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New Zealand gorefest “DEATH WARMED UP” reheated on Blu-ray from Severin; full details, art, trailer

Monday, March 18, 2019 | Blu-ray/DVD, News


Three years before Peter Jackson broke out with BAD TASTE, New Zealand director David Blyth created a film that Alejandro Jodorwsky described as “an apocalypse of slaughter.” Now it’s headed for special-edition Blu-ray in the U.S.

Severin Films releases 1985’s DEATH WARMED UP on Blu-ray April 30, featuring a widescreen transfer remastered by Blyth himself from the only existing elements and plenty of extras, plus reversible cover art. This mad-science tale (briefly released to Stateside theaters as DEATH WARMED OVER) stars Michael Hurst (TV’s HERCULES and XENA), Margaret Umbers, William Upjohn, Norelle Scott, David Letch and Kiwi veterans Bruno Lawrence (THE QUIET EARTH) and Ian Watkin (DEAD ALIVE). The special features are:

  • Audio commentary by director David Blyth and scriptwriter Michael Heath
  • “I’ll Get You All”: Interview with actor David Letch
  • Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by director David Blyth and scriptwriter Michael Heath
  • Original New Zealand 4×3 VHS cut
  • Interview featurette with David Blyth and Michael Heath
  • Theatrical trailer
  • VHS trailers
  • TV spot

The Blu-ray can be pre-ordered at the Severin webstore, which is also offering bundles with exclusive merch like a limited-edition slipcover, art print, sticker, T-shirt and a squeezable brain-shaped stress ball!

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).