ZOMBIE (1979) October 24, 2011 Blue Underground

ZOMBIE (1979)
AKA: Zombi 2
BD: October 24, 2011
List Price: $29.99
Publisher: blue-underground.com

Description
THE DEAD ARE AMONG US!

In Italy, it was considered the 'unofficial sequel' to DAWN OF THE DEAD. In England, it was known as ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS and banned as obscene. In America, it was called ZOMBIE and advertised with the depraved tag line "WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU!" Tisa Farrow (THE GRIM REAPER), Ian McCulloch (CONTAMINATION), Al Cliver (CANNIBALS), and Richard Johnson (THE HAUNTING) star in this worldwide splatter sensation directed by 'Maestro Of Gore' Lucio Fulci (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY) that remains one of the most eye-skewering, skin-ripping, gore-gushingly graphic horror hits of all time!

Blue Underground is proud to present ZOMBIE in a new 2K High Definition transfer from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative. Each flesh-eating frame has been lovingly restored to skull-rotting perfection under the supervision of Cinematographer Sergio Salvati (THE BEYOND). Now fully-loaded with hours of brand new Extras, this is the Ultimate Edition of ZOMBIE!

DISC 1 EXTRAS:
Audio Commentary with Star Ian McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine Editor Jason J. Slater
Theatrical Trailers
TV Spots
Radio Spots
Poster & Still Gallery
Guillermo del Toro Intro

DISC 2 EXTRAS:
"Zombie Wasteland" - Interviews with Stars Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson & Al Cliver, and Actor/Stuntman Ottaviano Dell'Acqua
"Flesh Eaters on Film" - Interview with Co-Producer Fabrizio De Angelis
"Deadtime Stories" - Interviews with Co-Writers Elisa Briganti and (Uncredited) Dardano Sacchetti
"World of the Dead" - Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati and Production & Costume Designer Walter Patriarca
"Zombi Italiano" - Interviews with Special Make-Up Effects Artists Gianetto De Rossi & Maurizio Trani and Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi
"Notes on a Headstone" - Interview with Composer Fabio Frizzi
"All in the Family" - Interview with Antonella Fulci
"Zombie Lover" - Award-Winning Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro talks about one of his favorite films

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Product Details
  • Actors: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver, Olga Karlatos
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
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I wasn't going to pick up this Blu-Ray, because I had previously own the 25th Anniversary of ZOMBI 2 from Tokyo Shock... but I couldn't pass it up considering that Blue Underground was going to be selling the single-disc version only come this September.  The 2-Disc set comes with a cardsleeve that slips over the plastic standard Blu-Ray case.  I do not believe the single disc version will come with the extra cardstock.

As for the audio commentary by Ian McCulloch is the same one from the Tokyo Shock DVD.  McCulloch isn't a great commentator, given that the film was 25 years from the time of recording.  I wish the parts where he goes quiet, that Diabolik's editor Jason Slater would have notes and information to say, but it's clear to me that neither of them were prepared.  A great commentator would actually watch the film the first time and makes notes and things to talk about on the second time viewing it.  That's why Bey Logan is still the king of commentators, he watches a movie three or four times before recording!

The most interesting bits from the Zombie commentary was that McCulloch was going bald, so the filmmakers was doing all sort of tricks to show a young-looking McCulloch (tricks like shooting from below, etc).

As for the bonus disc on the ZOMBIE Blu-Ray, they are all in 1080 HD, which is very nice because often the features on Blu-Ray are in SD.  Lots of interviews from the creators and actors from the film.  The mini-documentary on the Zombie convention ("Zombie Wasteland") is the best of all the little documentaries.  Watching all of them should not last more than 30 minutes, at least it felt really fast when I was going through them.

Picture quality on the Blu-Ray is excellent.  DVD suffers from missing lines of resolution (like it was 480i instead of 480p).  I've included a side-by-side comparison of DVD (left) and Blu-Ray (right). Note the color correction and also his fingers.  Sure, they're minor differences, so even on DVD it looks great.  You have to remember this film was made in 1979, to have it look this crisp is pretty spectacular.






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