I don’t want to be a negative Nancy right out of the gate, but I have yet to meet one person who enjoyed Jeff Broadstreet’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 3D. Sure, it had some merits. For example, Sid Haig. And who could forget... um… Sid Haig.
Alright, so he was good (he’s always good), but aside from that, the film was a mess. The 3D effects didn’t work, the script was slapshod, the characters were unsympathetic, and, aside from having a farmhouse setting and zombies, the film had nothing to do with Romero’s original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
Perhaps Broadstreet’s second time at bat will yield better results-- the prequel film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 3D: RE-ANIMATION is hitting Blu-ray and DVD August 20, 2012 (hey-- that’s today!). What the film is missing in its ace-in-the-hole star of the original, Haig, it gains in new leads Andrew (WISHMASTER) Divoff and Jeffrey (RE-ANIMATOR) Combs.
But hang on, U.S. fans-- this release is going to be UK-only. There’s no word yet on what Region code the damn thing is in, so North American fans of DEAD 3D should be warned before going and ordering the DVD or Blu-ray off Amazon UK all willy-nilly. As for the rest of you-- check out the synopsis and trailer below to decide whether or not this prequel will be worth your hard earned pounds.
In this prequel to the 2006 cult hit, pyrophobic mortician Gerald Tovar, Jr. (Andrew Divoff) inherits the family mortuary and accidentally exposes hundreds of uncremated bodies to toxic medical waste. As the corpses re-animate, Gerald’s inheritance-seeking younger brother, Harold (Jeffrey Combs) unexpectedly shows up and stumbles upon Gerald trying to keep the zombie outbreak under control. Sibling rivalry gives way to madness as Harold discovers Gerald’s dark secret – the freshly exhumed and zombified corpse of their Father.
"Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation" is being released in the UK by 101 Films on August 20, 2012. The release features a 3D Blu-ray and a DVD 3D and 2D combo. Starring Andrew Divoff, Jeffrey Combs and Sarah Lieving, both the Blu-ray and DVD feature extensive Bonus Features including two featurettes, “Behind-the-Scenes” and “Producing Visual Effects in 3D” and an “Outtake” reel – all available in 3D. This marks the first time a 3D home video release has included all of the Bonus Features in 3D as well as 2D. The Bonus Features also include an Audio Commentary with Director Jeff Broadstreet, Co-Star Sarah Lieving and Stereographer Andrew Parke.