Deadbeat at Dawn

Brand new 2K restoration, supervised and approved by writer, director and star Jim VanBebber!

Out on:Blu-Ray 22nd Oct. 2018

Fast sell:

The absolute definition of DIY filmmaking, Deadbeat at Dawn is a cult classic that truly deserves the moniker. Blood-soaked and violent, this is the ultimate revenge movie and now you can see it like never before thanks to Arrow Video’s brand new 2K restoration, supervised and approved by writer, director and star Jim VanBebber.

Key talent:

Writer, Director & Star
Jim VanBebber (The Manson Family)


Jim VanBebber’s notorious, blood-drenched cult classic Deadbeat at Dawn rises again on the advent of its 30th anniversary, newly restored for the first time on Blu-ray. Locked and loaded with a raft of new extras, see Deadbeat as you’ve never seen it before – in all its head-busting, bone-crushing glory!

Written by, directed by and starring VanBebber, Deadbeat follows the story of Goose – a gang leader whose girlfriend is brutally slaughtered when he attempts to leave the thug life behind. Pulled back into the gang, who’ve now formed an uneasy alliance with the thugs that butchered his girl, Goose sees an opportunity to exact his brutal, deadly revenge.

The very definition of DIY, independent filmmaking (VanBebber quit film school after his first year and used his student loan to fund the movie), Deadbeat at Dawn surpasses its low-budget origins to create a revenge movie that delivers more thrills and bloody spills than all of Chuck Norris’ films combined.

We like it because:

We love a romantic filmmaking story and it doesn’t get more romantic that Jim VanBebber quitting film school after one year and using his student loan to fund a movie. That movie became Deadbeat at Dawn and, now, as we near its 30th anniversary, it’s time to celebrate it for the amazing revenge movie it is.

VanBebber writes, directs and stars - as well as featuring on the audio commentary and Arrow’s brand new retrospective documentary - and gives us a gripping, violent tale of gangs, murder and vengeance. Packed with bloody fights that make most 80s action output look a bit on the tame side, Deadbeat at Dawn is a perfect addition to any fan’s Arrow Video collection.

As ever when Arrow Video is concerned, the Blu-ray comes packed with special features to get your mouth watering. As well as interviews and documentaries, Deadbeat at Dawn includes four of VanBebber’s short films - newly restored - and a collection of his music videos.

Special Features:

- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing by Scott Gabbey and Graham Rae.
- Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements by Arrow Films, supervised and approved by writer-director Jim VanBebber
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original uncompressed PCM mono audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new free-wheeling audio commentary with Jim VanBebber (’Goose’, The Ravens’ Gang Leader), actor Paul Harper (’Danny Carmodi’, The Spyders’ Gang Leader) and guest Cody Lee Hardin, moderated by filmmaker Victor Bonacore (Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim VanBebber)
- Jim VanBebber, Deadbeat Forever!, a brand new retrospective documentary on VanBebber and the Deadbeat legacy by Filmmaker Victor Bonacore, featuring first-time interviews, super-rare footage, VanBebber’s college films and much, much more!
- Archival 1986 behind-the-scenes documentary – Nate Pennington’s VHS documentary on a failed Deadbeat shoot
- Outtakes, newly transferred in HD
- Four newly-restored VanBebber short films – Into the Black (1983, 34 mins), My Sweet Satan (1993, 19 mins), Roadkill: The Last Days of John Martin (1994, 14 mins) and Gator Green (2013, 16 mins)
- Jim VanBebber Music Video Collection, featuring never-before-seen Director’s Cuts
- Chunkblower, promotional trailer for an unfinished Gary Blair Smith-produced gore-soaked feature film
- Extensive Image Gallery – Never-Before-Seen Stills!
- Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain

Editor's Notes:

Genre: Horror
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Audio: Mono
Discs: 1



Arrow Video
Release date
22nd October, 2018
Running time
80 mins
Cat No (BR)


Jim VanBebber
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