The Resurrected (1991) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Dan O’Bannon
Starring: John Terry, Jane Sibbett, Chris Sarandon
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
Since the beginning of time, man has struggled with death. Now Charles Dexter Ward (Chris Sarandon, Fright Night), a wealthy scientist, may have found a way to beat it. Using an ancient diary and human remains, Ward begins a terrifying and bloody pursuit for immortality. By the time his wife Claire (Jane Sibbett, Arrival II) hires private investigator John March (John Terry, Full Metal Jacket) to halt the horrible experiments, it’s too late … the dead have been resurrected!
Dan O’Bannon’s The Resurrected is a movie I’ve been wanting to see for some time and I’m happy Scream Factory released it finally here in the states. That being said, I’m a little let down by it now having seen it. While I dug some of it, a good deal of it kind of fell flat for me that was a bit of a let-down. One watch of the extras will tell you that O’Bannon was not well during the making of the film and apparently he wasn’t even able to finish it. That might be why some of the movie works and some don’t. I really dig the effects side of things and even the cast, but the story just doesn’t seem to fully deliver for me in spots and can feel a bit predictable. That isn’t to say that this one hasn’t got at least a mood going for it because it does. But it also seems to have whatever that was in the early 90’s that sort of dragged a lot of movies down. It feels like an early 90’s movie and that just isn’t a good thing.
This Lovecraft story delivers for me only in effects and cast, which as far as effects go I think they are pretty darn good considering the time. The movie also at least looks really good in HD and from what I’ve been hearing actually blows the other release of it that some were importing. We also have a whole list of extras below that you can find and some of which I might have actually enjoyed a bit more so than the film, like the interview with Chris Sarandon. This is the one where I mentioned above you hear about how sick Dan O’Bannon was while making the film. I know a lot of people seem to dig The Resurrected, but I can only say I liked SOME of it and was a bit let-down by the rest. It still looks good and as far as the disc goes I don’t think anyone can complain about any of that.
– NEW 2K transfer from the film’s vaulted interpositive film element
– NEW Claire’s Conundrum – an interview with actress Jane Sibbett
– NEW The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward – an interview with S.T. Joshi, author of I Am Providence: – The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft
– Audio Commentary with producers Mark Borde and Kenneth Raich, screenwriter Brent V. Friedman, actor – Richard Romanus and make-up effects artist Todd Masters
– The Resurrected Man – an interview with Chris Sarandon
– Abominations & Adaptations – an interview with screenwriter Brent Friedman
– Grotesque Melodies – an interview with composer Richard Band
– Lovecraftian Landscapes – an interview with production designer Brent Thomas
– Human Experiments – an interview with special effects artist Todd Masters
– Deleted and Extended Scenes from the workprint
– Home Video Trailer & Japanese Trailer
– Photo Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 90%