4K Restored ‘Return Of Swamp Thing’ Being Unleashed For 35th Anniversary

December 15, 2022

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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Based on the award-winning comic series comes everyone’s favorite muck-encrusted plant-man, making his return in 4K restoration sprouting on 4K Ultra and Blu-ray just in time to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Return of Swamp Thing.


The must-see sequel to the original cult classic based on the award-winning DC Comics series has been restored from the original interpositive with Dolby Vision HDR Mastering for an optimal viewing experience.


In The Return of Swamp Thing, “the creature falls for sexy Abigail Arcane (Heather Locklear, Melrose Place, Dynasty), step-daughter to the world’s maddest scientist, Dr. Anton Arcane (Louis Jourdan, Swamp Thing, Gigi, Octopussy). Abby owns a plant store and is more comfortable talking to her plants than men in the local singles bar. However, when she meets the half-human/half-plant, she immediately sees beyond the horror of his physical form. She falls in love with Dr. Alec Holland, the man behind the muck, who is also busy saving her from her father’s nefarious and murderous plans.”


From Michael E. Uslan (originator and executive producer of the Batman film franchise) and legendary cult film director Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall, Not of This Earth), The movie stars Sarah Douglas (Superman II, Conan The Destroyer) with Dick Durock (Raw Deal, Stand By Me) returning as Swamp Thing. Filmed well before the era of CGI, the film also featured Swampy’s elaborate costume and mutant creatures designed by legendary Academy Award nominee Carl Fullerton.


Befitting the special edition release, the 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray set features two brand new special features: a Reflections on Swamp Thing 35 Years Later interview with producer Michael E. Uslan and the RiffTrax music video for “Your Ever-Lovin’ Swamp Thing” by The RiffTones.


In addition to the home entertainment releases, Lightyear will also be releasing the RiffTrax digital single and music video for Your Ever-Lovin’ Swamp Thing worldwide on Lightyear Records through Virgin/UMG. The hilarious ode to Swampy’s romance with Abby was initially composed and performed as part of the RiffTrax skewering of The Return of Swamp Thing in 700 theaters. The toe-tapping bluegrass ditty by Kevin Murphy and The RiffTones (featuring Brian Murphy) will be released on February 10 for Valentine’s Day.


Brand New Special Features Include:
  • Reflection on Swamp Thing 35 Years Later with Producer Michael E. Uslan RiffTrax Music Video Your Ever-Lovin’ Swamp Thing
  • Original Special Features Include:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Jim Wynorski, Composer Chuck Cirino, and Editor Leslie Rosenthal,
  • Greenpeace PSAs and Much More!



In addition to the brand-new special features, additional bonus programming from the original Blu-ray release includes:

  • Audio commentary from director Jim Wynorski, composer Chuck Cirino and editor Leslie Rosenthal (2018)
  • Audio commentary from director Jim Wynorski (2003)
  • Interviews with director Jim Wynorski, editor Leslie Rosenthal, composer Chuck Cirino, and Lightyear
  • Entertainment executive Arnie Holland
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • 6 Promotional TV Clips
  • 2 TV Spots
  • 2 Greenpeace Public Service Announcements
  • 1989 Promo Reel
  • Photo Gallery (accompanied by Chuck Cirino’s film score)


Get your copy of The Return of Swamp Thing on February 7, 2023. Here’s a look back at the original trailer.



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