Shout! Factory’s horror genre label Scream Factory has a brand new Collector’s Edition of the ’80s zombie classic The Return of the Living Dead on the way, and full details on the release have now been revealed.
The two-disc release is set to arrive later this year in July, and will feature not only a bunch of bonus goodies on each disc, but also the original soundtrack (or most of it, at least) that played with the movie when it was in theaters—something previous home video releases have not had.
You can read all the details and check out the cover art below.
Here’s what Scream Factory said about the soundtrack:
â€œFor our new transfer we have gone back to the original audio tracks to create a new soundtrack. Only one song â€“ The Damnedâ€™s â€œDead Beat Danceâ€ â€“ could not be cleared for inclusion on the disc unfortunately. Otherwise, the rest will be the original audio as heard in the theaters when the film played first-run.â€
And here’s a synopsis and a rundown of all of the bonus features the two-disc Collector’s Edition will include:
“A fresh and immensely entertaining take on the zombie genre.” â€“ Film Threat
A fiendish mix of outrageous humor and heart-stopping terror, The Return of the Living Dead is “a veritable smorgasbord of fun” (L.A. Herald Examiner)!
On his first day on the job at an army surplus store, poor Freddy (Thom Mathews) unwittingly releases nerve gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas re-animates an army of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger… for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!
NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
NEW Audio Commentary With Gary Smart (Co-author Of The Complete History Of The Return Of The Living Dead) And Chris Griffiths
Audio Commentary With Director Dan O’Bannon And Production Designer William Stout
Audio Commentary With The Cast And Crew Featuring Production Designer William Stout And Actors Don Calfa, Linnea Quigley, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, Allan Trautman
The Decade Of Darkness â€“ Featurette On ’80s Horror Films (23 minutes)
Still Gallery â€“ Posters, Lobby Cards, Movie Stills And Behind-The-Scenes Photos
Still Gallery â€“ Behind-The-Scenes Photos From Special Make-up Effects Artist Kenny Myers’ Personal Collection
Zombie Subtitles For The Film
In Their Own Words â€“ The Zombies Speak
NEW The FX Of The Living Dead With Production Designer William Stout, FX Make-up Artists William Munns, Tony Gardner, Kenny Myers And Craig Caton-Largnet, Visual Effects Artists Bret Mixon And Gene Warren Jr. And Actor Brian Peck (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)
NEW Party Time: The Music Of The Return Of The Living Dead With Music Consultants Budd Carr And Steve Pross And Soundtrack Artists Dinah Cancer (45 Grave), Chris D (The Flesh Eaters), Roky Erickson, Karl Moet (SSQ), Joe Wood (T.S.O.L.), Mark Robertson (Tall Boys) Plus Musicians Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks) And John Sox (The F.U.’s, Straw Dogs) (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)
NEW HORROR’S HALLOWED GROUNDS â€“ Revisiting The Locations Of The Film
The Return Of The Living Dead Workprint â€“ Includes 20 minutes Of Additional Footage (In Standard Definition)
More Brains: A Return To The Living Dead â€“ The Definitive Documentary On The Return Of The Living Dead (120 minutes)
A Conversation With Dan O’Bannon â€“ His Final Interview (28 minutes)
The Origins Of The Living Dead â€“ An Interview With John A. Russo (16 minutes)
The Return Of The Living Dead â€“ The Dead Have Risen â€“ Interviews With Cast Members Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Brian Peck, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, Linnea Quigley And Moreâ€¦ (21 minutes)
Designing The Dead â€“ Interviews With Writer/Director Dan O’Bannon And Production Designer William Stout (15 minutes)
The Return of the Living Dead Collector’s Edition will be released on July 19th.