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Deathdream, Bob Clark's chilling, hard-to-find classic is finally available on DVD, thanks to a Grade-A treatment from the genre specialists, Blue Underground. The film itself has been fully restored from a long-lost negative from the original Dead of Night release and transferred into an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen image, complete with a respectable Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack. Extras include two commentaries -- one from Clark and the other from screenwriter Alan Ormsby, who also doubled as an uncredited makeup artist on the film. Both tracks are assisted by Blue Underground's own David Gregory and each are engaging and entertaining in their own right. Clark does come off a bit dry at times, but his comments on this and many of his earlier horror films make for a worthwhile listen (along with his teases of genre films to come), while Ormsby seems to have a fun time looking back at this early feature. The writer also figures into the "Tom Savini: The Early Years" featurette, where the famed makeup man talks of his tutelage under Ormsby on both this, his first film, and Deranged, along with his first collaboration with George Romero, Martin. Star Richard Backus appears in an interview segment, where he discusses working with John Marley (fresh off of his Oscar win for The Godfather) and other aspects of the production, including a brilliant closing moment that fans of the film will flip for. Other extras include an "Alternate Opening Titles" segment (under the Deathdream re-release title) and "Extended Ending Sequence" cut from an MPI Media video source, along with the theatrical trailer and a truly definitive poster and stills gallery, featuring posters, pressbooks, video art, and more. With a terrifying foil cover and way-creepy menu design, this disc adds yet another gem to Blue Underground's stable of excellent releases.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2004
UPC: 0827058106191
Original Release: 1974
Rating: R
Source: Blue Underground
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 31,939

Special Features

Audio commentary with co-producer/director Bob Clark; Audio commentary with screenwriter/makeup artist (uncredited) Alan Ormsby; "Tom Savini: The Early Years"; "Deathdreaming": Interview with star Richard Backus; Alternate opening titles; Extended ending sequence; Theatrical trailer; Poster & still galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arthur Anderson Postman
Robert Cannon Drunk
David Grawlikowski Truck Driver
John Marley Charles Brooks
Lynn Carlin Christine Brooks
Richard Backus Andy Brooks
Henderson Forsythe Dr. Philip Allman
Anya Ormsby Cathy Brooks
Jane Daly Joanne
Michael Mazes Bob
Arthur Bradley Army Captain
Virginia Cortez Rosalie
Bud Hoey Ed
Raymond Michel Policeman
Alan Ormsby Bystander
Mal Jones Sheriff
Robert Noble 2nd TV Announcer
Marianne Stone Actor
Jeff Gillen Bartender

Technical Credits
Bob Clark Director,Makeup,Producer
John Cardos Production Manager
Forest Carpenter Art Director
Dyke Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert Fisher Set Decoration/Design
Gary Goch Sound/Sound Designer
Jack McGowan Cinematographer
Geoffrey Nethercott Executive Producer
Alan Ormsby Screenwriter
Peter James Producer
Tom Savini Makeup Special Effects
Ronald Sinclair Editor
John Trent Producer
Carl Zittrer Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Bombs Away [2:01]
2. Main Titles [1:21]
3. Sad News at Dinner [4:09]
4. Calling to Andy [4:22]
5. Andy's Return [6:14]
6. The Truck Driver [2:00]
7. Ben's Visit [4:02]
8. Family Feud [4:25]
9. Dog Murder [3:34]
10. Doc's Visit [10:56]
11. Pursuing Doc [6:28]
12. "I Came for My Check-Up" [5:41]
13. Telling Joanne [1:23]
14. Discovering Doc [4:57]
15. Picking Up Andy [3:02]
16. Visiting the Police [3:12]
17. The Realization [3:53]
18. At the Drive-In [3:52]
19. Death at Last [4:42]
20. End Credits [6:47]

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