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More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead 
Written by: on October 14th, 2011


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2011
Director: Bill Philputt
Writers: Thommy Hutson, Christian Sellers, Gary Smart
Cast: Linnea Quigley, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Suzanne Snyder, Clu Gulager, James Karen, Dan O’Bannon, Thom Mathews, John Philbin, Beverly Randolph, Brian Yuzna, Don Calfa, Jewel Shepard, Brian Peck

DVD released: October 18th, 2011
Approximate running time: 119 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH
DVD Release: Michael Perez Entertainment / CAV Distributing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95


Like most horror film franchises, Return to the Living Dead has had its up and downs, including a long gestation period in which the original concept of the film would be drastically changed and its original director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) would be replaced due to endless production delays. All this and so much is chronicled in More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead.

Though this documentary is going to have no trouble connecting with those who are fond of Return to the Living Dead and its sequels. To this documentaries credit it is not mutually exclusive to those, who are familiar to these films.

And while I may be in the minority, a horror film enthusiasts who has never seen any of these films. This did not lessen the overall impact of the story at hand, in fact this documentary spurred my interest to check out Return of the Living Dead and its sequels in great haste.

The information contained within this documentary is briskly paced and the enthusiastic tone of the majority of the participants makes the journey all the fun. Also included with this these recollections from cast and crew is on set footage and original concept art.

The information that I found most interesting was the origins of this film and how it was John A. Russo planned sequel to the film Night of the Living Dead (a film for which he co-wrote the screenplay for with George A. Romero). Also another interesting tidbit was how John A. Russo actually started work on Return of the Living Dead around the same time that George A. Romero made Dawn of the Dead, his own sequel to Night of the Living Dead.

The DVD:

More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead is presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. There are no problems with compression and details look crisp throughout.
 
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout. Also included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.

Extras for this release include a live performance / music video with Stacy Q performing ‘Tonight’ (3 minutes 32 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), trailers for More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead and Never Sleep Again: The Nightmare on Elm Street Legacy, a segment in which the plot of Return of the Living Dead is done in just three minutes, a segment titled ‘Resurrected Settings: The Filming Locations’ (10 minutes 1 second – anamorphic widescreen), deleted footage that did not make the final cut of More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead (these are broken down into 14 separate segments and unfortunately there is no ‘play all’ option for these), a interview with screenwriter / director Dan O’Bannon, that is also billed as his final interview (28 minutes 30 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) he passed away in 2009 and two ‘Making of’ featurette’s for Return of the Living Dead sequels, the first one titled ‘They Won’t Stay Dead: A Look at the Return of the Living Dead Part II’ (29 minutes 43 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and the second one titled ‘Love Beyond the Grave: A Look at the Return of the Living Dead 3′ (20 minutes 54 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Needless to say that these extras are just as comprehensive as the main feature as no stone is left unturned and there are many great reflections from the cast and crew, who are generally all very enthusiastic about their experiences working on The Return of the Living Dead and its two sequels. Overall More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead is an exceptional release that fans of the Return of the Living Dead film should thoroughly enjoy.

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