January 7, 2016 – Akron, Ohio: Tempe Digital today announced the imme­di­ate avail­abil­i­ty of a 3-Disc Ultimate Edition of the 1990 land­mark inde­pen­dent shock­er The Dead Next Door, the bou­tique cult label’s first HD release. Featuring Blu-ray, DVD, and sound­track CD discs, the release fol­lows a suc­cess­ful Indiegogo crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to help fund the exten­sive restora­tion work, along a hand­ful of lim­it­ed the­atri­cal screen­ings last fall.


Indie Cult Classic 

The Dead Next Door”

Now Available As Feature-Packed 3-Disc Ultimate Edition Blu-ray
First time in high-definition, restored from original film elements


DeadND-blu1Two and a half decades before “The Walking Dead” made zom­bies main­stream on cable tele­vi­sion, 19-year-old writer/director J.R. Bookwalter (“Ozone,” “Witchouse 2: Blood Coven”) embarked on “The Dead Next Door,” an ambi­tious hor­ror fea­ture pit­ting an élite team of Zombie Squad sol­diers again­st hoards of the undead and the secre­tive reli­gious cult hell-bent on pro­tect­ing them. The film would ulti­mate­ly take four years to com­plete with the help of a now-famous Hollywood direc­tor and more than 1,500 Northeast Ohio res­i­dents, who por­trayed the mul­ti­tudes of blood­thirsty ghouls.

For this one-of-a-kind release, brand-new 4:3 and 16:9 1080p HD mas­ters have been painstak­ing­ly cre­at­ed from a 2K restora­tion using the orig­i­nal Super-8mm film ele­ments. Also includ­ed is a 5.1 sur­round mix which restores the voic­es of the orig­i­nal cast mem­bers for the first time ever, vin­tage and new­ly-pre­pared bonus mate­ri­als, audio com­men­taries, and the orig­i­nal stan­dard-def­i­n­i­tion VHS and DVD mas­ters used for pre­vi­ous releas­es.

The first 1,000 units are num­bered and signed by the direc­tor, with reversible “retro” art­work and an eight-page, full-col­or book­let with lin­er notes by FANGORIA Editor-in-Chief Michael Gingold.

Priced at $34.99 with free USA ship­ping, “The Dead Next Door” Ultimate Edition Blu-ray is avail­able while sup­plies last exclu­sive­ly from the Tempe Online Store, with addi­tion­al out­lets to be announced in the near future. Collectables includ­ing a reversible the­atri­cal poster, Zombie Squad iron-on patch, and lim­it­ed VHS of the orig­i­nal 1990 ver­sion are also avail­able.


Ultimate Edition Blu-ray — Final Specs:


Disc 1 (Blu-ray)


  • 2K Restored Feature in 4:3 Original Aspect Ratio (1.33:1)
  • 2K Restored Feature in 16:9 Widescreen (1.78:1)
  • DTS HD-MA 5.1 Surround Original Cast Mix
  • DTS HD-MA 5.1 Surround Classic Dubbed Mix
  • Audio Commentary with pro­duc­ers J.R. Bookwalter, Jolie Jackunas and Scott P. Plummer
  • Restoration of the Dead” Featurette (19 mins.)
  • Capitol Theatre Screening Q&A (12 mins.)
  • The Nightlight Screening Q&A (16 mins.)
  • Behind the Scenes Footage (19 mins.)
  • Deleted Scenes & Outtakes (7 mins.)
  • Storyboard Gallery (27 mins.)
  • Around The World Gallery (4 mins.)
  • Behind The Scenes Gallery (9 mins.)
  • Production Stills Gallery (6 mins.)
  • Tempe Digital Trailers: The Dead Next Door (2015 Version), Platoon of the Dead (2009), Poison

Sweethearts (2008)


Disc 2 (DVD)


  • 1990 Original VHS Version with Stereo 2.0 English and Spanish Dubbed Mixes (82 mins.)
  • 2015 Audio Commentary with Doug Tilley and Moe Porne of The No-Budget Nightmares Podcast
  • 2005 Remastered DVD Version with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and Stereo 2.0 Mixes (78 mins.)
  • 2005 Audio Commentary with writer/director J.R. Bookwalter, actor Michael Todd and cin­e­matog­ra­pher Michael Tolochko, Jr.
  • Rare Short Films with Audio Commentary: “The Flesh Eater,” “Zombie” and “Tomorrow” (22 mins.)
  • Local TV Appearances (15 mins.)
  • The Dead Up North” Canada Screening (10 mins.)
  • 1995 Making-of Excerpts (9 mins.)
  • Local TV Commercials (2 mins.)
  • 20 Years in 15 Minutes (16 mins.)
  • Video Storyboards (8 mins.)
  • Video Pre-Shoots (6 mins.)
  • Auditions (14 mins.)
  • 2000 Frightvision Reunion (6 mins.)
  • Three Miles Out Music Video (3 mins.)
  • Tempe Video Trailers: The Dead Next Door, Kingdom of the Vampire (1991), Ozone, The Sandman, Polymorph


Disc 3 (CD)


  • Expanded Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Score by J.R. Bookwalter with Unreleased Songs by Joy Circuit, Argus, In-Nine and Three Miles Out


Packaging (First 1,000 Units Only)


  • 8-Page Color Booklet with Liner Notes by FANGORIA Editor-in-Chief Michael Gingold
  • Reversible Retro 1990 VHS Artwork Autographed by Writer/Director J.R. Bookwalter
  • Numbered Limited Edition


About Tempe Video

Founded in 1991 dur­ing the hey­day of the VHS for­mat, Tempe Video has a lengthy his­to­ry of dis­trib­ut­ing inde­pen­dent, low-bud­get fea­tures and spe­cial inter­est titles. The com­pa­ny cement­ed a rep­u­ta­tion as “the Criterion of direct-to-video fea­tures” in 2003 after branch­ing into DVD with a line of nation­al­ly dis­trib­ut­ed, fea­ture-packed Special Editions.


Tempe’s eclec­tic cat­a­log of hor­ror and cult fare includes the all-star dram­e­dy “Eddie Presley” (direct­ed by Jeff Burr), Showtime doc­u­men­tary “Something to Scream About” (direct­ed by Jason Paul Collum), and “The Dead Next Door,” a sprawl­ing zom­bie epic direct­ed by J.R. Bookwalter, which cel­e­brat­ed its 25th anniver­sary in 2015.


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THE DEAD NEXT DOOR — 2015 Trailer (16x9) from J.R. Bookwalter on Vimeo.