DEAD & BURIED (1981) Reviews and 4K Ultra HD limited-edition release news

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Dead & Buried will be released by Blue Underground on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + CD on July 20, 2021. The initial pressing features three different covers, each with a matching lenticular slipcover.

The movie has been newly restored in 4K from the 35mm interpositive, approved by the director of photography Steven Poster (Donnie Darko), plus Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

The limited-edition set also includes a soundtrack CD composed by Joe Renzetti (Child’s Play, Poltergeist III), a booklet written by Rue Morgue’s Michael Gingold, and reversible artwork. Special features:
Audio commentary by director Gary Sherman
Audio commentary by writer/producer Ronald Shusett and actress Linda Turley
Audio commentary by director of photography Steven Poster
Audio commentary by film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson (new)
Interviews with director Gary Sherman and composer Joe Renzetti (new)
Interview with novelization author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (new)
Behind the Scenes of Dead & Buried (new)
Dead & Buried Locations: Now & Then (new)
Stan Winston’s Dead & Buried EFX
Robert Englund: An Early Work of Horror
Dan O’Bannon: Crafting Fear
Theatrical trailers
Poster & still galleries
Steven Poster’s location still gallery
Soundtrack CD composed by Joe Renzetti
Booklet featuring a new essay by Michael Gingold

Here is our previous coverage of this creepy classic:

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‘It will take your breath away… all of it.’
Dead & Buried is a 1981 American horror film directed by Gary Sherman (Poltergeist III; Death Line) from a screenplay written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett (Alien).

The movie stars Melody Anderson, James Farentino, Jack Albertson, Dennis Redfield, Nancy Locke, Lisa Blount, Robert Englund, Bill Quinn, Michael Currie, Christopher Allport, Joseph G. Medalis, Macon McCalman, Lisa Marie, Estelle Omens and Barry Corbin.

In the UK, despite being released to cinemas with a BBFC ‘X’ certificate, the film was subsequently banned as a supposed video nasty. However, it was later acquitted of such charges and removed from the Director of Public Prosecutions’ nasties list. Ironically, some of the gorier scenes – courtesy of Stan Winston – had been added during post-production in an effort to beef up the horror content to keep pace with contemporary horror trends.



Potters Bluff, Rhode Island may seem to be a sleepy little town. At least for the casual visitor and the local sheriff, Daniel Gillis. However, all of a sudden, there are a lot of strange murders where strangers or people passing through are killed by mobs of townspeople. Only Sheriff Gillis has no clue about what’s going on.

Fortunately, the town has an excellent undertaker, William G. Dobbs, who is happy to take care of this sudden death wave which is good for his business. Gillis soon discovers clues that lead to many of the local inhabitants being involved in the killings, including his own wife Janet…

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The movie was subsequently novelized by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. In a 1983 interview with Starburst, O’Bannon disowned the film (he claimed that Shusett had written the script by himself but needed O’Bannon’s name on the project, and promised he’d make some changes; on seeing the finished film O’Bannon realised Shusett had done nothing of the sort, but it was too late for him to take his name off the credits).

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Audio Commentary #1 with Director Gary A. Sherman
Audio Commentary #2 with Co-Writer/Co-Producer Ronald Shusett and Actress Linda Turley
Audio Commentary #3 with Cinematographer Steve Poster
Stan Winston’s Dead & Buried EFX
Robert Englund: An Early Work of Horror
Dan O’Bannon: Crafting Fear
Theatrical Trailers



“As melancholy and twisted as a mainstream ’80s horror film could possibly be, Dead and Buried has gradually earned its sleeper reputation over the years but still hasn’t received the kind of credit it deserves. This peculiar blend of small town menace, zombies, voodoo, and jolting plot twists still packs a punch today…” Mondo Digital

“Anyone unfamiliar with this largely unknown shocker is in for a real treat […] combines a series of genuinely horrifying images with macabre humor and a cold, fog-shrouded atmosphere.” Mike Mayo, The Horror Show Guide

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” …another fine homage to the EC Comics style of horror, with a story that also echoes the structure of a classic Rod Serling Twilight Zone episode […] a late-night treat that works best with the lights off and no foreknowledge of what’s to come.”Arnold T. Blumberg, Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For

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“Director Gary Sherman manages to create some very atmospheric sequences and gives us a few decent frights along the way (even years after first seeing it, the “corpse in the car” scene managed to scare the absolute life out of me!) while splatter lovers will not be disappointed with the level of gore on offer…” Digital Retribution

” …builds suspense effective and plays its genuine twists well, so long as you don’t ask too many questions of the everyone-is-in-on-it-but-one-person plot.” Peter Dendle, The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia

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