As the DVD format continues to overtake the home video market, certain classic films are inexplicably overlooked in the conversion to the digital medium. Case in point: Amid the undead-like shamble and shuffle of studios to get every Julia Roberts opus out on disc, Dan O'Bannon's beloved 1985 zombie flick THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD has sorely lacked a DVD incarnation.
Until now, that is. After much anticipation, a slew of online campaigns and numerous threats of brain-eating, fans are finally getting what they wanted with this re-mastered version of the film. And as writer-director O'Bannon explains, this DVD incarnation is perhaps the best RETURN has ever looked.
"At the time it was originally released in theaters, I hadn't been allowed to take the color correction of the print or the sound mix as far as I'd wanted to," recalls O'Bannon. "I was sort of midway through and [the producers] just kind of yanked it and it went out like that. And I always found it very aggravating because I knew the film had a better edge to it than people were seeing and hearing on the screen."