Written by: John Edward Betancourt
One of my favorite memories from my youth, was building my home video collection. Courtesy of Anchor Bay/Elite Entertainment back in the late 1990s and heading into the early aughts I was able to collect my most treasured horror film favorites on DVD thanks to the many editions that arrived during that timeframe.
As the years progressed high definition came into play and I was able to pick up gorgeous new transfers of my favorite horror films yet something was missing. There was a certain love and care that went into the special features and while I was happy to watch them, they were often times some of the same stuff I already owned on another special edition.
But the days of rehashing special features are finally over courtesy of Scream Factory. They are going back through horror classics and giving them not only new high definition transfers but are even adding incredible new special features, bringing back the magic of the film and making them look better than ever.
So naturally, since I am a huge George Romero nut, I placed an order for their Collector's Edition of Day of the Dead and holy crap, the picture quality is incredible. I mean I honestly thought it could not get much better than the last blu ray edition of this film, but Scream Factory came through. All the colors look incredibly natural and I can see new detail in the mine that these poor souls are living within.
The special features are equally as impressive, providing an awesome documentary on the making of the film, one so in depth and awesome that you will never look at the Major Cooper corpse in the film the same way again courtesy of Tom Savini's nickname for the special effect. I won't repeat it here because quite frankly, you need to hear Tom say it. You'll also find television spots, trailers, a return to the Wampum mine after all these years, some outstanding stills of the film and an awesome 31 minute behind the scenes look at the incredible and groundbreaking special effects courtesy of Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero's behind the scenes home movies.
My only complaint was that I was hoping for a newly remastered 5.1 or 7.1. surround sound track rather than the 2.0 surround track included with the film. But that is quite frankly a small price to pay considering how good this film looks and how awesome the special features are and even then the 2.0 surround track is crystal clear throughout the entire film. Either way, this is an incredible collectible for fans of George Romero's work and for horror fans in general. Add it to your collection, it's worth every penny.