Any "Return of the Living Dead 3" DVD reviews yet?

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  1. Michael Allred

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    I've wondered about this for awhile now. Why is everyone so excited about 'ROTLD3' when the superior original hasn't been released yet? Just curious.
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    Because it's a good movie in its own right.
    I've had it a week now, but I haven't yet watched it. I'm not a reviewer anyway. [​IMG]
     
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    Someone mentioned a cut scene in which a cop gets spiked through the head with a crowbar. I checked it out last night, and it's actually a really bad cut. The zombie lunges towards him with the crowbar, and it cuts to their legs! It then shows them on the ground, with the zombie sitting on the now-dead cop. No telling what he's doing, though, because the shot is just from the waist down. They do later show the cop's exposed brain, but the scene really is killed by the cuts.
    [Edited last by Greg_S_H on August 23, 2001 at 12:01 PM]
     
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    Yes that scenes badly cut among a few other scenes which is why i don't like the R version.
    I just found the unrated version on video & Sam Goody for $10! So i'll stick with that for now & will watch it soon since i haven't see it in a long time.
     
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    I emailed Trimark and asked them why only the R-rated version was released. They replied and told me that they have distribution rights for the R cut only. It's annoying but apparently they had no choice in the matter. I did reply back and asked them who does hold the uncut rights. We'll see if they respond.
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    I've said right from the get-go that Trimark didn't have the rights to the unrated cut. Hell, nobody believed me when I said the DVD would be rated R.
    What does it take for people to believe ya? Geez louise.....
    Anyway, I could really care less that a few minutes were cut. The R version is gory enough as it is. You guys are acting like entire scenes were removed. Let's face it, does a shot of a crowbar though an eye *really* add to the film? Some of those cuts were of fairly laughable FX to begin with.
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    Interesting note to add here.
    I was looking forward to reading DVDFile's review of this disc but when I asked the editor when they'd post it, I was informed that Trimark no longer sends them screeners because of a negative review they gave to "Jesus's Son".
    Isn't that petty?
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    I just watched the movie on video tonight & as for the cop scene.......
    They show the crowbar rammed through his eye,blood flies,gun goes off hitting the zombie in the legs as he's shoved down to the ground twitching. Theres some brain munching & you see a chunk fall out of his mouth landing on the cops face where you can see one eye blink(blooper).
    As for the i could careless if it's missing a few minutes of gore comment.Well as with this scene....the cuts hurt the impact of it making it very incoherent instead of powerful & shocking. + censorship is wrong anyway & can really damage scenes(or whole movies though mostly scenes) which is why we're upset that the unrated version wasn't released. If they don't have the rights to it,then get the rights back first,then release the movie in it's proper form.
    Still the movie is tolerable(for the most part) in R rated form,aside from a few really bad cuts. Though I prefer the unrated version.
    Also try watching the R rated version of Dead/Alive & see if you will still think "gee the 12 minutes of missing gore(all the gore in the movie btw,every litle drop of blood) doesn't hurt the film at all!"
    + the violence in Dead/Alive is comic & is a very important part of the movie. So try seeing it with all of it completly cut out & see why censorship is wrong & can badly damage a film.
     
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    quote: Hell, nobody believed me when I said the DVD would be rated R.[/quote]You've said this in several ROTLD3 threads. Plenty of people believed you, and you were far from the only HTF member to receive an e-mail along the same lines from Lion's Gate. What had a few of us, myself included, waiting for the final product to fall into the hands of a reviewer is that the DVD was solicited the disc to retailers as 'Unrated', not 'R'. Despite being as pessimistic as I generally am, I was hoping some misinformed person was responding to e-mails at Lion's Gate.
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    I suppose that it's not a big deal to some people, but I have a hard time watching a film I know has been cut. I like ROTLD3, but I don't enjoy the R-rated cut, therefore I didn't buy the DVD. It's like macaroni without the cheese or Laverne without Shirley; if parts of it are removed, it's just not the same.
     
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    Adam, I'm quite sure other people got messages from Trimark but I was the first one to post the info at HTF, DVDTalk, etc. Heck, I don't recall seeing the R rated info *anywhere* before I posted it. I even corrected DVDFile.com.
    and yes I'm patting myself on the back. *laff*
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    Matthew, I agree.
    and where in the hell is that quoting thingamajig?
     
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    I know it's two different things & it was just an example of how censorship(big or small) can hurt a scene or scenes.
    ...and i did say the R version of ROTLD 3 was tolerable whereas Dead/Alive is un-watchable in R form.
     
  20. MaxY

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    Ok When Editing destroys the humor or kills the joke of a seen then it is a big deal no matter what if it only amounts to seconds or mins in the total running time of the movie.
    What is hard to understand about that. It is not something to be overlooked when a scene gets set up to do certain things and you kind of miss it because someone took a razor to the movie.
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