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directed by Brian Yuzna

USA 1989

 

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 and Producer of the original Re-animator) - would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.

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 protιgι 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.


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Theatrical Release: October 1989 (Sitges Film Festival)

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Comparison:

Pioneer (Unrated + R-rated Versions) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Arrow (Unrated + R-rated Versions)  - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and for the DVD Screen Caps!

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Also available in a 2 disc Blu-ray edition:

Coming out in a Blu-ray Steelbook edition from Arrow in September 2017:

Distribution

Pioneer

Region 0 - NTSC

Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:36:21 / 1:36:21 1:37:42.940 / 1:37:43.983
Video

1.33:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 5.10 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

 

1.33:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 5.4 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Unrated:

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size:  39,013,687,373 bytes

Feature: 28,681,955,136 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.40 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

R-Rated:

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size:  24,683,871,453 bytes

Feature: 23,826,294,720 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.73 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Pioneer (Unrated Version)

 

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Arrow (Un-rated Version) Blu-ray

 

Bitrate:

 

Pioneer (R-rated Version)

 

Bitrate:

 

Arrow (R-rated Version) Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Unrated:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

R-Rated:

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps /
24-bit

Subtitles none English (SDH), none (both)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Pioneer

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen (Letterbox Matte) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
 Side A:
• R-rated version and extras (see right)

Side B:
• Unrated Version (4:3; 1:36:21)
• 'Getting Ahead in Horror' featurette (4:3; 23:06)

 

Side A:
• R-rated Version (4:3 1:36:21)
• Audio Commentary with director Brian Yuzna, star Jeffery Combs, and make-up/visual effects crew
• Audio Commentary by stars Jeffery Combs and Bruce Abbot
• Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 0:55)
• Deleted Scenes:
•  'Meg is Re-Animated' with Behind-The-Scenes footage (4:3; 7:42)
v 'Carnival Sequence' stills with commentary (4:3; 1:56)
v'Dr. West's Casebook' - picture slideshow (264 images)

DVD Release Date: 26 October 1999
Amaray

Chapters 20
 

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow

Unrated:

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size:  39,013,687,373 bytes

Feature: 28,681,955,136 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.40 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

R-Rated:

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size:  24,683,871,453 bytes

Feature: 23,826,294,720 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.73 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

DISC 1 [Blu-ray] & DISC 2 [DVD] UNRATED VERSION
• Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version
• Brand new audio commentary with director Brian Yuzna
• Audio commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, special effects co-ordinator Thomas Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
• 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 (9:37)
• 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 (14:39)
• Getting Ahead in Horror archive making-of featurette (23:50)
• Meg is Re-Animated deleted scene with behind-the-scenes footage (8:04)
• Carnival Sequence the cast and crew discuss this excised sequence (2:03)

•  Trailer (1:54)

DISC 3 [
Blu-ray] R-RATED VERSION LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
• Brand new 2K restoration of the R-Rated version
• Behind-the-Scenes Reel (14:30)
• RE-ANIMATOR: DAWN OF THE RE-ANIMATOR LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE

• Digipak packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
• Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth
• Re-Animator: Dawn of the Re-Animator the official comic book prequel to the original Re-Animator

• 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

Blu-ray Release Date: April 11th, 2016
Custom Digipak Blu-ray case

Chapters 13 +  13

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION Arrow Blu-ray - April 2016: Perhaps a silly comparison but it does reveal some interesting details. Arrow's 1.78:1 aspect ratio shows more on the sides than Pioneer Open Matte 1.33:1 but less on the top and bottom. These are 2K restorations of both the Un-Rated and R-rated versions on separate Blu-rays. The Un-Rated is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate and looks pretty crisp with some depth and tightness. The R-Rated is only on a single-layered disc and is slightly inferior but obviously a huge leap over the SD transfer.

Both version have linear PCM 2.0 channel at 2304 kbps. The score by Richard Band (The House on Sorority Row, Re-Animator, The Pit and Pendulum, Puppet Master etc.) benefits from the uncompressed and the audio has depth accentuating the mood. The Arrow offers optional English (SDH) subtitles for both versions and it is region FREE.

Extras are endless and are described by Arrow better than I can. There are three (yes three) commentaries on the Un-Rated version Blu-ray. A brand new one with director Brian Yuzna, a group one with Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, special effects co-ordinator Thomas Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George and the last with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott. Plenty of fun and production discussion. We also get the 10-minute new featurette Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-Animator 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 is a new 15-minute 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 archive making-of featurette runs 24-minutes and we get two deleted scenes; Meg is Re-Animated with behind-the-scenes footage and the Carnival Sequence the cast and crew discuss this excised sequence. There is also a trailer.

On the R-Rated
Blu-ray there is only a 1/4 hour Behind-the-Scenes Reel.

The package is a Digipak featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin plus there is a collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth and Re-Animator: Dawn of the Re-Animator the official comic book prequel to the original Re-Animator as well as a 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.

Fans of this series should be all over this - Arrow does it again. There is a German Steelbook with both Re-Animator and Bride of Re- Animator on Blu-ray HERE but I don't know the quality and highly doubt it has the extensive extras (commentaries) of this set.

 - Gary and Eric

 


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Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

 
Box Covers

 

 

   

Also available in a 2 disc Blu-ray edition:

Coming out in a Blu-ray Steelbook edition from Arrow in September 2017:

Distribution

Pioneer

Region 0 - NTSC

Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 




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