The Return Of The Living Dead [Collector's Edition] (SOLD OUT)

Released: July 19, 2016 • Available in US & Canada
Product SKU: 826663168150
List Price: 34.93 USD


Scream Factory
Product Note: As of November 13, 2020, this title is OUT OF PRINT. The limited edition poster is sold out.


"A fresh and immensely entertaining take on the zombie genre." – Film Threat

A fiendish mix of outrageous humor and heart-stopping terror, The Return of the Living Dead is "a veritable smorgasbord of fun" (L.A. Herald Examiner)!

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!

Please Note: For this release, we used the film’s original audio tracks to restore the audio as it was heard during the film’s original theatrical run. However, one song – “Dead Beat Dance” by The Damned – could not be cleared for inclusion on this release.

Why We Love It

“The marketing campaign beautifully played up the picture as a punk-centric blast of nihilist horror with a wicked sense of humor, and that’s exactly what writer-director Dan O’Bannon delivered… This collector’s edition for ROTLD by Shout! Factory is definitely one fans should own.” – Blood, Violence, & Babes

“'Return of the Living Dead' is one of the best zombie features balancing a perfect mix of comedy and horror. With Dan O'Bannon's rewrites and direction, the movie pays tribute to Romero's 'Dead' films for starting the genre craze, but suddenly leaps forward to do its own thing as a wild and crazy gorefest. The Blu-ray from Scream Factory arrives with improved picture quality and an even better audio presentation that was made from the original recording. Offering new, recently-recorded set of supplemental material, this high-def package is definitely one hardcore fanatics and completists will want it for their collection.” – M. Enois Duarte, High-Def Digest

The Return of the Living Dead is a funny and goofy "take" on the zombie genre, and it's notable that it actually helped foster certain genre tropes that are now considered "canon". There's no doubt that this Scream Factory release tops the MGM in video quality, and there's simply no competition when it comes to supplemental features, always one of the hallmarks of this imprint's Collector's Editions. Highly recommended.” – Jeffrey Kauffman,

“Even if you've already ponied up for The Return of the Living Dead on Blu-ray, this is such an essential upgrade, with many hours of extras never before available on this side of the pond, a vastly improved presentation, and a near-perfect restoration of the original soundtrack. DVD Talk Collector Series.” – Adam Tyner, DVD Talk

“The bottom line is that this is the definitive home video release of The Return of the Living Dead now.” – J Hurtado, Screen Anarchy

“I feel like I’m always saying this about Scream Factory releases, but the care shown to the 2K scan of the film, and the sheer number of extras packed in to the two-disc set, are simply breathtaking… It’s truly hours of content, and it will certainly make you reassess the movie as I did, or appreciate it further.” – Kyle Anderson, Nerdist


Bonus Features


  • NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Gary Smart (Co-author Of The Complete History Of The Return Of The Living Dead) And Chris Griffiths
  • NEW 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


  • 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)
  • NEW Party Time: The Music Of The Return Of The Living Dead With Music Consultants Budd Carr And Steve Pross And Soundtrack Artists Plus Musicians (Expanded Version)
  • NEW 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)

Product Information

The Return Of The Living Dead [Collector's Edition]

Dan O'Bannon Director
Beverly Randolph Actor
Brian Peck Actor
Clu Gulager Actor
Don Calfa Actor
James Karen Actor
Jewel Shepard Actor
John Philbin Actor
Linnea Quigley Actor
Miguel A. Nuñez Jr. Actor
Thom Mathews Actor
Dan O'Bannon Writer
John Russo Writer
Rudolph J. Ricci Writer
Russell Streiner Writer
Derek Gibson Producer
John Daly Producer
Tom Fox Producer
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