Dead & Buried (1981)

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Released 13-Mar-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Horror Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 1981
Running Time 90:03 (Case: 92)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Gary Sherman
Studio
Distributor
Richard R. St. Johns
Beyond Home Entertainment
Starring James Farentino
Melody Anderson
Jack Albertson
Case Alpha
RPI $19.95 Music Joe Renzetti


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.70:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes, do burning people count?
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    I would say this is a 'B' Grade horror movie, but I would be giving it somewhat too much credit. Having said that, I certainly enjoyed the film - it just wasn't very scary in my opinion. Some of the special effects used were quite good for their age, with a suitable cringe (gruesome not shoddy) factor.

    Dead & Buried is the story of Potter's Bluff, a small and somewhat sleepy town. But, is everything as it seems? Indeed not. A number of gruesome murders are committed, reducing the local law man, Dan Gillis (James Farentino) to a state of confusion and stress. Who is committing the murders? The local undertaker, G. William Dobbs (Jack Albertson) is a very unusual man and the teaching of Voodoo and witchcraft in the local school certainly raises a few eyebrows. What is Dan's wife (Melody Anderson) hiding, or is Dan just becoming paranoid? The ending is very clever, and well masked. I was certainly surprised.

    Dead & Buried certainly has plenty of gore, and for this reason was banned in a number of countries, including Norway. Compared to some more recent horror flicks, it seems a little tame at times. If you are a fan of budget horror flicks than this will certainly whet your appetite. Based on the running time, it would seem that we are lucky enough to get the uncensored version in R4.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Given the age and, more importantly, the budget of this movie, the transfer is acceptable. The major problem with this transfer lies with uncontrolled grain.

    This transfer is presented in the non-enhanced aspect ratio of 1.70:1. I could not find information concerning the original ratio of the movie but I can only assume it is relatively close to what the director intended.

    Sharpness is poor throughout, primarily due to the extremely high levels of grain. The opening sequences are a great example of how bad the grain is. Another particularly poor sequence can be found around 14:00. Shadow detail is also hindered by the high levels of grain as the picture becomes quite washed out, never really attaining a decent black level.

    Colour is uninspiring throughout, never hitting any highs. It is passable at best.

    The compression on this disc stands up well as the grain can be attributed, in the majority, to the source material. There are no MPEG artefacts that I noticed. Film-to-video artefacts manifest themselves in aliasing (eg at 22:05 on the desk and at 23:50 on the house), and some minor telecine wobble. Film artefacts occur regularly, particularly noticeable at 23:05 and 73:40 (vertical stripe).

    There are no subtitle available on the disc and there is also no layer change as the feature is compressed onto a single layer.

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Audio

    The audio fares a little better than the video transfer but is, again, only acceptable.

    There is only one English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono track available on this DVD, encoded at 448kbps.

    Dialogue quality is generally reasonable throughout with some nasty distortion obvious at 25:20, and 39:00. Audio sync seems a little off in places but is otherwise quite good. There is a pop in the audio at 21:20 but it is not loud so no need to jump through the roof.

    The original score is attributed to Joe Renzetti and is the usual suspenseful and atmospheric horror music fare.

    The surrounds and subwoofer do not attend this party.

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Extras

    There are absolutely no extras whatsoever on this DVD.

Menu

    The animated menus are well themed.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This DVD is not available in R1 currently. There is a German R2 Special Edition available that has 2 trailers, a text interview with the Director and some stills. Reportedly, the audio and video also appear to be somewhat better than this disc. If you can find a cheap German DVD import, then that may be the version of choice. If not, the local disc won't disappoint.

Summary

    Dead & Buried is an underrated low-budget horror flick presented on a technically adequate DVD. I quite enjoyed it and, no doubt, all the horror buffs out there will as well.

    The video quality is on the poor side of average

    The audio quality is acceptable.

    The extras are non-existent.

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© Cameron Rochester (read my bio)
Tuesday, May 07, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer 106S DVD-ROM with PowerDVD 4.0 scaling to 864p, using RGB output
DisplayMitsubishi VS-1281E CRT front projector on custom 16x9 screen (270cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-DS787, THX Select
SpeakersAll matching Vifa Drivers: centre 2x6.5" + 1" tweeter (d'appolito); fronts and rears 6.5" + 1" tweeter; centre rear 5" + 1" tweeter; sub 10" (150WRMS)

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