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New On Blu: Bride of Re-Animator (2-Disc Special Edition)

New this week from Arrow Video is the 2-Disc Special Edition of Bride of Re-Animator, directed by Brian Yuzna, and starring Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio, and Kathleen Kinmont.

"The success of Stuart Gordon’s hit horror-comedy Re-animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-animator – this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead 3) – would prove that there was a good deal more life left in the story of Dr. Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.

It is 8 years since the Miskatonic massacre. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life – starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan’s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?

With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous “shunting” sequence in Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations – including zombified bats and a one-eyed finger spider – Bride of re-animator is a more than worthy successor to Gordon’s original cult classic."

This special edition includes:

- Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version, approved by director Brian Yuzna

- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

- Brand new audio commentary with Brian Yuzna

- Audio Commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, visual effects supervisor Tom Rainone and the effects team including John Carl Buechler, Mike Deak, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George

- Audio Commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott

- Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-animator brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-animator sequel

- Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-animator brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Carl Buechler

- Getting Ahead in Horror archive making-of featurette

- Deleted Scenes

- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin

Bride of Re-Animator (2-Disc Special Edition) is available now on Blu-ray.

New On Blu: The Astro-Zombies

New this week from Kino Lorber is The Astro-Zombies, directed by Ted V. Mikels, and starring Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tom Pace, and Tura Satana.

"Newly Re-mastered in HD! A film that has it all… a mad astro-scientist (John Carradine, House of the Long Shadows) reviving corpses at his laboratory; two gore-crazed, solar-powered killer robot zombies; a bloody trail of girl-next-door victims; Chinese communist spies; deadly Mexican secret agents led by the insanely voluptuous Tura Satana (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) and intrepid CIA agent Wendell Corey (The Killer is Loose) hot on their trail and trying to figure it all out! This cult favorite was written, produced and directed by cult legend, Ted Mikels (One Shocking Moment, Blood Orgy of the She-Devils) melds into a high-powered fusion the films of Ed Wood, Russ Meyer and George Romero with undead cannibal gore chills… hot-pants sexploitation thrills… '60's sci-fi mumbo-jumbo and Cold War espionage intrigue."

The Astro-Zombies is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

New On DVD: Zombie Armageddon: I Heard the Darkness

New this week from Alpha Video is Zombie Armageddon: I Heard the Darkness, directed by Tye Wilson, and starring Allen Thatcher, Lee Ellis, and Brad Davis.

"A mysterious epidemic has turned half of the country's population into zombies. Scientists work around the clock to find a cure. The Eastern seaboard is sealed off to prevent further spread of this gruesome contagion. A few brave soldiers caught in the contaminated zone struggle to keep hordes of the undead from feasting upon the flesh on the living. Sergeant Daniels, separated from his unit, comes into possession of a vaccine that can fight the disease. Desperate to get it to civilization, he finds himself under fire from his own men. Daniels is about to learn the shocking truth behind the plague that has turned the land of the free into a kingdom of rotting corpses…"

Zombie Armageddon: I Heard the Darkness is available now on DVD.

New On Blu: Zombie Resurrection

New this week from FilmRise is Zombie Resurrection, directed by Jake Hawkins and Andy Phelps, and starring Simon Burbage, Eric Colvin, Jim Sweeney, Danny Brown, and Jade Colucci.

"Fifteen months after the apocalypse, a group of survivors is forced to take refuge in an abandoned school, where they encounter a mysterious zombie with the power to bring the undead back to life."

Zombie Resurrection is available now on Blu-ray.

New On Blu: How to Kill a Zombie

New this week from FilmRise is How to Kill a Zombie, directed by Tiffany McLean, and starring Bill Steven McLean, Ben McLean, and Hannah Elaine Perry.

"Mack and Jesse are a father-son survivalist team in the making. A sudden outbreak of zombies centers on an office building, trapping the occupants. Mack and Jesse happen upon the scene on their way to their underground bunker. Against Mack's better judgment, they stop to try to help. The situation becomes grim as zombies breach the building and the office workers are picked off. Mack and Jesse lead the remaining group to safety as they plow through the zombie-infested garage in the company van."

How to Kill a Zombie is available now on Blu-ray.

New On DVD: Not Another Zombie Movie

New this week from Maverick Entertainment Group is Not Another Zombie Movie, directed by Donte Williams and Black Jack Johnson, and starring Black Jack Johnson, Jay Davis, and Will Cummings III.

"Franklin and Mike find themselves trapped in the undead-infested Cyrene City, where they must attempt to lead a group of unconventional survivors to safety. As they join forces with the likes of a pregnant woman, a moronic arms dealer, and a mentally challenged man, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombie mayhem. While this uprising of zombies has overwhelmed the city, Mr. Roberts, the CEO of R2 Pharmaceuticals, has sent in a team of mercenaries known as the S.I.E.G.E into Cyrene City to recover the only known antidote for his own financial gain."

Not Another Zombie Movie is available now on DVD and Amazon Video.

New In Comics: Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #24

New this week from Approbation Comics is Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #24.

"The Pink, Part 2 of 2

The alien symbiote turns Jamie into the crafty, sadistic, and murderous entity calling itself "The Pink." With her sister minions, "The Purple" (Paige) and "The Red" (Brittany) at her side, scientists Cheryl and Karen have an uphill battle to survive long enough to make a serum that could bring everyone back to normal!"

Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #24 was written by Bart Alex Thompson, and illustrated by Pramit Santra and Russell Vincent Yu, with a cover by Kevin Wallace.

New On Blu: Night of the Living Deb

New this week from MPI Home Video is Night of the LIving Deb, directed by Kyle Rankin, and starring Maria Thayer, Ray Wise, Michael Cassidy, and Syd Wilder.

"After a girls' night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She's thrilled, but can't remember much of what got her there. Pretty boy Ryan only knows it was a mistake and ushers her out the door...into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life is trusting them with your heart."

Night of the LIving Deb is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Amazon Video.

New On DVD: Walking Dead in the West

New this week from Wild Eye Releasing is Walking Dead in the West, directed by Paul Winters, and starring Jarod Anderson, Greg Bronson, Kiera Crouch, and Matt Derdivanis.

"A New Frontier of Fear. The Arizona Territory, the 1870's. Marshal Frank Wilcox, along with a Buffalo Soldier from the U.S. Army, must galvanize a group of survivors to fight back when the living dead rise and seek the flesh of the living. It's a world gone mad and a battle against the unthinkable. Joined by an Apache Chief and an outlaw prisoner, the group must learn how to survive in a time where the dead walk."

Walking Dead in the West is available now on DVD and Amazon Video.

New On DVD: The Zombie King

New this week from Shami Media Group is The Zombie King, directed by Aidan Belizaire, and starring Edward Furlong and Corey Feldman.

"Samuel Peters once an ordinary man, dabbles within the laws of voodoo to bring his wife back from the grave, he soon encounters the God of malevolence 'Kalfu', where he makes a pact with him to destroy the underworld and bring chaos to earth; in return he will become 'The Zombie King' and walk the earth for eternity with his departed wife. Seven days before the rise of the Dark Moon, Samuel Peters (The Zombie King) calls upon Kalfu to raise seven of the recently departed, where their souls must be held on earth for seven days. With the ever growing horde of zombies, they begin to completely wipe out a countryside town. Once the Government get wind of what is going on, they set a perimeter around the town area and employ a shoot on sight policy. Trapped within the town, the locals and unlikely bunch of misfits fight for their lives, and the remaining humans soon realise that they have to unite in order to survive. Seeking sanctuary in a local church, they discover a bizarre disturbed priest where he gives them the knowledge of 'The Zombie King'. Can our hero's unravel the clues in time and survive or will The Zombie King and his horde of zombies rise on the night of the dark moon?"

The Zombie King is available now on DVD.

New On Blu: The Return of the Living Dead (Collector's Edition)

New this week from Scream Factory is The Return of the Living Dead (Collector's Edition), directed by  Dan O'Bannon, and starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Jewel Shepard, and Linnea Quigley.

"On his first day on the job at a medical supply warehouse, poor Freddy (Thom Mathews) unwittingly releases toxic gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas reanimates an army of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger... for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!"

Special features include:

    • 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
    • Audio Commentary With Gary Smart (Co-author Of The Complete History Of The Return Of The Living Dead) And Chris Griffiths
    •  Audio Commentary With Actors Thom Mathews, John Philbin And Make-up Effects Artist Tony Gardner
    • Audio Commentary With Director Dan O'Bannon And Production Designer William Stout
    • Audio Commentary With The Cast And Crew Featuring Production Designer William Stout And Actors Don Calfa, Linnea Quigley, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, Allan Trautman
    • The Decade Of Darkness – Featurette On '80s Horror Films (23 minutes)
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • TV Spots
    • Still Gallery – Posters, Lobby Cards, Movie Stills And Behind-The-Scenes Photos
    • Still Gallery – Behind-The-Scenes Photos From Special Make-up Effects Artist Kenny Myers' Personal Collection
    • Zombie Subtitles For The Film
    • In Their Own Words – The Zombies Speak
    • NEW The FX Of The Living Dead With Production Designer William Stout, FX Make-up Artists William Munns, Tony Gardner, Kenny Myers And Craig Caton-Largnet, Visual Effects Artists Bret Mixon And Gene Warren Jr. And Actor Brian Peck (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)
    • Party Time: The Music Of The Return Of The Living Dead With Music Consultants Budd Carr And Steve Pross And Soundtrack Artists Dinah Cancer (45 Grave), Chris D (The Flesh Eaters), Roky Erickson, Karl Moet (SSQ), Joe Wood (T.S.O.L.), Mark Robertson (Tall Boys) Plus Musicians Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks) And John Sox (The F.U.'s, Straw Dogs) (Expanded Version) (30 minutes)
    • HORROR'S HALLOWED GROUNDS – Revisiting The Locations Of The Film
    • The Return Of The Living Dead Workprint – Includes 20 minutes Of Additional Footage (In Standard Definition)
    • More Brains: A Return To The Living Dead – The Definitive Documentary On The Return Of The Living Dead (120 minutes)
    • A Conversation With Dan O'Bannon – His Final Interview (28 minutes)
    • The Origins Of The Living Dead – An Interview With John A. Russo (16 minutes)
    • The Return Of The Living Dead – The Dead Have Risen – Interviews With Cast Members Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Brian Peck, Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, Linnea Quigley And More… (21 minutes)
    • Designing The Dead – Interviews With Writer/Director Dan O'Bannon And Production Designer William Stout (15 minutes)

Scream Factory notes:

"For our new transfer, we went back to the original audio tracks to create a new soundtrack. Unfortunately, one song – “Dead Beat Dance” by The Damned – could not be cleared for inclusion on our release. However, the rest of the soundtrack will contain the audio as heard during the film’s original theatrical run."

The Return of the Living Dead (Collector's Edition) is available now on Blu-ray.

New In Comics: Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #22

New this week from Approbation Comics is Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #22.

"Smart Zombies, Part 2 of 2

Act 2 continues as our Chaos Trio deals with the presentation of Lucian, a scientist zombie who was able to retain his former intellect even after full infection. Could this be a step forward in human/zombie relations? Haha, you're funny! You know it's leading to action, violence, bloodshed, and the odds of an explosion or two are pretty high!"

Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies #22 was written by Bart Alex Thompson, and illustrated by Bernard Gita and Russell Vincent Yu, with a cover by Kevin Wallace.

New On DVD: Clash of the Dead

New this week from Uncork'd Entertainment is Clash of the Dead aka World War Dead: Rise of the Fallen, written and directed by Freddie Hutton-Mills and Bart Ruspoli, and starring Kacey Clarke and Ray Panthaki.

"100 years after World War I, at the sight of a fierce and bloody battle where thousands of men were killed, a team of investigators have traveled to France to attempt to unravel the rumors of unexplained mysteries from the blood-stained battlefield. What they find is the battle isn't over and the unthinkable happens when the undead are uncovered from their final resting place."

Clash of the Dead is available now on DVD and Amazon Video.

New On DVD: Me and My Mates Vs. the Zombie Apocalypse

New this week from Lightyear Video is Me and My Mates Vs. the Zombie Apocalypse, written and directed by Declan Shrubb, and starring Jim Jefferies, Greg Fleet, and Alex Williamson.

"Three Australian telecom tradesman find themselves trapped in a telephone exchange during the onset of a zombie apocalypse."

Me and My Mates Vs. the Zombie Apocalypse is available now on DVD and Amazon Video.

New In Comics: Plants vs. Zombies #12: Boom Boom Mushroom Part 3

New this week from Dark Horse Comics is Plants vs. Zombies #12: Boom Boom Mushroom Part 3.

"Lawrence, the mystical Boom Boom Mushroom, appears at last! Will Crazy Dave and the kids convince him to help save Neighborville? An explosive underground battle closes our latest story arc! Also: Paul Tobin and Jacob Chabot give us a look at Zomboss’s secret collection of stylish socks. This issue includes bonus stories by PopCap Games senior creative director Jeremy Vanhoozer!"

Plants vs. Zombies #12: Boom Boom Mushroom Part 3 was written by Paul Tobin, illustrated by Jacob Chabot and Jeremy Vanhoozer, and features a cover by Jacob Chabot.

New On DVD: Dead 7

New this week from The Asylum is Dead 7, directed by Danny Roew, and starring Nick Carter, Carrie Keegan, Joey Fatone, Howie Dorough, and A.J. McLean.

"Starring an ensemble cast of music s biggest Pop Stars, a ragtag band of assassins team up to rid a small town of a zombie plague in the post-apocalyptic West."

Dead 7 is available now on DVD.

New In Comics: The Walking Dead #155

New this week from Image Comics is The Walking Dead #155.

"Tip of the spear."

The Walking Dead #155 was written by Robert Kirkman, and illustrated by Charlie Adlard, Stefano Guadiano, and Cliff Rathburn, and with a cover by Charlie Adlard and Dave Stewart.

New On Blu: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

New this week from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, inspired by Jane Austen's novel, written and directed by Burr Steers, and starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, and Lena Headey.

"A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all."

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is available now on Blu-ray4K, DVD, and Amazon Video.

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