Re-Animator Gory Horror in 4K Blu-ray Review

Re-Animator (Jeffrey Combs)

The 1985 classic horror, Re-Animator, comes to Blu-ray on the 14th March and thanks to Second Sight Films we got the chance to get our hands on it before its release to check it out.

Re-Animator has always been a firm favourite of mine ever since seeing it back in the 80s on a worn out video recorder, it was one of those movies that became a cult classic in my own collection of movies.

Now with the movie being released on Blu-ray on a two-disc set, the movie looks more impressive than it did 31 years ago (damn I feel old now).

Re-Animator follows medical student Herbert West (played by Jeffrey Combs) as he embarks on his shocking experiments to bring the dead back to life with his strange fluorescent glowing serum.

Re-Animator (Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West)

Of course things don’t bode well with at the Miskatonic Medical School as his outlandish theories of life and death cause controversy and problems.

As West and his fellow student Dan Cain (played by Bruce Abbott) progress through their experiments they become more shockingly horrific and end with some messy results.

Re-Animator Comedy Horror in Gory 4K

In the double disc set that the Re-Animator comes in the film has been restored in a brand new 4K version, an “unrated” version, I have to say it looks brilliant, nice vibrant colours, specially when it comes to those rather gory scenes.


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The re-animation scenes with the cat and its insides hanging out is particular vibrant, as the cat is brought back with some comical and terrifying consequences.

Add to this that the “unrated” version also comes with a DTS 5.1 sound it adds to that cinema experience.

The gory special effects do look good (is that the right thing to say about the gore!), let’s remember Re-Animator was released back in 1981, no CGI special back then folks, nothing but good old-fashioned physical effects, ah those were the days.

Jeffrey Combs will always be fondly remembered for Re-Animator, not so much for the sequels or many of the other movies that he has starred in. Maybe it’s that so many of us saw the movie when it first came to video and that we loved him so much in the crazy role.

If you are a fan of the movie, then this is certainly a Blu-ray that you will want in your movie collection, the two-disc set is packed with features as well, you not only get the “Unrated” version of Re-Animator, the second disc includes the “Integral” version, which is a quicker paced version of the film, along with the bonus features.

Re-Animator Bonus Features

Re-Animator Blu-Ray 2-disc setDisc One

  • The “Unrated” version with a brand new 4K restoration

Disc Two

  • The “Integral” version (exclusive to Blu-ray)
  • Audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon
  • Audio commentary with producer Brian Yuzna and actor Jeffrey Combs, Roberts Sampson, Barbara Crampton and Bruce Abbott
  • Re-Animator Resurrects documentary
  •  Interviews with Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna, writer Dennis Paoli, composer Richard Band and Fangoria editor Tony Timpone
  • Extended scenes, deleted scenes and trailers
  • Gallery.

The disc box for Re-Animator also comes with a double-sided sleeve featuring the original poster and artwork by Graham Humphreys.

Re-Animator Trailer 1985 (View Discretion Advised)


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Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and bona fide journalist. She is also a Cinema Film Reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. She has recently become an Award Winning Blogger and is listed in the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
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