The zombies have returned! Shout! Factory announced that a Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of writer/director Ken Wiederhorn's 1988 splat-tastic zombie film, Return of the Living Dead Part II, is coming to Blu-ray! The film churns a fun-and-gory spin on the zombie apocalypse movie – starring James Karen (The Return of the Living Dead, Poltergeist), Thom Matthews (Jason Lives: Friday, the 13th Part VI), Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks), Marsha Dietlein (Little Children), and Michael Kenworthy (The Blob). Look for the new home video release to hit stores on August 14th! And with it comes a new 2K scan of the film, new interviews with cast and crew, and much more!
Considered the "definitive set," the BD will include a collectible slipcover featuring newly rendered artwork and a reversible cover wrap featuring original theatrical key art. A must-have for movie collectors, zombie horror enthusiasts and loyal fans, Return of the Living Dead Part II Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com (order from Shout! Factory direct and get a FREE 18x24" rolled poster featuring brand new artwork, and have it delivered two weeks early.
The MASSIVE amount of special features that will be included on this Collector's Edition Blu-ray include new 2K scans from the interpositive, new audio commentary with actress Suzanne Snyder – as well as an additional audio commentary with Gary Smart (co-author of The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead) and filmmaker Christopher Griffiths. Additional brand-new extra material includes Back to the Dead: The Effects of Return of the Living Dead Part II (including interviews with Special Make-up Effects creator Kenny Myers and Special Make-up Effects artists Andy Schoneberg and Mike Smithson), The Laughing Dead (a new interview with writer/director Ken Wiederhorn), Undead Melodies (an interview with composer J. Peter Robinson) – plus an interview with actor Troy Fromin, and previously-released extra content such as an audio commentary with writer/director Ken Wiederhorn and co-star Thor Van Lingen, They Won’t Stay Dead: A Look at Return of the Living Dead Part II (including interviews with James Karen, Thom Matthews, Brian Peck, Kenny Myers, Susan Snyder, Michael Kenworthy and more…), an archival featurette – Live from the Set, archival interviews with Ken Wiederhorn, James Karen, Thom Matthews and Kenny Myers, behind-the-scenes footage, theatrical trailer and teaser trailer, TV spots, still gallery of posters and stills, and still gallery of behind-the-scenes stills from makeup effects artists Kenny Myers and Mike Smithson.
Synopsis of the film:
The horror begins again as mysterious barrels bounce off an Army transport as it passes through a new housing development and land near an abandoned cemetery. Mischievous neighborhood boys discover the barrels and open them, unaware of the evil contained within. A deadly green vapor escapes and turns the living into flesh-eating zombies and causes the dead to rise from their graves. As these hideous living dead hunt down the fresh human brains they need, man is pitted against man, and the living against the dead. It is a macabre struggle for survival!