Dead & Buried (1981) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Dead & Buried (1981) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Gary Sherman
STARRING: James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 3
Available from Blue Underground

Something very strange is happening in the quiet coastal village of Potters Bluff, where tourists and transients are warmly welcomed… then brutally murdered. But even more shocking is when these slain strangers suddenly reappear as normal, friendly citizens around town. Now the local sheriff (James Farentino of THE FINAL COUNTDOWN) and an eccentric mortician (Oscar winner Jack Albertson in his final feature film appearance) must uncover the horrific secret of a community where some terrifying traditions are alive and well… and no one is ever really DEAD & BURIED.

Once again, right out of the gate I have to admit Blue Underground has once again outdone themselves with this release. Its a flawless 4K transfer that is packed with lots and lots of bonus content. Blue Underground might just be topping everyone else as far as 4K goes in cult and horror films. Now, let’s get to the movie. The creepy factor this film packs catches your attention and jumps right off the screen almost immediately when you start watching this film. The grim and dark look of things doesn’t hurt matters either if you want to know the truth. You first think people are just killing other people. Then it turns into a whole town conspiracy. However, it’s later on when the story goes deeper and we realize that what’s up is far more creepy and sinister than we could have ever thought! And it a pure joy to watch. It packs pretty much everything a horror film needs to be memorable. Great characters, gore, fun, and a nice twist.

Two of our main characters are the town’s sheriff, Dan Gillis (played by James Farentino) and the town’s mortician, William G. Dobbs (played Jack Albertson). Gillis is a pretty straight laced law officer, that notices that things in town just don’t seem as up and up as they are appearing to be. He’s got a town acting crazy, and among the residents acting this way is his dear wife. Dobbs, on the other hand, is just a weird old man. And someone with a job like his should be expected to be one. The two share great interactions, are anchors of the story, and when you add them in with the gore factor you have a classic on your hands. Among the gore and brutal moments of this film is one scene that will just make you squirm. I won’t spoil it, but it does involve an eyeball. And older horror films sure do seem to be at their best when the gags involve eyes. As hinted at before, this film leads us a very shocking, yet somewhat expected ending. But one that is just lovely in its eerie ways. And one that is made up of the things classic horror film ending are made up of. There are a lot of horror films out there to pick from. Some are more known than others, but if you’ve not seen this one, you really should fix that.


  • BRAND NEW 4K 16-BIT RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM AN INTERPOSITIVE approved by Director of Photography Steven Poster
  • Audio Commentary #1 with Director Gary Sherman
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Co-Writer/Co-Producer Ronald Shusett and Actress Linda Turley
  • Audio Commentary #3 with Director of Photography Steven Poster, ASC
  • NEW Audio Commentary #4 with Film Historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • NEW Behind the Scenes of Dead & Buried
  • NEW Dead & Buried Locations: Now & Then
  • NEW Murders, Mystery, and Music – Interviews with Director Gary Sherman and Composer Joe Renzetti
  • NEW The Pages of Potters Bluff – Interview with Novelization Author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  • Stan Winston’s Dead & Buried EFX
  • Robert Englund: An Early Work of Horror
  • Dan O’Bannon: Crafting Fear
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • NEW Poster & Still Galleries
  • Steven Poster’s Location Stills
  • BONUS! Collectible Booklet with a new essay by Michael Gingold
  • BONUS! DEAD & BURIED Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Joe Renzetti
  • Optional English SDH, Français, and Español subtitles for the main feature


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