supplied this with my review copy.

 Bride of Re-Animator

Overall


The Re-Animator series was one that sort of passed me by in my youth. I was aware of it when I was young, I saw it a few times in my teens but it never really grabbed me besides being a bit of throw away fun. More recently I enjoyed the use of the franchise inside the pages of the slasher comic awesome that is Hack/Slash, where Cassie Hack went toe to toe with with the world of Re-Animator. That was a fair bit of fun and revisting this film after that, sort of generated a false sense of nostalgia I'd never had for the films before and that made for a pleasant watch (though I did miss Cassie and Vlad turning up - which I think my brain kept telling me might happen).

Anyway, Arrow once again put together a great little package celebrating a cult horror of yesteryear, with a great enough video and audio presentation to lift the film out of fuzzy VHS memeory and drop it into modern day retro awesome. The extras are great, especially when you cram all of those commentaries in and Re-Animator fans really should pick this one up in it's Limited Edition run.
 Bride of Re-Animator
 Bride of Re-Animator


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