The Return of the Living Dead - Cinemageddon Edition
SOmewhat over a year ago i recieved a fan edited dvd of "Return of The Living Dead" It contained the fullscreen cut of the film as well as 5 different versions of the soundtrack,
The un altered Theatrical version missing from the 2002 DVD,
A unoffical mix,
1991 2.0 Stero HBO version,
The Butchered 2002 version
I myself re cut this fan edit got rid of the full screen version and replaced it with the Widescreen transfer as well as throwing in the spanish soundtrack as well.
Everything is synced up perfectly
Medical supply warehouse foreman Frank (James Karen) informs his new protege, Freddy (Thom Matthews) that Night of the Living Dead was a true story, based on events that occurred when a gas (2-4-5 Trioxin) was released into the morgue in the basement of a VFW hospital. As a matter of fact, the warehouse was the inadvertent recipient of several canisters, one of them containing a corpse - nicknamed "Tarman" (Allan Trautman) due to his rotten appearance - sealed inside. Due to the canister's less than stellar durability, a light tap causes it to burst open, releasing Trioxin. The gas leaks out of control, which poisons Frank and Freddy and releases "Tarman" from his imprisonment within the tank. Frank and Freddy awaken to discover that various body parts (and bodies) in the warehouse are now alive, as well as the cadaver locked in the freezer, several disembodied limbs and even a dissected dog. Unaware that they are slowly turning into zombies due to the effects of the gas, Frank and Freddy enlist the help of the warehouse owner, Burt (Clu Gulager), and his mortician friend, Ernie (Don Calfa), to cremate the cadaver and body parts. Unfortunately, the resulting smoke carries the evaporated trioxin with it, which then mixes with an overhead raincloud. It rains on a nearby cemetery, resulting in the reanimation of the buried corpses.
The zombies differ in this movie, in that they are fast, strong and intelligent as they were in their previous life, and can form words even when they are merely very degraded bodies. Instead of hunting humans for their flesh, they hunt for the humans' brains, stating that only the taste of the endorphins contained inside human brains can ease their suffering. It appears that injuries to their brains do not have any effect, and the only way to fully destroy them is to cremate their bodies, although the ensuing smoke also spreads the contagious gas.
* The two heroes of the movie are names Burt and Ernie, obviously an ironic reference to the popular "Sesame Street" (1969) characters, right? Wrong. Turns out Dan O'Bannon didn't know he was using the names of the two beloved children's show's puppets (from liner notes in the Collector's Edition DVD).
* The nuclear cannon at the end of the film was actually a WWII German Howitzer.
* The eye-test poster (seen most clearly after Frank and Freddy run into Burt's office after hearing the first re-animated cadaver) in Burt's office actually reads "Burt is a slave driver and a cheap son of a bitch who's got you and me here" if you put the letters together.
* Director Dan O'Bannon was originally supposed to play Frank and he wrote the part with himself in mind, but when 'James Karen (I)' came in to read for another part, O'Bannon was simply blown away and hired him on the spot.
* The executive producers attempted to contact George A. Romero several times in order to offer him the choice of producing the movie, but he never answered.
* John A. Russo wrote a script called "The Return of the Living Dead" at the same time that George A. Romero was doing Dawn of the Dead (1978). An independent producer, Tom Fox, bought Russo's script. He set up production and gave the script to Dan O'Bannon. O'Bannon refused to direct it as it was written. He felt that it was too much of a serious attempt at making a sequel to Night of the Living Dead (1968), and did not want to "...intrude so directly on Romero's turf." It was re-written with more humor.
* Some of the zombie extras were paid more to eat real calf brains in the film. Dan O'Bannon didn't want the actors to do anything he wasn't willing to do and ate some raw calf brains first in front of them.
* The cemetery is called "Resurrection Cemetery".
* The combination to the lock on the freezer door is 22 (right) - 4 (left) - 10 (right).
* After the "Rabid Weasles" are brought into the Resurrection Funeral Home and the tarp is removed, what is actually in the bags are those motorized toy monkeys that have the cymbals. The cymbals were removed for obvious reasons.
* In the early 1990s, a longer work print version of the film surfaced that ran 24-minutes longer that the released version.
* The film's German title is 'Verdammt, die Zombies kommen', which is roughly Oh Crap, the Zombies Are Coming and the Danish title is 'Ligene er ligeglade' which is roughly Corpses Doesn't Care -- playing up the comical aspect of the film.
* Linnea Quigley (Trash) wore a crotch-covering, flesh-colored prosthetic during her strip scene.
* On the back of Freddy's Jacket, in the theatrical version, the words "Fuck You" are displayed. After realizing that the shot could not be used in case it was ever shown on TV, a second jacket was made that says "Television Version" and can be seen in the TV Version of the movie.
* When Frank and Freddy are carrying the "Rabid Weasles" into the Resurrection Funeral Home (before Burt removes the tarp), Clinton Hartley, brother of Assistant Art Director Clayton Hartley and future brother-in-law of actress Beverly Randolph, is actually under the tarp laying on the stretcher to give credibility to the weight of the body parts.
* Director Cameo: [Dan O'Bannon] The homeless man past whom the crew walk past after arriving at the warehouse. He also voices the helicopter officer.
* Richard P. Rubinstein of Laurel Entertainment didn't want people to think this film was part of George A. Romero's "Living Dead" series. He even got an injunction to stop them from using "Living Dead" in the title. But the MPAA arbitrators ruled in favor of the movie's producers.
* The character Ernie (Don Calfa) is thought to be a Nazi due to him sharing his name with Ernst Kaltenbrunner among other indications in the film (such as the character listening to the German Afrika Corps march song "Panzer rollen in Afrika vor" on his Walkman while he embalms bodies, carrying a German Walther P38 and having a picture of Eva Braun in his morgue). Dan O'Bannon, in the DVD commentary, mentions that Ernie was intended to be an escaped Nazi in hiding.
* In an unprecedented move, a fan of the film started an internet campaign to get the movie released on DVD. Going beyond simple fan petitions, Michael Allred created a web page consolidating every bit of news relating to the film, and contacted many of the film's principals including the writer and director Dan O'Bannon. He went on to put O'Bannon in touch with MGM (the studio that owned the film) and work began on getting the film released on DVD. O'Bannon and others who worked on the film credited Allred and his campaign for getting the movie released on DVD.
* The glass breaking on top of the chemical drum during the "melting tarman" scene at the beginning of the credits wasn't planned at all. It just happened to shatter due to the heat of the effects at the perfect time.
* On the DVD commentary, Dan O'Bannon claims he was surprised at how many women were in the initial audiences and said if he'd known he'd have such a large female following he would have shown Suicide (Mark Venturini) naked as well.
* The lead pipe that Clu Gulager uses in the movie is actually made of rubber. He initially used a real pipe but the crew snuck it away from him and replaced it with a rubber one as Dan O'Bannon was worried about Clu's frequent angry and sometimes violent outbursts.