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Re-Animator (1985)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Stuart Gordon Rating:5.8/10 (12 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by reidca on January 28th, 2008:Find all reviews by reidca
Stuart Gordon's commentary is more straightforward than the second, cast track, but the genuine fondness he had for the characters
and their story comes across. Being a fan of The Terminator I appreciated the story about the fact that the Jim Cameron film was shot just before at the same studios, and many of the crew worked on both films; Jim Cameron's dad is in the film briefly and can be seen as a bandaged patient next to Barbara Crampton in one scene.
Reviewed by JWINGS on December 29th, 2009:Find all reviews by JWINGS
Great commentary for a horror classic! Very informative and fun!
Reviewed by grimjack on January 7th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
Compared to the other commentary, the creator of the film seems very muted and casual about his work. It starts off very talky, with him going off on long explanations ignoring what is on the screen. And towards the end, there are silent pauses lasting many seconds, like he has run out of things to talk about.

But when he does talk, explaining the origins of the film, the problems getting it started, the problems making it, having to replace the lead actress weeks before shooting, having to replace the cinematographer during shooting, and the later problems with the studio recutting it to get an R rating, are all fascinating.

Also fascinating are little tales about the research he did in morgues, and what it took to read the original story this is based on which only existed in a public library under lock and key. There are lots of good details, not found in the more humorous second commentary.
Commentary 2: Producer Brian Yuzna, and actors Jeffrey Combs, Robert Sampson, Barbara Crampton, and Bruce Abbott Rating:7.5/10 (19 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by TommyT on June 7th, 2004:Find all reviews by TommyT
One of my absolute favorite commentary tracks! What makes it so much fun is that the cast & Yuzna obviously had a lot of fun making the film in the 1st place & their reminiscences are quite enjoyable to hear. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by reidca on January 28th, 2008:Find all reviews by reidca
One of the few commentaries I've listened to more than once, the first back in the days of laserdisc and probably one of the first, effortlessly entertaining and laugh along with it tracks. This was basically a group of people having a giggle over a film they had
made ten years earlier, but obviously have many fond memories. The actors in particular enjoy watching themselves and occasionally relaying interesting bits of info. Crampton even lets fly with several blood-curdling screams and an interesting story of how David Gale's wife supposedly left him after viewing the infamous "head" scene.
Reviewed by aph86 on August 29th, 2008:Find all reviews by aph86
A great listen. Everyone here is proud of this film and it shows. One of the greatest commentaries ever record. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on August 17th, 2016:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
It's just praise, praise, praise. It's mostly all "Oh this scene is great." "You guys are great in this scene." "Ugh, that's gross!" "Oh, you are so evil in this scene."
Reviewed by grimjack on January 7th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
This is one of those tracks where the actors are having a blast watching it with each other, and remembering the fun they had doing it. I do not think I loved it as much as other people reviewing and rating it here, but it is an amusing listen. Just not very informative, as is tradition with these types of tracks.

For every comment describing what it took to do a scene, or something that was cut that they missed, or a line that they hated saying, there are comments like does everyone remember the big persimmon tree in the backyard of that house, and that makeup really smelled.

But their energy is contagious, and when they do bring up something interesting, it is often very interesting. This track (and the other) made me appreciate the movie a lot more than it did rewatching it after 30 years, and reminding me how brave it was to be so over the top with it.