Last week Blue Underground unleashed on the masses the Lucio Fulci classics Zombie (1979) and The House By The Cemetery (1981) on blu-ray. Being an avid horror fan I’m used to having my favorite movies released every couple years in new collectors sets and special editions. This is the first time either of these movies have made the leap from DVD to blu-ray, so once again I updated my collection. I know not everyone will want to immediately do the same, so I’m here to give you the low down on these new releases and let you decide where to spend your hard earned money.
I’ll start with Zombie, which is one of my absolute favorite horror movies of all time. Quickly for the two of you that are not familiar with this movie, its the story of an abandoned boat that washes ashore in New York City. As a couple police officers investigate, they stumble upon a zombie who attacks them. It turns out the boat was owned by a doctor, and his daughter tries to find out where her missing father is. With the help of a reporter they find out he’s working on a caribbean island, and off they go to try and find him. Instead, they find an island filled with voodoo rituals and the living dead.
Zombie is no doubt most famous for its stunning visuals, and the blu-ray transfer delivers the goods. I’m no expert on visuals, but I am incredibly happy with the transfer. I am not going to tell you that this movie looks as good as a new release filmed in HD and completely digital, but the colors and textures really pop off the screen.
Now onto the good stuff, special features. Blue Underground really hit it out of the park on this one with roughly 100 minutes of all new interviews and footage covering pretty much every angle of Zombie. Only one major feature from any past copies is missing, and that would be the feature length documentary Building A Better Zombie that was a part of the two disk Media Blasters set, but a quick swap of my Zombie case and my daughters Toy Story 3 case with room for three disks and I’m all set! I will list everything at the bottom for those interested, but this is a great set! Any Zombie fan would be lining up to upgrade to this new disk.
Next up is The House By The Cemetery, another gore soaked film from Lucio Fulci. In HBTC, we meet a family that is moving from New York to New England, so that Norman can finish some research that a co-worker was working on when he committed suicide. Turns out the house that they moved into is holding a dark secret in the cellar, one that is dying to get out.
I’ll admit HBTC is not my favorite Fulci film,but it is a decent little fright flick. It houses some really good atmospheric scenes, and some wonderfully gory set pieces as well. Similar to the Zombie blu-ray, Blue Underground’s transfer is stunning! There is no way that HBTC has ever looked this good, and I’d be surprised it it ever looks better! In addition to the wonderful visuals, HBTC also includes about an hour of all new interviews as well! Another solid upgrade from Blue Underground!
For those of you that haven’t changed formats, or refuse to, both the the new editions are also freshly released on DVD. Either way, Lucio Fulci lives in a big way with both Zombie and House By The Cemetery’s 2011 special editions!
Audio Commentary with Star Ian McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine Editor Jason J. Sater
Theatrical Trailers (HD)
Poster & Still Gallery (HD)
Guillermo del Toro Intro (HD)
Zombie Wasteland: Interviews with Stars Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, & Al Cliver, and Actor/Stuntman Ottaviano Dell’Acqua (HD)
Deadtime Stories: Interviews with Co-Writers Elisa Briganti and (Uncredited) Dardano Sacchetti (HD)
Flesh Eaters on Film: Interview with Co-Producer Fabrizio De Angelis (HD)
World of the Dead: Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati and Production & Costume Designer Walter Patriarca (HD)
Zombi Italiano: Interviews with Make-Up Effects Artists Gianetto De Rossi & Maurizio Trani and Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi (HD)
Notes on a Headstone: Interview with Composer Fabio Frizzi (HD)
All in the Family: Interview with Antonella Fulci (HD)
Zombie Lover: Guillermo del Toro talks about one of his favorite films (HD)
HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY Extra’s
Meet the Boyles: Interviews with Stars Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco (HD)
Children of the Night: Interviews with Stars Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina (HD)
Tales of Laura Gittleson: Interview with Star Dagmar Lassander (HD)
My Time With Terror: Interview with Star Carlo De Mejo (HD)
A Haunted House Story: Interviews with Co-Writers Dardano Sacchetti andElisa Briganti (HD)
To Build a Better Death Trap: Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati, Make-Up Effects Artist Maurizio Trani, Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi, and Actor Giovanni De Nava (HD)
Theatrical Trailers (HD)
Poster & Stills Gallery