Zombie

Zombie

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Director: Lucio Fulci

Cast: Lucio Fulci, Tisa Farrow, Ian McCullough, Richard Johnson

     
 

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Released day and date with Blue Underground's comparatively bare-bones version, Lucio Fulci's cult horror classic gets the royal treatment and then some thanks to the genre-loving folks at Shriek Show. Stricken from the same near-flawless transfer used by Blue Underground, the feature is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen -- perfectly preserving Fulci's stylish

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Released day and date with Blue Underground's comparatively bare-bones version, Lucio Fulci's cult horror classic gets the royal treatment and then some thanks to the genre-loving folks at Shriek Show. Stricken from the same near-flawless transfer used by Blue Underground, the feature is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen -- perfectly preserving Fulci's stylish, blood-soaked compositions. When it was announced that two companies would be releasing the same film to DVD on the same date, fans were understandably up in arms about which version to add to their collection. Fortunately, for those who may balk at the prospect of forking out the cash for both versions, there is something of a solid answer as to which one to seek out. Though this Shriek Show release does indeed offer some truly spectacular bonus materials, the picture quality pales a bit in comparison with its Blue Underground counterpart due to a lack of sharpness and somewhat less vivid colors. The visual presentation is still stellar -- its flaws are only evident when the two are compared side by side -- though for those simply looking to own the highest quality version of the film, the Blue Underground release is undoubtedly the selection to make. Of course, this is no slight to the amazing work done by our friends at Shriek Show, but when two versions of the same film are released so closely together, there will no doubt be some comparisons drawn. Despite the somewhat misleading packaging, the feature is accompanied -- as with the Blue Underground release -- by an impressive array of audio selections. While those new to the film will likely select the wonderfully mixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, purists will be happy to learn that the Dolby Digital Mono option preserves the original audio mix to perfection. Add to that a commendable Dolby Digital Stereo mix plus the fact that all three versions are presented in both English and Italian, and you really can't go wrong no matter which way you choose to view the film. If Blue Underground slightly edged out Shriek Show in terms of image quality, it's in regards to bonus materials that Shriek Show's release truly leaves Lustig and company in the dust. For a film that was released 25 before this DVD hit the shelves, Shriek Show has included a dizzying array of quality bonus materials. On the feature disc, fans will delight in a relaxed and informative interview with everyone's favorite New York Harbor zombie, Captain Haggerty. In addition to confirming that Fulci did indeed shoot a scene of him rising from the murky depths of the harbor, Haggerty reminisces about the fake blood used in the film, working with the quick-tempered Fulci, and attending a show at CBGB's in full zombie makeup. A ten-minute montage "Zombie Gallery" of production stills, photographs, and lobby cards follows, and in addition to offering a full-color still of Haggerty rising from the bay, the impressive montage also offers posters and video covers from across the globe. Commentary by star Ian McCullough details his working relationship with Fulci and the complications of working with an Italian crew, and offers the startling revelation that he had never seen the film from beginning to end until he sat down to record the commentary! Over on disc two, a relaxed six-minute discussion with costume designer Walter Patriarca discusses zombie fashion ("more dirty!") and Fulci's response to his work, while the 98-minute "Building a Better Zombie" digs a bit deeper by offering interviews with everyone from writer Dardano Sachetti to legendary special effects makeup artist Giannetto De Rossi. This comprehensive featurette is divided into ten segments, including "Genesis of the Zombie," "Fulci vs. Romero," and "Bloody Success," and it is here that the disc truly shines. Interviews are as informative as they are thoughtful and insightful, and it's obvious that everyone involved truly believed in the film and Fulci's unflinching vision. Detailed accounts of the notorious eye-gouging scene in "Eye" and the unbelievable face-off between a zombie and a shark in "Shark" truly take the viewer behind the scenes as never before. "An Evening With Dakar" offers a pair of acoustic ballads as performed by the man who played island dweller "Lucas" in the film, and a "Zombie Trailer Reel" ushers viewers into undead bliss with nine trailers including Burial Ground, Zombi Holocaust, and the Hong Kong zombie comedy Bio Zombie, among numerous others. A replica of the original Italian theatrical poster serves as the perfect crowning jewel on Shriek Show's remarkably comprehensive release, offering the famous image of the zombie plague descending upon New York City and truly taking viewers back to a pivotal point in Italian horror. While the Blue Underground release may offer a slightly better presentation of the main feature, Shriek Show's staggering amount of bonus materials make this version the one to pick up for those with a little extra time on their hands and a keen interest Fulci's legacy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
The Italian film industry has a long history of making cheap, somewhat rushed knockoffs and sequels to popular import hits (see Alien Contamination and Troll 2), and though this stylish and gore-drenched effort from legendary Italian director Lucio Fulci is indeed intended as something of an unofficial sequel to American director George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (released overseas as Zombi), Fulci's film has gone on to become something of a classic in its own right. Though Zombi 2 bears little resemblance to Romero's satirical horror classic in terms of tone or pacing, the one element that the two films do have in common is a tremendous amount of unflinchingly graphic violence. Lensed by longtime Fulci collaborator Sergio Salvati (who had previously performed DP duties on both The Psychic and Four of the Apocalypse and went on to photograph The Gates of Hell and The Beyond, among many others), the film certainly benefits from the talented cinematographer's masterful use of the widescreen landscape; however, the main attraction here is without question the at-times unbelievable zombie mayhem -- which Fulci gleefully delivers in spades. In addition to the oft-discussed splinter-through-the-eye scene that will have sensitive viewers squirming as they rush to cover their own optic orbs, an underwater battle between a zombie and a shark (using a real shark and a stuntman in zombie makeup!) simply has to be seen to be believed. Frequent musical collaborator Fabio Frizzi's droning, dread-inducing score offers the ideal compliment to the slow-burning horror unfolding onscreen, offering the pitch-perfect punctuation without being overly intrusive and providing an appropriately desperate tone for the final showdown. Without question a must-see for horror fans in general and zombie lovers in particular, Zombi 2 remains a key entry into the genre. It also marked the beginning of a notable period in director Fulci's career that included such stylish splatter classics as The Gates of Hell and The Beyond.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
UPC:
0631595032192
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
NR
Source:
Shriek Show
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
3:43:00

Special Features

Exclusive 98-minute featurette including blood-drenched testimonials from SFX artist Giannetto De Rossi, cinemaphotographer Sergio Salvati, screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti; Cast & crew interviews; Actor Ian McCullogh commentary; Extensive photo gallery; Original and assorted zombie trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tisa Farrow Ann Bowles
Ian McCullough Peter West
Richard Johnson Dr. Menard
Al Cliver Brian Hull
Auretta Gay Susan Barrett
Olga Karlatos Mrs. Menard
Stefania D'Amario Nurse
Ugo Bologna Actor

Technical Credits
Lucio Fulci Director
Elisa Briganti Original Story,Screenwriter
Giovanni Corridori Special Effects
Gianfranco Couyoumdjian Associate Producer
Fabrizio de Angelis Producer
Giannetto De Rossi Makeup Special Effects
Fabio Frizzi Score Composer
Walter Patriarca Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Dardano Sacchetti Screenwriter
Sergio Salvati Cinematographer
Vincenzo Tomassi Editor
Maurizio Trani Makeup
Ugo Tucci Producer
Giorgio Tucci Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Main Feature
1. The Boat Can Leave Now [1:52]
2. Derelict Death Boat [6:14]
3. Something Big [2:36]
4. Post-Mortem Inspection [2:06]
5. Fatal Friendship [6:15]
6. Passage to Hell [4:15]
7. Hysteria on Matul [7:14]
8. Tomb of the Sea [7:11]
9. The Island Dies [2:46]
10. Ocular Terror [5:45]
11. Rotting Despair [3:15]
12. Last Rites [3:33]
13. Infection Creeps [6:34]
14. They Walk! [5:03]
15. Bone Yard Rising [8:55]
16. Siege [5:13]
17. Eaten From the Inside [3:37]
18. Fire Ritual [4:24]
19. No Exit [3:28]
20. Exit [:47]

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Zombie 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
it was the first zombie movie for me, and the best one I've seen ,but crapy acting...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had really high expectations from this movie, reading that it was the best zombie movie after the original Night of the Living Dead (which is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of zombie movies). I got this DVD and watched it with my brother, and I spent nearly all the movie laughing at the absurdity of it. I won't go into detail about the blood looking like paint, or the horrible translation, or the ear-shattering sound effects. The movie in itself is good, with some gory scenes (the one in the house with the zombies eating the woman was great!), and some ridiculous ones (the shark scene...that poor shark was drugged!) The DVD looks really grainy at times, and some subtitles wouldn't hurt, either. Is it the best zombie/gore movie out there? No. Is it a definite must-have in any horror collection? Maybe. The good of the movie? The zombie makeups. There's a good scene where worm-eye zombie gets his head squashed. It looks so real! Besides, the movie is watchable and entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the great Zombie Movies. Not as good as Dawn of the Dead, but still possessing a rustic Charm of its own. The effects are great, Gory as only Fulci could be. Forget about the acting, the cast in this are only food for the Zombies. If you liked this, then get The Beyond also by Fulci.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definately a movie for a fan of pure horror and gore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like italian zombie movies, this is for you. A horror collector's must have. The acting is pure cheese, but the Locations, direction, and gore are great !!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
How could they have marketed this movie as the sequel to Zombi (Dawn of the Dead)? In Romero's Dawn, it was established that the dead walk and eat the living. This 'sequel' rewrites Romero's movie and slides a cheesy voodoo subtext in to explain why the dead rise. All in all, it wasn't a terrible movie. Some of the gore was good and I loved the soundtrack. It's just that the movie makes a stupid sequel. The DVD is sorta craptacular, too. The picture is rough and grainy. The extras range from a couple of interesting trailors to a banal commentary track by one of the movies stars. Lame.
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